The Kawasaki story began back in 1878 when Shozo Kawasaki established Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo.

Today, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) is a massive global company. Kawasaki Heavy Industries manufactures an extensive line-up of products that demonstrate technological excellence of the land, sea, air and even space. The Group’s unique ability to cover a broad range of businesses is also demonstrated by such world famous consumer products as Kawasaki-brand motorcycles, ATVs, Mule utility vehicles and Jet Ski personal watercrafts.


Kawasaki NZ is proud to be part of the Verhoeven Group.

Kawasaki NZ are the distributors of Kawasaki Motorcycles, Side x Sides and Jet Ski who supply and support our dealer network throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

The Kawasaki NZ story began for Shane and Amanda Verhoeven with their passion for motocross which has been passed on to their kids who now share the love of the sport too.


Verhoeven Group is the parent company for Kawasaki NZ, Life Fitness NZ, Nautique NZ and Asset Resources.

Verhoeven Group specialises in premium-end products in the Fitness Industry and the Lifestyle & Leisure Market.

In October 2017, Verhoeven Group were awarded Master of Growth and the Fastest Growing Retail or Consumer Products Business for the Central North Island at the Deloitte Fast 50.

In November 2017, Verhoeven Group were ranked 5th in New Zealand in the Master of Growth category and are ranked 36th in the Deloitte Fast 50 in New Zealand for 2017. This is an enormous achievement and one that we as a group are hugely proud of.