Meet The Team

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. 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 BBQ 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


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


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.

Mark Hobman


Licensed Building Practitioner: Carpentry and Site 1 BP118529


We’re very fortunate that we’ve had Mark’s expertise and loyalty for over 15 years. He has over 30 years of experience including some time in America renovating Californian bungalows, which of course have a very similar architecture to those in Auckland.

  • Has been with us for 15 years.
  • 15 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)

Background and Interests:

Keen fisherman and grows amazing vegetables.
We are very fortunate to have had Mark’s skills and loyalty for 14 years.

Zane Andrews


Licensed Building Practitioner: Carpentry and Site 1 BP113396


  • 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
  • 10 years with Hans Ellehuus

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 9 years.

Greg Gunderson


No formal apprenticeship, but worked with his first employer for 18 years before working independently.


36 years building in New Zealand.
Mostly residential, but some commercial as well.


Greg has 6 children ranging from teens to mid twenties.
Still active in surf lifesaving since his teens.
Really enjoys outdoor activities with his family, when he isn’t working.

Billy Onyancha


Educated in Kenya.
Currently a BCITO apprentice.


Since arriving in New Zealand in 2011, Billy has worked for Macsim Fastenings, Smart Home Designs and DNA Constuction.
He is extremely committed to his apprenticeship, rapidly gaining skills with great pride in his work.

Eric Echano

Qualifications and Experience.

Eric grew up and was educated in the Phillipines.
Before starting with us in 2016, he worked in a supermarket.
He is consistently hard working, cheerful and interested in each project.

Background and Interests

Eric is married to Marissa, who is a nurse and also grew up in the Phillipines.

They bought their first home about two years ago.

Luke Ashley


Luke obtained his NZ Certificate of Carpentry Level 4 in 2019.
He has submitted his LBP application, so number is pending.


Luke worked for Thornley construction for 5 1/2 years, completing his apprenticeship at the time he began working for us in 2019.
Mainly residential with some commercial.

Background and Interests:

Luke and Nikita were supposed to get married in April 2020 but due to Covid, their wedding has been moved to 2021.
We are truly honoured to be invited.
Nikita is a registered nurse who has great flair for floristry – handy for that wedding.
Luke was born in Auckland, but grew up in Australia.
When he moved back to NZ, he almost immediately started working for Thornley Construction.
He and Nikita love the great outdoors.
Luke plays soccer and works pout at the gym.

Brendan Hogan

LBP 18137 Carpentry.
Married to Louise with 2 sons.


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.

Izaiah Jackson

20 year old apprentice. Worked for Green Builders as a labourer before commencing his BCITO apprenticeship. Also worked for Graedon Joinery, before starting with us. He is a very able student with excellent work ethic. His other interests are rugby (he was his high school first fifteen captain), any sports, making furniture.

John Sinclair

Completing his engineering diploma at Unitec. Married to Lisa, who is also completing her engineering diploma. Apprentice builder for Eden Construction, then foreman for Forte renovations for 3 years. Apart from woodworking, he enjoys hiking and anything outdoors. He will soon be reactivating his LBP licence.

Brett Atwell

Experienced builder soon to submit his LBP application. Married to Frances. Has worked for a range of building firms on a wide range of commercial and residential.

Jansyl Andrews

Zane’s wife. Came on the team in November 2019 as our part time safety officer. She was managing Lockwood show home when she and Zane met. Since then, she has held a range of administration jobs, mainly within the building industry. She also runs her own after school care programme and is a bookkeeper for her local church. She has a lot of common sense, knows our team, knows how to organise herself, understands the challenges of building industry and has high energy levels. We always look forward to her site reports. We collaborate well regarding health initiatives for our team.

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, Billy is our apprentice and we are lucky to have Eric as our labourer.

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 of experience, that have gone through our lengthy professional selection process. Most of our builders are LBP.

New Zealand Certified Builders Association(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 that insists on this, whereas this is not required to become a Licensed Building Practitioner.