ZB Homes

Meet the Team

Zane Beckett


Welcome to ZB Homes, I’m Zane Beckett.

I founded ZB Homes over 20 years ago now. At the time I was encouraged to set up my own building and construction business by the mentors I had just finished my apprenticeship with. Today, I am amazed at what that dream has become. In 2017, we were the first construction company to win Deloitte’s Fast 50, spurred on by our investment in property development.

Twenty years ago I would never have envisaged becoming a property developer, but when sections became scarce, I knew I had to look at how I could help more people realise their dream of new home ownership. So, I expanded into creating subdivisions and offering house and land packages.

Our team now operates out of Te Awamutu and Cambridge, with around a dozen staff across both offices, building homes for our clients right across the Waikato region. At any one time, we have around 40 building projects on the go, and yet we pride ourselves on providing each and every client with personalised service, care and commitment. We make sure we listen carefully to what you want, provide a seamless build process, and offer you a number of benefits when building with ZB Homes. What motivates me is providing affordable house and land packages and opening the doors to new home ownership for individuals, couples and families that may otherwise not be able to afford this dream.

New homes provide so many benefits, both in terms of aesthetics, comfort and health. To be able to provide those opportunities is highly rewarding for me. I hope you’ll come on board as one of our clients, so we can build your dream home too.

Kirsten Chisholm

General Manager and Sales

Kirsten joined ZB Homes team in 2015 after moving down from central Auckland with her husband and two girls.

She has a Marketing Degree and has been involved in Sales & Management for many years before making the move to the Waikato. Kirsten built her own house in Cambridge 2.5 years ago, so is very familiar with both sides of the build process.

When Kirsten is not busy on the phone selling house & land packages while being involved in the day to day running of ZB Homes, Kirsten loves to be outdoors – mainly at their bach in the Coromandel with her family, or traveling around the country – enjoying all the fine food and wine NZ has to offer!  

Felicity Joslin

Sales & Design Consultant
Felicity’s journey has come full circle as she returned to her roots in the mighty Waikato after nine adventurous years abroad in Australia and Canada. Growing up on a sprawling lifestyle block, her love for nature and hard work shines through.
In 2021, she embarked on a new chapter, transitioning from insurance broking to the dynamic world of construction – a change fueled by her passion for property, home design, and above all, to empower others to achieve their dreams.
Outside of the daily grind, you’ll find her in the serenity of nature on bush walks, carving fresh tracks on snow-capped slopes or enjoying the heights of summer at the beach.  Her cherished moments are spent surrounded by loved ones, practicing yoga, capturing life’s beauty through her lens, casting fishing lines and whipping up culinary delights in the kitchen. 
With a keen eye for detail and a dedication to client satisfaction, Felicity is your trusted partner in navigating the building process”

Rebecca Jackson

client liaison

Becca prides herself on providing a high level of customer service and brings a wealth of knowledge from working in various client-focused roles across her career.

Being a very approachable, caring person who is great at listening, Becca appreciates good time management and attention to detail, whilst always looking for the best result for her clients.

Growing up as a dairy farmer’s daughter in rural areas of Te Awamutu, Becca has spent the bulk of her life in the Waipa District and values the rapport and relationships she has built in the local community.

Outside of work Becca values time with her family and friends and is a mother of 2 busy active boys! She is a big international traveler, reaching her personal goal of traveling to 30 countries by the time she was 30. She loves experiencing new countries not only for the sight-seeing but believes it’s the people, food & culture that you can learn so much from.

Angela Ede

Accounts payable/receivable and payroll

Angela moved to Te Awamutu 18 years ago when she entered the property market. She found the housing in Hamilton to be a bit out of reach, so she headed South and it’s the best decision she has ever made. Te Awamutu is and always will be home to her and her two sons.

Angela was lucky enough to meet Zane approximately 10 years ago when he needed help at the Hire Centre he owned at the time. That meeting led to a job at the Hire Centre and then a skip sideways to ZB Homes.

Angela thoroughly enjoys looking after the accounts department at ZB. She appreciates that this is possibly the biggest purchase people make in their lives, so everything needs to run smoothly. Providing a stress-free experience is the ultimate goal for us all here in the ZB family.

It is also important to Angie to ensure that all our suppliers and staff are paid on time, as they are the backbone of this organisation. Every day is an exciting challenge.

rohit lalji


Rohit has been a Quantity Surveyor with ZB Homes for over 4 years now.

His day to day role involves estimating various projects, keeping track of budgets for all on-going jobs and cost control for all projects.

Being a Quantity Surveyor, Rohit works in hand with the Director, Sales Team, Project Management Team and Sub-Contractors to ensure our clients get the dream home they are after.

When Rohit has spare time you will find him working on other skills whether it’s work related or cooking classes from YouTube. He enjoys spending time with friends and family. And when he has time you’ll find him working on his LEGO !

Gregg Hughes

project co-ordinator

After 10 years working in the Prison service, Gregg returned to the building trade, before joining ZB Homes in 2016, in a Project Co-ordinator role, working alongside the Project Management Team and Sales Team to ensure things run as smooth as possible.

Gregg has always had a love for building, renovating his home to suit his plant crazy wife (over 200 houseplants and counting), 2 spoilt bulldogs and now 2 crazy cats, creating a homestead and haven for his children and now their children. 

Gregg has a passion for fishing and a deep love affair with his little boat “Siesta”. So when the weather is fine (and the wife permits it) you will find him somewhere on the sea with the intent of bringing home the snapper.

lucas Dampney

project Manager

Lucas started with ZB Homes at the start of 2021 as a site foreman and later on that year he moved into the projects team as a Project Manager running jobs at Haultain Estate Subdivision. With over 10 years of building experience, your future house is in good hands should you find Lucas running your project.

Outside of work you will catch him on the rugby field playing for Pirongia, out hunting and duck shooting or at home finished (the never ending) renovations with his wife and family.

billy smith

qualified builder

Billy started working with us in January 2019.

When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “The end of the month catch ups with the whole team and working outside”.

His hobbies outside of work are surfing, surfing and surfing.

Something interesting about Billy is that he has never broken a bone.

Rob Scott

Qualified Builder

Rob started working with ZB Homes in January 2019. 

When asked what his favorite part about working with us is he said “I’ve been in the industry a long time, and this is one of the best jobs I’ve had”.

His hobbies outside of work include fishing, golf and a good party! 

Something interesting about Rob is that he was in the army.

Dave foreman

qualified builder

Desmond rewi-wetini

Qualified Builder

Des started working with ZB Homes in March 2021

When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “Kicking with all the boys and learning new skills everyday”.

His hobbies outside of work include basketball, and getting involved with his kids hobbies.

Something interesting about Des is that he is a pro gamer.

Luke Barnes

qualified builder

Luke started working with us in September 2020.

When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “The people and consistent work”.

His hobbies outside of work are basketball and mountain biking.

Something interesting about Luke is he has been swinging a hammer since he could walk. Ironically he broke his nose with said hammer!

Jaden Hikairo Gate (Hiks)

qualified builder

Hiks came back to ZB Homes in May 2023 after being away for a year (he worked with us for 2 years previously)

When asked what he was looking forward to coming back to he said “working with my old workmates and meeting new ones”.

His hobbies outside of work include playing sports – particularly basketball and rugby and says he is pretty good at beer pong too.

Something interesting about Hiks is that he is a father of two and can speak Te Reo Maori.

Andrew Minton

Builders Support

Andy started working with us in June 2022.

When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “The variety of jobs and the great team”.

His hobbies outside of work are being a dad, and having a jam on his guitar with his poppa.

Something interesting about Andy is that he was a good inline hockey player back in the day.

Jean-Luc Brown Wahanui

Apprentice Builder

Jean-Luc started working with us in December 2021.

When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “I love learning and becoming closer mates with the other builders”.

His hobbies outside of work are playing touch rugby, basketball and riding his dirt bikes.

Something interesting about Jean-Luc is he was Top 1 New Zealand Motocross rider.

Webb Eli Sorenson

Apprentice Builder
Webb started working with us in December 2021.
When asked what his favourite part about working here is he said “my favourite part is lunch with the boys”.
His hobbies outside of work are mountain biking, surfing, gym and motorcycles. 
Something interesting about Webb is he can bench 250lbs.

Seth Olsen

apprentice builder

First Home Buyers