Baseball: 18 years experience, Golf: play to start in NZ AV is 95, Igo: About 5 grade, Reading Book: I Love reading books about success, Volunteer work: Japanese School Sponsor work for Japan Day.
Masahiko Okabe (Mickey) 岡部 正彦
Brief Personal History
1996: Graduated from Taisho University and got a Bachelor of Japanese History 1996: Started working for a Dental Company and studied sales 2001: Traveled around the earth with a visit to 16 countries. 2002: Came to NZ with working holiday Visa 2003: Started Mickey Farm and looked after 20 cows and vegetable farm 2004: Married and started MIT Carpentry course 2006: Started my own business as a Builder working with a Korean development company 2008: Set up Japan Homes Limited
Looking back on my life, my interest in architecture begun at the age of elementary school when I started moving around furniture at my home. I tried to improve space quality and its appearance by doing so.
After graduating from a university I worked for a company in Tokyo as a sales person for 3 and half years, then changed my job to work for a Kitchen installation company because I wanted to work with tools on site like a builder.
After that, I searched for my way in life, considered hard about what I really wanted to do and finally decided to set up travelling around the world to visit 16 different countries. Then I found in my heart that I really wanted to try my ability and skills in the environment where I have “no language ability, no money, no permanent residency, no human connections, no qualification and no family” so decided to come to New Zealand.
I went to a carpentry school in MIT (Manukau Institute Of Technology) after 2 and half years passed in NZ and begun working as a builder. I did not really expect to be a builder in NZ!!
I worked for a Korean development company for a couple of years and then set up my own builder company “Japan Homes” with ambition to have large residential development projects in the future.
There has already been around 10 years since then and we have a couple of development projects as well as a number of new home projects now. I keep making efforts to grow my company and myself to have building projects for 100 homes annually after 5 years.
I strongly believe that it was due to Japanese ancestors that I have been able to develop my business from scratch. Just saying “Japanese” to people makes me respected as “trustworthy” or “doing a good job” in many cases that my business can go very smoothly.
My aim is to develop Japan Homes to a 100-year company that clients say “Wow! This is beyond my expectation. That’s the true Japanese work quality.” which makes us honored as a Japanese in New Zealand.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Graduate Diploma In Psychology (The University Of Auckland)
2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Reading, Watching Movies, Walking and Visiting beautiful buildings.
I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Royal Palace in Bangkok, CCTV in Beijing etc. However, residential buildings attract me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand where I could feel the occupants’ life.
From this experience my goal in my career has become to design and provide comfortable and affordable homes with the spirit of Japanese workmanship for people to enjoy being at home.
Meiji University, NZIE Business
NZ Diploma Level 5
Watching anime and drama, fashion and makeup.
Building a house is one of the biggest events in life. So everyday I work happily and excitedly to assist our clients projects. Unlike Japan, NZ houses keep their value for long span. To provide comfortable home beyond generations, Japan Homes try our best to always improve our services and skills. I am here to listen to you and solve any issues about your home.
Unitec National Builder Certificate, Bachelor of Commerce (Hotel Management)
LBP Carpentry and Site 2
I have been married with two kids, live in North Shore and have been in New Zealand for last 27 years.
Haochang Xie (STEVE)
Bachelor of computer science in Massey University
Registered Electrician (E252023)
I started my electrical career in 2006 in New Zealand and started my own business from 2010. I enjoy working with my hands and mind, also love performing problem solving which are part of being an electrician. My skills include attention to detail and satisfaction at a job done efficiently and provide quality work for customers
Semisi Fetokai Potauaine
Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Master of Architecture (1st Class Hons) , National Diploma in Architectural Technology
LBP Design Class 2, Registered Member of New Zealand Institute Of Architiects
I am currently doing my registration for Registered Architect to be submitted in September 2017 to the NZRAB. I am applying now for my LBP for design 3. I am trying to do all of these while I am doing real work.
Dylan HaiXin Huang
Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (Prof), NDipAT
LBP Design, Professional member of ADNZ, Secretary General of NZ Chinese Building Industry Association
Dylan Huang is typical of the Chinese 80s generation, heading abroad in 2007 to study in NZ. He was one of the youngest people to become a Licensed Building Practitioner when he was registered. He is not driven by profits – design ideals and enterprise are his top priorities. Dylan’s 8 years of local experience and his passion for architecture.
BSc, MPlan (Masters in Planning with Distinction) in the University of Otago
Registered Member Of New Zealand Planning Institute (MNZPI)
Since moving back to Auckland in 2015, I have been working for Birch Surveyors, and now manage the planning team across our Auckland and Pukekohe offices.
I take a unique approach to managing planning applications. My time working for a local government has lead me to work alongside, and assist Council planners to ensure the best possible outcomes for my clients.