Our Team

Since becoming a Key DEUTZ Dealership,
Blueprint Diesel has evolved into a tight knit team.

Our team is made up of quality service technicians who have not only been imparted with James’ specialised knowledge but have also completed extensive training both locally and internationally, with Deutz engines and also in general Mechanical Engineering.

These technicians are complimented by Parts and Sales Coordinators who have had over 10 years’ experience with diesel equipment and are passionate about ensuring customer satisfaction.

Our office support is provided by an accounts and administration team with backgrounds in Health and Safety management techniques and qualifications gained from The University of Auckland.

Company director James Smith has been working with Deutz engines since he started an apprenticeship as a Mechanical Engineer for Diesel Dundee in 1998.
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Utilising the extensive skills and knowledge he obtained working with a number of large Deutz engines, upon the completion of his apprenticeship James was stationed as an engineer on board the luxury superyacht ‘Katana’. He was personally asked to maintain the large main engines (producing up to 5500 kilowatts each). James’ role aboard the ‘Katana’ provided opportunities for him to work in all corners of the globe.
Following this James wished to further his extensive knowledge and passion for Deutz engines.
James was able to travel to Germany and become the first person from NZ to complete training in electronic engines and also large marine engines from Deutz plants in both Cologne and Mannheim. Upon his return to NZ, he continued to further his career at Diesel Dundee and undertook additional training with Deutz, before establishing Blueprint Diesel Company Ltd in 2005.
James has since continued learning and growing with Deutz, obtaining further international qualifications – completing training in Australia, Singapore, Germany and North Africa.

In 2010 James purchased Diesel Dundee and continued their Deutz Agency through Blueprint Diesel, which has thrived and quickly grown into a Deutz Key Dealership, as well as picking up agencies with Volvo Penta, Mann+Hummel, Motorpal and more recently Chicago Pneumatic.


Accounts and Parts Manager George Kravtsov has extensive experience in the diesel and automotive industry. He is known for his great customer service skills and ability to find solutions to all the varied challenges our customers provide us with. On weekends he spends most of his time working on his pride and joy – his car.

Senior Service Technician Kirill Elovskiy has had over 20 years experience in marine and industrial diesel engines. Originating from Russia he has earned a lot of his diesel engineering hours working on the water. He likes to spend time with family and walking his dog.

Service Technician Ethan Prince is the other member of our service team – He has completed training and certification at MIT in automitive and engineering, and in his spare time he likes to catch up with friends.


Administrator Marise Dunbar has over 15 years experience in accounts and administration in trades industries and is the most recent addition to our team – Although we often wonder what we did without her! Marise loves the outdoors – going tramping, camping and swimming.


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Contact Blueprint Diesel

Street Address

62 G Greenmount Drive

East Tamaki


Postal Address

P.O Box 58185

Botany 2163


0800 4 DEUTZ
(09) 271 0371

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