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About Wrens

About

It was over a century ago when James Wren first set out to become a painting contractor in Dunedin. By consistently offering top-quality results and second-to-none customer services, we're now one of the South Island's largest Painting, Plastering and Tiling contractors. Given our history and dedication to quality, Wrens is a name Otago knows and trusts. We've been adding colour and transforming businesses and homes across Dunedin, and the Central and South Otago regions. Call today for a free measure and quote.

With over 125 years in business, Wrens is a company with a history. We've survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and have left our mark on thousands of Dunedin homes and buildings.

Our Staff

Staff

Brian Black

CONTRACT MANAGER

Tyler Ellis

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT ESTIMATOR

Kath Colclouth

ESTIMATOR

Shelley Conlon

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Blair Mitchell

CONTRACT SUPERVISOR

Richard Watt

CONTRACT SUPERVISOR

It was over a century ago, when James EST 1896 EST 1896 Wren first set out to become a painting contractor in Dunedin

Given our history and dedication to quality, Wrens is a name Otago knows and trusts. We’ve been adding colour and transforming businesses and homes across Dunedin, South Otago, Central Otago and Lakes District regions.

Locally owned & operated for 125 years

On the 15th January 1896, Mr James Wren started business on his own account as a painter and decorator. The business grew and a small retail outlet was established in Stafford Street. The rest, they say, is history. The management of the company was taken over by the founder’s sons, Percy and Chris Wren in 1920. In 1928 Chris died and Percy took over the running of the company. Initially, Alex, Percy’s son, was employed but sadly was killed in action in World War Two. Percy’s second son James (Jim) Wren entered the family business.

Jim Wren spent 46 years in the company until his retirement in 1988. The company was purchased by Stewart Driver and Alan Dunbar. This partnership continued until 2003 when Alan retired. Stewart retired in 2005. The company is now owned by Richard Daniell, Brian Black and Blair Mitchell. The head office is now at 50 Carroll Street,

Painting, Tiling & Plastering

Makeovers or new projects, residential and commercial, Wrens gives you quality finishes for all painting and interior decorating requirements.

A professional team of Craftsman Solid Plasterers and Tilers ensuring a quality job from small home repairs to large-scale

Our Values
  • Three coats means three coats
  • To go the extra mile
  • To strongly uphold our company name
  • To be open to growth and new ideas
  • To treat all people fairly

Wrens proud tradition of being one of Otago’s most trusted Contractors starts with its loyal, dedicated and long-serving staff, some having been with the company for over 30 years. When a client wants work done they know they will get approachable, trustworthy and reliable tradespeople, who respect them and their property. Our people take pride in what they do, carrying out their work to a high standard from the first contact to completion. It is these qualities that have made Wrens stand the test of time and still contracting after 125 years.