Ray White Collect for Ronald McDonald House Street Appeal

RMHStreetAppealRay White New Zealand are proud to announce their continued support of the Ronald McDonald House Street Appeal.  On Friday the 5th of June, 75 Ray White offices around New Zealand – from Kaitaia to Invercargill –  will be out on the streets collecting to support the initiative.

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for families from all over New Zealand whose children require specialist medical treatment in another city. During an extremely difficult time, the houses allow families to stay together offering not only accommodation but a supportive environment for the whole family while the child receives care in hospital.

Having a critically ill child in hospital is hard enough on its own, but being far from home makes it that much harder. RMH operate on the simple premise that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the well-being of their child – not how they can afford to stay near their child, where the next meal will come from, and where to lay their head to rest at night. The families tell us that being able to be close to the hospital, and having the practicalities of life taken care of at RMH is priceless.

Since 2007 Ray White New Zealand Offices have been involved by partnering with RMH to help keep families together, and have been active participants in the Street Appeal since its start in 2013.



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Ray White Golden Bay Get Their Pink On

GB-PinkRibbonA hugely successful Pink Ribbon Breakfast was held at the Penguin Cafe this month, organised by Ray White Golden Bay business owner Billy Kerrisk.

Penguin Cafe host Darryn Eves and Billy both have a personal connection to the cause, which drives them to raise awareness in the community and raise money for breast cancer research.

Fifteen years ago, Darryn’s mother won her battle against breast cancer, New Zealand’s most common cancer, affecting one in nine woman every year. Billy‘s close friend lost her life to the illness at a young age, which inspired Billy to start fundraising in 2009.

The event was a huge success raising over $3,600 with over 100 people turning up to support the cause, taking part in a raffle and highly entertaining auction hosted by Billy.

Raising awareness for breast cancer was also a strong focus for the morning. Women were encouraged to feel and pass around a prosthetic breast designed with lumps imitating small cancerous tumours, and pamphlets and posters on breast cancer were discussed over coffee.

“Get yourself checked out” says Billy, “early detection of breast cancer can save lives. It is really important every woman knows this”

“I’m so pleased with the turnout” says Darryn, who agrees with Billy that they will be doing it again next year. Both hope it will continue to grow as a successful and entertaining morning for a worthy cause.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation was launched in 1994 with the first annual Pink Ribbon Campaign. Since its creation outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer have dramatically improved, with first year survival currently sitting at 86%, up by 24% from 1994. Increased education and awareness are a major factor in this improvement, with screening rates for women nearing 70% between ages 45-69.

Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are being held all over the country throughout May. To find out more go to pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz.

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Ray White Drury Opens

Drury-OpeningThe Ray White Group is proud to announce the opening of the 62nd office in the Auckland Region and 143rd office in New Zealand.  Ray White Drury joins the group under the leadership of Sue Douglas, who already has offices in both Manurewa and Takanini.

The Ray White Drury office will be home to a dedicated, diverse and friendly team of real estate professionals ready and waiting to meet the needs of the local community.

“The wider Drury/Ramarama area is dear to our heart, as it is where my husband and I choose to live to bring up our three children and we’re thrilled to be opening our third  branch here,” Sue says. “It’s an area we believe will experience rapid growth over the next two to 10 years and I wish to provide both locals and newcomers to the area, a local  office and a genuine real estate experience that they will remember with pleasure.”

“I’m excited that I had the opportunity to do something that is a little bit different as far as real estate companies go. Rather than just an ‘office’, I have tried to create a place that offers a real experience for people who visit. It’s a place full of personality with a rustic, rural feel. The office is made to feel like a country barn, while the reception desk has been crafted from beautiful macrocarpa sleepers.”

Ray White New Zealand Head of Agency Operations Graeme Fraser said “Sue has established and grown a business around Auctions and has had some amazing results. Drury is the third office in the Sue Douglas Property Services Ltd Business and shows Sue’s drive and tenacity to build and grow her network of offices.The existing offices of Manurewa and Takanini will be enhanced by Drury which will add a component of Rural and Lifestyle to an already strong residential and property management base.”

An informal  “housewarming” will be held on Tuesday 2nd June with an open invitation to local residents, business owners, investors and others to pop in anytime from 4-6pm.

Ray White Drury is located at 1/233 Great South Road, Drury and can be viewed online at www.rwdrury.co.nz

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Ray White City Apartments put their Breast Foot Forward

PinkRibbonThis Wednesday Ray White City Apartments got their pink on, hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money in support of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are taking place all around the country this May with the aim to raise money to help Kiwi women have access to leading-edge research and investigate new treatment options for women with advanced breast cancer to allow families to keep their precious wives, mothers and sisters for longer.

With a goal to raise $1,000 for the cause, City Apartments blew past that benchmark raising over $4,500 (to date) reaching second place on the Pink Ribbon Leaderboard.

Michelle Yurak from the office said “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our Ray White City Apartments Team”

Auctioneer Cameron Brain did a great job of getting every last dollar for the auctions which included wine packs, champagne, a Sky Dive off the Sky Tower, a Sky Walk, Tony’s Dinner Voucher, Workingmans Club Bar Voucher and Auction Marketing campaign donated by Phil Horrobin.

Sales Manager Murray Smith also provided some much appreciated entertainment dressing up as a baby for the event.

Organisers Christine Piggin, Amanda Fonoti and Alexandra Barrow said ‘Our team are really passionate about raising money and awareness for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and everyone goes to great lengths to make this an enjoyable event for everyone. The Auctions were a great success this year and there was some very competitive bidding. We look forward to our next fundraising event and the Ronald McDonald Street Appeal.”

If you would like to support the City Apartments team, donations can still be made on their Pink Ribbon Breakfast page.


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Ray White Central North Island Zone Celebrate Quarterly Awards

CNI-AwardsThe Ray White Central North Island team came together Tuesday night at Trinity Wharf in Tauranga to celebrate their first quarter awards.

The awards followed the Central North Island Zone Meeting where Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand Carey Smith presented the leading businesses and salespeople with their awards.

Ray White Te Awamutu was the leading office in sales turnover and business growth, with Neville Kemp also from the Te Awamutu office acknowledged as the leading salesperson in turnover and growth.

Ray White Hamilton took out all the property management awards in New Managements, Completed Lettings and Lowest Arrears; while Lynn Eagar from Hamilton was recognised as the number one salesperson in the region for auctions and tenders listed.

Neville Kemp was recognised as a 2015 Elite member, along with Rodney Fong from Ray White Tauranga who achieved 2015 Premier status this March.

See all the winners photos on our Facebook Page.

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Ray White Russell get involved at the St. John’s Amazing Race

Amazing-RaceThe team from Ray White Russell have been out in the community helping out at the third annual St. John’s Amazing Race.

With eight tests set up around around the Russell township, St. John’s volunteer teams used their skills, teamwork and clinical knowledge to complete the challenges.

The day began with a Haka before teams dealt with a range of scenarios from an ambulance driving test, to gunshot wounds, an unconscious heart attack patient, burning buildings and to top it all off a plane crash at Russell School.

Ray White Russell pitched in providing hot home made savouries, bacon and egg pie and pizza’s for all the 80+ contestants and support crew.

Locals who weren’t watching the teams at work could take part in CPR and first aid lessons or  watch the fire brigade douse simulated kitchen fires.

Though the event had huge interest, numbers had to be limited but organisers hope to expand next year, which will be hosted by this years winning team from Paihia.

Ray White Russell business owner Dianne Wynyard was more than happy to support the event “Being a voluntary organisation in our town, St. John’s is one of the very worthwhile causes we choose to sponsor whenever possible. Living in a country area the volunteers who run St. John’s are often called upon in the middle of the night. They always attend willingly and with a smile. They freely spend endless hours of their time up-skilling their training often travelling many kilometres to do so. On a personal note, the volunteers from St. John’s recently attended my husband at 2:00am on a holiday morning, if it hadn’t been for St. John’s, my husband would no longer be with us. Why do we choose to support St. John’s? Why wouldn’t we!”

Photos courtesy of Stephen Western.

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Ray White Orakei Sponsor Local Kindy Wheel-a-thon

Orakei-WheelRay White Orakei recently sponsored the Orakei Kindy Annual Wheel-a-thon.

Held at the Orakei School across from the Kindy, the fun event brought together local families to help raise money for the Kindy to complete a much needed playground upgrade. With over 50 kids plus their siblings taking part in the Wheel-a-thon, over $5,000 was raised.

The day featured a parade, sausage sizzle, baked goods sale, and raffles as well as an auction of donated Black Caps apparel from Brendon and Nathan McCullum.

Ray White Orakei business owner Mike Zelcer said “Ray White Orakei is a keen community sponsor of all the local schools and the local Kindy. We also support local businesses by promoting their businesses along with ours. It’s great to be giving something back to the community as we want to be seen as the local trusted advisers when it comes to real estate matters. Being  friendly, knowledgeable and approachable are what we value.”

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Kenny Hewitt Runs to Raise Money for Hospice


On the 31st of May Kenny Hewitt from Ray White Mt Maunganui will be running the Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise funds to support the Waipuna Hospice in Tauranga.

Funded purely from charity, the hospice has a special place in Kenny’s heart, “After a short battle with cancer Pam, my late wife, died on the 9th January 2013. During the five months of Pams illness the hospice were amazing in their support. From the first visit when Kath came round to help Pam, to the stays at the hospice where I still don’t know what they did, but they would reinvigorate her.”

Kenny is not alone in his efforts with sponsorship from the local gym, and six other members of the family joining in on the run, including his now partner Jill who he says” has been an amazing driving force.”

Waipuna Hospice provides specialist medical services, nursing care and support to people living in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty with an illness for which cure is no longer an option. In operation since 1989, the hospice has grown from a day unit to offering 24 hour care as well as at home and a range of other services.

Providing all care free of charge, the hospice relies on donations to keep their service going. Despite funding from the District Health Board, the hospice still needs to raise $2.5 million to cover this years shortfall in operating costs. They rely on community support, like that from Kenny, to keep going.

“My goal is to raise as much money as possible. You will be aware that the hospice is funded purely by charity and is an awesome asset to Tauranga and the Bay Of Plenty.” To date $3,730 has been raised.

To support Kenny and the Waipuna Hospice go to http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/KennyHewitt

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Ray White Golden Bay Celebrate Fifth Anniversary


On the 1st of May Ray White Golden Bay celebrated their fifth anniversary with the Ray White Group with a gathering of  property owners, community leaders and Ray White business owners across the Upper South Island region.

With a local band playing to the over 100 attendees made up of owner Billy Kerrisk’s loyal clients and customers, along with Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, it was definitely not a night to be missed.

Along with the celebrations, Billy re-signed with the Ray White Group for another term after what she says has so far been a successful and rewarding relationship. “I love what I do and every transaction means so much to me. I feel especially privileged to be part of the Ray White Group with our leading edge technology and strong family values” adding that she couldn’t have done it without the support from her husband and staff.

Ray White Golden Bay is part of a strong network of offices for Ray White in the Upper South Island with seven other businesses located in the area. Ray White Golden Bay can be contacted through their website rwgoldenbay.co.nz or by visiting their offices at 11 Buxton Lane, Takaka.


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