Ray White Metro Support Ronald McDonald House Supper Club Event

Metro-SupperOn Friday 26th June and approximately 400 people gathered at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral to be a part of the annual Ronald McDonald House “Supper Club” fundraiser.

After a welcome and a few formalities some nibbles and drinks the skills of the Ray White Metro Auctioneer Owen Patterson and his spotters Tony McPherson and Richard Withy were put to the test as they began the first of 11 auctions. Some very generous and enthusiastic bidding keeps the team on their toes and ensures that an outstanding total was raised for the Ronald McDonald House.

Company’s organisations and individuals were invited to attend this event by purchasing a dining experience for a table for eight at an unknown destination. At the conclusion of the auction a draw was made to determine which dining experience would be allocated to which table, there were some exceptional venues and some top class chefs participating to make for an exciting evening.

A total of around $97,000 was raised for this very worthwhile organisation and as a team Ray White Metro was proud to be a part of this very unique evening.

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Ray White Kohimarama & St Heliers Celebrate Tenth Year Sponsoring Local School

ST-HSt Thomas’s School is a state, full primary school which caters for students from Year 1 to Year 8 (aged 5 years to 13 years) that is located in the heart of Kohimarama. Established in the early 1950’s the school serves families in Kohimarama plus  surrounding suburbs and currently has a roll of 790 which principal, Michael Maher has told Peter Best and John Halstead of Ray White Kohimarama / St Heliers, will be extended to 830 in 2016. The school is currently undergoing a substantial building programme with a new intermediate block opening at the start of the year, and work is well advanced on a new administration block.  Further new developments are currently in the pipeline.

The local Ray White office at Kohimarama has had a long sponsorship association with the school and on Saturday evening  the annual PTA fundraiser, a Quiz Night, was the tenth successive event that Ray White Kohimarama had sponsored at St Thomas’s. Peter Best estimates over the ten years these events have raised in excess of $300,000 with the proceeds going to amenities and equipment for the school. This year the proceeds will go towards a vehicle for transporting children to sporting, cultural and other school events, and also a new junior playground.

This years event had a musical theme with parents, teachers and friends  at each table dressed as a song, group or musical theme. It was a highly charged atmosphere, and Ray White Kohimarama / St Heliers team were decked out as a jazz band. Auctioneer Neil Newman did a sterling job auctioning off an array of items from pamper packs, orthodontic treatment, weekends away and even a vasectomy. The company got great publicity throughout the evening and a competition for attendees to receive market updates and win a Ray White bicycle attracted a high level of interest.

Ashleigh Cripps of the Ray White team also donated time, designing the “Musical Notes” logo, the signboard that was located outside the school plus the tickets and promotional material for the event.

The Ray White Kohimarama and St Heliers offices get great mileage from the school and participate in other events during the school year and advertise in the school newsletter. Peter Best says his association with the school is very close having had grandchildren at St Thomas’s and his Kohimarama home adjoins the school grounds, so he is frequently returning balls, frisbees and hats that come over the fence.


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Local Christchurch Adviser, Simon Maule, Receives Top Honours at Industry Awards

LM-MetroAt the recent National Advisers Conference Gala Dinner, the hotly contested Professional Advisers Association (PAA) excellence awards were announced.  The PAA was delighted to recognise Simon Maule from Loan Market in Christchurch as the winner of the New Mortgage Adviser of the Year.

The awards are designed to recognise PAA members who demonstrate the founding values of the association: client advocacy, diligence in their work, compliance with relevant regulations and professional development.

“Our winners exemplify what it takes to be a quality adviser, every day and in all interactions with clients: energy, commitment, professionalism and an absolute focus on doing the best for their clients. They thoroughly deserve the acknowledgement of these awards,” says Rod Severn, CEO of the PAA.

The New Mortgage Adviser accolade recognises Simon as the best new adviser at a national level. Simon joined brokering group, Loan Market, in April 2014 after 20 years in banking.

“I decided to move to Loan Market because I’m passionate about providing the highest level of customer service – not just to my clients but also to the banks receiving the home loan applications. Loan Market offered me a platform to do that,” Simon explains.

Joining forces with principal, Tony McPherson, and the team at Ray White Metro, Simon said the first year of business has been a huge success.

“I work out of the Ray White Metro office and in my first 12 months, I’ve become so busy that I’ve hired a personal assistant,” he said.

“I’m very proud of my partnership with Ray White. I worked hard to build trust with the agents and develop an outstanding customer experience for my clients. I’m really pleased with the results of the past year, I’m seeing an increasing amount of repeat and referral business coming through from my clients as well as business from my first home buyer seminars and referrals from the likes of lawyers and accountants.”

For Simon, he said the future holds more growth.

“My goal is to employ a loan writer in the next 12 months and I’ll be looking to bring on more staff in the coming years and build a team of advisers,” Simon said.

Offering his insights to new advisers or those thinking of a career change, Simon said the key to success is simple: work hard.

“Plan your weeks and don’t get distracted by external things. Apply yourself and put in the hours,” he said.

“I was fortunate enough to be in a position where I could focus all my energies on my business – and it has paid off.

“I work really hard to ensure each of my clients receives outstanding service in their dealings with me and I ensure communication is prompt and regular.

“I offer additional services such as property value information, help with the Kiwisaver withdrawal process and can recommend lawyers and accountants to those that need those services. I also try to take jobs off my clients by contacting real estate agents and lawyers on their behalf and do whatever I can to make the process as smooth and as stress free as possible.”


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Ray White Browns Bay Help Clean Up Long Bay Beach

BB-LBRay White Browns Bay have recently been involved in a clean up day at Long Bay Regional Park.

As part of the Starting the Change beach clean up initiative on the North Shore, 32 volunteers spent the morning filling up three sacks of rubbish from the park, with help from Ray White Browns Bay.

The day marked the first anniversary of the Starting the Change group and coincided with the Ecofest festival also taking place on the shore. The aim of the festival was to share tips and information about living sustainably and taking care of the environment.

Angela Johnson from Ray White Browns Bay who helped on the day said “Our North Shore has the most amazing beaches! Having grown up on the North Shore I like to think that the same quality of beaches will be around in the years to come for our younger generation to enjoy. It is important that we support conservation efforts and come together to preserve our beaches and parks for the sake our community and wildlife as a whole.”


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Ray White Tauranga Expand to New Location

TaurangaRay White Tauranga Residential office is again expanding and has now moved to new premises situated at 232 Devonport Road, Tauranga.  This location takes Ian, Rachel and Rodney out of the CBD to the ‘early Avenues’ where the real estate is prime and the address trendy.

The building they have bought sits in lush grounds with a lovely inner harbour water view.  Having previously been used by physiotherapists considerable work is needed to have it ‘real estate’ ready. This however is not holding these enterprising enthusiasts back with them having already moved in without having any down time. The offices are freshly painted, carpets renewed, and computer systems running fine.

Moving to larger premises gives them the opportunity to expand – being joined by Nicolette Aldridge who is assisted by her husband Frank.  Nicolette has been in real estate for eight years starting as an assistant/PA to a top agent before becoming a sales person in her own right. She has developed into a highly successful, respected real estate salesperson in the Tauranga community and now moving into business ownership with Ian and Rachel Grindle and Rodney Fong. Their business model has been highly successful for them and is expected to continue to be for Nicolette and Frank the latter having emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa.

Ray White wishes them every success in this new venture.  “You are truly a business of attraction”.

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Ray White Drury, Manurewa, and Takanini Support Jammies in June


This June the team from Sue Douglas Property Services including the Ray White Drury, Manurewa and Takanini offices are supporting the Kidz First and Middlemore Foundation campaign Jammies in June.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and funds as well as collecting pyjamas for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children helping to prevent the contraction of respiratory illnesses.

Last year the Middlemore Foundation was able to provide over 5,000 pyjamas to Kidz First Children’s Hospital patients including their brothers and sisters.

Only mid way through this years month initiative, Middlemore Foundation spokeswoman Ankita Luthra said donations had topped $20,000 cash and 5,000 pairs of pyjamas. But they hope to double this by the time the month is out.

The team at Drury, Manurewa and Takanini are well on their way to help with this, donating two pairs of flannelette pyjamas for every new property management and every property sold in June – one pair from the office and the other on behalf of the property owner.

The offices will also be collecting personal donations of new flannelette pyjamas from the community.

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Historic Onehunga Post Office Sold!

Post-OfficeRyan Dixon of Ray White Remuera recently sold the historic Onehunga Post Shop at 120 Onehunga Mall.

The Category 2 Heritage Building was built circa 1900 and is an amazing example of Edwardian architecture. The 400sqm building features a 4 bedroom apartment on the top floor with Columbus Coffee cafe downstairs.

The property was sold via tender after a four week marketing campaign that utilised a broad range of marketing channels across both print and online media. With print marketing featuring an editorial in the New Zealand Herald, plus advertising in the New Zealand Herald Homes and Commercials sections along with the Property Press. Online the property was featured in Trade Me’s Cool Auctions section, with combined TradeMe, Realestate.co.nz and Ray White websites gaining over 27,000 views online.

Of the sale, Ryan Dixon said “It is not surprising to see more unique properties come to the market due to the depth of buyers looking to purchase and vendors looking to capitalise on favourable market conditions. Opportunities like this asset are always going to be highly sought after due to the attributes it offers and high-profile position.”

The eventual purchaser of the property was more than happy with the result and the was that Ryan conducted the sales process, saying “My perception of real estate salespeople has always been that they are working for themselves in the first instance and for the vendor in the second instance. The buyer comes in at an unlucky and distant third. Following a recent transaction in which all parties involved were delighted with the outcome, I’m pleased to say that Ryan Dixon has turned that perception on its head. The property I purchased is a family trust investment that will fund our retirement in years to come and provide substantial security for our children’s future. I am indebted to Ryan for helping us acquire it.”

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Ray White Mangere Bridge Wear Red for Ronald McDonald House

MB-RMHRay White Mangere Bridge were recently one of the 78 Ray White New Zealand offices involved in the Ronald McDonald House Street Appeal collection.

The Street Appeal aimed to raise awareness and funds for Ronald McDonald House, who supply support and accommodation to the families of seriously ill children who are receiving care in hospitals away from home around the country. Currently operating four houses across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, RMH help thousands of Kiwi families every year.

As part of their involvement in the Street Appeal Jared Cooksley and Jared Hards of Ray White Mangere Bridge went to the local Mangere Bridge Primary School for their support, organising a mufti day where kids were asked to wear red in support of the Street Appeal for a coin donation.

Jared Cooksley said “It was fantastic to reconnect with my old primary school and get the community involved in the Street Appeal, we wanted to expand on our street collection and get the local kids involved. We came up with the idea of Wearing Red for a coin donation. The uptake was instant, raising over $400! ”

Jared Hards, who has recently purchased a house in the Mangere Bridge area himself, said “My wife and newborn absolutely love it here and having the local primary school on board and supporting us with our collection has been incredible.”

The school itself was more than happy to get involved, school principal Brendon Clarkin saying “Being the Ronald McDonald House Charity it makes it easy for the kids to identify with and give back to those in need. They absolutely loved it!”

Ronald McDonald House were extremely appreciative of everyone’s efforts on the day, “Ray White’s support is integral to the success of our National Street Appeal – and we can’t thank them enough for braving the elements on the cold winters day, to help keep Kiwi families together throughout their child’s medical journey. With their generous support we can keep our doors open for every family who needs us.”


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Ray White Metro Get Busy in the Kitchen at Ronald McDonald House Christchurch

RWM-RMHRay White Metro recently took the time out to cook dinner for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House South Island.

Located just a few minutes walk from Christchurch hospital, the house provides accommodation and support to families of children receiving care at Christchurch 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.

10 members of the Ray White Metro team were involved in the night, cooking spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and a date and butterscotch self saucing pudding for dessert.

Afterwards the team couldn’t get over how much they enjoyed the evening saying they can’t wait to do it again. “One of the young boys we cooked for said it was the best meal all week which we were pretty chuffed about!”

Ray White Metro business owner Tony McPherson said “Taking time out from their busy lives to support such a worthy activity is credit to the team and their community spirit”

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Ray White Takanini Organise Fun Run for Addison Community

FunRunPeter Belcher of Ray White Takanini recently helped organise a Fun Run day for the Addison community.

Peter has been farming the Addison area for years and has maintained regular involvement in the community and events in that time. These events include community BBQ’s, Halloween events for the kids and Easter Eggs hunts on the commons.

The idea for the Fun Run was conceived at the last Easter Egg hunt while Ben Reugg from the residents society and Peter were watching the kids hunt for eggs. Ben had been on a personal fitness campaign and had lost 30kg in six months and suggested a fun run, it took them a couple of meetings to thrash out the concept and promotional plan to get the community involved including approaching the local businesses for prizes and sponsorship.

The route for the run was kept through the streets of the Addison community so the runners didn’t cross the main roads, a 2.5 km circuit with the kids doing a single lap and the adults run/walk being two laps.

The response from all parties was amazing, with online promotion and registration through Facebook with almost daily updates on the events progress. Local businesses supported the event with vouchers and prizes for the various category winners.

As major sponsor Peter provided prizes for the first place runners, as well as porta loos, BBQ, sausages and marquees for registration and prize giving. Fantastic support was also given from the team at Ray White Takanini throughout the day from assisting at marshalling points to helping with the BBQ and prize giving.

Peter said “The event was a huge success with 120 runners on the day and around 60 others from the community there to support the event. The Ray White team were brilliant helping with every aspect of the organising on the day including a few runners. We are now being pressured to put the event on twice a year.”

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