Ray White Te Puna, located in North Tauranga, recently celebrated their first birthday.
With the focus of the celebration being to thank their past and present clients and to acknowledge the support of their neighbours and friends from the rural community; they held a balloon week. Blowing up 300 Ray White balloons with each containing a prize.
Everyone was invited to call into the office and choose as many balloons as they liked, then ‘pop away’. The business community of Te Puna joined in with generous sponsorship and prizes.
Business owner John Lamason said, “Everyone was intrigued with the idea and responded with enthusiasm. We were prepared for a balloon sell out.” The idea for the celebration came from Kirsty Walker; a leading Lifestyle marketer for Ray White Te Puna.
Ray White Business Performance Manager for Central North Island Rae Beale congratulated the Te Puna team on their first years’ notable achievements and wishes them growth and success in the years to come.
Earlier this year Suzi was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She performed in a band called The Johnnys, who only performed Johnny Cash music. In an effort to raise funds for Suzi to receive alternative treatment in Germany, Phillipa approached the owners of JRS Bar and Gill in Rangiora to hold a fundraising concert.
“The Johnnys had performed four times at JRS and I knew this was the right venue for this concert. I have always wanted to do a country music festival in North Canterbury for the mainstream public and not just RSA’s and Working Mens Clubs. Country music is the biggest selling genre across the world, but it has a real stigma attached to it in New Zealand.”
Unfortunately, while in Germany Suzi’s condition worsened and she had to come home.
“We decided to continue with the concert which I advertised on several music pages on facebook. I was blown away by the offers from musicians all across the country wanting to offer their time to the concert for Suzi.”
It was at this stage that the decision was made to turn the concert into the North Canterbury Country Music Festival.
Unfortunately, on the Friday of the first day of the Festival, Phillipa received the upsetting call that Suzi had passed away. Despite the devastating news, it was decided the Festival would continue, now in the memory of Suzi with the fundraising money being set aside in trust for her 3 year old daughter.
With bands and singers donating their time and music, the event was pumping for the whole weekend. Local businesses also donated cash and prizes for raffles and auctions.
“The total raised over the weekend was $6,600, which for a small community in a little local bar was fantastic. Through this event we have now created young talent nights ant JRS once a month for the younger generation to be able to showcase their talent in mainstream bars instead of country clubs.”
It has now been decided that the festival is now going to be an annual event and to raise money for people in need in the North Canterbury area.
Check out the North Canterbury Country Music Festival Facebook page for more info and photos.
Ray White Glenfield gave away a piece of sunshine earlier this month in a competition which saw two lucky winners off for a trip to Surfers Paradise.
With a stall in the centre of the mall, the team was able to get out and meet more of the community. Business Manager Nicki Gilliver said “This was well received by the public and we had great support from our sales team, manning the stand late nights and all weekend, kitted out in their Ray White ties or scarves and looking smart. A great number of leads have come from simply meeting the local community and generally chatting about their property, either thinking of selling or have investment properties with the opportunity of us managing.”
Not only were the team getting out and meeting the community, they were also running a competition with first prize being a trip for two to Surfers Paradise. The lucky Beachhaven winners were announced earlier this month along with the second and third prize winners who were lucky enough to receive a night for two at Sky City and a $500 Westfield voucher respectively.
Participants go alcohol-free for the month of July to raise awareness, and most importantly funds, for various projects across beneficiary cancer service organisations in New Zealand.
It’s an initiative with a twist as not only does Dry July improve the well-being of adult cancer patients by providing funds to create better services and environments for them and their families; but also helps the participants themselves get healthy while also raising funds for an important cause.
Starting in Australia in 2008, the non-profit organisation has grown to raise over $20 million across both New Zealand and Australia.
Chris says he’s sticking to the raspberry and cokes this July. “I’m proud to be supporting a cause that increases public awareness to adults living with cancer. We all know someone who has endured cancer and whether or not they are still with us, there will be another person going through the same pain in need of support. Supporting this cause is for me, both mentally and socially challenging but well worth the effort. Going booze free might even help me lose a few kilos and sleep better if I’m lucky.”
Dave Price, Ray White’s South Island Group Facilitator said “The team at Ray White Burnside have always been very community focused and this is just another example of a member of their team putting themselves out there for another great cause.”
To see more information and support Chris click here.
12 members of the team took time out recently to take part in the initiative to visit the house and cook dinner for the families staying there. Four Ronald McDonald House locations around the country provide accommodation and support – including dinner – to families of children receiving care in Hospital.
The house aims to offer these families a home away from home while their child receives care, so they can focus on what is important, getting their child healthy again. With four houses across the country in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, they look after thousands of families every year.
The team from Manukau put a huge effort in cooking vegetarian lasagna, cottage pie, chicken chasseur and steamed rice, and a garden salad along with warm Apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
One of the families took the time to send a note to the office the following day, “Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to cook our tea at Ronald McDonald house last night. It meant one less thing to worry about and was very much appreciated – thank you.”
Ray White Papatoetoe recently held a charity auction raising funds for the local Foodbank.
The South Auckland Christian Foodbank set up by Ian Foster runs with the help of 40 part timers and volunteers and feeds over 450 people a week. As well as providing food parcels the Foodbank also provides people access to a budgeting specialist.
Foster says running a charity isn’t easy and they need all the help they can get.
Ray White Papatoetoe saw the good work being done and decided to run a charity auction as part of their Mid-Winter Client Function.
The team saw great support for the initiative from Realestate.co.nz and TradeMe who donated advertising packages which created some fierce bidding competition between salespeople. Gift baskets were also provided from Todd Dixon from Kiwibank and Ashok from AAK Signs, along with shopping vouchers from Loan Market and printing and advertising packages from Open2view and Real Estate Printers.
The office salespeople also put up mystery gift baskets and had wonderful support from ANZ who donated a whole lot of spot prizes with not many going home empty handed.
All in all the auction raised over $2,300 for the Foodbank, which the office then matched dollar for dollar, bumping the total donation to $4,680.
Ray White Albany have been busy again planting natives on the North Shore.
As part of the Kaipatiki Project, community planting days take place on the first Saturday of every month June – September at various reserves around the North Shore. The Kaipatiki Project, an independent non-profit, produces around 25,000 native plants each year, and with the help of over 800 volunteers get planted in reserves around the North Shore. With the aim of working to create a totally sustainable Auckland – connecting people to the environment, and each other, where they can take action to make a difference – the project had planted over 95,000 trees since 1998.
Ray White Albany were out in force at Unsworth Reserve with around 70 other volunteers. On the day, a massive 1,112 natives were planted, the beginnings of what will become a beautiful native forest.
The next community planting day will take place on the 1st of August once again at Unsworth Reserve, starting at 10 am.
Ray White Russel have been busy recently helping out at the Russell Primary School Fair.
With only 80 children attending Russell Primary School, the fair which is only in its second year is already a great success attracting nearly 2,000 people on the day.
With a the theme of an old fashion school gala, attractions included tug of wars between the local fire brigade and ambulance crew, high school and primary school, boat club and bowling club and many more. With games including a coconut shy, throw the gum boot, cream pie at the teacher, nail in the post, as well as face painting, bouncy castles, local musicians, story tellers, and spot prizes every few minutes, all culminating with a hangi at the end of the day.
The Ray White Russell team were busy throughout the day selling fish cakes to the hungry masses, and entertaining the kids with “Guess how many Ray White balloons are in the fishnet.”
All up over $14,000 was raised for the school, an amazing result for such a small community.
In August 2014, Ray White Epsom opened, with new business owner Heather Walton. During the first 12 months, the business has been one of the Group’s leading new start growth offices. The sales team at Ray White Epsom has continued to grow, and with Heather Walton leading the sales team as an Elite member, the office has received several high-profile appointments. This has given Heather the confidence to open a purpose designed Ray White auction room, and gives the business the entire footprint of the location at 349A Manukau Road.
Heather Walton said, “In making the decision to take on the additional area, our profile had continued to lift in the area and ensuring clients had a local community-based auction room, with our high profile award winning auctioneer was an important point of difference in comparison to other agencies in the area. While the additional space is designed as an auction room, it will also serve as an information centre for clients as our business starts to add divisional services, including property management.”
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said, “Ray White Epsom has had a significant impact on the marketplace through Epsom. The business has created a local personality, with Heather leading her team. The additional space has always been part of the growth plan for Ray White Epsom and when the opportunity came up, the space was secured and will allow the business to grow further and offer a local auction room that will be unique in the area of Epsom.”
The Ray White Group results for June 2015 were a record for the month of June and were also the third highest result in a single month for the Group. The sales results were 11% ahead of the same period last year and 1% above May 2015. Our Group members completed 1,281 transactions at an average sale price of $592,000. The number of listings secured increased to 1,422, and that in turn increased the overall listing portfolio of the Group slightly by 2%.
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said, “The June results came from continued strong listings by the company during May and June. The company has had an increased focus on the marketing of property by auction, with the auction listing level in the main CBD areas being over 50%. There were three personal best results by company members. The sales in the Auckland market decreased slightly; however this was balanced by increases in Canterbury and the Lower South Island. The balance of areas across the country remained at a consistent high point.”
The top three businesses in New Zealand were led by Ray White Remuera, who continue to produce outstanding sales results with over $57 million in released sales for the month. Ray White City Apartments completed 88 transactions and were the Group’s second strongest office. Ray White Ponsonby featured as the number three office for the Group, continuing their strong focus on marketing, with $35 million in sales completed.
The record results across the Group meant three offices had personal bests for the month. These were headlined by Ray White Papatoetoe, who marketed 21 properties for auction and completed $16 million in turnover. Ray White Browns Bay completed 50 transactions for the month, recording a result of $22.7 million. Ray White Kerikeri had a personal best sales month at $11.3 million.
Across the country; in Northland, Ray White Whangarei featured as the leading office, and Ray White Kerikeri had a record month. In the Auckland region, the top three businesses were also the top three businesses in New Zealand, being Ray White Remuera, Ray White City Apartments and Ray White Ponsonby. The Central North Island featured an outstanding sales month by Ray White Hamilton. Ray White Rotorua and Ray White Papamoa also had a high volume of sales turnover. Ray White Wanganui was the leading office in the Lower North Island region and Ray White Lower Hutt also had a good sales month at $7.9 million. The Upper South Island featured Ray White Richmond as the leading business. In Canterbury, Ray White Metro, Ray White Rolleston and Ray White Next Step were the top three businesses. In the Lower South Island, Ray White Dunedin were the leading office. Ray White Wanaka and Ray White Queenstown produced good sales results.