About Us

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Proud winners of the 

2017 Matamata Piako District Council Business Excellence Award

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The Boltholder Ltd is a specialist in the supply of bolts, nuts and steel fasteners to our thousands of customers throughout NZ.  

Our main product range includes high tensile bolts (8.8, 10.9 and 12.9, Gr5, Gr8 and Gr9), B7 studding, threaded rod, lifting equipment, nuts and washers.  

We also have a fully equipped engineering workshop, where special products and sizes can be machined to order – including studding, U-Bolts, gaskets and unusual bolts. Click here to read more about our in-house services. 

Our History

In 1983, after having trouble sourcing the bolts needed urgently to complete a job, we spied a hole in the market.

Living in Auckland at the time, we sold our home, purchased a stock of bolts with the proceeds, and started our own business – The Boltholder.

We chose Matamata to ‘set up shop’ – it was and still is a very friendly, quiet but progressive country  town, and it’s also very central to Auckland, Hamilton and the Bay of Plenty.  

As our reputation for outstanding service and an extensive range grew, so too did our company. From humble beginnings, we now have a 1000 square-metre warehouse, holding 700 tonne of stock.

The secret to our success has been in never changing the values that got us here. We believe in putting customers first, in going the extra mile, in working hard and being honest and fair.   

Our Team

We’re a family-owned business, and our long-serving staff are also like family.

Together, we aim to be NZ’s specialists in bolts and steel fasteners, and with our ongoing training and up-skilling, you’ll find we really know our stuff. 


Peter Thissen - Managing Director

The Boltholder founder and head engineer, Peter has over 45 years’ practical experience. Need a custom bolt or fastener? Peter can usually fabricate it for you!  


Roger Collins - Operations Manager

In his 15th year at The Boltholder, Roger’s your man for technical questions and his wealth of knowledge and experience in numerous industries. If you have an idea, run it past Roger for options and solutions. 


David Hulme - Sales Manager

When you need to place a high-volume order or request a quote, David, with his 13 years of experience at The Boltholder will take care of you. 

Lisette Hulme - Procurement & Finance

Handles all the importing of stock and is charge of credit control.  Lisette has been involved with The Boltholder Ltd since it's inception and has worked full time for the company for 19 years.

Isabelle Adlington - Office Manager

Responsible for Accounts Receivable and Inventory control, Isabelle has worked in the office at The Boltholder since 1994.

Tony Collier - Area Sales Representative

Visiting customers in the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas since 2006.


Phil Sweatman - Area Sales Representative

Visiting customers in the Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Wairarapa, Taranaki & Whanganui areas since 2013.



Sales - David Muckle & Phil Wise
Counter Sales & Warehouse - Harry, Des, Jordan & Sarah
Accounts - Diane           Purchasing - Patti

Our Community

We're proud to support the community in which we live, sponsoring local projects and Matamata's

Pohlen Hospital Charitable Trust.