Ray White Beach Haven step up their support of North Shore community

BeachhavenActive supporters of the North Shore community, and riding off the success of their recent Bingo night fundraiser which saw the team helping to raise over $6,000 for Beach Haven Primary School, Ray White Beach Haven are looking forward to the schools next fundraising event: the Art, Craft and Kai Fair in early September – and are also getting ready for the next round of their own Barefoot Bowls tournament.

Beach Haven Primary School is a multicultural school that encourages and promotes community involvement. Their belief that children’s education reaches its full potential when parents, communities and schools work together is fully supported by the team at Ray White Beach Haven.  - Glenn’s Ray White Beach Haven office were principal sponsors of the school’s recent Bingo night – with a table of 12 team members also competing.   ”There were a large amount of prizes donated by local business’ and Tim Obern once again generously provided his services as a charity auctioneer… He was in fine form perhaps having more fun with it than he is able to normally.” says Glenn Carpenter of Ray White Beach Haven. ”The school raised close to $6,000 and we are looking forward to sponsoring more events to help the school with its fundraising” adds Glenn – a long-standing resident of the North Shore Community – having grown up in the area as a child, and having worked there now since 1996.

Proud members of the Ray White North Shore zone, Ray White Beach Haven are actively involved in the community through their support of various school initiatives (including a Kids Movie Night at the school – where a popcorn machine proved quite a hit with the kids and 150 plus people).  The teams next school event, the Beach Haven Primary Art, Craft and Kai Fair, is coming up on Thursday 18 September.  

“Community spirit is alive and well here in Beach Haven and you will enjoy the feeling of security and belonging that goes hand in hand with getting to know your neighbours.” says Glenn Carpenter, Principal of Ray White Beach Haven (pictured above).  Glenn, who is also a part of the Beach Haven Birkdale Residents’ Association and a Patron of the Beach Haven Bowling Club, also hosts the ’Ray White Beach Haven Barefoot Bowls’ – an annual event to raise awareness and funds for the bowling club within the ‘Celebrate Beach Haven Month’.   Glenn’s latest video “Why we love Beach Haven” which is proudly displayed on the Beach Have office website hightlights the uniqueness of the North Shore and Beach Haven areas, and has been well received in the area.

Sarah Pearce, Growth and Performance Executive for Ray White New Zealand who is working closely with the nine offices on the North Shore says she is “proud of Glenn and his team on the shore who always step up in support of their local community.  From their House of Dreams project in support of Beach Haven Plunket – through to their support of the primary school and bowling club, it is inspiring to see business owners such as Glenn not only invest in their local communities but get actively involved… At the end of the day – it is clear to see why Glenn and his team are so passionate about the North Shore area and promoting it!”

Matthew Smith’s personal journey on foot across New Zealand

Matthew-Smith2Ray White Waiheke Island Business Owner, Matthew Smith is currently tackling a personal journey – walking more than 1,500 kilometres across New Zealand.

Currently walking through Taihape – Matthew began his journey on 10 August when he left Auckland on his journey toward Queenstown.  Originally aiming to walk 50km per day he has had to reconsider this target after blisters starting forming on his feet by Manukau.

The 41-year-old principal of Ray White Waiheke  has set himself the challenge of losing “10-20kg of bad habits” as he puts it when explaining the reasons behind his walk and  personal weight-loss journey.  It was “hardly noticeable at first but it reached the stage where my clothes didn’t fit and friends started making comments.” 

I am motivated more by positive things than negative” says Matthew – who sees the eye opening journey on foot and positive insights into New Zealand towns and culture as more beneficial that watching himself work out in a mirror at the local gym – which he calls “demotivating”.  Although no initial training was undertaken prior to embarking on the journey, Matthew did manage to lose close to 10kg before he started his walk – simply by cutting out milk and sugar and reducing his calorie intake.  In addition to this he hopes to lose an additional 12kg on the journey.  Matthew, who underwent surgery after shattering a heel bone a few years ago, still suffers pain and is due for further surgery on his heel, but “the pain and discomfort will not stop me” he says… “If I had waited for everything to be perfect, I would never have started this walk!”

Matthew is carrying out the walk alone and only has a rough idea of where he will stay each night.  With no support crew alongside him on the road, Smith is documenting his journey on Facebook and says he gets up to five friend requests a day from people keen to watch his progress.  ”The support has been overwhelming!” says Matthew.  

“The whole experience so far has blown me away… I knew it was going to be exciting, but not as exciting as it has been.  What I have learned about the good Kiwi culture and all the different areas and how all the people are trying to lead a good life … it’s been an incredible experience meeting so many good Kiwis.”

Smith, who lived in Queenstown before moving to Waiheke Island where he has now been based for over 19 years says ”I am enjoying seeing different parts of New Zealand. I want to stay longer everywhere overnight. I have to find the balance between stopping to enjoy it and still keeping moving.”

The Desert Road still stands ahead for Matthew, and appears to be his biggest challenge so far.  He plans to tackle the 63km strip of road in one day – with an early morning start.   “I will keep going no matter how bad the blisters are, I will keep trucking on. I have bought a locator beacon with me for the Desert Road and will use it if I have to.”

 When asked about the effect his time away may have on his team and his business he is proud to say, that with the assistance of technology has never been more accessible to his staff and customers – and talks on the phone daily – managing his business remotely and while on foot.  As the principal of a growing business Matthew is proud to empower his staff to step up, earn respect and lead by example.

All going well Matthew is hoping to reach Queenstown by early-to-mid-October – and will no doubt celebrate with a well earned rest.

Go to tinyurl.com/MatthewSmithFB to follow Matthew’s journey.

- View his story as published recently on Stuff.co.nz - here
- Listen to Matthew’s recent Radio National New Zealand Interview with Simon Mercep - here

Ray White embrace the elements at Tutukaka Winter Festival


Ray White Tutukaka couldn’t help but jump at the chance to sponsor an event in this years Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival.

Running from the 15 – 31 August this annual event is designed to attract people to Northland’s beautiful Tutukaka Coast  during what is historically a quiet period for the area.  The multi-faceted festival runs across the last two weeks of August (with events targeted around the three weekends), and is now in its second year.

Rated as one of the top coastal destinations on the planet by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the Tutukaka Coast is home to about 1,500 locals and was recently voted one of the ‘Top Ten Must-Do’s in New Zealand’.  A summer destination for many with pristine white sand beaches, stunning coastal bush walks, and the incredible Poor Knights Marine Reserve the areas is certainly a favourite with locals and tourists alike.  The Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival festival creates a variety of reasons for people to visit the region – enjoy the restaurants and bars and participate in activities and provide benefit too to local service providers.  Longstanding members of the community the Ray White Tutukaka team, whose office is situated on the foreshore, have been a part of the local community now for over eight years and regularly support events in the area.

Ray White Tutukaka secured naming rights to the raft race which was launched at his years festival now known as the Ray White Raft Race – which saw over 20 teams compete in hand-made rafts (which could be constructed from any material other than existing watercraft and/or flotation devices).  Competitors tackled the course in either business or open class categories from the boat ramp – finishing up at the Ray White Tutukaka office for prizegiving – with the winners in each category taking home a $500 cheque – and others receiving various spot prizes.  Other events at the festival include a stand-up paddle board race, dragonboat regatta, fishing competition, movie nights and a comedy festival.

Peter Vink, Ray White Tutukaka Office Manager and local salesperson says “the overall objective is to continue this annual event to increase in scope year on year and become a serious contender on the national festival calendar.  We love the area and always enjoy sharing and celebrating it with others… We had a great time building our rather questionably designed raft - which almost sank at the starting line –  to the entertainment of many bystanders.”  Peter was joined in his raft by fellow office members: Chris Windust, Alan Dowsett and Raewyn McKay.

John Monteith, Co-Director of Ray White Allens (which encompasses the Ray White Whangarei, Tutukaka and Bream Bay offices) was “blown away by the enthusiasm and level of support the Ray White Raft Race had in the community.  The effort people went to with their costumes and raft building and design was inspiring to see”.  He adds that he hoped the event will continue to strengthen the local community and rise to the levels of Russell’s Birdman Festival and the Queenstown Winter-Festival.

The Ray White duck is making a splash in new social media campaign

DuckOur new Ray White Lighthouse office have launched a quirky little campaign that is quickly taking flight out on East Auckland’s Pohutukawa Coast.   Their weekly duck hunt, a social media campaign, launched by the team on 1 August has seen traffic to the Ray White Lighthouse Facebook Page grow substantially in the first few weeks alone.

Each Friday the team release a weekly clue on their Facebook Page as to their Ray White yellow duck’s whereabouts – enabling local school kids and families to then go on a weekend duck hunt with the first family finding the duck (and returning it to the Ray White Lighthouse office) receiving ice-creams from local business Pepperjacks Restaurant, Cafe & Bar.  

The idea, thought up by the Ray White Lighthouse team, has since become a collective effort with clues and ideas being enthusiastically written and submitted now by not only team members, but also partners, friends and family.  ”We are having a great time with the campaign, and get a kick out of writing and brainstorming the rhymes and riddles” says Karin Gillson from Ray White Lighthouse.

Their first week’s clue: Our Ray White Duck is lost somewhere in Pine Harbour Marina! Find him & post a pic of yourself in the location on our page to win! Return the Duck to our office & we’ll reward you with ice-creams for 4 at Pepperjacks Restaurant, Cafe & Bar! – Here’s a clue to get you started… “in Latin ‘Ros Marinus’ – meaning Dew of the Sea, scratch around in the undergrowth and you’ll be sure to find me!” Was then followed up with the additional clue – sent by private message to those who ‘liked’ and shared the post online: Time to put your culinary skills to the test..Roast duck wouldn’t work with this, lamb would be best…  The Ray White duck was later found hidden in a rosemary bush right outside the Ray White Lighthouse office in the marina. – The above photo of week one’s winner with the duck was extremely popular in the local community!

Keith Ashkettle, Ray White New Zealand Head of Technology says “online engagement is showing increased benefits to local businesses and indeed our own Ray White offices – whether it be engaging people socially or via targeted advertising through social platforms.  We have seen offices use social media to increase traffic to their own websites and indeed listings – and have seen enquiry rise as a direct result of such campaigns… We certainly commend our offices who continue to learn about, and engage in, this medium.”

Ray White Lighthouse‘s dedicated Facebook campaign has seen the team grow their online audience by approximately 23% (in terms of total page likes) – with the reach of their posts jumping dramatically and recent posts to their page now performing on average 95% better than previous posts by the team. Ray White Lighthouse have also just started advertising the promotion in their local Pohutukawa Coast Times lift-out with the aim of directing traffic to their page and increasing their online audience. “After just the first week, where a young girl from a local school found the duck , our audience grew substantially – as the girl had managed to engage and excite a large number of kids at her school – who were all then looking forward to the next weeks’ clue so that they too could take part” says Rex Bignell, of Ray White Lighthouse  ”We have long been a part of the Pohutakawa Coast Community, and it really is rewarding to see little campaigns such as this yielding such enthusiasm and support from locals.”

To date the team have only one resident, and much loved, Ray White duck – but with the weekly duck hunt’s popularity growing, and with no end in sight, the team may just have to invest in a body-double duck (just in case).

Ray White’s stair climbers help to raise over $250,000 for charity

Stair-Climb-TeamRay White New Zealand once again entered a team into the Sky Tower Stair Challenge held on Friday 1 August. This years team was once again led by CEO Carey Smith along with team members Wayne Maguire and Natasha Patel from Ray White Mission Bay, and Delanie Horrobin and John Tanner from Ray White Auckland City Apartment Rentals. Another of the Ray White offices, Ray White Pinehill, also got involved in this years event – led by team leader ​Stephen Burdett.

The Sky Tower Stair Challenge involved running up 51 stories of Sky Tower in support of the Leukemia and Blood Cancer Foundation of New Zealand (LBC).  Every day six children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. This years event proudly raised over $250,000 for the charity.  As LBC receives no government funding the funds will be used to help the charity grow their services – enabling them to support patients and their families across the country, as well as providing information and education sessions, support and funding for research, and raising awareness about the diseases and advocating on behalf of patients.

 Wayne Maguire from Ray White Mission Bay, who also competed in the Ray White New Zealand team at  last years event, said that the Sky Tower Stair Challenge remains an extremely demanding course. “We each had our own personal goals and took our training and the event quite seriously, but nothing can ever quite prepare you for running up 51 flights of stairs…  It really is a unique opportunity, and it is an event and a charity that we are proud to be able to support each year.”

Carey Smith said that it was “wonderful to be able to engage the support of our Ray White members together with family, friends and other business associates, and also see fellow offices join in at this years event. “While the physicality of the challenge itself was something that we all enjoyed, it is the success of all the teams fundraising efforts that provides the most benefit for the community and we are once again proud to be a part of that.”

The results of the team and individual fundraising can be seen here


Ray White Allens open annual Education Foundation scholarships


The Ray White Allens Team, consisting of offices in Whangarei, Tutukaka and Bream Bay, have recently released their 2014 Ray White Allens Education Foundation Scholarship applications.

The office set up the Allens Education Foundation as a registered charitable trust in 2006 to encourage and assist young Northlanders who are aspiring to be the best they can be. Each year the offices award up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to eligible school-leavers who are looking to achieve their career goals through further education and training.

Last year four scholarship recipients were selected from an impeccable field of applicants representing schools and families from across Northland, and since inception the Ray White Allens Team have given away more than $66,000 in scholarships to over 43 young Northlanders via the trust.

With money coming from both the offices, and Ray White Allens salespeople, the initiative is well supported by the community-minded team who also hold an annual Ray White Allens Kids Triathlon – open to school aged children across the Northland district. “Our Education Foundation Scholarships are a reflection of our values and philosophies” says John Monteith  Co-Director of Ray White Allens.  ”We’re passionate about Northland and the region, and this is just one way we can give back to our local community.”

“It is always inspiring to see our offices giving back to their local communities – especially with our youth.  We would certainly hope that these scholarships will give some young Northlanders that extra boost needed to kick-start their study and future careers – and judging by the scholarship recipients to date – the Ray White Allens Scholarships are certainly achieving this.” says Graeme Fraser, Auckland Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand.

Read more about the scholarships, download and application form, and read about past years’ recipients here on the Ray White Allens website.

Ray White welcomes new office in Epsom

EpsomThe Ray White Group are proud to welcome their 61st office throughout the Auckland region, being Ray White Epsom. The office will be open as part of the City Realty Group, with Alan White Elite sales member Heather Walton leading the new office at its high profile location on Manukau Road.

With more than 18 years of real estate experience, Heather Walton will lead the team at Ray White Epsom and will transfer from Ray White Broadway to ensure the success of the new joint venture with City Realty.

Phil Horrobin, owner of the City Realty Group, said that he was “thrilled to be able to provide a genuine career path through to ownership for those involved in the City Realty Group.” He said that it has been his “ambition for a long period of time to not only have a market leading business through the City, Newmarket and Epsom areas, but also to provide a genuine career path to leading contributors within the City Realty Group that allows those people to share in the success of our network and also be part of their long term growth as a member of Ray White.”

Graeme Fraser, Auckland Business Performance Manager for Ray White New Zealand, said that the new Ray White Epsom office would be another part of the very strong central region for Ray White. “Currently the Ray White offices have a market share of over 28% through the region and with the addition of the new Ray White Epsom office, further growth in market share is expected given the high profile location combined with the growth of Ray White, which is attracting leading sales members to the Group.”

The Ray White Epsom office will provide a highly personalised service through the sales team and will offer property management services as part of City Realty and SuperCity Rentals. The new office is located at 349A Manukau Road, Epsom and can be contacted through their dedicated website rwepsom.co.nz or telephone 09 638 8640.

Ray White welcomes new office in Russell

RussellRay White are pleased to announce the opening of Ray White Russell through Dianne Wynyard and her team. Dianne has been a highly respected part of real estate sales in Russell for the past 10 years and has been operating an agency under a previous brand, which is now Ray White Russell.

Russell, in the Bay of Islands, covers a vast area of real estate including the local township, Apeka, Okiato, Orongo Bay, Te Wahapu, Paroa Bay, Parekura Bay, Waipiro Bay, Rawhiti, Bland Bay, Oakura and Whangaruru areas.

The office is located on the waterfront at Russell and has a wide variety of properties available from luxury waterfront estates right through to smaller budget properties.

Dianne Wynyard said that the change to Ray White will provide her agency with a much greater ability to be able to serve clients. “One of our key reasons for joining Ray White was their market leading technology which will not only allow us to market property through a much greater distribution level but will allow clients to be fully engaged in the process of selling their property through our office.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that “the new Russell office joins our leading network of businesses in Northland. We have 13 offices serving the area and this is the largest network in the region. The new Ray White Russell office, through Dianne and her team, will be a great boost to our coverage across the vast areas of the Bay of Islands. The office also specialises in holiday accommodation and property management so they are able to offer a service that is second to none to all clients who are looking for assistance in their real estate needs in Russell.”

The new Ray White Russell office has been changed from a previous brand, although all office contact details remain the same – with the office being located at 25 The Strand, Russell.  Contact details are available through their dedicated website rwrussell.co.nz and via phone on 09 403 7769.

Ray White welcome new office at Mangere Bridge


The Ray White Group is proud to announce the opening of their 142nd office throughout New Zealand. Ray White Mangere Bridge is part of the AT Realty Group which is owned by Adam Thomson.

Adam said that in planning and opening the office that the Mangere Bridge region was an area they were beginning to have more market influence and given the location and success of their existing operation in Manukau, being part of the Mangere Bridge community with an office located within the township was a natural step to take.

Geoff Culley, the licensee agent of AT Realty Limited, said “Mangere Bridge is an active market with over 140 sales per annum. Having a local community office with dedicated services in sales and property management will allow not only for an increased focus on the actual area through the agency, but also allow for a strong local presence with the office having the opportunity to complete auction marketing programmes on site or locally at their office.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that the new office fits perfectly into the plan which Ray White associate their businesses with the local community. “Mangere Bridge has a great reputation, particularly for schooling. The area has good accessibility to both the city and the airport and has appreciated in value given the easy access to both main areas.”

The office is located at the roundabout on Coronation Road and has the latest Ray White digital window presentation. Within the office are a number of historical photos that capture the growth of the Mangere Bridge area over the past 50 years. The local Ray White team includes Jared Cooksley, Jared Hards, Marilyn Wassell and Victoria Dawson in sales. The property management team includes Kirsty Baxter, Kris Nicholson and Sophie Baxter.

For further enquiries you can contact Ray White Mangere Bridge through their website rwmangerebridge.co.nz or 09 636 7355.

Ray White Wanganui help set date for Sports Awards


Make a date for November 21 – the 2014 Wanganui Sports Awards, one of the most eagerly-anticipated events on the region’s sporting calendar.

The date for the popular awards night was announced yesterday, with real estate company Ray White Wanganui returning as principal sponsor.

The prestigious event sees Wanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu’s sporting communities come together to recognise and celebrate the achievements of sports people around our region.

The awards will again be held at the Wanganui Racecourse, and nominations will open in the next month, including an online nomination facility.

Last year 370 people attended the awards night and presentations were made in 13 categories from 87 nominations.

Always a highlight of the proceedings is the induction of members to the Wanganui District Council Hall of Fame, where outstanding Wanganui achievers from the past are acknowledged.

There is also the Sport Wanganui Roll of Honour which recognises those volunteers who have contributed 25 years of service.

Sport Wanganui chief executive Danny Jonas said yesterday he was delighted to partner with Ray White Wanganui “who have taken this opportunity to give back to the wider community”.

Further information about the awards is available on the Sport Wanganui website www.sportwanganui.co.nz

Source: Wanganui Chronicle
Photo: Sport Wanganui chief executive Danny Jonas and Ray White Wanganui director Tim Hocquard are pictured in front of the Sport Wanganui Roll of Honour.  Photo source: Gemma Bartley

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