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SENTINEL HOMES

Wairarapa

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Sentinel homes Auckland North & West team

Greg Arnott

Drummer
(AKA
Project Manager
)

Greg is a Project Manager for our Clevercore projects operating in South Auckland. He has many years of project management experience.

His favourite part of the job is seeking efficiency in the build process. He also enjoys maintaining good relationships with both clients and subcontractors.

Greg is also a trained commercial pilot and a keen tennis player. His main interest these days is music and he has played drums for many bands for more than 35 years and is currently playing in selected tribute acts. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Rhiannon Kovacevich

Closet Librarian
(AKA
Client Account Manager – Design & Build
)

Rhiannon helps Design & Build Clients get from contract signing to approved Council consent.  Rhiannon enjoys working with clients to ensure their plans and specifications are the perfect fit.

Outside of work she is the ring master of her travelling circus of two girls, two dogs and a cat.  She enjoys organizing and reading, averaging 100 books a year!

Daniel Shutt

Fearless Freediver
(AKA
Site Assistant Coordinator
)

Daniel is in his last year of a Bachelor of Property at the University of Auckland. He wanted to experience the practical side of the industry alongside his studies and see how projects develop and transform on site. Daniel enjoys the variety and challenges within construction and is looking forward to working alongside our expert construction team.

When Daniel isn’t busy studying and reading up about all things property, he enjoys exploring our beautiful coastline, freediving, and getting lost in a novel.

Dennis Bunyan

Surfer Dude
(AKA
Project Manager
)

Dennis project manages our Design and Build portfolio and has been in the industry for 25 years. As the son of a builder he was pretty much born with a hammer in his hand and dragged along to construction sites as a kid. Dennis holds a wealth of experience across the industry from building architectural homes, high rises and bridges, rebuilding damaged homes for insurance companies, and has spent the last 9 years in project management. Dennis loves working with clients on a home they have designed and seeing their excitement through the different stages of the build.

After hours you can find Dennis with his dog at the beach, surfing, fishing and enjoys a spot of karaoke after dark.

Steph Field

The Designer
(AKA
Design & Build Consultant
)

Prior to joining Sentinel Homes over 4 years ago, Steph spent most of her career in Human Resources, working in both corporate and consulting roles.   Her passion for people, combined with her ‘obsession’ with residential architecture and design, is what motivated her to join Sentinel.  Steph loves meeting new people and working with them to understand their motivations for building a new home.  Steph’s role is to guide clients through the design, specification and pricing process and her clients appreciate her attention to detail and the time she invests to make sure they love their new home.   Outside of work, Steph loves getting amongst nature, paddleboarding at the local beach or walking the Waitakere Ranges tracks.  Her, and hubby Rod, love good food & wine and are avid animal lovers, with 2 adorable canine ‘babies’.

021 747 140

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Christie Clark

The Skipper
(AKA
General Manager
)

Christie joined Sentinel Homes in 2016 and has a passion for making things simple and easy.

As our GM, Christie knows how important it is to have a great team who share the company's commitment to building quality homes for our clients and creating an environment where our teams can thrive and deliver amazing client outcomes.

Christie's key skills include planning, strategic decision making, implementation of process improvement programs along with knowledge of fiscal management, HR management, and residential construction regulations and health and safety. You can expect 100% transparency, honesty and integrity when working with Christie!

Outside of work Christie loves spending time with her family, making memories - going on road-trips around NZ (and abroad when we could still do that :)


She loves a good book or a good movie or 2 or 3 ..through to the early morning hours.

Teige Sherwood

Football Fan
(AKA
Client Account Manager – Subdivisions
)

Teige handles all preconstruction for subdivision clients (both house build and civil works) and is currently studying Quantity Surveying part time. Teige’s communication and account management skills have proved invaluable with all the moving parts of subdivision work. Teige loves working with Sentinel as there is something new to learn every day and enjoys working with a dedicated and industrious team.

When not in the office or studying, Teige spends his time outdoors hiking or playing football and also enjoys a spot of gaming.

Damian Siow

Number Cruncher
(AKA
Accountant
)

Damian has worked with Sentinel Homes for 12 years now and looks after all the accounts, ensuring our trade partners and staff are all paid on time. He loves to balance and tally the figures and has a keen eye to make sure we are staying on track and keeping a close eye on our project budgets.

When he isn’t balancing the books you can find Damian working in his vegetable garden and playing a game of badminton.

Don Wotherspoon

The Collector
(AKA
Construction Administrator
)

Don has been with Sentinel for over 10 years and has been in the construction industry for even longer, after some time driving big trucks around the North Island. Don’s construction knowledge is vast and he has worked on many projects in the industry. From residential homes, retirement villages, along with Kainga Ora and ACC renovation projects. Don juggles all things construction to ensure all our wonderful projects are getting ticked off in the right places and getting CCC issued on all our builds. Don’s favourite part of the job is working closely with all of our trades to achieve a fantastic finished result.

Don is a dedicated family man and spends his spare time road tripping with his wife, daughter and dog and likes to collect a thing or two. From hats through to rugby books and other memorabilia.

Ben Birdsall

Sportsman
(AKA
Project Manager
)

Ben is a Project Manager on our multi-unit developments and has been Project Managing for 4 years now. Ben comes from a family of craftsmen and he naturally followed suit and completed his apprenticeship in Boat Building right after school. After a while he knew he wanted to be involved in the home construction industry somehow. Ben started working on high end housing and transitioned into medium density projects. Ben’s favourite part of the job is working closely with our team and the client to deliver the highest quality development and enjoys the challenge and learning that comes from each new project.

In his spare time Ben enjoys all sports, especially the NFL. He loves travelling and can’t wait for the world to get back to normal so he can take his wife and daughter on another world trip.

Jordan Smith

Gym Junkie
(AKA
Junior Project Manager
)

Jordan is one of our Junior Project Manager’s learning the ropes on our multi-unit developments. Jordan has spent 7 years in the construction industry gaining various skills and most recently plastering and installing Gib cove. He is thrilled to join the Sentinel family and enjoys learning new things on site and meeting new people.

Outside of work Jordan enjoys many hobbies including cooking, going to the gym, travelling, trading and investing.

Kelly Blaikie

Plant Mum
(AKA
Sales Support
)

Kelly supports our sales team to make sure things run smoothly, and ensure they have everything they need to guide our clients through the planning and design stage. Kelly has worked in customer service for over 10 years and loves supporting people to achieve great outcomes. Kelly’s favourite part of the job is learning something new every day through the variety of projects we build.

When Kelly isn’t running around after her two young sons, she enjoys spending her time outside at the beach along with collecting and propagating house plants.

Greg Slade

Fisherman
(AKA
Quantity Surveyor
)

Greg has been with in the building game since forever and is our invaluable ‘go to’ person at Sentinel Homes. Greg is primarily responsible for pricing our jobs and works closely with our Sales Consultants to ensure clients selections are on point and within budget.

Outside of work Greg enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.

Belinda Mudrovcic

Taskmaster
(AKA
Construction/Office Administrator
)

Belinda supports our construction team and keeps the cogs of the office moving smoothly every day. She is our office Mum and takes care of everyone walking through the door every day. Belinda recently joined our growing team and is loving the variety that comes with the construction industry as there is always something to learn.

After hours Belinda is a busy Granny to her three beautiful grandchildren. She loves spending time with family and friends and doing crafts in her spare time.  

Olly Martin

The Juggler
(AKA
Construction Manager
)

Olly is our Construction Manager and wears many hats both in the office and out on site supporting his staff and our trade partners. Olly is a professional problem solver and is responsible for everything in Construction. From training and managing our Project Management team, through to  product and supplier procurement. He has worked in the Construction industry for 7 years and his favourite thing about working at Sentinel Homes is being part of a strong solutions focused team who work together to achieve great outcomes for our clients.

When the tools are down Olly enjoys playing Pokemon Go and spending time with his family and friends – and of course, his beloved dogs!

Brock Duckmanton

The Chippy
(AKA
Site Support
)

Brock works across all of our site projects supporting the Project Managers and oversees our ever important maintenance program. He skills on the tools sees him as our ‘jack of all trades’  and is our go to for any last minute jobs that may come up. Brock enjoys supporting the team to achieve efficient quality results and loves the variety he encounters every day.

Outside of work Brock loves spending time outdoors and hanging out with his family and friends.

Ben Castelo

Golf Guru
(AKA
Design & Build Consultant
)

Ben has a passion for building and designing and his family has been involved in property development and construction.  Ben grew up working on building sites as a teenager and his family is still involved in Construction projects overseas. After acquiring a property renovation franchise, Ben gained a Level 3 Carpentry and Construction Certificate, and brings a unique perspective on designing and building and can talk to the process of a build from the ground up.

In his spare time Ben is always working on a small online stockmarket investment app and enjoys a round of golf but his real passion lies in property and new builds.

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Jack van de Water

Man Utd Maniac
(AKA
Sales Cadet
)

Jack has recently joined the family business as a Sales Cadet. He is keen to learn the ropes of the business whilst completing his BBS and Massey Uni. After qualifying for the Y12 business trip to both New York & London, he then was involved with the Young Enterprise Foundation (YES), where he & his team created an online service platform. These skills have created a solid platform for Jack to enter the world of business and expand his knowledge.

In his spare time, Jack loves playing football, hanging with his girlfriend or playing FIFA with his mates

Maree van de Water

Active Relaxer
(AKA
Director
)

Maree has been in the new property industry in Auckland for over 14 years. She’s used her marketing and communication skills to build a team of experienced staff and trade partners who operate across both Design & Build and Subdivisional work

Her team have been winning GOLD at the House of the Year Awards since 2011 and are known for thoughtful design, superb workmanship and transparency of communication. Their referral base speaks volumes to the success they have enjoyed in building this family run company.

Outside of work, Maree loves the outdoors; especially the beach. Hiking, swimming, exploring – Maree is all about adventure.

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Leon van de Water

The Surfing Dutchman
(AKA
Co-owner & Sales Consultant
)

With a long history in business development,  Leon loves using those skills to build great relationships across all facets of his business.  He particular enjoys seeing concept plans come to life when he visits the finished product that was once just an idea on paper.  He derives great satisfaction from a job well done.

Outside of work he loves surfing the beautiful beaches around Auckland and is known for his passion of coffee and sugar.  

027 870 4522

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Heather Norris

Petrolhead
(AKA
Junior Project Manager
)

Heather has recently joined our team after working as an Account Manager at Placemakers. She has been in the Construction Industry for 19 years, and loves being amongst it on site seeing the day to day. Heather is thrilled to have joined the team at Sentinel and can’t wait to learn the ropes and hand over the keys to her first project.

When Heather isn’t spending all her spare time supporting her children in their sporting commitments, she enjoys watching the V8’s, a good cold beer and will never pass up an opportunity to head out on the water for a spot of fishing.

Claire Paratene

Home Baker
(AKA
Senior Quantity Surveyor
)

Claire’s journey started as a client for Sentinel Homes when building her first home in 2016, she enjoyed the process so much she completed a Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) and then contacted North & West to see if they were looking to expand their team. Since 2018, Claire has worked on numerous projects taking clients through the pre-construction stage from sign up through to consent and moved into the Senior Quantity Surveyor position in 2021 where her focus is on our light commercial projects.

Outside of work Claire enjoys spending time with family and friends and whipping up delicious treats for her husband, Steve and daughter, Sienna in the kitchen of her recently completed second Sentinel Homes build.

Kathy Sullivan

The Visionary
(AKA
Design & Build Consultant
)

Kathy has worked in the industry for over 12 years in both real estate and as a New Build consultant here in New Zealand and overseas. Kathy absolutely loves the design stage and helping clients bring their ideas and vision to life. Her extensive knowledge has seen her thrive in the subdivision area of Sentinel Homes, helping dozens of Mums & Dads unlock the equity they were living in and create handsome portfolios for them and their families.

Outside of work Kathy enjoys spending time with her large family, hanging at the beach and working on her garden.

021 087 15417

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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

Subdivision

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.

Leon

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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Hayden & Kylie Rau

owner

owners

of sentinel homes

Wairarapa

Hayden and Kylie Rau are a husband and wife team who operate the Wellington and Kapiti Coast Sentinel Homes franchise areas. Hayden spent ten years with the police force in Auckland and Wellington before becoming involved in the building industry. The catalyst for this was the need for a new family home for Kylie and himself and a growing family.

For the last 13 years Hayden has developed an in-depth knowledge of the many different aspects of the building industry. From working in sales, design, marketing, project and branch management with group builders, along with area management for a multinational manufacturer of cladding systems this has given Hayden well-rounded skills for managing his own franchised building business.

Kylie has previously worked in business banking with Westpac, and the District Court as a registrar. For the last eight years Kylie has been an embalmer/funeral director for a local family owned funeral home, a job where no two days are the same.

One of the main reasons Hayden and Kylie enjoy building homes for people is clearly remembering the feeling they had when building their own new home, the excitement they felt throughout the process, and the sense of achievement and satisfaction once their home was complete.

Hayden and Kylie would welcome your enquiry!

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Sales staff are fully vaxxed

Hayden Rau

Owner

027 557 3111

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!

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