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K Team - Asbestosbuster

Asbestos Marketing Services

Lance Russell - Managing Director

The Owner of KTeam Ltd.
Lance & Barbara

Brief History

KTeam since 1977 has been in no small way involved in asbestos textured ceilings. From small beginnings they started and established the “ Kowhai” brand with the main services revolving around roof restoration, floor coatings, and textured ceilings. Eventually they expanded to manufacture all their own products to a nationwide Kowhai group to all the main centres from Whangarei to Invercargill.

By the late 70s and 80s, Lance & Barbara were responsible for hundreds of sprayed ceilings going up in homes across Auckland (the biggest job was over 400 rooms in the Sheraton Hotel) which had become so popular. Eventually they went out of fashion and they dropped out of textures altogether. A few years later they saw the opportunity to now start removing textures, and not only just removed them, but skimmed and painted the ceilings to provide a complete service. This business grew and soon dominated the Auckland market by good service, skilled workmen and realistic pricing. This reached its peak in 2008, building to 14 crews at one stage, and almost 900 houses done in that year. Better still by that stage just over 50% were referrals or had heard of us which was for one off jobs phenomenal. It could not last and there has been a massive drop of houses still with texture, but they are still out there.

Kowhai was sold and KTeam was formed with emphasis of eradicating asbestos from homes and businesses across Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel. Because of the decreased demand for textured ceilings the asbestos removals now include cement cladding walls (fibrolite), soffits, fences, roofs (Decramastic and Super Six), lino, pick ups and of course textured ceilings.

Contracts Team

Lance has had a team of A class supervisors that collectively have been with Lance for over 50 years. This team is very experienced and all have A & B class supervisor licences and all are capable of not only removing the texture but doing the full renovation of skimming and painting the ceilings to deliver a top quality renovation job. They will be the only ones doing the ceiling textures which Lance quotes. They are also very experienced at carrying out cladding, lino and roof removals. They all have their own contracting businesses and own their own equipment and vehicles. They purchase the materials for the jobs they are contracted to do. They are similar to owner operators and share percentages of the jobs.

Recent Developments

First Barbara is now retired after spending years involved in the Kowhai growth and now she is involved in voluntary work in the local community and she enjoys golf. Lance is now in his 80s, but still enjoys working. To ease the workload he has set up a marketing company where he still goes out to meet people and enjoys advising people as to the best solutions to remove asbestos.

He has also engaged two very able and experienced personnel to assist with the sales and advice. All confirmed work will be passed on to selected licenced holders only but you can be assured that one of Lance’s three previous supervisors will be the only ones doing the ceiling work which KTeam quotes

Three Asbestos Busters

From left: Andy Taherzadeh, Simon Thatcher, Joe Leaso


Andy Taherzadeh

We got this job as a referral and we rated all aspects as excellent from job quality, cleanliness and efficiency. We would certainly recommend. - Minn Kitt

Thank you, Andy!! Very pleased with the workmanship, left the house nice & clean. Would recommend them to others (and I have four other owners in the complex). - Barbara Brooks

Amazing job by Andy who worked all day without a break for lunch. Excellent result on ceilings, cleaned up after himself. Could not find a more dedicated worker if you tried. - Des Mitchell

All appointments on time – clear communication. Andy was exceptional – super efficient and at each stage the place left immaculate. I could not be happier with the quality of work done. Thanks Andy and Lance. - John Otto

Come back from holidays and the contractor, Andy, was just finishing the clean-up. We did come home a little earlier than arranged. He was polite, friendly and “wow” what an amazing job he did of our ceilings. So, so, pleased! Our home is in the 21st century! “Love your work!” “Perfect” Andy you are amazing. - Rose Rossall

Thanks to Victor and Andy. Left our place clean and tidy. It was a big job but they managed it time-wise. Grateful to Victor for feeding the cat! Great job, Thanks! - Ann Marie Noble

Thanks very much for the suburb job. The ceilings look really good and the place was left perfectly. I would recommend you to everyone. But I think you should slow down and have some time off. Seven days every week is too much. - Maree Gillies

Very pleased with Andy, great worker and very nice guy. - Eleanor Hiv

Awesome job done. Neighbours were very happy with the communications and the KTeam worked well to keep them informed in all aspects of the job. - Nick Lee

Simon Thatcher

When Lance came to the unit to give a quote to remove the asbestos textured ceilings, I immediately felt reassured by his expertise and experience in doing this type of work. I also felt very grateful that the ceilings could also be finished with Plastering. I met Simon just as the job was almost complete. I was impressed by his dedication to a high standard of work. I would highly recommend this company. Thank you … guys. The ceilings were fantastic!- Elizabeth Blackie

Great to have come home and have all the texture removed from our ceilings. Looks lighter and brighter and the house feels better! All good. Thanks Simon for a job well done. - Helen

Great job Simon – thank you very much! - Michelle Tran

Very friendly staff. Thanks Simon.- Lorraine Thompson

Thank you so much Kevin – for being so positive about the nature of the work and the outcome! Simon: So pleasant to deal with & kept me up to date on progress. I wish I’d taken photos of the “before”, but I knew it was a massive difference when I walked in before it was even finished. Two neighbours have the same plaster finish, and they were impressed too. - Deidre Marbeck

Joe Leaso

Awesome work Joe. Very easy to deal with. Would highly recommend your service to others! Cheers! - Jenny Daly

Excellent service. Joe is a very likeable professional. It was a pleasure having joe in our home doing our ceiling. The team have been excellent to deal with. Lance was very quick with responses. 10/10 Very happy customers.- Robyn & Graeme Butterworth

Very happy with the way the house was left; neat, tidy and clean. - Colleen Metcalf

Excellent service by your contractor Joe. Pleasant, efficient and tidy. Would happily recommend and have done. - Allison Lynne

Joe was excellent – of the old school tradesmen – polite, courteous, hard working. Ours was not the nicest of jobs but no complaints. Very impressed on the clean-up. Joe came back the next day in daylight to do a final tidy up. - Catherine Hayes

Call Lance Now. You will not regret calling Kteam today for all your asbestos removal needs for sound advice and realistic pricing.

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Message from Lance

"I feel privileged and lucky to have such a good team and our joint aim is to provide a top service which will result in a business built up by referrals as we have so successfully achieved in the past."