MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

Dunedin’s pest control and tree removal specialists 

At DM Holdings, we specialise in all things pest control, tree removal and spraying. With years of experience working throughout Dunedin, we offer an extensive range of quality services to make easy work of big projects. The backbone of our business, our friendly and qualified team work tirelessly to ensure that all work is completed to strict high standards. Meet our team below and find out why we’re Dunedin’s trusted local pest control, tree removal and spraying specialists. 

Meet our team

Dave McPhee

Dave McPhee
Managing Director

Company Director and founder, Dave McPhee brings a lifetime of experience to the D M Holdings team. With an extensive background in pest control and landscape gardening, Dave spent many years building his repertoire as an experienced outdoorsman.

In the year 2000, Dave turned his lifetime passion into a new business venture and thus, D M Holdings was born. Since then Dave has diversified the business to encompass a range of services which are used by inner city residents, government agencies and large corporations alike.

Dave's management style is very much ‘hands on’. Dave is in the field for every contract and this is where he wants to be. So you know when employing D M Holdings for your job; whether big or small, it will be managed by an experienced, knowledgeable professional and delivered to the highest possible standard.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys fishing and hunting, as well as being a life member and coach at the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club.

Call Dave today for a no obligation free consultation and quote, or to discuss the weather, tides and swell for your next sea fishing expedition!
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    Seth McPhee

    Seth McPhee
    Director

    After completing a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Otago, Seth joined the D M Holdings team full-time, after 10 years of part-time employment.

    His role encompasses health, safety and environmental management, as well as completing reporting requirements, staff training and contract supervision. Seth has an extensive background in Pest Control, but is also a Registered Agrichemical Applicator and Qualified Arborist.

    Although office work keeps challenging for his time, Seth loves being out in the field and relishes any opportunity to get into the South Island high country, especially if a chainsaw, rifle or quadbike is involved.

    Outside of work time, Seth can be found gallivanting around the countries beaches, as part of his volunteer roles with Surf Life Saving and Marine Search and Rescue.
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      Jordan Lennon

      Nic Boereboom 
      Supervisor

      After five years working in forestry and many years of recreational rock climbing, Nic decided to take his tree work to the next level by studying Arboriculture at Otago Polytechnic.

      Nic has worked on many trees on the Otago University campus and has enjoyed pruning and maintaining a diverse range of trees there. Having worked seven years in the arboriculture industry, Nic bought his experience over to strengthen the team at D M Holdings as the Arboriculture Supervisor.

      Since joining the D M Holdings team, Nic has expanded his resume across the full range of services that D M Holdings provide, including residential and commercial pest control, Agricultural Spraying and Environmental Services.

      Outside of work Nic keeps busy with his wife and two daughters under five, and when he has time, enjoys fishing, football and lawn bowls.
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        Austin Finlayson

        Austin Finlayson
        Lead Arborist / Pest Control Operator

        Before becoming an arborist, Austin could be found in the Kitchen of one of Dunedin’s top restaurants, such as the Lone Star. After a few years as a sous chef, the outdoor life was beckoning.

        Austin completed his Arboriculture qualification at Otago Polytechnic, before making the move to Christchurch to work as a climbing arborist. In the Garden City, Austin extended his arboriculture qualifications and experience, working on Christchurch City Council amenity tree contracts.

        After the earthquakes, Austin returned home to Dunedin and soon joined the D M Holdings team. As well as being an accomplished arborist, Austin is fully qualified in Pest Management and Agrichemical spraying.

        Outside of work, Austin enjoys time spent at his family’s holiday house in Twizel and is the ‘go to’ person for a smoked salmon or pigeon stew recipe!
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          Jon Palenski

          Jon Palenski
          Arborist / Spray Operator / Pest Control Operator

          Jon may as well have been born in the forestry, such is his knowledge of the industry. Spending over twenty years involved in all facets of log production, Jon is an expert in this area.

          Wanting to expand his tree knowledge, Jon went back to studying and completed a National Certificate in Horticulture (ARB L4) at Otago Polytechnic, becoming a Qualified Arborist. Soon after, Jon joined the D M Holdings team. Jon is our resident expert large tree feller at D M Holdings, although his skillset is much wider than just felling big trees!

          Jon is also qualified in Agricultural Spraying and currently working towards a National Certificate in Pest Operations.

          Outside of work time, Jon enjoys mountain biking and hunting. Jon also enjoys teaching life skills and outdoor education, through his volunteer role as a Scout Leader.
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            Boereboom  supervisor

            Jordan Lennon 
            Pest Control Operator / Spray Operator /
            Chainsaw Operator

            After working for D M Holdings on a part time basis for over four years, Jordan recently joined the D M Holdings team full time.

            Jordan's passion is the outdoors and he is an expert bushman, with knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna that is unparalleled by anyone his age.

            Jordan continues to develop his skill sets, becoming qualified across the range of services that D M Holdings provide.

            Outside of work, Jordan spends his time hunting, 4wding and competing in Surf Life Saving, where he excels at surf canoe racing, winning numerous national medals.
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              The other members of the D M Holdings team are a mix of pest control and tree experts who have received training and qualifications for all types of work we do.

              D M Holdings operates as a six-person fulltime team, but this increases to 10 for our busy summer period.
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                Learn more about our team. Call 03 479 2774.  
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