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Nick Marer


Nick Marer will never forget the day he heard his first Ducati. Lying in bed on a Saturday morning, he heard a rumbling getting louder and louder. He tore down the stairs to find Chris, his brother, home to visit on his 1987 750 F1.

At the age of 20, Nick had experienced his first encounter with bike lust – and it wouldn’t be his last.

Nick’s the President of DOC Nelson, and in conjunction with DOCNZ, he coordinates ride events and club nights in the Nelson area for DOC folks from all walks of life. 

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We’re on the look-out for a new Bulla/West Coast Director! To throw your bike-glove into the circuit, get in touch with the team.


Kelly Jenkins


This bike mad enthusiast only got her license in December 2018! Before that Kelly loved the thrill of corners while riding pillion on her fiancée’s Ducati 750 and 900ss Supersports. After MUCH coaxing from him she finally took the plunge and got her license.

Kelly's current stead, the new Ducati Monster Plus 937, has already clocked 9000kms in the first 3 months. Riding all-year-round, Kelly has now amassed a whopping 69,000kms in just over three years and hasn’t looked back!

While her passion lies mainly in road riding - you can often find Kelly at Ruapuna and Levels race tracks. And also started racing her latest buy, a Ninja 250. To upskill (when she finds the time!) Kelly has also added a dirt bike to the collection!

Keen to share her enthusiasm for two wheels and to spread her addiction, Kelly hosts our monthly DOCNZ Meet in Christchurch

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We’re on the look-out for a Director for this area! To throw your bike-glove into the circuit, get in touch with the team.


Andrew Kissell


Andrew has been battling his worsening Ducati addiction for over 25 years now , and has recently accepted what his wife has been telling him for years; that he has a problem. To this end he decided it was time to step up and connect with other similarly afflicted Otago Ducatisti, for help and support.

Andrew moved back to the south a few years ago after a long stretch in Auckland, and is currently training his kids up on the ride-on mower, so he can spend more time riding some of the excellent southern roads.

Andrew’s first Ducati experience, as a small child, was being impressed by the tiger decal on a Darmah which belonged to a friend of his father. And he can still vividly recall a bevel SS coming down the road ‘on the gas’ a few years later; the awesome sound and the classic cool looks.

That got him on the Bologna hook, and then the 750 F1 came out also, with an image ripped out of Two Wheels pinned on the bedroom wall, and still up on the mancave wall. His first bike was a Ducati, and 16 Ducs / 25 years on the F1 he restored is still his favourite ride.

His dream Ducati would be a 750 Greenframe, but with an 1199 Superleggera sitting beside it. And next winters project is converting an early Hypermotard to gravel spec, to get out exploring the South Island back country.

Andrew runs events in and around Otago, and keen to meet you soon! 

Mark Burton


An average southern guy who gets out on two wheels whenever the opportunity arises.

Having been a DOCNZ member for 6 years, Mark only actually bought Ducati in 2021. Call it a late blooming love affair!

Mark loves how well his 2013 Panigale 1199S performs and handles. So different to the 4 cylinders he had in the past.

Riding since getting his license in 1978, bikes run in the family. Mark's grandmother rode in the 1920’s which was apparently not the done thing… well ahead of her time obviously!

His best advice came as he starting riding, a friends father who rode and raced AJS’s and Velocettes in the 1940’s said “Remember son, invest your money in good tyres and brakes…. Everything else can wait”

And a mantra he lives by, it’s an oldie but a goodie “When going for a ride, always dress for the slide…."


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Ross's passion for motorcycle riding started later in life.

Motivation came from accepting the challenge to ride a two wheeled Ferrari.

At 50, the purchase of an ST3 came prior to having his motorcycle license and saw him participate in a track day at Teretonga just three days later. Here he received valuable instruction from superbike racer Aaron Slight.

In March 2014 Ross and Christine shipped the bike to the port of Vina del Mar, Chile to begin a 30-day tarmac tour through some of Chile and Argentina’s most diverse scenery.

A dream tour in 2017 was an obvious highlight, they left the Bologna factory on a 950 Multistrada to carve up the twisting roads over the picturesque hills of Tuscany for three days.

His 998fe or 1260 Multistrada is now the perfect accompaniment for the way Ross likes to ride.

Riding Ducati has been a life changing experience for both Ross and Christine and they're looking forward to coordinating club events in the region and to have some fun with other Ducatisti.



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