Mat Charles

Managing Director - Nelson

I began my career in Nelson with iconic New Zealand shipping company The Union Steamship Company as a junior office clerk and container controller. It was in this environment that I began my first business venture, a very small operation selling shipping containers in Nelson, in 1990.

My business interests have continued to evolve rapidly over the last 5 years, always with containers as the central focus. I have at times been referred to as a container guru however I prefer to think of myself as a container maniac. Despite its somewhat simple physical appearance, I continue to be enthusiastic regarding the huge versatility of the humble container.

My specific areas of expertise are in marketing and branding, and in managing businesses from a strategic perspective.

I was raised in a tropical environment in Papua New Guinea and have a strong affinity with the earth which includes a passion for geology and volcanism. I believe strongly that all business should be operated with minimal disruption to the environment and in particular that we should strive to seek balance in all aspects of our lives.


Why choose Boxman?

We are a family-owned, private company with a Head Office in Nelson, New Zealand, Boxman has grown from small beginnings into a diversified container logistics provider, involved in a range of storage and transport related activities.

We have branches in Nelson, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Canterbury and the West Coast, and agents throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia.

Expect excellent service

Since the beginning, we have established a reputation as a high quality service provider focused on our customer’s requirements. Having positioned ourselves at the quality end of the market, we have a consistent policy of ensuring that our customers get the best possible service whilst maintaining competitive prices. See testimonials.

21 years of business in 2011

Established in 1990, in 2011 Boxman celebrated 21 years in the business of new and second hand shipping container sales and hire, and container self storage.

Shipping container innovation

Boxman were the first to introduce a number of innovations to the container market in New Zealand, and it is this pioneering spirit that makes us one of the industry leaders today. Our people are creative, resourceful and constantly up-skilling.


"The service was excellent. The process of hiring a special unit that we required was made easy by the Boxman team at Seaview depot. We will use Boxman again"

 - M. Hagan, Fletcher Construction Ltd

"Chris and the staff at Boxman have always dealt with our requests for containers quickly, and always kept up good communications when it has been difficult to source containers."
 - J. Willcox, International Mining Supplies

Read more testimonials here.

Boxman in the Media

15.08.2011 Wellington start-up Storybox is in the business of telling tales and it does so with the help of the humble shipping container. Full story

Supporting community events

If you need a container for a community event, please contact us and we'll see what we can do to help (subject to availability).

Current sponsorship

Boxman support The Nelson Car show - an annual event for car clubs and enthusiasts.

Nelson womens hockey team (below) - runners up in 2012 Nationals, and supported by Boxman.

Boxman proud to support NZ IceFest 2014

We are proud to supply and support the Christchurch City Council and NZ IceFest.

NZ IceFest celebrates New Zealand’s and Christchurch's unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as well as the importance of Antarctica to the world. The Festival takes place between Saturday 27 September and Sunday 12 October.

Boxman painted and supplied a number of containers for NZ IceFest which will be used to house displays.

20ft (6.1m) 25G2 with side doors

  20ft (6.1m) 25G1's with doors both ends


Boxman staff in the Global Corporate Challenge

Boxman staff have begun the Global Corporate Challenge, starting on 23.05.2013.
The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is the world’s largest corporate health program, designed to help over 2,500 of the world’s leading organisations achieve outstanding success by improving staff health and wellness, promoting teamwork, reducing absenteeism, and creating a culture of resilience across entire organisations. Find out more here.

Boxman staff activities

Chris Murdoch shaves for a cure

Shave for a Cure is a Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC’s) fundraising event. Kiwis across the country get shaved to raise money to help patients and their families with blood cancer or a related condition.
View Chris's profile here.


  ... and after!


The Boxman go-karting challenge

  The heavy foot award goes to...

Our office administrator, Jay Sigley, showed the guys how to race - as she recorded the best lap time, fasted speed and best combined time!

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