Ray and Ronald Partner Up in Rotorua

RMHRay White Rotorua have become the founding member of the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Business Club.  A club  established to help cover the costs and upkeep of the lakeside retreat in Ngongotaha – a facility that offers families who have experienced the impact of long term illness or a bereavement, one weeks free holiday accommodation.

Last year more than 3,000 Kiwi families stayed at a Ronald McDonald House (RMH), with 300 of those coming from the wider Rotorua region. Families like the Gallagher’s (some family members pictured), who in October 2012 had just returned from holiday when four-year old Joshua complained of bad headaches that continued in the following days. After a visit to the doctor Joshua was referred to an Optometrist. On mother’s instinct, Annemarie brought Joshua back for further medical attention, which was just as well as they discovered Joshua had a tumour behind his brain. The family were based at Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) for nearly three months while Joshua received treatment at the National Children’s Hospital. “You can’t ever underestimate the value of this House and the support you receive from being surrounded by others who understand what you’re going through; it’s just amazing” said Annemarie. 

For families who have experienced the impact of long term illness or a bereavement, RMH’s services extends to offering families one weeks free holiday accommodation at the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat in Rotorua. This house is an oasis of calm for families to enjoy a holiday together and have a much needed break from the hospital.
Ray White Rotorua owners Anita Martelli and Tim O’Sullivan (pictured here with Rotarua McDonald Franchise Owners Rob & Linley Parry) have been supporting this RMH program since it’s inception in 2008, when they helped secure a site for this facility. They have recently committed $5,000 a year to help cover the operational costs and upkeep of the lakeside Retreat which provided a much needed holiday for 65 Kiwi families in 2013.

One of the families who has used the Retreat is the Tebbutt family from Dargaville who have been staying at RMHA on and off since 2006, when Joseph was born with a number of health issues. Given their frequent stays, the Retreat offered them a chance to re-energise and create some special memories together. “It was such a pleasant environment for me and my children to relax in” said Mum Erica. 

Anita Martelli and Tim O’Sullivan from Ray White Rotorua are excited about the opportunity to partner with Ronald McDonald House “It’s such a good, worthy cause, it’s going to benefit those families and those children that go through so much” Mrs Martelli says.  The whole team at Ray White Rotorua are behind the project – and “are thrilled to bits to be supporting this” Mr O’Sullivan adds.   Ray White Rotorua have a long standing relationship with the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat – recently auctioneering at the Retreat’s Supper Club’s pre-dinner auction, and look forward to strengthening this relationship even further.  The upcoming Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Supper Club to be held in Rotorua on 2 April is already sold out, and with last years event raising in excess of $58,00 – organisers are hoping to top that this year.

Wayne Howett, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) said “Ronald McDonald House (RMH) greatly appreciates the amazing support Ray White franchisees continue to provide to our programmes across the country. Collectively, the Ray White community are playing an integral role in helping New Zealand’s families and I am delighted to welcome Ray White Rotorua into our extended family. ” 

Source: Rotorua Daily Post

Ray White franchisees play an integral part in the operations of RMH’s programs across the country. If you would like more information on joining the Ray White/RMH family, or attending the other Supper Club gala dinners across the country, please contact: Dominique Cornille on 09 365 8304


Developing the Careers of our Next Leaders


Friday 4 April saw 30 nominated Ray White members join us at our corporate office to attend our first Next Leaders class in New Zealand.  Ray White Next Leaders, one of the newest initiatives from the Ray White Group, is a professional career development program for future business leaders within our industry.

Members from across New Zealand flew in, from as far away as Ashburton and Palmerston North, for the first session titled ‘Ray White: Who Are We and What Do We Stand For?‘ – with presentations from Ray White Foundation Member Bobbie Jarvis (formerly of Ray White Hamilton), and top national and international Ray White Business Owners Megan Jaffe (Ray White Remuera) and Simon Damerell (Ray White Ponsonby) who spoke with passion about the industry and what it took for them to get ahead.

The Next Leaders program was originally developed by Ray White Australia upon recognising a need to identify, retain and develop the talent we already have in our organisation.  Too often real estate business owners fail to formulate or develop a succession plan for their business.  Not only does this create a problem for when they retire or look to move away from the business but it means we’re not always actively looking for nor encouraging the drive and determination of those coming through the industry.

So to support our business owners in their succession planning and office management and to be more effective with ready buyers when our franchisees want to sell or develop their business, the Next Leaders program is designed to provide a ready resource of people interested and ready to take a step up in their career.  Sarah Pearce, Ray White New Zealand’s Growth and Relationship Executive and Co-Facilitator of the Next Leaders program, comments: “It is our collective responsibility to allow for career path development and brand rejuvenation and we believe Next Leaders is the best way to meet the challenges and growth within our network, to the benefit of future and current business owners alike”.

Ray White business owners and individuals are able to put forward nominations for this unique program – which covers everything from the principles of running a team through to business start-up plans, the types of business models available, financial mentoring, technology training, leadership coaching and mentoring sessions as well as one-on-one career planning meetings.  “We are delighted to be facilitating Next Leaders for Ray White New Zealand this year… Being able to identify these members is invaluable to our group and the industry” Sarah adds.

“There was such fantastic energy in the room and so much talent!” Patricia Love, Co-Facilitator of the Next Leaders program, commented.  “Everyone is so positive and excited about the program…  Ivan Aleksandrov one of the attendees wrote in to us after the event saying: “Thanks… I have learned a lot about Ray White as a company, and the quality of people that are attracted to that company (such as the awesome and inspirational speakers from today). I realised that I need to implement a lot more planning to my business and my personal life from Simon’s talk. It was also very inspirational to hear Megan’s and Bobbie’s speeches and to reaffirm that with planning and passion anything can be achieved. Looking forward to the next training session!”.”

The next Next Leaders session is scheduled for Tuesday 26 June with guest speakers Carey Smith, CEO Ray White New Zealand, and Mark McLeod, CEO of Growth for Ray White, taking to the stage to talk about leadership and the importance of developing the right culture, setting direction, being supportive and taking responsibility for yourself and your business.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Next Leaders Program, click here to contact Sarah Pearce or call on 027 755 5599.


Ray White St Heliers Opens



Ray White is proud to welcome Ray White St Heliers as their 139th office throughout New Zealand. The new St Heliers is part of the Best In The Bays Group, which also has an office in Kohimarama.

Ray White St Heliers was officially opened last night by Dame Rosanne Meo, Chairperson of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand.

Peter Best and John Halstead spoke of their pride in the ongoing success of Best In The Bays through their office at Ray White Kohimarama. Peter Best, during the opening, commented that the expansion to St Heliers had been well researched and was a natural extension of their current agency business. “The area of St Heliers, although neighbouring Kohimarama, is quite different in its geographical make up and having offices in both areas provided an opportunity for staff to actively be a part of both the St Heliers and Kohimarama communities.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, in his address at the opening acknowledged the support and loyalty of the management team of Best In the Bays. He went on to speak about the relationship between individual salespeople and their clients together with property managers and landlords. He said that the increasing importance of the role the individual plays within Ray White is the defining success in the growth and outcomes of results for the company.

Dame Rosanne Meo, Chairperson of the Real Estate Institute, said that the new Ray White St Heliers office “was a benchmark for the industry”. She went on to say that the Ray White Group has strong family values and the new office in St Heliers would continue to reflect that ethic whereby families wanting to talk through real estate would be more than welcome into an office that not only has cutting edge technology, but also can offer a feeling whereby you can discuss your individual needs.

Graeme Fraser, Auckland Business Performance Manager for Ray White, said “The growth of Ray White throughout the region during the past number of years has culminated in many new offices opening for the company. The Eastern Suburbs area now has offices in St Heliers, Kohimarama, Mission Bay and Orakei. It is one of the strongest representations of any company across the area.”

The Ray White St Heliers office is located on the corner of Polygon Road and Maheke Street and offers services in sales and property management.  For further information please click here to see the Ray White St Heliers.


Ray White Community Support During March

Community-MarchEach month Ray White is involved in many community activities and we ask our members for a short overview of the support that has been offered, both by individuals, offices and zone members of the Ray White Group.

During March throughout New Zealand Ray White Members have undertaken the following activities:

  • In Rotorua the Ray White team were involved in raising $77,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities and supported the local family retreat.
  • Ray White Invercargill – organised the Kids South Home & Garden Tour which was held on 15th March.
  • In Kingsland the Ray White Team were the principal sponsoring partners in the Kingsland Karnival which also sees as part of this event the Phoenix and Neighbours celebration day.
  • In Whangarei, Ray White Allens held their 13th annual kids triathlon and also provided a donation to Whangarei Lions.
  • Ray White Te Anau sponsored the Te Anau Primary School and also the Te Anau Bowling Club.
  • The Selwyn District in Canterbury saw Ray White Lincoln sponsor signboards for the local church fair and also donated to the Heat Kids Day Out.
  • In Golden Bay, the team supported the Cancer Society of New Zealand by way of donation.
  • Ray White Pukekohe supported the Westpac Helicopter via donation.
  • The team from Ray White Pinehill supported the Special Childrens’ get together.
  • In Te Atatu, the Ray White team were a sponsor of the West Auckland Business After 5 Networking Club.
  • The team from Ray White Manukau supported the 2014 Firemans New Zealand Touch competition and also continued to support Ronald McDonald House with a champagne warm up auction each week.
  • In the Manawatu, Ray White Palmerston North raised funds for the Palmerston North rescue helicopter and were also a supporter of the Medics Make Music.
  • The Ray White Kumeu team supported the Huapai District School.
  • While Ray White Paraparaumu were part of the Ronald McDonald Shave Off.
  • In Queenstown, the Ray White team were part of the support contributors to the New Zealand Open.
  • In Richmond, the local team supported the Tasman Wheelers.

Ray White New Zealand continue to be principal support partners of Ronald McDonald House and Ray White encourages work within the community at individual, office, zone and national level.


Creating Champions On and Off the Field

TinkerbellTrustBrothers Rupert and Elliot Kemeys of Ray White Lower Hutt happen to be amongst the youngest Real Estate Company Owners throughout the Ray White Australasian group – operating their successful New Zealand real estate business. Elliot attributes their success to their energy and vibrancy they have created in their office with an experienced sales team who always strive to innovate and and ultimately negotiate the best possible price for their clients and recognise that “without the support of our clients, of all ages, interests and incomes, we would never have realised our goal”.

Proving they have a passion for not only property, but people as well, the brothers also happen to be trustees of the Tinkerbell Trust. Through this trust Elliot and Rupert have been seeking funding for essential items for some of Lower Hutt’s most underprivileged kids to play football for the Naenae Football Club. In doing so the brothers also help to create a stable environment that so many of these children desperately need and that past juniors have enjoyed over many decades.  Rae Beale, Ray White’s Central and North Island Business Performance Manager, comments: “we are both proud and humbled by the support programme Rupert and Elliot have put in place to assist these children, often refugees, settle, and find a sense of place, in their new country”.

Passionate football players themselves, Rupert and Elliot began coaching two of the junior football teams some years ago and quickly realised the harsh realities many of the young kids in the area faced. – With most away games being at least a twenty minutes drive and a lot of the children’s parents not having cars, the brothers offered to carpool young players to and from the games. – Rupert noted that they “would be lucky to have more than two parents supporting each game”. “The thing that stands out the most when we play at our home ground is there are hundreds of kids but only a handful of dedicated parents. At Naenae we make an extra effort to cheer on the kids and make them feel as if they have the biggest support crowd in the Hutt Valley” adds Elliot.

Naenae Football’s juniors have a proud history dating back to 1948 when two junior teams first joined the Hutt Valley competition. The club has always been home to many underprivileged youth players, providing most of these players with a sense of community and most importantly family. “Our juniors are the some of the most talented footballers that the wider Wellington region has to offer – consequently many of these high potential players are being offered incentives to play for other clubs and we are losing Naenae’s best talents that would otherwise stick around and help grow the club in the future.”

Ray White Opens in Westport


Ray White yesterday welcomed its 138th office to the Ray White New Zealand Group – being Landmark Real Estate West Coast Limited located at Westport. Landmark Real Estate has served the Buller District for the past decade and is one of the leading real estate offices in the area.

Westport, located at the mouth of the Buller River, is connected to Greymouth which is 100 kilometres to the south. The gateway to the north-west coast and the service centre to the Buller region, Westport has a population of approximately 12,000 people.

Graeme Walsh, owner of Landmark Real Estate said “The business has continued to grow and we realised if our company was to remain successful in the services we offer then becoming part of a group such as Ray White was always part of our consideration. Our company is proudly 100% locally owned and it was a big decision for us to become part of the Ray White Group. When we took into consideration the opportunities this will give us to market property more broadly, to become more effective in our service and most importantly get outstanding results for our vendors; then maintaining our local ownership and joining Ray White is seen as a great match for our business.”

Julie Ryan, South Island Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand, said “Ray White Westport join our already strong presence in the Nelson, Tasman and West Coast regions. Being a locally owned business, Landmark Real Estate will be able to leverage their community associations and the broad services of Ray White to continue to lift the results that they achieve for their local property owners.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that Graeme Walsh and the Landmark team share the same family values as Ray White. “They are proud of every transaction they undertake, their integrity and service level is outstanding and that is a testament to their strength of standing within their local community. We are very proud to have the Landmark team as part of the Ray White Group and their presence is certain to bring benefits for all those involved in property transactions throughout the region.”

Ray White Westport, also to be known as Ray White Landmark, has commenced trading as a member of Ray White as of yesterday. Further details are available from Graeme Walsh on 063 789 8881.

Ray White Westport is the 138th office to be part of the Ray White New Zealand Group.


Ray White NZ March Results Surge Forward

Ray White New Zealand achieved property sales in excess of $550 million in the month of March 2014. These results were 20% ahead of March 2013 and in comparison to last month sales were up by $220 million which equates to 38%.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that the month of March “has seen an increased level of properties being submitted to the market and this has been received positively as buyers continue to show confidence particularly throughout Auckland and Christchurch. The recent announcement by the Reserve Bank in regards to the small lift in the Official Cash Rate has not dampened the enthusiasm from buyers and the more recent indications that the LVR policy may be withdrawn as interest rates rise will allow for first home buyers to re-enter the market, which will stimulate the lower priced properties which is the only area that is showing a lack of activity.”  The average sale price for Ray White during March rose by 1% to $523,000 and this was 8% higher than the same time last year. The number of new listings has, for the first time in 12 months, increased by more than 9% with the company securing over 1,400 controlled appointments during March.

The top five offices in the Group were led by a record result from Ray White Remuera, who completed sales in excess of $53 million. Business owner Megan Jaffe said that the surge in new listing appointments and the confidence of the local market continued to see a lift in sales. Ray White Ponsonby were the number two office. Ray White Royal Oak also secured a high level of sales. Ray White Wanaka completed a record result of close to $14 million in sales, with Ray White Metro in Christchurch also being in the top five businesses throughout New Zealand.

In the Northland zone, Ray White Whangarei had a highly successful sales month. Ray White Mangawhai and Ray White Paihia recorded good growth in sales.

The Auckland region completed more than $350 million in sales, with Ray White Remuera being the top office. Ray White Ponsonby, Ray White Royal Oak, Ray White City Apartments and Ray White Kohimarama all contributed successful sales months on behalf of Ray White.

In the Central North Island, Ray White Papamoa again completed a successful sales month. Ray White Rotorua and Ray White Hamilton achieved good sales for March.

In the Lower North Island, Ray White Wanganui was the top office, Ray White Lower Hutt also was above average in sales.

The Upper South Island saw Ray White Richmond complete $11 million in property sales. Ray White Nelson also had a strong month.

In Canterbury, Ray White Metro, Ray White Full Circle and Ray White Lincoln individually all achieved over $11 million in turnover in a month that saw the Canterbury region again lift its volume of sales.

In the Lower South Island Ray White Wanaka achieved record sales of $13.6 million. Ray White Queenstown had another successful month with over $8 million in sales. Ray White Dunedin also had a good sales month.

This month the Ray White Group welcomes three new offices including Ray White St Heliers, Ray White One Tree Hill and Ray White Westport.


The 13th Annual Ray White Allens Kids’ Triathlon

The Ray White Allens, Whangarei, Bream Bay and Tutukaka Teams were out in force last weekend at their annual Ray White Allens Kids’ Triathlon.

The Ray White Allens Kids Triathlon is an annual event held on the foreshore of Whangarei harbour, and this is the 13th year that Ray White Allens have been a primary sponsor of this event.  Open to kids aged between 7 and 15, from all economic demographs and levels of fitness, the triathlon is  about getting out there and having a go – in a positive family friendly environment designed to encourage active participation in young Northlanders.  This years event was held on Sunday 23 March, and annually the event, held in March each year, attracts close to 600 participants, plus thousands of supporters.

KidsTriTwo local sports enthusiasts, passionate about kids in sport (especially triathlon), approached the Goode Leith Realty Ltd Company Directors with their idea many years ago and it was the start of a strong working relationship.  The company were delighted to come on board as sponsors from the outset, and now work in partnership with Sport Northland who manage the event.  When asked about their involvement with the triathlon John Monteith, Director of Ray White Allens, commented that “we felt this matched our ideals and values and were keen to be involved … This year is our 13th year as the major sponsor, and we hope the event continues for many more years to come.  Over the years we have had scorching sun, wind, torrential downpours, but more often than not a perfect day – the kids and their supporters flock to Beach Road in Onerahi and create a wonderful family atmosphere that helps create an absolutely brilliant day for all concerned.”

Vanessa McKenzie, also a Director at Ray White Allens, adds: “at Ray White Whangarei we feel proud to be part of an event where we get to participate in supporting kids being the very best they can be. It is very uplifting and a total energy rush for those of us involved… The Ray White brand receives excellent brand exposure, reach and recognition, and as a family orientated company we are delighted to be playing a positive part in empowering the children of today to become the fulfilled, confident and successful adults of tomorrow.”


Ashburton Awarded Growth in Market Share

AshburtonRay White Ashburton, who were formerly part of another marketing group, joined Ray White in April 2013 have been recognised at the Ray White awards evening as the winners of the growth award in market share across New Zealand. Ray White Ashburton have achieved the growth in market share through the attraction of the business whereby salespeople have joined the office.

Jill Quaid, owner of Ray White Ashburton said ‘the growth with Ray White during the past 12 months has been exponential. We can attribute our market share growth to our technology advancements that have enabled all of our sales team to become more efficient, to have broader marketing opportunities and also a stronger recognition of our brand in the marketplace’. ‘We have welcomed new sales members which has been assisted through the Ray White training and development programme together with our own concentration on localised marketing for our business’.

Ray White Ashburton recently opened a satellite office in the area of Tinwald, which supports their growth in undertaking more sales within the region. In addition to this, the group is supported by an office in Methven which has a market share of over 60% and a very high profile throughout the region.

Julie Ryan, South Island Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand said ‘that Jill Quaid has a unique leadership style which provides her salespeople and team members with a high level of support and leadership which enables everyone to benefit and this in turn has resulted in the lift in market share and sales numbers’.

For more information on Ray White Ashburton please click here to visit their website.


Waiheke Island Office – Award Winning Showpiece for Ray White


Matthew Smith joined the Ray White Group just over three years ago from being a leading independent agency on Waiheke Island. Matthew first traded from a new development located in Oneroa which was a stepping stone to the office which he developed in October 2013.

His Ray White Waiheke office was recognised as the best presented office in the Ray White Group throughout New Zealand at our national awards ceremony this year. The style and design of the office was brought together by Matthew in wanting to reflect the lifestyle values of Waiheke Island to also work in harmony with clients and customers that continue to utilise the services of Ray White.

The office is located overlooking Oneroa Beach and as you walk into the office it has been designed in a welcoming format that will allow sales consultants to interact with clients and customers in a relaxed environment that also shows property through digital and electronic means that gives the opportunity to encapsulate the lifestyle benefits of investing and living on Waiheke Island. There are a number of unique features in the office that are specific to Waiheke Island and one of the talking points by customers is the seller interview room which features wines from all the vineyards on Waiheke Island.

Matthew Smith said that in designing the office his first thought was to look at it from a local point of view while trying to ensure that customers and clients had an outstanding experience that would not only assist in their property needs, but also enhance the reason why many people come to Waiheke Island.



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