What we do

Building homes. Building community.

We partner with public and private organisations to build homes and community facilities – projects with positive social and economic benefits. It’s our mission to ensure that every family in New Zealand and throughout the world has access to safe, warm and affordable housing.

Our founders

Israel & Jessica Cooper

"We're most excited about the impact we will have on the generations to come, who will live and play in the homes and communities we build."

Our Values

Our values define us, guide us and ground us, making sure we stay true to our vision.


Whatever we do we do it with humility. We aim to please. Our purpose in each day is to make life better and easier for everyone we come into contact with. We actively seek out these opportunities and are prepared to sacrifice, time, resources and comfort to achieve them. Service is our attitude.


Whatever we do, we do it with all of our ability. We seek to find enjoyment in every task. We don’t discredit the little things. We understand that what we do serves a greater vision. We understand that our work enables our passion.


We do what we say, and say what we mean. We remain the same day in and day out regardless of the circumstances. We don’t take shortcuts. We do things the right way regardless of the cost. We treat people fairly and with dignity. We never talk behind someone’s back.

Hard work

We accept what needs doing and we do it without being asked. We work continuously at a task until it is finished. When faced with an obstacle we find a way around it. We never give up.


Despite set-backs, upsets and disappointments we continue forward and we look for solutions. We are ever hopeful. We are prepared to be wrong when we are right. We don’t sweat the small stuff. We accept we all make mistakes and are there ready to show grace to others at all times.

Team work

We have each other’s back. We achieve together or fail together. We promote unity at all times. We always trust those we work with and give them the benefit of doubt. We expect the best from our team and ourselves. We understand nothing of worth can be achieved unless it is with others.


We aim to be the best and do our best in whatever task we undertake. If we don’t get it right we will persist until it is put right. We recognise that quality is as much an attitude as it is a result. We understand that excellence is about the continual pursuit of perfection. We will always go the extra mile, work that little bit harder, and take the extra time to do it right.

Shared values, different walks of life

We’re a diverse team of talented individuals bound together with a common passion and purpose. We look to create change in communities and to deliver value for our clients.


Our senior leadership team lead by example, set the course and empower our people.

With over 25 years of construction sector experience, Pete has a strong passion for the industry and its ability to make a difference for the many people who benefit from the outcomes it delivers. Pete's extensive background at a Senior and Corporate level, across a number of different sectors including Aged Care, Retirement Villages, Commercial and Civil Construction, has given him insight into the most efficient way to piece together projects to deliver the best outcomes for its clients.

Pete Lawrence

General Manager (North)

Jessica brings 15 years of experience working with children and families in the early childhood sector, with 10 of these also raising her own children. She works to ensure a strong sense of team and community within the company. She passionately believes the purpose of Buildtech is to serve its local community. She is also passionate about health and well-being, creativity, encouraging, and bringing out the best in people.

Jessica Cooper

People Care

Laurie has worked within the construction industry for over 20 years. With a strong background in the health sector, in recent years Laurie has been involved in a number of health and aged care projects. He offers extensive experience in the refurbishment and construction of aged care facilities including hospital, specialist care and apartment accommodation, with recent engagements including Lead Project Manager roles for Bupa Care Services and for Auckland and Waikato District Health Boards. Laurie’s career experience spans a variety of industry sectors, including commercial and residential developments and fitouts, as well as public realm projects including the National Library of New Zealand.

Laurie Peckham

Head of Project Delivery

David has over 20 years’ experience in commercial, retail and hospitality manufacturing and fit out project management. He owned his own commercial fit out company for 16 years and has a vast knowledge and experience with architects, trades, contractors, engineers, council and P.M.O.’s. Prior to joining us, he was Operations Manager for Mainland Claims Management Ltd overseeing a staff of 40 Loss Adjustors and Admin, organising assessment and repairs of $400m of earthquake damaged properties in Christchurch.

David Brown

Senior Project Manager

Paul has a strong history and experience in people and organisational management within corporate organisations in New Zealand in both public and private sectors. He previously has had senior roles within IAG and State Insurance. Paul’s experience in change management, development and implementation of key policies and corporate culture, organisational productivity and customer service leaves him well placed to look after all shared and support service functions within Buildtech.

Paul Nanai

General Manager (South)

Israel has led Buildtech since it's inception and lives to make a lasting positive impact on the world. Prior to founding Buildtech, Israel was CFO of Rex Bionics, the world's first robotic exoskeleton device for people in wheelchairs. With a background in finance and economics, Israel brings a wealth of experience on driving economic change. Israel is passionate about building flourishing communities through providing quality affordable housing, and together with his wife Jessica and children, is on a mission to provide homes and impact communities, one family at a time.

Israel Cooper

Managing Director

Andrew has vast experience and skills in capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions, capital structuring and asset performance management. Most recently Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC), a diversified investment company with assets valued over $600m across the property, tourism, rural, healthcare and seafood industries. Andrew’s background includes work in Asia, Mexico and London for Halliburton as the Global Proposals Manager. Andrew has deep experience across a significant number of large and complex property projects, including the Hobsonville Point and Whenuapai airbase redevelopments.

Andrew Harrison


Martin brings to the company over 35 years' experience within the construction industry with a strong focus on contractual management, relationship management, technical expertise, Health and Safety and an in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand Building Code for both Residential and Commercial construction. Martin acts as technical and compliance oversight on all large and complex projects, including leaky buildings, technical repairs, and large scale multi-discipline residential projects.

Martin Potts

Senior Project Manager

Join our team. Make a difference.

We have offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. We’re always on the lookout for passionate, hard-working people who care about building the local community. If you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

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