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Our Story

Our Journey to New Zealand

Twenty years ago, Penny, our two daughters, and I embarked on a life-changing move from Gaborone, Botswana to Christchurch, New Zealand. We embraced our new home, but it wasn't without its challenges. Despite the cultural similarities between our two countries, adapting to the Kiwi way of life and its unique weather patterns took time.

Pioneering Pothole Patching Solutions

After settling in and familiarizing ourselves with the business landscape, I started a small venture importing and reselling pothole patch (cold patch) in New Zealand. While the concept was well- received, importing the product proved to be less than ideal. That';s when we recognized the need for local manufacturing. Initially facing a few obstacles, we sought assistance from the Isaac Construction and Lady Diana Isaac, who generously offered to help us produce the patch using their hot mix asphalt plant. Through experiments adhering to New Zealand's rigorous roading specifications, we successfully developed a locally made, high-quality product.

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Introducing Asphalt in a Bag

Proudly, we became the first in New Zealand to introduce a bagged, ready-to-use pothole patch that eliminates the need for premixing or adding liquids to solids. We approached various DIY stores with our innovative product, and several of them graciously granted us the opportunity to place Asphalt in a Bag on their shelves on a sale or return basis. Within a few weeks, we started receiving repeat orders, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Nationwide Availability and International Success

Today, Asphalt in a Bag is readily available nationwide through most DIY outlets and online via this website. We take great pride in being the sole manufacturer in New Zealand capable of producing a dense mix cold patch—a product that has gained immense popularity. In fact, we now export our cold patch to various countries, spreading the success of our unique solution worldwide.

Giving Back

Giving Back to the Community

We are incredibly grateful for the opportunities that New Zealand and its people have provided us. In return, we are committed to giving back to the community. We actively support various charities and make annual contributions to the Special Children's Christmas Party, HeartKids Foundation, and Autism New Zealand. We sincerely thank you for your support, as it enables us to continue making a positive impact.

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Meet Mark

Mark is the driving force behind Asphalt in a Bag. With his passion for innovation and commitment to delivering top-quality products, Mark has been instrumental in establishing our company as a

leader in the industry. His unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and community support is the cornerstone of our success.

Thank you kindly for joining us on this incredible journey and for your continued support.

- Mark de Jong

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