The Beginnings

The L.S. Starrett Company, founded in 1880, manufactures more than 5,000 variations of Precision Tools, Gages, Measuring Instruments and Saw Blades for industrial, professional and consumer markets worldwide.

Starrett, a leader who has set the standard for fine precision tools in industry for over 130 years, has rightfully earned the title, "World's Greatest Toolmakers".

"Like all businesses, however large or complex, this one started with a man and an idea. The man was Laroy S. Starrett; his idea was 'to invent something useful that people would want.' Countless others have had a similar idea, the difference here was in the quality of the man. L.S. Starrett’s outstanding characteristic was confidence in himself; he was a man who in spite of one setback after another refused to admit defeat. He had unusual ability, vision and enterprise, but without his high courage this story of the foundation and growth of 'the world’s greatest toolmakers' could never have been written..."

Talk to our team

See below for contact details for any of the team at Starrett NZ.  We are based at Unit J, 61-63 Hugo Johnstone Drive, Penrose, Auckland.  If you have any questions or queries on products - feel free to contact the friendly Starrett team on ph. (09) 589 1429 or email to


Phil Hawkins

New Zealand Manager
Office: +64 9 589 1429
Mobile: +64 21 782 600


Justin Perry

Account Manager
Office: +64 9 589 1429
Mobile: +64 288 500 9988

Justin joined Starrett July 2019 and is responsible for our North Island customers.


Alistair Dimond

South Island Manager
Mobile: 0274 323 010

Hi my name is Alistair Dimond, a qualified builder by trade, then in the early 80's I moved into various sales roles eventually joining Starrett the year it started in New Zealand. As a South Island agent I focus on sales and customer service to our Engineering Merchants and thoroughly enjoy bringing knowledge, experience and passion to our business.


Vanessa Rafferty

Sales Support / Accounts / Purchasing Officer
Office: +64 9 589 1429

Vanessa Rafferty joined Starrett in May 2018 and comes with a diverse administration background. As well as being the Office Manager for Starrett New Zealand handling all the day to day activities, Vanessa is here to answer all your customer service, account and sales enquiries.