About Us

Southtech Ltd is owned and operated by Stew & Emma Bryan. They moved to Winton in January of 2004 from the UK with their children Katy and Callum.  Archie (their only kiwi) arrived in 2006.

They started the business (Central Southland Computer Services) in August of 2004 from the spare bedroom of their home, working evenings and weekends whilst Stew continued to hold down another job in Invercargill. By January 2006 Stew was working full time from an office at home. In August of that year they took the plunge & opened up their shop in Winton which served as both an office & retail premises.

In 2016, when the financial crunch hit, Emma left the business to take up a full time role at Central Southland College but still retains an interest in the business in the background and is heavily involved in the adminstration and back office functions of the business.

In May of 2017 CSCS purchased and moved to larger premises – a newly refurbished workshop further down the main street of Winton. This gave them much needed room for their equipment and to continue to expand their products and services.

In October 2020, the business re-branded and became Southtech Ltd in order to better reflect the wide range of services that we provide and our ever increasing clientbase. 

We cover the whole of Southland, from Invercargill to Te Anau, Riverton to Balfour and even have clients in the lovely Milford Sound!

Stew  - Has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years and his pet hate is all of the techno-babble that the industry likes to use. He likes to keep the geek-speak to a minimum wherever possible.  He's a Senior Firefighter in the Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade so when he's not on the fire truck or generally making a nuisance of himself at home, he has been known to make brief appearances at the workshop and pretend to do some work.

Emma - As well as being a housewife, superstar & mother, incredibly Em manages to squeeze some hours into her busy schedule to do some of the office work from home. She's also been seen in the workshop during the school holidays when Stew can't be bothered to turn up.

Stephen Lung – Stephen joined the team in May 2022 and has quickly become a key member of our small team. Stephen hails originally from Hong Kong where he gained a Mathematics Degree before teaching IT and maintaining IT systems  for his employer in HK. He then moved to Invercargill to gain a Bachelor in IT from SIT in 2020. When he’s not working, Stephen can be found biking around Invercagill at the weekends on hiw mountan bike.

Testimonials

Stew’s extensive knowledge of everything IT has allowed our business’ computer, security cameras, internet provider and overall IT requirements to be more streamlined and easier to manage than the previous systems that were in place.

Stew discusses all options available, in plain language, and has never put any pressure on at all to buy into his services or products.

Stew is readily available and will always return SOS calls quickly through a phone call, email or remotely connecting to our office computer. With non-urgent calls, we appreciate that Stew will wait to physically visit until he has a few clients in the Te Anau area so the travel costs are shared between all clients resulting in less travel charges for all.

We highly recommend Stew’s services at Southtech.

Mel & Mark Witham Arran Motel, Te Anau

Being remotely located, having a pro-active, smart and committed IT support partner is critical to our success.  Stew has driven a dramatic change from a state of constant fire-fighting to a planned, robust, practical and user-friendly IT environment, adding value to our business at each step of the process.  Stew has not failed us once when we have needed him.  He is a true professional and a key member of our team.

Christine Wallace Milford Sound Lodge

I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping us with our internet set up at our base. It has been such a long, complicated process up to this point to try and get a good set up here. You have managed to get it all sorted for us and quickly. Thank you also for your advice and assistance over the phone.

 

Helen Archer Te Anau Helicopter Services

Overall the rural computer service of Winton is outstanding. Always more than happy to help either by phone or face to face, providing a user friendly approach that is at a level that assists to you understand the in's and out's of computing.

Rochelle Robins Weka PreSchool