About Us

Led by long-term business partners, Managing Director Michael Homik and Director Austen Clarke, Planet Group is parent to three thriving subdivisions: Planet Concrete, Planet Gates & Fences and Planet Powder Coat. Together, they provide an increasingly wide range of construction services for residential, commercial and industrial properties and projects in the greater Auckland area.

Our guarantee

Planet Group was founded on the values of superior workmanship, honest deals and delivering quality products to our customers in the wider Auckland region.

That’s why your project isn’t finished until you’re 100% satisfied with the final product.

Our vision

The Planet Group team is always growing, and we’re constantly diversifying our products and services. We aim to eventually provide investors and customers with an A to Z of solutions for construction and property development projects.

Our team

Planet Group is led by experienced project managers and property developers, and our team is made up of experts in a range of trades and construction disciplines who share a passion for quality. We aren’t afraid to take on complex, challenging or unusual jobs because we pride ourselves on finding innovative solutions for any property need.

Planet Group’s success comes from the amount of dedication that our team members have put into it. We treat each project like it’s our own, and are firm believers that unless it’s perfect, there is always room for improvement; but there’s never room for error. We are proud to have a team of dedicated and driven people, whose tireless work has built Planet Group’s reputation as one of Auckland’s best trade services providers.

— Paul Jones

Sales Manager

With over five years of experience in the sales, operations and management of a gate and fencing business, Paul is instrumental in the day-to-day running of Planet Group companies. With an extensive history in sales, Paul uses his vast knowledge of the business to advise customers with the best possible solution for any of their requirements. Paul owned his own business in the past, but prefers the teamwork and culture that Planet Group offers him.

— Steven Richards

Sales Representative

With several years of industry experience, Steven has a great skill set to work with our customers and come up with solutions for both commercial and residential applications.

With his extensive knowledge of all things gates and fences, he is sure to find a satisfactory outcome to any customer’s requirements.

— Charlotte McKinstry

Sales Representative

Charlotte has over four years’ experience in internal sales and custom quoting at Edgesmith. She also has two years’ experience as an operations manager at a steel manufacturing company and has even been a project manager for a fencing company. With Charlotte’s wide field of experience, and the fact that she loves a challenge – she is excited to join the team at Planet Group.

— Axel Hol

Chief Estimator and Operations Manager

Always attentive to detail, Axel has 12 years of relevant experience in project engineering, estimating and management in the offshore oil and gas markets, having worked with some of the world’s leading customers in floating production storage and offloading manufacturing. He is always eager to accept a new challenge when it comes to Planet Group and its divisions, and does his job diligently and attentively, to make sure that all estimating, and operations are carried out efficiently.

— Saif Khan

Senior Accountant

Saif is an experienced accountant holding a provisional Chartered Accounting qualification. He has been a lifelong accountant with his brothers and father in Bangladesh, all practicing accounting. With five years’ experience working in a Chartered Accounting firm in New Zealand and extensive experience working and training others in Xero, he brings a steady hand to the team supporting Sam with the daily operations.

— Sam Martin

Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned accountant, Sam provides all internal accounting functions for Planet Group. With a degree in accounting and finance, and Xero certification, Sam has huge experience in preparing and analysing financial information across various industry sectors.

— Connie Dernie

Office Administrator

Scottish by birth, Connie has lived an adventurous life, living 23 years in South Africa and over  20 years in New Zealand. Connie has a proven history of working in the executive office, with skills revolving around bank reconciliation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, event management and team building. Connie also has a history of managing several child care facilities. Connie is very proficient in her tasks, and is the one who behind the scenes, helps makes Planet Group tick.

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Leadership

Michael Homik

Goal driven and relentless in his endeavours, Michael Homik co-leads Planet Group alongside Austen Clarke, with a strong focus on ensuring teamwork, quality and delivery to the customers. Before entering the business arena, Michael had a professional career that spanned for over fifteen years in New Zealand’s basketball world. He is a silver medal Commonwealth Games winner as part of the 2006 Tall Blacks team. Mike’s passion for team building comes from the strong culture that he had with his teammates when he was on the basketball courts, and he now uses the same lessons learnt to bring success to Planet Group. Mike holds co-joint business and history degrees, and had a career as a stuntman in blockbuster movies and TV shows such as The Hobbit and Game of Thrones.

Leadership

Austen Clarke

Ambitious and driven by nature, Austen leads Planet Group alongside Michael, with a focus on strategy, processes, and growth. Austen’s other business is Clarke Group, a development company specialising in creating affordable living solutions and social housing to the Auckland market. Austen has personally created over 450 tenancies over his career of 18 years, and Clarke Group currently has a development pipeline of $150m and a further 700 tenancies. A fervent believer in surrounding himself with smart people, and constantly using the best systems and processes, he brings his experience from Clarke Group to Planet Group.

Sales

Paul Jones

With over five years of experience in the sales, operations and management of a gate and fencing business, Paul is instrumental in the day-to-day running of Planet Group companies. With an extensive history in sales, Paul uses his vast knowledge of the business to advise customers with the best possible solution for any of their requirements. Paul owned his own business in the past, but prefers the teamwork and culture that Planet Group offers him.

Sales

Steven Richards

With several years of industry experience, Steven has a great skill set to work with our customers and come up with solutions for both commercial and residential applications. With his extensive knowledge of all things gates and fences, he is sure to find a satisfactory outcome to any customer’s requirements.

Sales

Charlotte McKinstry

Charlotte has over four years’ experience in internal sales and custom quoting at Edgesmith. She also has two years’ experience as an operations manager at a steel manufacturing company and has even been a project manager for a fencing company. With Charlotte’s wide field of experience, and the fact that she loves a challenge – she is excited to join the team at Planet Group.

Operations

Axel Hol

Always attentive to detail, Axel has 12 years of relevant experience in project engineering, estimating and management in the offshore oil and gas markets, having worked with some of the world’s leading customers in floating production storage and offloading manufacturing. He is always eager to accept a new challenge when it comes to Planet Group and its divisions, and does his job diligently and attentively, to make sure that all estimating, and operations are carried out efficiently.

Finance

Saif Khan

Saif is an experienced accountant holding a provisional Chartered Accounting qualification. He has been a lifelong accountant with his brothers and father in Bangladesh, all practicing accounting. With five years’ experience working in a Chartered Accounting firm in New Zealand and extensive experience working and training others in Xero, he brings a steady hand to the team supporting Sam with the daily operations.

Finance

Sam Martin

A seasoned accountant, Sam provides all internal accounting functions for Planet Group. With a degree in accounting and finance, and Xero certification, Sam has huge experience in preparing and analysing financial information across various industry sectors.

Operations

Connie Dernie

Scottish by birth, Connie has lived an adventurous life, living 23 years in South Africa and over  20 years in New Zealand. Connie has a proven history of working in the executive office, with skills revolving around bank reconciliation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, event management and team building. Connie also has a history of managing several child care facilities. Connie is very proficient in her tasks, and is the one who behind the scenes, helps makes Planet Group tick.