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Strautmann Hopkins Limited was originally founded in 1983 when John Hopkins imported the first Strautmann loader wagons to New Zealand. 

John had seen the Strautmann machines while on a Nuffield Scholarship in Europe, and was impressed with their strength and reliability compared to other loader wagons at the time. 

He was initially joined by eldest son Ian Hopkins and together they ran a large silage contracting business in the Manawatu and started the Strautmann Hopkins business throughout NZ. 10 years later, John’s youngest son Andrew Hopkins took over the Strautmann business and continued to develop the business further.

In 2023 Ian Hopkins, Shelley Dew-Hopkins and Conor Hopkins purchased Strautmann Hopkins and are continuing to grow the business in New Zealand with service agents and a dealer network.

Over time the Hopkins family have continued to strengthen their relationship with the German manufacturer and have worked together to build up the Strautmann brand in NZ to what it is today - a brand nationally recognised for its quality and service.

Strautmann Hopkins - 40+ years experience in supplying and servicing Strautmann agricultural machinery throughout NZ.

Meet the team

Ian Hopkins

Ian is the Managing Director here at Strautmann Hopkins. He also farms a 690 hectare sheep and beef farm. In his free time, Ian is an active member and Treasurer of the Hunterville Lions Club, is a volunteer firefighter at Rangiwahia, enjoys mixing with friends and family and occasionally playing Twilight Golf.

Conor Hopkins

Conor has taken over as National Parts Administrator, and Workshop Foreman. Having now completed his Ag Commerce degree at Massey University, he is utilising those skills in the management side of the business. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball in the Manawatū Men’s premier league, rugby, golf, tramping, hunting and dirt bike riding.

Bernice Richardson

Bernice is kept busy by managing the office/accounts for Palmerston North Head Office, and workshop. When she’s not busy at work, she’s normally out enjoying the fresh air by walking her lovely dog Millie, and is now enjoying the campervan life with her husband Gary.

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