It's taken seven years but Toby and Hannah Blundell have become the proud owners of the Fastway Couriers Masterton Regional Franchise.
Hannah Blundell says they looked at the Fastway Regional Franchise seven years ago after selling their family farm and were looking for new business opportunities.

However, the business had just been sold to Russell and Therese Boniface.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Blundell's were again looking at business opportunities and Hannah decided to approach businesses the good old fashioned way, door knocking.

"We liked the Fastway business seven years ago, and that hadn't really changed, so I thought 'why not' and I went and approached Russell to see if they were interested in selling." The rest they say is history as the Blundell's took over ownership of Fastway Masterton on August 1.

With a background in farming, they see little similarities between delivering parcels and working the farm, but that's the attraction.

The Blundell's are focused on growing the business from their Bentley St depot and currently have a team of five courier drivers that pick up and deliver between Eketahuna through to Lake Wairarapa.

All existing staff are being retained including Grant Boniface, who will ensure there's a smooth and successful transition.

"We're looking forward to managing and leading the business and driving the team to deliver the highest levels of courier services and technology to the customers across our region," Hannah said.

Fastway Couriers chief executive Scott Jenyns said the Blundell's are well-known throughout Wairarapa with a reputation as hard workers, and they are joining an already great team.

"We're thrilled that Toby and Hannah are joining the Fastway Franchisee family.

"We're celebrating 35 years this year and it's great to welcome a new family into the fold.

"They have lived in Wairarapa all their lives so know the people and the area very well.

"They are well supported by the existing team, so I'm sure everything will work seamlessly."

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