Meet the Directors

“While each of us has a very diverse background, cohesively the team works incredibly well together. Each of us brings a different skillset. All of us have families and kids, therefore family is our priority and is one of our pillars that form our values. Essentially, we work in a way that we hope will make our kids proud of us. This means always staying true to our values and doing what is ethically right. This core pillar filters down to the way we operate on a daily basis but also how we plan our long-term vision.”

Gavin, Aaron and Peter

Aaron Thorne: Managing Director

Aaron is responsible for the day-today operations of Thorne Group. After graduating with a business degree Aaron has spent over twenty years in and around the building and development industry, with a particular passion for project management.

Aaron has a reputation within the marketplace of being an exceptional project manager. It is his understanding of process, control, and how resources can be allocated effectively that ensures the focus remains on the client. We suggest you don’t take our word for it but, instead talk to suppliers and clients who have built with us.

Gavin Morrow: Construction Director

Gavin qualified as a builder over 25 years ago and has overseen Thorne Group’s construction team since joining in 2007.

Working on some of the world’s best home in London many years ago inspired Gavin’s passion to work on homes with exceptional architectural detail. Gavin channels his passion now by coming up with best-in industry solutions for every aspect of the
build process.

Peter Buck: Executive Director

After graduating with a Bachelor of
Commerce Peter worked for global fund
managers for 10 years, based in Sydney and London. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2005 Peter joined the family business. Peter now oversees Thorne Group’s development and investment strategy with a particular focus on collaborating with like-minded
debt and equity partners to generate value through creativity and quality.

You can use Thorne Group Architecture or select your own architect

Jon McAlpine: Director Thorne Group Architecture 

Jon McAlpine creates what can be called ‘conscious architecture’ – bespoke designs which have life beyond a material manifestation. And these designs have won him awards every year he’s been in business.

As the driving force behind Thorne Group Architecture, his impressive portfolio of striking new builds and transformational renovations have been recognised both regionally and nationally. Always committed to catering to the needs of his clients, Jon brings a humble, approachable nature to architectural design, one that now sees him also play a significant role in minimising environmental impact.

Exceptional Project Managers

Building should be enjoyable. To ensure a seamless building experience, it is critical to have an experienced project manager. At Thorne Group, your personal project manager will ensure everything happens on time and to plan. It is not only quality and design we are renowned for within the market, it is also the client experience. This is why we have incredibly loyal clients.

We provide a detailed project timeline for each job which allows us to establish a completion date well ahead of time. We are committed to adhering to the agreed move-in date, while ensuring we don’t compromise along the way on construction quality.


From left:  Gavin, Scott, Aaron and Grant

Meet the support crew


Clare Sokimi

Business Manager - Client Care


Nikki Pateman

Finance Manager


Charlotte Cain

Group Estimator & Quantity Surveyor 


Tina Milne

Accounts Administrator

Lisa Buck

Marketing Manager