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Our Local Team

Team Members

Ash Wakelin - Jens Hansen staff

Ashley Wakelin

Ash is our recently qualified jeweller. Having graduated from Waimea College, our local born and bred Ash brings fresh and great ideas to the team. 

Claire Day

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

Erin Brady

Erin is our front line online sales and internet support specialist and Jr. assistant for production and inventory. As first contact for many visitors to our store she is a great brand ambassador for Jens Hansen. 

Joel Fitzwell

Joel is the newest additional to our jeweller team. He is passionate about all things jewellery, from design to fabricating the finished product. He holds a Bachelor of arts majoring in contemporary jewellery. He also has the JIRBNZ manufacturing jewellery qualification -graduating with the highest mark in NZ for his year. 

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.

Lee Barker 

Lee is one of our talented studio Sales Associates. He is passionate about all that sparkles and making individuals dreams come true. 

Maniana Heywood

Maniana is our production and inventory assistant, she is responsible for all of our in-house jewellery photography and her attention to detail makes her our ideal quality control and laser engraving specialist. 
Miriam Hansen - Jens Hansen staff

Miriam Hansen

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

Natasha Wearing

Natasha is our office administrator extraordinaire working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly.

Ray Mitchell

Ray is a very experienced independent jeweller who consults to our team and first began collaborating with Jens Hansen in 1989. Ray says that the jewellery Jens created, including the Movie Ring*, was "opulent, attention grabbing, generous, demanding and very precious."

Rebecca Charleton

Rebecca is in charge of our international shipping and internet order fulfilment. She makes sure we get your order right and shipped as quickly as possible anywhere in the world.

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.


Supriya Singh

Supriya is our Nelson store manager.  She can answer questions about any of the Jens Hansen collections, including the Movie Rings*.  

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.