Our Story

About Rogers Yamaha - Our Story

Rogers Yamaha was established in 1958 by Jack Rogers and fortified under the capable stewardship of Kevin and Ann McDonald for an incredible 20 years since 2003, Rogers Motorcycles has been a revered Yamaha dealership in Invercargill. Now, the torch has been passed on to Jamie and Claire Croton, promising a dynamic new chapter for Rogers Yamaha in its rich history.

Rogers Yamaha supports the farming and agricultural community in Southland, supplying a wide range of new Yamaha farming ATVs, ROVs and AG bikes.

Our inventory also features a large range of new Yamaha road, dirt, and kids’ bikes, while our second-hand range includes various brands across the farming, road and off-road sectors.

At Rogers Yamaha, you'll get outstanding service, excellent value for money and an honest, straight-up approach.

Let's face it - experience counts. Jamie has an extensive background in the industry and motorcycles, while our workshop and parts staff boast unrivalled skills across all facets of the motorcycle industry. And at the heart of it all is a shared passion for competitive racing in a variety of disciplines. 

Based in the agricultural heartland of the deep south, the farming sector continues to be a major part of everyday business at Rogers Yamaha. We’re proud of our long history helping our local farming community and loyal customers any way we can. Whether dairy, sheep or beef, we understand the pressures of modern farming.

Great customer service is testament to the knowledge of our friendly staff - some of which have notched up over 35 years in the industry. When it comes to workshop servicing, repairs, and parts, our team is incredibly experienced on all motorbike makes and models. For us, professional satisfaction stems from going the extra mile to exceed your expectations. 

Jamie and Claire Croton

Jamie and Claire Croton - Owners of Rogers Yamaha Invercargill
Jamie and Claire Croton - Owners of Rogers Yamaha Invercargill

Meet Jamie and Claire Croton, the dynamic duo steering Rogers Yamaha into its exciting new chapter. Taking over the reins on the 1st of June 2023, they carry on the legacy of outstanding service, excellent value, and an honest, direct approach that has distinguished the dealership since the '60s.

Jamie is a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, working full-time to transform his dream of owning a motorcycle shop into reality. Claire is a powerhouse in her own right, skillfully balancing her own career, supporting their new family business aspirations, and contributing to the vibrant family life they've built together.

Formerly known as Rogers Motorcycles, the Crotons are committed to preserving its rich history while infusing it with new energy. Rest assured, the high level of expertise and customer satisfaction that defined Rogers Motorcycles will continue under the new banner of Rogers Yamaha. Connect with them at 03 218 9584, or visit at 84 Leet St, Invercargill.

Stu Kennedy

Workshop Foreman

A stalwart of the Rogers Yamaha crew since 1981, motorbikes have always featured in Stu's life. While his knowledge extends across all makes and models, he specialises in Harley Davidson and European machines.

Since embarking on his career as an apprentice mechanic in 1974, Stu thrives on the challenge of sorting out a problem motorbike.

On the racing scene, Stu is a long-serving member of the New Zealand Sidecar Association. Outside of work you’ll find him fixing up a motorcycle or out riding. He currently has a 1000cc V-Twin Yamaha and an XJR 1300 Yamaha ... both with sidecars of course.

Tim Page


Tim joined the Rogers Yamaha team in 2007. Always one to enjoy tinkering with engines, he opted to do the pre-trade automotive course at SIT. Beginning his career in the industry, Tim completed his apprenticeship here at Rogers.

Known for his high standards, Tim’s always happy to help customers with any enquires and enjoys the variety of work each day brings.

He finds it rewarding to learn new skills and techniques which he can put into practice by helping customers.

On the weekends you’ll find Tim playing football, working on his cars or spending time with family.

Lynn Kennedy


A fully-qualified motorcycle mechanic, Lynn earned his trade after completing his apprenticeship at Rogers. In 2019 he celebrated a milestone 10 years as part of the team.

A natural problem solver, the wide variety of bikes which come through the door keeps Lynn challenged.

Away from the workshop, you'll likely find Lynn reading books, listening to music, playing video games or out riding his Yamaha Scorpio 225.

Kenneth Villarosa


Arriving in the south after several years spent as a motorcycle mechanic for Honda in Dubai, Kenneth's international experience has proved an asset since he started work at Rogers in 2010. 

Motivated by customer satisfaction and ensuring jobs are completed in a timely manner, Kenneth enjoys the vast range of work.

While he hasn’t done a lot of riding here in New Zealand, Kenneth racked up plenty of adventures exploring the desert dunes in Dubai.

His outside interests include photography and an impressive diecast collection.

Brad Hamlin


Completing his apprenticeship in 2016, Brad has continued to hone his skills since joining the team at Rogers the following year. The learning environment on offer has enabled him to gain valuable experience.

With a knack for fixing things others struggle with, Brad always aims to work hard and have a positive attitude. He particularly likes to tackle the electrical side of motorcycle repairs.

Since joining the property market with his fiancé Bianca, Brad's weekends are usually spent working on the house, on a motorbike, building computers or socialising with family and friends.

Shane Livingstone

Parts & Accessories

Two decades spent dealing in motorcycle parts has equipped Shane with ample experience to meet the needs of our customer base.

Starting at Rogers Yamaha in 2004, Shane hails from a background in motorcycle parts and heavy equipment parts sales.

A keen motorcyclist since 1975, Shane raced competitively from 1980 to 2013 in motocross, enduro, hare scrambles, hill climbs, standing quarter miles and flying quarter miles.

Making the switch from being a customer to the other side of the counter allows  Shane to tap into considerable knowledge of parts, apparel, suppliers and distributors for his role.

His number one priority is being able to supply customers with the right parts and educate them in the correct care and maintenance for their machines so they can get the most out of them.

While Shane's retired from racing, a lot of his spare time involves adventure bike riding with friends as well as travelling and dining out with his wife. He enjoys competitive shooting and hunting and spending time with his sons.

Peter Ramage

Sales, Parts & Accessories

Fixing up motorcycles as a hobby since 1972, Peter has gained ample knowledge when it comes to parts. He specialises in finding the unusual and sourcing quality products.

Years of experience in the industry ensures Peter can help customers find exactly what they need to get the best out of their ride.

He's raced competitively in both road and off-road - on two and three wheels.

On the weekends you’ll find Peter working on his collection of motorbikes or spending time with his partner, family and friends.

Sarah Aitken


Tasked with keeping things ticking over, Sarah's substantial adminstrative skillset has proved invaluable since she began working for Rogers in 2016.

From booking in bikes for service to accounts, Sarah plays a key role in liaising with customers while helping the business run smoothly.

The part-time nature of her job provides a great work-life balance, enabling Sarah to spend quality time on her five-acre block at Tisbury which she shares with dogs, goats, chickens and a horse.  A member of the Southland Dog Training Club, Sarah helps run classes in agility and obedience.