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Let us introduce ourselves

What Makes US, US?
As a tight-knit team trained & helmed by Jesse and supported by Michelle, Drinkrow has been building bespoke architectural homes for more than 13 years. We work with local trades & suppliers as a proud part of our community.

Your partner from conception to handover


Your project is our passion. We understand just what it means for you to build or upgrade your family home, and we’re committed to making that experience live up to your expectations.


Great outcomes are found through quality & consistent communication, and we’re no slouches where it counts. We foster relationships that last as long as the homes we build.


In Hawkes Bay, from Napier to Hastings and Havelock North, we invest in our community, prioritising local sub-trades, suppliers & businesses over lower-quality, unreliable options.


As New Zealand Certified Builders, we’re dedicated to always providing the utmost standard of quality and are able to offer the 10-year HALO Guarantee.

Jesse Drinkrow
Managing Director/Head of Operations

Jesse started Drinkrow Homes in 2010 and since then has completed a large number of custom new homes and renovations. Jesse is a local, born and bred with twenty years of experience building homes across Hawkes Bay. He’s passionate about building high quality homes with good quality local products. In his spare time you might find him fishing, diving or spending time with his three girls on his lifestyle block.

Michelle Drinkrow
Client Relationship Manager/Project Manager

Michelle worked as a Property Valuer across Hawkes Bay for 15 years before joining the Drinkrow team on a more full time basis, though her inputs into the business were instrumental right from the start. Michelle is passionate about making the building process as stress free as possible and enjoys bridging the gap between the client and the building site. When she isn’t busy with work or her three daughters, she enjoys getting outdoors and enjoying everything Hawkes Bay has to offer.

Kris Troy
Qualified Carpenter

Kris has been a part of the Drinkrow team right through when he began work experience with the team eight years ago. Kris has a genuine love and a strong understanding of the building process and takes on any project as his own. He enjoys working outdoors in a team environment especially in the incredible Hawkes Bay climate. When not at work he’s spending time with his family and renovating his own home. He’s also a big fan or rugby.

Jamie Churcher-Hughes
Qualified Carpenter

Jamie has been in the construction industry for over seven years, which shows in his great attention to detail with a high quality finish on all his projects. He enjoys taking on new challenges and being able to apply his creativity everyday with the team. He especially loves looking back on a project to see what he has accomplished. When Jamie is not busy at work he is spending time with family & friends and working on his own home.

Pio Mauga

Pio came to the Drinkrow team as a work experience student and has enjoyed it so much that he’s been with us for four years, almost having completing his apprenticeship. Pio enjoys the physical aspect of house construction and creating something valuable with his hands. Pio is a big rugby fan playing in the front row but he also enjoys spending time with his family & friends.

Jacob Kahia

Jacob has been working in the construction industry since leaving school and is currently in the third year of his building apprenticeship. For Jacob, seeing the frames of a project come together is especially satisfying, as the house begins to come to life. He enjoys the varied locations we work in every day, and also adding his own unique skills to the Drinkrow team. In his spare time you’ll find him out surfing.

Matt Monaghan

Matt is new to the construction industry and is currently in the first year of his apprenticeship. For Matt, working out in the open air as part of a tight-knit team is the most enjoyable part of the job. He’s an avid rugby fan and loves spending time with his friends.

Bespoke homes the Drinkrow way

No Surprises

Stay in the loop every decision and update with consistent communication and thorough planning throughout the entire build - from start to full handover.

Realise Your Dream

See your vision come to life as you have full creative input on your bespoke architectural design, and create the home of your dreams.

Guaranteed Quality

We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality, as we treat every project like it were our own home, and ensure every little aspect is absolutely perfect.

Local Team

We’re a team of locals, and we always prefer trusted local trades, businesses and suppliers in our builds, so you know where your investment goes.

Our magnificent partners

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