Management Team

Jake Waghorn

Managing Director / Sales manager

Jake, a qualified and LBP licenced builder himself has had a number of years experience in the building sector, including project management although his real passion lies in the Sales and Marketing side of the business. With Waghorn’s growing profile, Jake’s particular focus is dealing with people and ensuring client satisfaction. As sales and marketing manager, Jake strives to deliver excellent communication and customer service. His role also centres around company growth and new opportunities whilst remaining active in the overall management of the company.


Luke Waghorn

Managing Director / Operations director

Luke a qualified and LBP licenced builder has been in the industry since the age of fourteen with a wide range of projects undertaken in all aspects of construction from Agricultural, light commercial to residential and insurance work. Luke has the responsibility of managing the on ground operations. Luke is a keen sportsman who played in a number of representative levels in rugby and cricket and is also a keen golf player who loves to tee off when given a chance to escape from the work environment.


Joseph Hickton

Construction Manager

Joe got his qualifications in Auckland and has been in the construction business for 35 years. First fourteen of those years in one company developing a wide range of skills. This knowledge of the building industry of the older style homes was invaluable in Christchurch rebuild program. Joe also formed his own company doing a wide range renovations, new homes, commercial and high end commercial apartments in viaduct Auckland for Watts & Hughes. After finishing contract to build fifty standalone apartments for Hawkins, tendered and won, “at the time largest sub-division development in west Auckland” and the build of one hundred and forty two homes.

Interests: Watching my children’s sports, rugby, and motor racing.

Arrived in Christchurch 2010 to work on the rebuild.


Benji Oppan

Project Manager

Benji is an experienced project manager and highly skilled and qualified painter and plasterer who has been with Waghorn builders for 3 years. Rising through the ranks he has become one of our leading project managers. He has excellent organisation skills and will manage your project with remarkable diligence. His exceptional ability to forward plan results in an efficient build that is completed with minimal delays and to an exceptionally high quality. He is genuinely respected within the industry and by his colleagues for his hard work and integrity. Benji has a broad range of experience having worked in general construction for 8 years in New Zealand and Australia and has also as spent three several as painting and decorating foreman and 3 years managing projects within the residential sector


Emily Fisher

Office Manager

Emily looks after all the day to day financial and administration matters. Emily looks back on the last 3 years in this role, and has seen enormous changes, challenges and looks forward to what is yet to come, especially as the construction industry moves from the current repair program. Emily’s previous roles have been in customer services with a stint working at Jo Segar’s Restaurant in Oxford. Emily enjoys working in an office environment and having a laugh with the rest of the team she also enjoys the fast pace of the building industry.


Dawn Mehrtens

Health and Safety Manager

With a hands on background in Health and Safety, including 15 years in the Meat Industry and 10 years of that in the Rescue Squad. Dawn’s Health and Safety experience covers, Fire, Chemical and all form of emergency situations. Dawn holds qualification in Occupational Health and she loves the fast and furious pace of the building industry.


Rob Waghorn

Transport and Supply Manager

Rob looks after all the day to day transportation, fleet and supply management. Rob has been in his current role for 3 years. Rob’s previous 20 years have all been in the construction industry covering a number of roles and organisations, namely City Care and Oxford Council now Waimakariri District Council.