Well known for its kiwifruit heritage, Te Puke is an area that has continued to prosper over many years through their genuine community relationships. The Ray White Te Puke business is owned by licensee agent Rochelle Carter, who has been a resident of Te Puke for many years. Rochelle has opened her business as the licensee agent and with a strong sales team.
At the recent opening of the Te Puke office, Rochelle acknowledged the work that was undertaken to transform the premises. The office now reflects a business that will be inviting for customers and clients and also very good for salespeople who are part of the Ray White Te Puke team.
Rae Beale, Ray White Business Performance Manager for the Central and Lower North Island, said “The Western Bay of Plenty area, and in particular Te Puke, has had rapid growth, with a record number of sales in the last 12 months. The region has a variety of property and sells for an average sale price of just over $400,000. Rochelle Carter, the new office owner, has a great sales track record in the Bay of Plenty and will grow the Ray White office in Te Puke to be one of the best real estate offices in the region”.
Ray White Te Puke is now operating and Rochelle can be contacted at email@example.com or 0274 794 229. The office is located at 175 Jellicoe Street, with a particular focus on the Te Puke and Pukehina areas.
The charity golf day sported a field of 80 local golf enthusiasts and their supporters. Participants started the day with a BBQ cooked by the Whangamata team, who were ably assisted by Wayne Howett, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand. It was a happy day of good humour, great food and spirited generosity.
Such an occasion takes many hours of organisation and team effort. Steve and Trish Morrison, owners of Ray White Whangamata said, “we are very grateful for our staff who have helped and put so much hard work in which made the event run smoothly”.
Steve and Trish were delighted to present Wayne Howett with a cheque for $10,400. Wayne said, “we couldn’t do it without generous supporters like Ray White Whangamata, whose generosity continues to play an integral part in helping Ronald McDonald House be there for every family who needs us”.
A further $2,460 was presented to the St Johns Ambulance service.
Ray White Whangamata thanks the local community for their good hearted support and look forward to their charity golf tournament in 2016, which is always held on the Friday of Labour Weekend.
Kids of all ages and their parents were given the heads up from Beachlands School through their weekly newsletter, with an additional alert the day before, to bring some spare change for the cause, which coincided with the SPCA’s Annual Appeal. The initial drive for the weekend long collection proved extremely successful, with cash and cuddles aplenty!
The following two days of open homes saw a total of 14 properties benefiting from the drive. The promotion was advertised extensively on the company and members facebook pages as well as in local print media. The double edge to the promotion was to attempt to increase numbers to the open homes as well, of course, to raise as much as possible for a very worthwhile cause.
“We had a blast, the kids really responded well on Friday, showing genuine care and concern for animals in need – they also liked the opportunity for a cuddle from their favourite animal”, said business owner Brianne Bignell. “But I have to say I think the Unicorn won that race!”, she added.
The weekend open homes also benefited with a 15% increase in numbers attending the properties in the Beachlands/Maraetai area.
“In total we received $427 in donations for the SPCA and eight fresh appraisal opportunities”. Brianne concluded that this was a great way to maximize positive exposure for the company and utilize the ability to leverage this against awareness for a cause in need.
The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal is over for 2015 and, once again, Billy Kerrisk and her team were at the forefront – co-ordinating the Appeal on behalf of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation for the Golden Bay Region. Local businesses donated raffles and friends and family volunteered to man the raffle stall. The total amount raised on the day was $1,614.
Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said, “Billy and her team are well known for their ongoing work in the community and this is just another example of them raising awareness for such an important community group. A wonderful effort.”
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation are committed to preventing New Zealanders developing and dying from breast cancer through education, awareness, research, medical support and development, community outreach and advocacy. Keep up to date with their activities via Facebook or, if you want to know more or volunteer to help, visit their website.
Ray White Golden Bay’s office is located at Level 1, 11 Buxton Lane Takaka and is part of a strong network of offices located throughout the Upper South Island and West Coast. Contact them on 03 525 7219 or visit their website at rwgoldenbay.co.nz.
There was more than a hint of training at this year’s Lower South Island Symposium as it was combined with the delivery of the Accelerate Sales Training programme into the region.
Around 70 members from the Lower South enjoyed three days of training in beautiful Queenstown. It was a great opportunity to learn and educate but equally, it was an opportunity to network with other members from across the Lower South Island network of offices.
Whilst the emphasis this year was on training, Peter McCrea, Ray White Dunedin business owner and Zone Chair, was keen to ensure there remained a hint of fun during the event by booking the team into the The Winery. Here, team members not only had the opportunity to come together and mingle but also sample the award-winning single vineyard and reserve wines from boutique wineries that often do not have cellar doors.
Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said, “Business symposiums provide an opportunity for our members to learn and network. This year, for the Lower South, it was decided to combine it with the delivery of the Accelerate Sales Training Programme. Networking was of equal importance and Peter’s suggestion to gather at The Winery was spot on. Everyone had a great evening”.
The Lower South Island has a strong network of 13 offices. For more details and office locations, visit; www.raywhite.co.nz
Middlemore Hospital’s pediatric ward enjoyed a colourful visit by the cars and characters of the Variety Trillian Bash, a group of classic-car lovers who believe in having fun while doing good for others. Among this year’s enthusiasts were business owners Michelle Greer from Ray White Timaru and Hayden Jones from Ray White Papanui.
The ‘Bash’ raises money for Variety – The Children’s Charity – with the 18 participating teams paying a generous donation to take part in an event where they got to wear colourful themed costumes and drive their treasured pre-1970’s cars whilst entertaining the kids that they visited. Among the kids visited during the annual three-day event were the young patients at Kids First Children’s Hospital, Middlemore. The teams delivered fun, gifts and goody bags to everyone they could. Around 30 patients were able to leave the ward to be entertained by the ‘Bashers’.
Bash director, Murray O’Donnell said, “the three-day event also had a heavy schedule of school visits that included a visit to Waiheke Island for a large number of underprivileged children; a day I’m sure they’ll never forget thanks to the support of our volunteers, Sealink and Ecozip“.
Michelle added, “there are some sick kids out there who miss out on fun like this so it’s great that we could take the fun to them. It was so rewarding to see these kids eyes light up and forget, if just for a short while, as we entertained them along with the numerous celebrities who joined us along the way”.
Both Michelle and Hayden had their efforts rewarded too. Michelle picked up the longest-distance trophy for her epic drive from Timaru in her mighty Dodge Challenger; whilst Hayden picked up the Naughty Nozzle Award; an award with an illustrious history. Hayden added that the event was both fun and rewarding and it was likely that both he and Michelle would attend next year’s event.
The first of the Accelerate Sales Training Programme have been successfully rolled out across New Zealand, with fantastic feedback from Ray White members.
Classes have been conducted in; Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and the Lower South Island by Tim Obern and Rae Beale. A combined total of over 300 salespeople have now attended the training programme.
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This increasingly popular and well-supported fundraiser has been supported by Rex and Brianne Bignell of Ray White Lighthouse (Beachlands and Maraetai) over the last two years, as an extension of their overall principal sponsorship of the growing club.
This year’s event raised $4,000 – money that will go straight back into funding the Club’s junior sailing programme – of which now has 40+ members, many of them junior sailors and set to grow as the community continues to expand through intensified development in the area.
The night owed much of its success to the great support, sponsorship and contribution of local businesses, most notably the team at Ray White Lighthouse and Matt Hodges at Marina Supplies, another local business based at Pine Harbour Marina.
Some of the items auctioned on the night included a brand new Viking kayak, a Seagull outboard motor and a half hour flight on a Tiger Moth. There was keen bidding throughout the night, with the Tiger Moth flight, powerboat ride and kayak proving very popular.
The auctions were called by Ray White’s very own Corporate Auctioneer, Tim Obern, who masterfully achieved top dollar for each and every item.
The raffle and silent auction proved hugely popular, as did the complimentary plate of hot appetisers provided mid-way through the evening courtesy of the caterer in the restaurant upstairs.
Organiser Kirsten Hewitt said, “the night was a huge success and our thanks go out to all involved for making it so.”
Andrew and Lynda Widdup, owners of Ray White Kumeu, have extended their agreement with the Ray White Group after an initial term. Ray White Kumeu are one of the leading real estate offices in the area, with a market share of close to half of all residential sales completed in Kumeu are undertaken by Ray White.
Andrew Widdup said that joining the Ray White Group after several years of being an independent has been great for their business. “Ray White have been able to support our growth and, just as importantly, align with our values within our business. We have consistently grown the office every year as part of Ray White and we look forward to continuing our growth over the next period.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that Andrew and Lynda Widdup run a very successful business in Kumeu. Andrew’s leadership combined with their family values and support of their sales and property management team has seen the business continue to achieve record levels of market share and maintain one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the group.”
Christchurch is becoming renowned for its collective commitment auctions so it was no wonder that another was scheduled to support the recent Ray White National Marketing Statement.
The Novotel Hotel in the central city was again the venue and a large number attended the event. Organiser and auctioneer, Craig Prier, was very happy with how the event turned out adding, “there was great support from offices throughout the region contributing a wide range of property in various price ranges. We achieved some great results for our customers, selling 10 from 14 properties on the day”.
Ray White New Zealand South Island Group Facilitator, Dave Price said, “collective commitment shows collective strength and is well evidenced throughout the network. These events are always well supported by our teams throughout the country. The auction process itself is a super way to bring property together with our people, their customers and their prospective customers as well”.