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Ray White New Zealand Members Acknowledged at International Awards

Rem-AwardsThe 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

Number 2 – Rohan Thompson (Royal Oak)

Number 3 – Heather Walton (Epsom)

Top 10 Sales Performers

Number 4 – Marie Raos (Howick)

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

Number 1 – Rebecca Toone (Metro)

Number 6 – Ruth Hawes (Kingsland)

Number 8 – Nicola Chambers (Motueka)

Number 9 – Richard Withy (Metro)

Number 10 – Angela Saunders (Ponsonby)

Ray White Rising Star

Jared HardsMangere Bridge

Garry SinghManurewa

Loan Market Businesses

Number 1 – Bruce Patten Group

Number 4 – Scott Charlesworth & Stuart Matheson Group

Loan Market Rising Star

Simon Maule

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

John Schell

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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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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

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A Little Ray of Sunshine at the Hospice Sunrise Walk



Ray White Takanini, together with over a thousand families, school kids, dogs and walkers, gave up their Sunday morning sleep-in to participate in this year’s 6th Sunrise Walk for Hospice at the Auckland Botanical Gardens. They were rewarded with the most spectacular sunrise and a stunning kaleidoscope of colour, as young and old from the multicultural South and Southeast Auckland, dressed in every colour of the rainbow.

Sue Douglas of Ray White Manurewa and Takanini said she is proud to support this wonderful charity as part of Ray White’s ongoing commitment to the community. “Totara Hospice South Auckland, is a not for-profit organization. It has been meeting palliative care needs of the South and South East Auckland community now for 30 years. Totara Hospice South Auckland is able to provide free of charge care and support for families/whanau of any person living with a life limiting illness in our community. Totara Hospice South Auckland receives no government funding and relies on the generous support of our community through donations and bequests. The Sunrise Walk is a great way to support the hospice and an opportunity to walk step by step remembering and honouring someone you love who may have been touched by the Hospice.”

After an invigorating warm up, the colourful crowd took off for a 5 kilometre walk around the beautiful gardens, greeted over the finish line with a free sausage sizzle, hot soup and an extraordinary show of community – with local businesses giving away free apples, tomatoes and freshly cut flower bouquets to the walkers.

Ray White joined in the carnival atmosphere and added a big splash of yellow to the event with their Great Duck Hunt. Walkers got quacking and kept their eyes peeled for the five Ray White yellow ducks hidden around the course. An ecstatic young year 8 student won a yellow Ray White Bike.

This year walkers also had the choice of a VIP ticket which gave them entry to the Ray White VIP Pavilion and included a gourmet breakfast, a glass of bubbles, coffee and goodie bag.

We are proud to announce that with the help of generous sponsors, $32,000 was raised on the day which will help towards continuing to provide day Hospice services, a vital three day a week programme for hospice patients and their families, with sponsorship still coming in.

There is still time to contribute to this worthwhile cause.  Fundraising will run until 21st April – simply visit the Give-a-Little website to help.

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Ray White Manurewa: Community Sunday

The Ray White Manurewa team has again supported this year’s Elvis in the Park at the Manurewa Botanical Gardens. In its fifth year, Elvis in the Park is a free concert and picnic day for the South Auckland community featuring New Zealand and Australia’s top professional Elvis singers. They get together on stage and do renditions of Elvis songs for the crowd, which this year was over 7,000.

The chosen charity for the 2013 Elvis in the Park was Kiwi Can South Auckland Programme which is an organisation that has a mission to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids that are less fortunate than others so they can be more engaged in their education and have a better chance of reaching their potential in life. The charity was founded in 2005 and today supports the education of more than 4,500 disadvantaged New Zealand children a day throughout 276 low decile schools nationwide.

The Ray White Manurewa team ran a competition throughout the day to guess the number of balloons within the Ray White car. There were two correct guesses of 83 balloons and the first person to claim the prize was the winner of a marquee. There were over 500 entries.

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The organiser of the programmer Kelley French said it was a very successful day and on behalf of Elvis in the Park organisers, they wished to thank Ray White for once again supporting the South Auckland community and the Elvis in the Park event.


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November Results Surge Forward

The November sales results for the Ray White Group are the best recorded for the past five years and it is a further increase on the record result of last month. The Group completed sales just below half a billion dollars, with six out of the seven zones recording substantive increases. Across New Zealand our results were 31% higher the same time last year and 4% higher than last month, being October 2012.

Year to date the results show that the Ray White Group is up by 44%, with auctions continuing to be a preferred method of marketing, up 40% on last year. Exclusive listings have also increased by 8%. There has also been a trend for days on market to continue to lower and across New Zealand they are now under 30 days for the first time in the past five years.

Carey Smith, Chief Executive of Ray White New Zealand, said that the November results were a combination of the continued market supply versus demand together with the confidence in low interest rates and also the growth of the Ray White offices across New Zealand. He said that the Group’s productivity has lifted to the highest level since the Group came into New Zealand in 1993, with the top five offices this month recording an average of over $20 million in turnover.

The Northland Zone showed a 51% increase on last year and that is consistent with its year to date sales results. Auckland again showed a strong lift in property sales of 48% but was slightly down on last month’s result. The Central North Island and Lower North Island were both considerably higher, with an increase of 51% and 63% respectively. The Upper South Island was the only zone to show a decrease on last year’s trading and was down by 24%. Canterbury remain consistent with last year while the Lower South Island increased by 54%.

Overall the Group has 1,301 salespeople together with 197 property managers trading through 134 offices across New Zealand.

Nine of the top 10 offices in the Group came from Auckland and included Kohimarama, Ponsonby, Half Moon Bay, Remuera, Howick, Manurewa, City Apartments, Glenfield and Central Auckland Commercial. Ray White Metro in Christchurch also featured in the top 10 offices.

The Ray White Group has increased its overall properties available to 9,910 which is an increase of 4% on the month. Auction listings continue to lift, increasing to 395 submitted in November. The average sale price is now $488,749 across New Zealand and that is an increase of $4,250 during the past month.


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May Results Surge Up 54%

The Ray White New Zealand Group results for May 2012 were the best sales results by the company in 4 years they showed a 54% increase on the previous May results in 2011 and showed a 21% increase on April’s results. The surge in sales came from right across New Zealand, with the Northland zone showing the most substantive increases, mainly due to the Ray White growth.

The Auckland zone saw an increase of 54%, with a major volume lift through Central and East Auckland. The Central and Lower North Island was up 53%. This was led by higher sales in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. The Manawatu district also showed a good increase. Throughout the South Island the West Coast area was exceptional in sales numbers, with the Upper South Island also showing a volume lift. The Christchurch region had double the turnover in comparison to this time last year; while further South, Otago and areas of Southland showed strong gains.

The top office for the Group was Ray White City Apartments, who completed 77 transactions and listed 112 properties. Ray White Ponsonby had unconditional sales in excess of $35 million which placed them at number two in the Group. Ray White Howick together with Ray White Remuera and Ray White Ellerslie were in the top five offices for the Group. Ray White Manurewa, Ray White Glenfield and Ray White Te Atatu were the other leading offices in the Auckland area.

Ray White Mill Street Hamilton, Ray White Rotorua and Ray White Papamoa had outstanding results in the Central North Island. Ray White Palmerston North was the top office in the Lower North Island zone. In the South Island, Ray White Metro in Christchurch and Ray White Rolleston were the two leading offices. Ray White Dunedin, Ray White Richmond and Ray White Greymouth also had outstanding months.

The result of the increase comes as favourable market conditions continue to buoy the market. In addition to this, the Ray White Group has added an additional 19 new locations during the last 12 months and this has underpinned the solid growth performance. This month Ray White will open a further two offices; being Ray White Papatoetoe and Ray White Lower Hutt.


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Ray White Cooks For The Clean Up Crowd

Last weekend a team of hardy Ray White people from our Manurewa office joined in the “Clean up Manurewa Day” – scrubbing, sweeping, weeding and painting to a spick & span Manurewa Town Centre.  Raj Lal, Winton (Win) Manu and Raksha Lakhan (all Licensed Salespeople with Ray White Manurewa), Property Manager Lorretta Dale, and business owners Wayne and Sue Douglas joined in to make a bit of hard work fun.  With over 200 hungry people working up an appetite, the Ray White team got in and cooked over 650 sausages to feed the huge crowd of volunteers who pitched in with a helping hand.  Thanks to all those who helped out to make our town look great!


The Crowd gathers outside  Ray White Manurewa for the Cook Up!


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Breast Cancer Foundation

Premier salesperson Jodi Douglas from the Manurewa office is creating awareness for breast cancer in her quest to run the New York City Marathon on 7 November 2010.  Jodi has been training for the last six months in a continued program that has seen her running individual distances of up to 30 kilometres a week and having a weekly regime which has seen her dedicate 25 hours per week to achieve the level of fitness required to run in the marathon.

Her sponsors have been numerous and have assisted Jodi in being able to travel to New York; but her main aim is to raise funds for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.  Jodi said that she has been overwhelmed by the positive response from the public in campaigning for the early detection of breast cancer.  She said that “People have been very open to discussing with me the early detection programme and also many personal stories of family and friends who have been in some way associated with breast cancer.”

The statistics speak louder than words, with one in nine New Zealand women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  Breast cancer is something that does not discriminate against age or race; it is unfortunately something that many women will live with during their lives.

Please see the information that Jodi has supplied to Ray White regarding the support of her New York City Marathon run and which goes into detail of other activities and sponsors who are associated with her fundraising for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

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