Wolfbrook Residential was formed in 2020 for the purpose of building high-quality developments across New Zealand.

The Directors have spent their entire professional careers in the property sector and, between them, hold one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned residential property portfolios.

Meet the Directors

Steve Brooks and James Cooney live and breathe property.

After meeting back in 2013, they started collaborating around opportunities and combined their assets to create one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned residential portfolios.

After years of working together and building their portfolio, Steve and James have now formed Wolfbrook Residential to give other Kiwis the opportunity to join them on the property ladder.

Steve Brooks Director

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks


Steve has been involved in property from a young age and, following years of helping his parents out with managing their property portfolio, at the age of 14, Steve became the youngest real estate agent in New Zealand.

After buying his first investment property at age 16, by the age of 18, Steve had built up a portfolio of investment properties and moved into property development. He then spent the next two years building and selling properties throughout the country.

In the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Steve took a hiatus from property to pursue other business opportunities, including creating one of the first tax refund companies in New Zealand.

Following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, Steve took the opportunity to start purchasing ‘as is where is’ properties and, over the next few years, built up an impressive commercial portfolio, along with continuing to build his residential property portfolio together with James.

James Cooney DIRECTOR

James Cooney

James Cooney


In 2009, following graduating from Lincoln University with a BCom VPM (Valuation and Property Management) degree, James began his professional career working at Simes (now Bayleys/KnightFrank) as a commercial property agent.

Following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, James sold three sites to developers, of which he then presold over thirty million dollars in new industrial units. Over the following 18-months, James also began trading and selling in what would become known as the ‘as is where is market’.

James has spent the last ten years building Wolfbrook Residential whilst completing numerous ‘as is where is’ developments and continuing to grow his residential investment portfolio.

The Wolfbrook Team


Our vision is simple and clear – we build boutique developments tailored to their surroundings.

We know that every location has different market demands, so each project is researched and then designed to meet those demands, ensuring the greatest return on your investment.


Make it Happen

Rise to the Challenge as a Team.

Plan, Review, Execute, Repeat.

Get The Best Results.


At Wolfbrook, we understand that to get the best results, you need the best team.

We are a group of property experts who know the ins and outs of the industry – the markets, the trends, the rules and the challenges – and take a proactive and collaborative approach to all aspects of our developments. Not only do we consider ourselves a talented bunch, but we’re actually really nice people too