The Green Army

Clelands is an army of construction professionals, tradespeople and support staff. We are the largest and most experienced construction team in Taranaki. Our team has expertise in residential, commercial and industrial construction and the ability to deliver any scale of construction project.



Michael Braggins

Managing Director 027 520 1792

Michael has been involved in the construction industry for 15 years and has extensive experience in both commercial and industrial construction. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Construction and his role at Clelands includes commercial management, project management and various other general management functions. Michael adds value through all phases of a project, including design, feasibility, estimating, planning and construction.

Chris Pye

Operations Manager 027 578 4884

Chris has been working in industry for 15 years and began his career as a marine cabinet maker in Auckland. Chris combines a trade background with multi-industry experience as a WorkSafe NZ Health & Safety Inspector to bring a fresh and practical approach to managing our general operations at Clelands.

Bruce Earby

Project Manager / Director 027 480 5307

Bruce has served with Clelands since 1997 and has played a part in many buildings of significance in Taranaki. Bruce is a licenced building practitioner and has a vast knowledge of building construction and on-site project control. Excellent communication, planning and people skills, together with a drive to get the job done, are hallmarks of Bruce’s completed projects.

Matthew Cathcart

Project Manager / Director 027 430 5674

Matthew has been in the building industry for over 21 years and started off with Clelands as a carpenter. Matt progressed his way through site-based roles to becoming a senior site foreman, working on commercial, industrial, and residential projects. Matt then transitioned into his current role as a Project manager. Matt is a licenced building practitioner with excellent people and communication skills that allow him to effectively manage a wide variety of projects. 

Rick Fabish

Project Manager 027 405 9142

Rick has been involved in the construction industry for over 12 years, many of which were self-employed. Rick started with Clelands as a Jobbing Foreman before transitioning into his new role as a Project Manager, focusing on insurance work. Rick is motivated in achieving quality results for our clients.

James Wallace

Project Manager 027 445 9264

James is an experienced tradesman, having completed a number of residential and commercial projects as a Foreman with Clelands before transitioning to his current role. James is a licensed building practitioner and his planning and communication skills make him a very effective Project Manager. In addition to his Project Management role, James also coordinates with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and various other agencies to ensure the licensed building practitioners in our team are kept up to date on current regulations and training opportunities.

Layton Cottam

Project Manager 027 442 2784

Layton is an experienced tradesman, having progressed through levels of site based personnel to become Clelands senior-most Foreman, culminating in a role as Site Manager for the highly acclaimed Len Lye Centre. Layton then transitioned to his current role as Project Manager. Layton is a licensed building practitioner and his competence and diligence serve both Clelands and our clients well. In addition to his role, Layton also coordinates with the Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation and acts as a mentor for the apprentices in our team.

Andy Cleland

Project Manager 027 485 3148

Andy is a descendant of WJ Cleland who founded Clelands in 1916. Andy completed his apprenticeship with the company and has served with Clelands for over 30 years. Andy is a licensed building practitioner and has a depth of experience in  residential and commercial construction. Andy is customer focused and specialises in the management of smaller commercial works and residential alterations and new builds.

Samuel Wiringi

Project Manager 027 577 5033

Sam is an experienced tradesman who first began his career with Clelands undertaking a work experience programme while in high school. Since then, he has progressed within Clelands, through all site based roles to become a senior Site Foreman and more recently Project Manager. Sam is a licenced building practitioner with excellent people and communication skills. Sam is ethically minded and hardworking and uses these traits to help customers and clients achieve their desired outcomes. 

Russell Mancer

Estimating Manager / Director 027 438 0002

Russell was a foreman and project manager early in his career and is now a very experienced and capable estimator and quantity surveyor. Russell is trade qualified and also holds a NZ Certificate of Quantity Surveying. He has been at the front end and involved in the delivery of a variety of construction projects throughout New Zealand. Russell has served with Clelands since 1998 and has an in depth understanding of construction costs and methodology.

Tony Wiseman

Quantity Surveyor / Estimator 027 474 8857

Tony completed a Diploma in Construction Management & Building Studies and began his career in construction in the UK before relocating to New Zealand in 2008. Once in New Zealand, Tony gained several years’ experience with a national construction company before joining the Clelands team. Tony is involved in pricing all manner of residential, commercial and industrial projects. His systematic approach and attention to detail make him a valued member of our team.

Dejay Martin

Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor 027 280 9621
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