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Variety Trillian Mini Bashers Return

Variety Bash bannerMiddlemore Hospital’s pediatric ward enjoyed a colourful visit by the cars and characters of the Variety Trillian Bash, a group of classic-car lovers who believe in having fun while doing good for others. Among this year’s enthusiasts were business owners Michelle Greer from Ray White Timaru and Hayden Jones from Ray White Papanui.

The ‘Bash’ raises money for Variety – The Children’s Charity – with the 18 participating teams paying a generous donation to take part in an event where they got to wear colourful themed costumes and drive their treasured pre-1970’s cars whilst entertaining the kids that they visited. Among the kids visited during the annual three-day event were the young patients at Kids First Children’s Hospital, Middlemore. The teams delivered fun, gifts and goody bags to everyone they could. Around 30 patients were able to leave the ward to be entertained by the ‘Bashers’.

Bash director, Murray O’Donnell said, “the three-day event also had a heavy schedule of school visits that included a visit to Waiheke Island for a large number of underprivileged children; a day I’m sure they’ll never forget thanks to the support of our volunteers, Sealink and Ecozip“.

Michelle added, “there are some sick kids out there who miss out on fun like this so it’s great that we could take the fun to them. It was so rewarding to see these kids eyes light up and forget, if just for a short while, as we entertained them along with the numerous celebrities who joined us along the way”.

Both Michelle and Hayden had their efforts rewarded too. Michelle picked up the longest-distance trophy for her epic drive from Timaru in her mighty Dodge Challenger; whilst Hayden picked up the Naughty Nozzle Award; an award with an illustrious history. Hayden added that the event was both fun and rewarding and it was likely that both he and Michelle would attend next year’s event.

Want to know more? Visit the Variety Bash’s website or, for more photo’s of Basher’s epic adventure, visit their Facebook page.

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Graeme Fraser Awarded the Challenge Cup

The Ray White Group hold an annual franchisor conference known as Crows Nest. This year over 130 delegates attended the four day event which was held in Brisbane and Noosa in early February 2014.

Graeme Fraser 2014 Crows Nest Winner copyAs part of the event Brian White, the Group Chairman, presents awards to members of the Ray White franchisor team for significant contribution and excellence in the delivery of service during the past 12 months. Graeme Fraser, Ray White New Zealand Auckland Performance Manager, was this year awarded with the Challenge Cup.  In his recognition of Graeme, Brian White said that his intuitiveness for the delivery of service, particularly to business owners, is outstanding. “Graeme has driven the business mentoring programme for which business owners across New Zealand join together each month. He has also been a significant part of the introduction of financial mentoring. His role in the Auckland and Northland market in regards to performance has seen the Ray White Group lift market share to new record highs and this has been noticed across all markets.”

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that he was thrilled to see Graeme receive this well deserved recognition.

The Challenge Cup has been presented to franchisor members since 2002.

In receiving the award, Graeme Fraser acknowledged the support of the Ray White New Zealand team and also emphasised the support he receives from Ray White business owners, which makes his role both engaging and rewarding.

During the evening there were several other awards presented and the Chairmans Cup award was presented to Kelly Tatlow from Ray White Concierge.


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Property Management Works Receives National Award

The Ray White Dunedin Property Management team have been acknowledged with several awards at the annual Real Estate Institute Property Management Awards held at the Claudelands Exhibition Centre in Hamilton on Saturday 18th August. Bruce and Denise Robinson, the owners of Property Management Works, celebrated with their team through Deanne Thomson who was a finalist in the category of Property Manager of the Year and also Rebecca Smith, who was awarded the New Zealand Rookie of the Year for property management.

Denise said both Deanne and Rebecca are a credit to the Property Management Works team. She went on to say “Property Management Works has built a successful business on providing the highest level of service to both landlords and tenants and this is also the culture of our business which we believe reflects in these awards.”

Deanne Thomson said she was delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the property management awards. She said that while she acknowledged receiving the award individually “It is all about being part of a team and that is how our business is successful in Dunedin.”

Rebecca Smith, who received the Rookie of the Year award, joined Property Management Works from within the industry. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and commitment to her role as a property manager was spoken about when she received her award.

Bruce Robinson said he was proud of all of the Property Management Works team and especially the recognition of Deanne and Rebecca.

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Ray White Auckland Celebrate Awards

The Ray White Group in Auckland comprises 50 offices with just over 900 sales members. Last night awards were held for the Auckland region, which is identified in two zones being the City-Side and North Shore. Also during the evening the new Elite and Premier members were recognised for their outstanding sales results for the calendar year to date.

Graeme Fraser, Auckland Business Performance Manager, presented the City-Side zone awards. In his address he made comment about the growth of the Group on the city side, particularly the top offices which include City Apartments, Ponsonby, Remuera, Royal Oak and Central Auckland Commercial. These businesses have lifted their market share consistently during the year, with the top business on the city-side, being City Apartments, having a market share in excess of 40% for the first time ever. He also recognised Bruce Whillans from Central Auckland Commercial as being the number one salesperson for sales turnover; Marie Raos from Howick as the leading salesperson for business growth; and Damian Piggin and Daniel Horrobin from City Apartments for auction marketing.

Carey Smith presenting Lesley Hawes NZ 2012 Elite Member

Corinna Mansell, National Business Performance Manager, presented the North Shore awards. The top business in the categories of sales turnover and business growth was Pinehill; Whangaparaoa were the leading marketing office.  Individually Darryn Laskey was recognised as the top salesperson for property sales and he was also recognised as number one in business growth.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, in his address spoke about the relevance of individual licensee salespeople. “There is a strong belief within the Ray White Group that the salesperson is the one who becomes the choice of the vendor.”  He said that the Group is ensuring our salespeople are well profiled, have outstanding marketing material and also have industry leading technology.


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Canterbury and West Coast Celebrate Awards

The Ray White Canterbury and West Coast Quarterly Awards were recently held at the Clearwater Resort in Christchurch.

The overall supreme salesperson for the quarter was Sid Charoenpornsavat from the Ray White Northwood office and Sid was also recognised as the top business growth salesperson for the quarter. The top office for sales turnover was Ray White Metro, with Ray White Greymouth being recognised as the top office for business growth.

The following ad appeared in the Christchurch Press and was in part to thank all of our partners, including the Christchurch Press, Property Press, Trade Me, and signage companies, who have assisted with the ongoing growth of our business through the region. It has been a difficult time during the past 12 months throughout the Christchurch market and our business owners have responded by ensuring the sales team and property managers are able to continue to operate with the best resources within the marketplace.

The Ray White Group has 160 sales people in the Canterbury and West Coast regions and we would like to acknowledge their continuing efforts in assisting sellers and buyers within the market.


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Ray White NZ Celebrate Award Winners

Ray White New Zealand celebrated their 2010 annual awards last night at the SkyCity Grand Hotel, with just over 550 company members joining dignitaries and suppliers to celebrate our national award winners.

The evening opened with those in attendance observing one minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake and the Pike River miners.

The Chairman of the Ray White Group, Brian White then spoke which covered the impact on the community and our members of recent tragedies in New Zealand and Australia. He spoke of how the company came together as a family and showed a spirit within our group that had never been seen before and the way in which our Canterbury members had offered support to our Queensland members’ only weeks prior to the 22nd February earthquake in Christchurch.  He talked about the commitment of our company, the growth in market share and how the property business continues to evolve and understanding the question of ‘Where To’ being an obsession within the company leadership.

Paul White, head of Ray White Rural, then spoke of the increasing presence the Ray White Group has across the rural sector in both New Zealand and Australia; saying that Ray White is recognised as the leading rural property sales business and how, in more recent times, the area of livestock sales has played a role in the overall rural business.

The awards cover administration, property management and residential property sales.  Members from throughout the Group from Kaitaia to Invercargill were represented.  There are 15 categories in which awards are recognised; with the major category being the Salesperson of the Year, which was awarded to Lesley Hawes and Ruth Hawes from the Kingsland office, who were individually equal first.

Another highlight of the awards is the CEO Cup which is presented by New Zealand Chief Executive Carey Smith.  This year Phil Horrobin of Ray White City Apartments received the CEO Cup award. In recognising Phil Horrobin, Carey Smith said that since he has known Phil as a company member over the last eight years, he has been involved in the city market and has grown a business from a new office to now being the recognised leader in city apartment sales.  The office sells one in four apartments and has recently merged its sales division to add Roebucks Realty and an additional location in the Britomart.  Carey went on to say that Phil Horrobin’s best years are still in front of him, but he had made such an impact on the company that he richly deserved the CEO Cup award.

For a full list of the Ray White award winners please click here.



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Top Residential Office for October

The Ray White Remuera office, led by Megan Jaffe, was the number one residential office for the Group in October, turning over in excess of $23 million worth of property sales.

The Remuera office has continued to grow market share throughout their core trade area with a consistently high volume of sales through their sales team.  The average sale price for the Remuera office is just over $2.115 million and this has seen the business increase its overall turnover year to date to be the number two growth office nationally.  Megan Jaffe said “The month was a direct reflection of the increased activity through the marketplace combined with a continued focus on skills within the team.”  She also said that during 2010 the teamwork within the Remuera office had enabled each salesperson to list property with confidence on the basis that they had a strong support network behind them.  She went on to say that marketing has redefined the direction of the office as they continue to be appointed to high profile property listings.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of the Ray White Group, said “It is pleasing to see the growth of the Remuera office and the market confidence that has been secured by Ray White throughout the area.   The office has maintained a steady growth over the last 12 months and the October results are a direct reflection of the culture and the success within the office.”

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Top Offices for October 2010

Although trading for the Ray White Group decreased through the 134 offices, the top businesses within the company increased their turnover by more than 7%.

The number one office is the newly established Auckland Commercial business which is headed up by Bruce Whillans. Bruce has been appointed to a number of substantial commercial portfolios and these have now been successfully sold by Bruce and his team.  They completed just over $34 million of property sales for the month.   The number two office throughout New Zealand and the number one residential office was Ray White Remuera.  The office completed over $23.5 million worth of sales.  The Ponsonby office was number three in the Group.  The listing numbers for this business have increased for the month. The number four office was located on the North Shore being Ray White Glenfield.  They completed a highly successful month with over 30 property sales.  The number five office was Ray White Mt Albert, having a staff of 24 on the sales team. They completed 13 auctions and 13 exclusive listings, transacting over $6 million in property sales.  Overall the top five businesses in the Group increased their turnover by 7% to trade just under $90 million in property sales.

Papamoa was the top business in the Central North Island.  Palmerston North was the number one office in the Lower North Island.  Richmond had a successful month in the Upper South Island being the top office in their zone.  In Canterbury, Lincoln completed over $6 million in sales to be the best business in that region.  Arrowtown were the number one office in the Lower South Island, having a successful month completing over $5 million in property sales.

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Auckland / North Shore Quarterly Awards


Just over 300 people attended the Auckland Cityside and North Shore quarterly awards last week.  The evening was headlined by the Elite members receiving their recognition.  We also presented our latest Premier members with their awards.  Our market share through each of the zones in Auckland has edged up and is now at 19.1% collectively. One of the areas we talked about was the growth in the West zone which is now the highest market share in Auckland. The quarter results saw the highest production rate for just on two years and the number one salesperson for the quarter in the Cityside was Ruth Hawes from Kingsland, while on the North Shore, Marcus Lee of Milford, took the top award.  The other feature of the night was the recognition that Goodwin Realty received at the National Property Management Conference in being a finalist and effectively named the number one property management business for the industry in Auckland.   Pictured here is Marcus Lee receiving his Elite award from Carey Smith.

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NZ Mortgage Brokers Assoc Awards

nzmba-bruce-pattenLoan Market’s Bruce Patten has come in runner up in the 2009 New Zealand Mortgage Brokers Association Broker of the Year award which was presented last Friday.  In addition to being named the national runner up, Bruce, a regular finalist in the New Zealand mortgage broking industry’s prestigious yearly awards, was named Broker of the Year for the Greater Auckland region for an amazing fifth time.  Loan Market’s Gopal Sreenivasan was also a finalist on the night in the Mid-Central Auckland region. Although unfortunately not winning his region, Gopal’s recognition as a finalist is well-deserved and highlights the professionalism and dedication with which he operates on a daily basis.

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