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Phil had an offshore powerboat racing accident in January 1991 which left him with a complete T9 lesion.  After a number of frustration’s with his own wheelchair he decided to build one for himself out of Titanium.  This was so successful he gradually had more built as he sold them to friends and acquaintances.

The small part time garage interest has grown over 20 years to a business that designs and fabricates custom wheelchairs, sells imported wheelchairs and mobility products, imports mobility scooters (Shoprider) and offroad buggies (Melrose Motorsport). Phil now employs between 35 to 45 staff in two factorys in New Zealand and California.


Mike was fabricating yachts and working on specialist projects when he joined Phil to build wheelchairs after work. They had previously met through Motor Racing some years before, and he was keen to get into his own business. Mike is a trained Welder/Fabricator and specialises in tig welding. He is very precise and is very much hands on in running the fabrication workshop.

Mikes special area of interest is Wheelchair Rugby and he has travelled widely to tournaments. Mike has served as the workshop technician for the Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympics in Sydney as well as other major tournaments around the world.


Annette is the Manager of Melrose Wheelchairs and ensures a smooth workflow between the office and factory as well as the day to day operations.


Claire is the Manager of one of the Melrose sister companies that operate from the Christchurch office.

Customer Services (Day Wheelchairs)

As the customer services agent Laraine will liase with the therapist, client and factory to find solutions for clients mobility needs. You can talk to her about the myriad of options, accessories and set up of your next Melrose Wheelchair.

Admin Officer

Brenda deals with the normal day to day running of the office with dealer and client enquiries for Melrose Wheelchairs and its sister companies. She is often the first person you will talk to when you contact Melrose Wheelchairs.

Customer Services (Day Wheelchairs and Accessories)

Philly deals with customer sales for Melrose Wheelchairs, our mobility products and products from the other Melrose companies. Philly also attends and displays at expos and shows throught the country - flying the Melrose flag.

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