The History of Jesmond Construction

Jesmond Construction has always been family run, with Gary and Dianne Harris starting the business in 1994 after Gary took a break from the construction industry to train thoroughbred race horses for 10 years. Previous to that, Gary started HEB Drainage Ltd in 1975, a company that went on to become HEB Contractors Ltd encompassing very large projects. 


The Harris family recently passed the reins of Jesmond Construction to the Woolliams family, with Colin and Katrina Woolliams taking on the challenges and excitement of company ownership.

Jesmond Construction has a proven record of being able to carry out multiple contracts as principal contractor at the same time. Our track record shows we are totally proficient in all aspects of roading, drainage, earthworks, concrete works, and design and build, and can turn our skills to any project that we undertake. Jesmond Construction has sustained an annual turnover of between $2.5 million and $6 million over the past 10 years. We are also proud of the fact we are a very diverse civil construction company.

At present, we have a combined labour force of 18 people including machine operators and labourers, all of whom are extremely skilled at what they do. Everyone in the company is involved in Health & Safety and we are all trained and certified in first aid by PracMed New Zealand Training Solutions Limited.


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In Memory of Gary Harris

Managing Director 1994 – 2013

Gary’s contracting career spanned 40 years, ploughing his first paddock at the age of 8 years.
Gary left school and the family dairy farm to work for his Uncle’s earthmoving business during the summer and managing his billiard and snooker saloon in winter.
Gary worked for Neil Construction as Site Supervisor in the early days and founded HEB Drainage in 1975 to successfully complete subdivisions and roading projects.
Gary and Dianne sold HEB Drainage in 1984 and Gary became a successful Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer but with the decline in the racing industry, went back to civil construction founding Jesmond Construction Ltd in 1994 employing their son Dean Harris, teaching him drain laying and general civil works and Tania Jones, their daughter who has grown with the business managing the office and health & safety.
Since 1994 the company has built up a reputation of completing very diverse projects and with over 390 projects on their c.v. Gary has left behind a legacy of honesty, integrity and a work ethic second to none.
Dianne Harris took over as Director with the Management Team of Tania Jones, Colin Woolliams, Piet Botma and Steve Maynard.
In September 2018 Dianne sold Jesmond Construction to Colin & Katrina Woolliams, leaving it in good hands and set for another 20 years of completing diverse projects in the Auckland area.


Colin Woolliams

Managing Director - Joined Jesmond Construction in 2006

Layne Jones

Project Manager - Joined Jesmond Construction in 2006

Jillian Flanagan

Account Manager - Joined Jesmond Construction in 2004