Surveying | Engineering | Planning
Subdivision and land development professionals
John Illingsworth - Director
John began his career over 45 years ago as a draughtsman for the Ministry of Works and Development, at the same time studying for his New Zealand Certificate and Bachelor of Engineering at Canterbury University. Over his career he has also become a member of the Professional Engineers Institute of New Zealand (MPEINZ) as well as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPE).
Johns career early on included tunnel construction with the Ministry of Works, Company Engineer at Brian Perry Ltd and General Manager / Shareholder at Earthmovers and Whitehall Quarries. This led into many senior management positions within the construction industry at the Concrete and Infrastructure Group (a part of Fletcher Building). Whilst at Fletcher Building John held a number of General Management roles and eventually as the Chief Executive (Concrete and Infrastructure). He studied and obtained a Master of Business Administration at Monash University in Australia. Since then John has had a five-year term as an Environment Court Commissioner and gone on to establish a number of land development, construction and quarry companies within the Waikato. Companies such as Spartan Construction, Phoenix Civil, OceaNZ Blue, Riverlea Sand, Northgate Properties, Hinuera Natural Stone and most recently—Kotare Properties.
Graeme Lee - Director
Graeme began his career over 45 years ago as a surveyor for the Ministry of Works and Development, at which time he too studied for his New Zealand Certificate and Bachelor of Engineering.
From here Graeme progressed his career to become the Area Manager for Brian Perry Ltd Tauranga which led to a short stay in Australia from where Graeme started his own company Lee Constructors.
Through many successful projects and increased growth, Lee Constructors made the move to merge in with Grasshopper Properties in the mid 1980’s. Grasshopper Properties went on to successfully develop a large number of subdivisions within the Tauranga and Hamilton area, culminating with ”The Lakes” at Tauriko in Tauranga.
Graemes career has since gone on to be a part of establishing a number of land development, construction and quarry companies within the Waikato. Companies such as Spartan Construction, Phoenix Civil, Northgate Properties, Hinuera Natural Stone and also most recently—Kotare Properties.
Amanda Tunley - Sales Manager
Amanda has an extensive Sales and Management background. Having spent the majority of her career within the Travel & Tourism Industry, she has the drive to provide excellent customer service to our clients. Along with her husband, Amanda owns a reputable building company in Cambridge. Her knowledge of this industry, lends itself to providing the knowledge and skills required within Property Development.