Owen’s building career began on Dunedin construction sites in the late 1970s. A few years later with wife Sue he moved to Australia where he did his building apprenticeship.
The couple’s eventual return to Dunedin was not to be their last move. Attracted by Central Otago’s dry climate and vivid colours, Owen and his family shifted to Alexandra to establish a building business.
When he first arrived in Central Otago, Owen says it was `just me working away doing what I liked.’ Since then his business has thrived—today employing nine permanent staff and three contractors.
“My favourite place in Central Otago is down the river with my boat. With those green willows at 5 o’clock in the morning. You can hear the quail, you can see the rabbits on the hill—and the next minute—you’ve got a fish.”