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Our Local Team

Team Members

Ash Wakelin - Jens Hansen staff

Ashley Wakelin

Ash is our jewellers apprentice.  Recently graduated from Waimea College, Ash is a local lad on his way to achieving his full trade certification as a manufacturing jeweller.



Claire Day

Claire handles our workshop production planning and inventory management. She's also a gem and diamond specialist with many years of experience who can answer all your questions on any Jens Hansen piece.



Halfdan Hansen

Halfdan is Jens Hansen's elder son, and the current business general manager and creative director. He is committed to continuing his father's legacy, particularly when it comes to the Movie Ring* that his father Jens and brother Thorkild worked on for the Peter Jackson movies.



Miriam Hansen - Jens Hansen staff

Miriam Hansen

Miriam is one of our Sales Associates looking after the Studio with Tanya and Tans.  She is also Halfdan's sister-in-law.  



Simon Colegate

Simon joined the team in 2016, after moving from South Africa to New Zealand. He is an experienced Jeweller and Diamond Setter, and is trade certified by the Mining Qualifications Authority of South Africa. Simon and our other master jeweller Zane are cousins and trained together.

Tans Leader - Jens Hansen staff

Tania 'Tans' Leader

Tans is one of our Sales Associates, she looks after the Studio with Tanya and Miriam and has over 20 years of industry experience.



Tanya Rowe

There to greet you with a big big smile as you walk through the studio door, Tanya has been one of our diamond and jewellery sales people since September 2013.

Tanya has an event management, sales and marketing background and worked at the World of Wearable Art Awards Show in Nelson before joining Jens Hansen. In line with Jens Hansen’s professional development, Tanya has completed a Diamond Council of America course & the Gemmological Association of Australia Practical and Advanced Diamond Grading courses to increase her knowledge of diamonds and the jewellery business.

Tanya loves the big Jens Hansen pieces, her favourites are the Legacy Pendants because of their bold, unique and sculputural design.

A keen paddleboarder and swimmer Tanya is always looking forward to getting out onto the water and enjoying the Nelson lifestyle. 



Zane Colegate

Zane joined the team in 2012, after moving from South Africa to New Zealand with his wife. He is an experienced Jeweller, CAD Designer and Diamond Setter, and is trade certified by the Mining Qualifications Authority of South Africa. He was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Professional Category of the 2011 PlatAfrica awards. Zane and our other master jeweller Simon are cousins and trained together.