0800 456 321




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Palmerston North office is currently undergoing renovations, and will be open again on Monday 21st June 2021


Palmerston North

Sales staff are fully vaxxed

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1005 Tremaine Ave, Palmerston North

Postal Address

PO Box 183, Whanganui 4541

Design & Build

It's important to us that your new home fits your family and lifestyle.

That's why we won't pressure you into choosing a standard, pre-built plan. Many of our clients use our library of ideas simply as a spring board to create their own floor plan and style that really suits them.

Whichever way you'd like to design your home, our expert team is here to help. Get in touch today!

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Steph Field

021 747 140

Ben Castelo

022 512 5535


Ready to maximise your land?

Many properties (even smaller ones!) in Auckland are now zoned for subdivision and infill housing.

Build a rental, townhouses, or stand alone homes. There are so many possibilities. Call us today and find out what's possible at your place, you could be surprised!

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Communication & Pricing

We strive for crystal clear communication and transparent pricing, so you are always in the know.

We've always known that above all, our clients want great communication, and no surprises when it comes to pricing.

Our team uses proven systems and processes to make sure you are always in-the-know, and our pricing and specification documents ensure you know exactly what you are getting, right down to the colour of the door handle, before you sign the build contract.

Find out more about our pricing here, or how we use The Sentinel App to communicate with you throughout the build.


van de Water

027 870 4522

Kathy Sullivan

021 087 15417

Knockdown & Rebuild

Love where you live, but want a new home?

With land shortages in Auckland, many of our clients are choosing to knockdown an existing home, and build a new one in its place.

This is a fantastic way to keep your address, but live in a brand new home, that really fits your family.

We'll make it easy by managing the entire process for you. Give us a call, and let's have a chat today!

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Meet the local team

Barry Higgison

Sales Consultant

027 4422 651


Nigel Higgison

Project Manager

027 623 7024


Tawhiri & Tanya Pohio



of sentinel homes

Palmerston North

Tawhiri and Tanya bring complementary skills to the business, and working together has already seen them successful in establishing building industry businesses.  Tarf as an entrepreneurial, trade qualified builder and Tanya as a creative systems and process person, combine to offer sound experience and knowledge in the industry.  

Tarf was raised on a farm with an attitude for hard work. He left the farm on the advice of his grand father as a teenager and went to a private boarding school in the Hawkes Bay.

In 1994 Tarf moved to Blenheim where he started his own business in the forestry industry employing over 30 staff. A move to Auckland and a Diploma in Leadership saw him take on a role as a self-employed contractor within Coca-Cola. Tarf was dominant in sales for the Auckland region and set records at Coca-Cola. It was at this time that Tarf met Tanya.

Tanya is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and was raised in the deaf community with NZSL as her first language although she herself is hearing. Tanya’s background is within the Social Work sector and she studied and received a First-Class Honors degree in Social Work. This then led her to work for Women’s Refuge and advocating for women and children to have the right to have a safe and violence free home environment. Although creative by nature, it is Tanya’s ability and passion for structure and systems that has made her an asset for the business. Tanya has also held positions leading volunteers and event management in the not for profit sector.

Tawhiri and Tanya married prior to relocating to Whanganui with their two boys in 2005. Their third child, a girl arrived on the scene in 2007 completing their family. 

With Tawhiri’s entrepreneurial passion and Tanya’s flair for the creative, they set about establishing a well-respected local home handyman business maintaining and servicing 450 homes in the region. Tarf underwent his apprenticeship at this time and as enquiries for full house renovations and extensions started to come in, the nature of the business changed. This ultimately led-to the company being recognised as a reputable renovations and alterations company.  From there they were also nominated and shortlisted as finalists in the 2017 Te Manu Atatu Maori Business Awards. They were also the building contractors for the award-winning house in the Alterations and Additions Division at the NZIA West Awards Ceremony.    

Tawhiri and Tanya are excited about joining the Sentinel family and being able to share their passion for designing and building, beautiful, functional homes for clients. 

Contact Tawhiri and Tanya today to enquire about how we can work with you in building your Sentinel Home.


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Sales staff are fully vaxxed

Tawhiri Pohio

Managing Director

021 242 4555

Barry Higgison

Sales Consultant

027 4422 651

Nigel Higgison

Project Manager

027 623 7024

client testimonials!

From the minute we walked into the Sentinel Homes Waikato show home it was love at first sight.

Kevin & Marcia Hinton

All the pricing was really transparent and the build came in right on budget, we’d definitely build with them again. We absolutely love this house.

Wendy & Dale Williams

All the way through, communication was excellent and the Sentinel Homes crew were like our mates! The house was built on time and bang on budget – we couldn’t have asked for better.

Kevin & Angie Mounsey

Sentinel were 100% transparent about the process. Their communication was excellent, they have a really great app that keeps you up-to-date.

Louise Petrie

The Sentinel Homes team were all great, each offering a different set of skills and providing ideas about different ways of doing things.

Amanda Coombe
Western Bay of Plenty

‘Teamwork makes the Dreamwork’ couldn’t be more accurate when describing our experience building with Sentinel Homes.

Grant & Karen Paterson

what's next?

Let’s get together for a free, no-pressure meeting with one of our team, at your place or ours.

We can't wait to hear your ideas!

Call 0800 456 321