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Meet the team

The Ellehuus crew is led by Hans Ellehuus, a Certified Builder who trained as a joiner in Denmark then sailed around the world, building his experience, before settling down in New Zealand in 1998. Hans hand-picks his team, putting them through a stringent selection process.
 

The selection process for all Ellehuus builders

 
We advertise for a month and ask for professional CVs. We then check to see if the CVs meet our standards and make a list of possible interviewees. At interview they are put through a 40-point questionnaire which has been drawn up with the assistance of professional human resource consultants, to ascertain suitability. We look at leadership qualities, initiative, evidence of continuing education and literacy. They fill out a tools and experience checklist and give permission for a police background check. We pay the first year’s subscription to the NZCB. Any who have not already obtained their license are given licensing application forms with extra notes and a licensing points log-book. Any that have not obtained a first-aid certificate are encouraged to attend a course at our expense. Experience has shown that we hire 1 out of 10 builders who apply. Successful applicants then return for further induction which includes our company safety, equipment and folder.
 
They’re nice guys to boot, so you can feel comfortable having them in your home. It’s not all serious at Ellehuus though, with monthly meetings to chat about projects, keep up the team spirit and raise any work-related issues!
 
Find out more about the members of the Ellehuus team below.
Hans Ellehuus

Qualifications:

Danish Joinery Trade Certificate
Certified Builder since 2006 - Business Membership number AAO2916
Licensed Building Practitioner: BP113030, Carpentry and Site 2

Experience:

Hans is the founder of Hans Ellehuus Builders (1992) Limited. He grew up in Denmark, where they have extremely high standards for apprenticeships and the building trade is very specified. With an early love of love of wood (his father and grandfather were both furniture upholsterers and antique restorers), including refitting boats with his family, Hans decided to channel his skills into joinery.
 
After working as a carpenter in Norway, fitting out houses, Hans combined his passion for boats with his skills in wood joinery, and worked his way around the world in private sailing boats. In 1988 he and Wendy, his Kiwi partner, decided to live in New Zealand, which gave Hans the opportunity to pursue his two passions – sailing and wooden houses. He began building commercial and residential buildings with CCL Concreting in Auckland. From here Hans took his knowledge and experience and started up Hans Ellehuus Builders during the recession of 1987-1993. This has grown into the respected home renovation business it is today.
 
The special thing about Hans is that his upbringing is very evident in his work. The finish on things that he has made is always perfect, and he has great attention to detail. Hans is great at interpreting plans and bringing them to life for a result that is stylish and functional. He’s also built great relationships with building inspectors, architects and subcontractors. So whoever else you have working on your home, Hans and his crew will fit right in.
hans sailing
Hans Ellehuus fishing
Mark Hobman

Qualifications:

Licensed Building Practitioner: Carpentry and Site 1 BP118529
 

Experience:

We're very fortunate that we've had Mark's expertise and loyalty for over 10 years. He has over 30 years experience including some time in America renovating Californian bungalows, which of course have very similar architecture to those in Auckland.
  • 12 years with Hans Ellehuus - leading hand on every site
  • 3 years AWF - residential
  • 4 years Laidlaw Construction - residential
  • 2 years overseas - LA (kitchens, residential)
  • 3 years Hanlen Builders - Whakatane (residential)
  • 4 years Cevenco Construction - Whakatane (commercial, bridges)
mark

Background and Interests:

Keen fisherman and grows amazing vegetables.
We are very fortunate to have had Mark's skills and loyalty for over 11 years.
Zane Andrews

Qualifications:

NZCB
Licensed Building Practitioner: Carpentry and Site 1 BP113396
 

Experience:

  • Apprenticeship with Limburg Construction Ltd, Rotorua
  • Tassell Brothers Ltd, UK - Converting farm buildings into office, on tools then supervising
  • Stu Galloway Building Ltd, Opotiki - Completion of apprenticeship, residential and commercial buildings. Project manager won 3rd in Bay of Plenty House of the Year
  • Contracted to SW Wright Builders and Lockwood, Rotorua - Foreman
zane

Background and Interests:

Zane is another leading hand.  Having travelled and worked extensively in Europe, he and his lovely Chilean wife Jansyl are parents of a boy called Amor.  Zane has broad experience and a real determination to provide excellent service to our clients.  He is our official team fun officer and we are very fortunate to have had his skills and loyalty for over 6 years.
Lloyd Hollins

Qualifications:

Qualified as a carpenter in England - City & Guilds NZQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Site Joinery
Licensed Building Practitioner: Carpentry 127647
 

Experience:

He has been with us since 2013. His finishing skills are particularly good.
Apprenticeship in Manchester building 3-storey apartments, schools and renovating the airport.
He spent a total of 5 years in the Manchester area.
2009, arrived in NZ and worked for a variety of Auckland firms.
2011-2012, Armstrong Building contracted to Hawkins Construction, building a 5-storey carpark and Naylor Love renovating parts of SkyCity Casino
Moving and restoring an historic building.
Lloyd has an unflappable manner, is resourceful, very reliable and has excellent communication and finishing skills.
lloyd

Background and Interests:

He has travelled extensively but has now lived in New Zealand approximately 5 years.
He is a Level 2 inline hockey coach, so he runs to keep fit. He has just returned from a trip to America where he competed as part of the National team.
He also enjoys fishing.
He is married to Hazel.
Taranie Taraare

Qualifications:

National Certificate in carpentry.   Licensed Building Practitioner : BP 133179 Carpentry


Experience:

Supervision of joinery door framing for 8 years.
Foreman, building new homes, renovations, leaky remedial work for 9 years.

Background and Interests:

Taranie enjoys keeping fit for rugby and leads youth groups and Cook Island culture groups.
He is a man of great integrity who involves himself with his community.
He is married to Rebecca and they have a young family.
Joshua Kent - one of our apprentices

Qualifications:

Joshua has started his BCITO apprenticeship and is making great progress.

Experience:

Joshua comes from a family of builders, including his identical twin.
We think this gives him a head start on most apprentices, even if he is in his first year.

Background and Interests:

Joshua, his brothers and father can be found surfing whenever possible.  
Taki Tuhaka - another of our apprentices.

Qualifications:

Proficient in a number of programmes, such as AutoCAD, Archicad, Build Master.
Taki should soon complete his BCITO.

Experience:

20 years in the building industry in a number of roles - 8 years as an estimator, one year draughting, one year project management, 10 years practical building, mainly residential.
Taki brings to the team a wealth of general knowledge, along with a very professional manner and quiet determination to do an excellent job.
 

Background and Interests:

Taki is married with a family.
He has worked as a vlounteer on a number of church projects in a number of roles.
He is commited to his church and enjoys all forms of rugby.
Grant Whetton

Qualifications:

LBP 102355 Carpentry.
Carpentry advanced and level 4.
Diploma Applied Technology Carpentry.  
Certificate in Applied Technology.
Top ITAB apprentice in 2005.

Experience:

Five years as independent furniture maker/restoration.
Five years of property maintenance, house removal/reassembly/renovation.
Three years as leading hand for Charles Roy Trading, Accent on State New House builds and Sleah Renovations.
Interests
Anything outdoors.  Travelling in New Zealand.  Making things in the workshop on a wet day.
Cameron Walker

Qualifications:

NZQA Diploma of Carpentry – level 4
Bachelor of Arts, History and Politics
LBP 131514 Carpentry.


Experience:

Cameron has over 6 years’ experience in the building industry, working on a variety of different projects over that time. He has submitted building practitioners licence and is waiting for registration.

Background and Interests:

His hobbies include playing golf, computer systems and also listening to music.
Behrooz Barzandeh

Qualifications:

Studied carpentry at Tehran Technical College in Iran.
Will apply for Building Practitioner Licence in New Zealand this year.


Experience:

In 1977, Behrooz began his building career in Iran and in 1991 he moved to New Zealand and continued his trade. In the years since then he has been involved in the Sky City buildings in Central Auckland and a number of apartment blocks around the city as well as many other key projects.
He was a member of New Zealand Master Builders Association for 7 years.

Background and Interests:

His interests include martial arts he is a black belt in both Aikido and Tae Kwan Do. Behrooz also enjoys spending time out on his jet-ski or fishing.
Sonny Ashby

Qualifications:

LPB 131805 Carpentry.
BCITO graduate.

Experience:

Mostly renovations on older houses and some new builds.

 

Background and Interests:

Sonny is married with three children.
His interests are music - he plays guitar and drums in a band with his brother and friends.
Also - Maori culture, in particular Kapa Haka.
Other Builders

Hans Ellehuus Builders subcontracts selected builders and labourers, depending on the size of the project to undertake. All subcontractors are qualified builders or Certified Builders with over ten years experience, that have gone through our lengthy professional selection process.
At present, we have two apprentices, Joshua and Taki, as well as two labourers, Todd and Eric.  
Wendy
 
Wendy grew up on a hill farm in Whitianga. She travelled for a few years and then worked on farms using England as a base. She returned to NZ and trained as a registered nurse at Tauranga Hospital. Her love of sailing took her offshore to the Pacific twice, where she met Hans just after the America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia.

Hans and Wendy sailed across the Indian Ocean on an American-owned Farr 55ft sloop and then after travelling in Africa, Hans returned to Norway to build and Wendy worked on a Cotswold farm and continued with her nursing.

Wendy helped deliver a 70ft sloop from Chicago to Spain and then they decided to live in NZ in 1988. Wendy resumed nursing but stopped working when she had their first child in 1994.

She trained as a Playcentre early childhood teacher, progressing to the level where she had to lead the teacher training. She sadly left Playcentre when her kids started school, but true to her nature she became heavily involved with their school. Her daughter shared her love of horses and so she became involved in Pony Club.

Wendy is responsible for the administration of Hans Ellehuus Builders - she keeps track of all the projects and is the person who will be keeping you up to date with how your project is progressing.


 
New Zealand Certified Builders (NZCB)
Admission to this professional body requires either:
  1. Advanced trade certificate or
  2. Due completion of apprenticeship time and 10 years experience.
Note - this is the only professional body which insists on this, whereas this is not required to become a Licensed Building Practitioner.


 

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