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Who is Stella Systems New Zealand?

Stella Systems is a family owned company founded by Gary Cooper in 2003. Gary left New Zealand some years before that to do as a lot of Kiwi’s tend to do and travel the world. He had become a proficient tradesman and found work easily while in Europe and began as an engineer on large yachts in the Mediterranean, this started the series of events from which The Stella Marine Group of Companies was formed.

While in Europe Gary met the love of his life Debbie who just happened to be an Australian living in Perth and given the choice to continue in Europe or follow her home Gary did what any self-respecting Kiwi would do and jumped ship to follow his girl, the pair eventually choosing Brisbane as their home to raise their family of 3 beautiful girls.

The Stella Marine Group started from humble beginnings and it is only been recently that Gary has been able to let go of the original Stella van from which it all started. It’s true to say that Stella started as a van and a box of tools growing to now have two full service engineering workshops in South East Queensland delivering high quality services to Yachts from around the globe.

It was around 2009 that Stella Marine opened a supply and distribution arm of the company called Stella Systems and with the considerable growth of these last year’s Gary made the decision to take Stella Systems “home” to New Zealand opening in April 2015. The want to bring Stella Systems to New Zealand and the eventual opening of this office is a source of great pride for Gary and Deb; it brings with it the same commitment to service and quality that has been the foundation of their success.

“Because Quality and Service count”

Stella Systems New Zealand is backed by a technically based sales team with many years of marine industry experience. The team at Stella System NZ gives the same attention to service and detail as everyone in the Stella Marine Group; put simply our customers always come first.

Our commitment to the New Zealand marine market is to provide you with the best product at the best possible price. Our commitment to our customers is to give you unsurpassed service and advice, to stand behind our product and back everything we do.

Some of the key brands that Stella Systems currently market includes; Craftsman Marine, Planus, Trac Ecological, Teak Plus and Minus, Stella Watermakers, Stella Water Softeners, Rutland Wind Generators, Yacht Controller, Sovereign BBQ’s, Ultra Anchors, Ultra Fenders.

Gary Cooper - CEO (Stella Group)

In addition to being the founder of the Stella Marine Group of Companies, Mr Cooper has a breadth of experience in the nautical industry covering both business and engineering.  

  • Professional engineering and project management on Superyacht refits
  • Specialist on-board electronic systems and controls
  • Yacht engineering qualification MCA – Y4
  • Past Vice Chairman – Superyachts Brisbane
  • Past Director – Superyachts Australia


Brett McMurtrie -  National Sales Manager

As the National Sales Manager for Stella Systems NZ Brett McMurtrie brings to Stella both the practical and business skills required to offer the right solution to Stella Systems customers every time.
With a background in electrical, pneumatics and batteries Brett is capable of understanding the technical challenges facing the boat owner of today.
Coupled with over twenty years selling and supporting technically based solutions and the real experience of having a marine commercial ticket, Brett is able to understand and be successful in both the OEM and end user markets.

  • Commercial Captains Ticket
  • Electrical Trade Qualified
  • Specialist Commercial relationship building experience
  • Solutions based approach


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