Earlier this year, the popular playground next to Barrington Mall was destroyed in an arson attack. With no funding left in the council budget to go towards the playgrounds renewal, it looked as if a repair wouldn’t be complete until 2021.
The team at Ray White Barrington heard the news and decided to get involved.
Setting up a page on Givealittle.co.nz, promoted through Facebook, along with a collection box at their office – the team raised just under $7,000 to go towards the new playground. With the attention gained, additional funding was put forward through local community groups; all in all raising over $20,000 for the rebuild.
The Ray White Barrington team said that with the playground being so close to home they were proud to be involved in the fundraising, and were grateful to all in the community who got behind the cause.
The team of 19, also including partners and children, prepared a feast for the 50+ staying at the house. With roast organic free range chicken, roast vegetables, peas and gravy followed by chocolate cake, fresh fruit salad, berries, organic yoghurt, custard and ice cream it certainly was a feast.
Located just a few minutes walk from Christchurch hospital, Ronald McDonald 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.
Last Friday, 20 members from Ray White New Zealand, lead by CEO Carey Smith, took part in the Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand Step Up Challenge. Team members from Ray White Albany, Ray White City Apartments and Ray White Pinehill took up the challenge to run up the 51 stories of the Sky Tower and in the process raised over $7,900 for the cause.
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand is a national organisation dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with a blood cancer – leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma or a related blood condition. With six Kiwis being diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition every day and receiving no government funding, the yearly Step Up Challenge event is crucial to helping raise funds and awareness to continue the service.
This year the event raised over $338,000.
Simon Harrison of Ray White City Apartments was our fast runner, climbing the 51 stories in just 8 minutes 7 seconds. The Ray White City Apartments team also included Cameron Brain, Delanie Horrobin, Gina Elliot, John Tanner, Melissa McLennan-Miller, Olivia Tibbetts, Ryan Bridgman, and Sam Woods.
From the North Shore the Ray White Albany team was made up of Angel Yang, Janet Ellwood, Joseph Ido, Konrad Eales, and William Xu. The Ray White Pinehill team consisted of Crystal Lee, Louis Henry, Nicky Hattam, Stephen Burnett, and Winn Cheng.
The Ray White Connect Conference took place recently on the Gold Coast. 2,000 members of the Ray White Group (including Ray White, Loan Market, Concierge, White & Partners and Living Here) gathered on the Gold Coast for what was the most ambitious event in the Groups history.
For the first time, Ray White Remuera in New Zealand has claimed the top spot as the top performing office internationally within the Ray White Group based on settled commission, at the Ray White Connect Conference International awards night on Monday 3 August.
It is the first time a New Zealand office has taken the top spot, which has been dominated by Australian businesses since the inception of the International Awards over 20 years ago.
Ray White joint-Chairman Brian White was proud to see the top position go to Remuera.
“It’s encouraging to see Ray White Remuera thrive in the New Zealand market, where the Ray White brand has enjoyed strong success in its 21 year history. To achieve such a high accolade within the group speaks volumes for Megan Jaffe and her team,” he said.
The evening also saw the Remuera office also win an accolade for achieving one of the highest Net Promoter Scores within the group internationally.
Ray White New Zealand CEO Carey Smith said the international award received by Megan and her team is a direct reflection of the growth in market share and her dedication to customer focus.
In receiving the award Megan Jaffe acknowledged the support of her team and the way in which the business has been able to develop on the platform of the client’s interest at heart.
Megan said that while the business continues to evolve ensuring that customer satisfaction is a key outcome for the business will ensure the value for all stakeholders.
See the full list of New Zealand winners below.
Ray White International Awards
Top 10 International Offices
Number 1 Office – Remuera
Number 4 Office – City Apartments
Number 7 Office - Ponsonby
Top 10 Selling Principals
Top 10 Sales Performers
Top 10 Customer Satisfaction – Offices
Number 5 Office – Ponsonby
Number 8 Office = Ellerslie
Number 8 Office = Remuera
Number 10 Office – Metro
Top 10 Customer Satisfaction – Individuals
Ray White Rising Star
Loan Market Businesses
Number 1 – Bruce Patten Group
Number 4 – Scott Charlesworth & Stuart Matheson Group
Loan Market Rising Star
Loan Market Broker of the Year
Number 4 – Bruce Patten
Number 5 – Irene Zheng
Number 9 – Robyn Ashkettle
Insurance Market NZ Advisor of the Year
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Business savvy Reece Prewett and Champak Mehta have made the decision to leave very successful careers in the business world to purchase and own four Ray White offices in the Southern Corridor of Auckland. The four offices are located in Papakura, Pukekohe, Waiuku and Tuakau.
Reece and Champak will take on the agency businesses as non-selling Principals, with a focus on growth in market share along the Southern Corridor. Reece said the advantage of this will be that their salespeople won’t be competing with them, and they can focus on business growth. The pair have never sold a house before and are looking forward to taking on the excitement of the real estate world.
“We both have very strong corporate and business development backgrounds,” said Reece, adding that after studying chemical engineering he took a big risk in leaving his job of 29 years in the dairy industry to purchase the large agency business in an area with huge growth potential.
“I’m taking a risk and backing myself in a different business,” he said. “Real estate is perfect for us because it plays to our strengths of team building and business growth.
Champak is also making a significant career change. With a science degree, an economics degree and an MBA under his belt, he worked in strategy, business development and general management in NZ, the USA & Singapore over a 9 year career with Fonterra. Most recently, he was the CEO of Potatoes NZ Inc., which represents the entire value chain of the NZ potato industry.
“We see one of our major competitive advantages as being able to come in and hit the ground running with fresh eyes. By not being constrained by the traditional way of approaching things, we work with our team to offer a fresh perspective to the marketplace.” said Champak.
According to Reece, the pair will relish being the underdogs in the South Auckland real estate market. “We are very excited about the opportunities in Auckland. The Southern Corridor is a huge growth area, and we are looking forward to taking market share from our competitors.” he said.
Their strategy will heavily involve integration with Loan Market and the property management arm of the business and a heavy recruitment drive – with approximately 40 staff employed across the business already and plans for this number to grow substantially.
Ray White New Zealand CEO, Carey Smith, said “Reece and Champak’s background in successfully growing and developing business in many different industries would be a key ingredient in their business growth and success along Auckland’s Southern Corridor.”
“The Real Estate Industry over the past period has aligned to higher standards of professionalism and this, in turn, has increased the expectation within the community of the role that real estate agents play in the property sale. Reece and Champak understand the dynamics of service to engage the customer at the highest level of satisfaction and this will be centric to their success.”
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The Ray White Group today announced that licensed agents Stuart and Claire Morris will join the company as business owners of the newly established Ray White Rangiora office.
Stuart Morris is one of the top achieving salespeople in the Rangiora area and has been awarded several performance awards within the industry. His wife, Claire Morris, has been involved in the management of North Canterbury real estate offices and has also had involvement in the listing and selling of property during the past 14 years.
Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that in welcoming Stuart and Claire Morris, “The ambition of top people in the industry is realised through their continuing career development. Claire and Stuart Morris’ transition into business ownership is a logical step given their significant managerial experience and also their understanding of the industry.”
Stuart Morris said that it is exciting for them to be able to develop their own business. “Having had an extensive career in sales through the North Canterbury region and receiving many awards; taking our careers to business ownership will allow us to fully realise our involvement in the industry.”
Claire Morris completed her real estate licensing in 2009 and said that this has been the catalyst to move into management roles, and now into business ownership.
The new office is currently under construction and will be located in the high profile Conway Development in the centre of Rangiora. The business will be offering services in sales and property management.
For further information please contact Claire Morris on 0276 62 4822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV 3 program ‘Story’ tonight interviewed Carey Smith Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand regarding a secretly recorded conversation set up by the program that sent an actor into a Ray White Office in South Auckland. Ray White provide the following statement.
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The event’s goal was to raise funds for the Refuge to allow them to continue to provide some of the most difficult, but essential, services to the Otago community, a service that could not be provided without the support.
With speakers and an auction run by the by the Ray White Dunedin team, the event was a huge success raising $9,000.
South Island Group Facilitator Dave Price says ” Woman’s Refuge provide a vital service to all women of New Zealand by offering free advice, emergency accommodation and confidential advocacy services. Whilst Peter and his Dunedin team are heavily committed to their work in the community it is particularly pleasing to see them involved with the Woman’s Refuge and helping them promote the good work they do into the wider community.”
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.