Our team is made up of experts in a range of construction and concreting disciplines who share a passion for quality. Together, we deliver practical, creative and trade-quality concreting solutions for residential and industrial projects, from concrete driveways or building foundations according to local council requirements.
Founded in 2003 by licensed building practitioner, Justin Mcilroy, Planet Concrete is led by long-term business partners, Managing Director Michael Homik and Director Austen Clarke.
In good hands with a certified industry expert
Now Planet Concrete’s General Manager, Justin is a seasoned professional in the concrete industry with 22 years of active working experience in New Zealand. During his career, Justin developed a set of unique concrete products ideally suited to weather the harsh conditions of our local climate. His blended oxides and sealers, and personalised concrete systems Stonecrete and PC Crete, are what we use to deliver Planet Concrete’s trademark high-quality concrete solutions.
Justin Mcilroy founded Planet Concrete in 2003. Already an experienced concreter and certified building professional, he became a New Zealand Master Concrete Placers Association member and continued to hone his skills and knowledge over the following years.
The passion for quality workmanship that Justin developed now characterises everything we do at Planet Concrete. Making mistakes in concrete laying is costly and time-consuming, so with us, there’s no room for error.
Over the years, Justin has serviced countless clients in the Auckland area, and forged strong relationships with leading Auckland house builders who still contract our services regularly.
After working tirelessly to lead Planet Concrete to a long and successful future for 22 years, Justin sought to tip the scales of his work-life balance. Justin decided to sell his successful company whilst still working and overseeing the business. Mike Homik and Austen Clarke, of homegrown property development and construction company, Clarke Group, bought the business, and Justin continues to manage the day-to-day operations as General Manager.
Planet Concrete became part of Planet Group of companies, enhancing its capabilities with full back office support, including dedicated accounting, sales and estimating capabilities in house.
This thriving suite of subsidiaries also includes Planet Gates and Fences and Planet Powder Coat.
In every project, we aim to give our customers a stress-free process and high quality concreting at unbeatable rates. Using materials sourced from New Zealand, creating our own mixes and owning the equipment that we use, we can help you avoid the hassle, risk and cost of hiring multiple contractors to get the work done.
You can count on us to turn up, clean up and deliver exactly what you hired us to.
Why? With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, our work isn’t finished until you’re happy with the finished product.
Paul JonesSales ManagerWith 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 Gates & Fences. 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 the Planet Group and Planet Gates & Fences offer him.
Steven RichardsSales RepresentativeWith 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 McKinstrySales RepresentativeCharlotte 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 Gates & Fences.
Justin McilroyGeneral ManagerWith over 22 years industry experience, Justin is an expert concrete placer and has forged for Planet Concrete a reputation as one of the most trusted concrete contractors in Auckland. He has extensive experience in all areas of concrete, and is a licensed building practitioner and member of the New Zealand Master Concrete Placers Association. With Justin at the helm, customers can feel confident that they are engaging a true industry professional.
Craig AtchesonSite Manager and Senior Concrete Layer
Nicholas BaasSenior Concrete Layer
Campbell BottSenior Concrete Layer
Emmitt WickensConcrete Labourer
Axel HolChief Estimator and Operations ManagerAlways 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.
Connie DernieOffice AdministratorScottish by birth, Connie has lived an adventurous life, living 23 years in South Africa and another 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 is proficient in her tasks, and is the one who, behind the scenes, helps make Planet Group tick.
Michael HomikManaging Director Goal driven and relentless in his endeavours, Michael Homik co-leads the 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.
Austen ClarkeDirector (MBA Dist)Ambitious and driven by nature, Austen leads the Planet Group alongside Mike with a focus on strategy, processes, and growth of Planet Concrete as well as the wider Group. 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 learnings from Clarke Group to Planet Group.
Saif KhanSenior AccountantSaif 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 5 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. Saif is now an Associate Chartered Accountant from CAANZ.
Sam MartinChief Financial OfficerA seasoned accountant, Sam provides all internal accounting functions for the 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.