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Who’s your Buddy?

Friday marked Buddy Day, a fun, high profile public participation event, with the serious message…to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in our community and the role we all have in keeping kids safe.

Groups of ‘Creators’ transformed Buddies which involved children and adult groups turning plain white cardboard cut-outs into little ‘Buddies,’ but with big personalities! They breathed life into the ‘Buddies’ by giving them a name, a face, clothing, a story and a sense of belonging.

On the 26th of October Harcourts Hamilton announced they would gladly accept the invitation to take part in Buddy Day, taking on the role of official ‘Buddy Couriers.’ The team at Monarch Real Estate transported 350 Buddies around the area, delivering Buddies to those who registered to be ‘Buddy Carers’ from Huntly to Tokoroa.

“As a team, we transported the 350 Buddies to carers which is 20 per cent of the reported child abuse cases in this area.  We have already said we will be a part of the campaign next year and we look forward to it going national,” said Brian King, Business Owner of Harcourts Hamilton’s Monarch Real Estate.

Brian King got involved personally by caring for a Buddy which he involved in everything real estate, starting lots of conversations to share the Buddy Day message.

“Monarch was asked to be part of this event and we embraced it with open arms.  Those of the team who cared for a Buddy took them everywhere; I took mine out for a business lunch and to property auctions for six weeks. It definitely got conversations going, which is the whole point.”

“It was actually a great team builder at the office as well. It made us talk about a lot of issues around the cause and generally opened up conversation channels. ”

Buddy Day was held on Friday the 16th of November.

Attached are pictures of Harcourts’ Business Owner of Monarch Realty Brian King with his Buddy at lunch; Brian King with the 350 Buddies to be couriered around the area; One of the team with their Buddy.


Blueprint ends real estate pair’s rebuild plan

Rob McCormack at the Madras Street site now in the City's blueprint frame

After battling a strike, arson, aftershocks and insurance hassles, two property owners have accepted that the central Christchurch blueprint has ended their 18-month fight to rebuild.  Rob McCormack and Peter Greene have spent $1 million trying to replace the Madras St headquarters of McCormack’s real estate business, Harcourts Grenadier.  McCormack said he was “absolutely gutted” to learn their site was in the blueprint’s green frame just as they were finally making progress.

“But I’m philosophical now. I don’t have a choice,” he said.

“We happen to be in the way of the frame. We don’t want to be an obstacle. Some people will have to take some pain, and that’s us.”

When the Grenadier building was wrecked in the February 2011 earthquake, the pair aimed to have its $8.9m, four-storey replacement up within a year.

It would have been the first office building rebuilt in the central city.  They immediately struck setbacks securing insurance and had to design the building for extra strength.  McCormack estimates he was spending 12 hours a week in meetings and negotiations, on top of his normal business.  Then their specially sourced 11-metre piles were blacklisted by Auckland port workers because they had been unloaded by non-union labour during a strike.  After the piles arrived three months late, the specialist piledriver was torched by arsonists and needed parts from Canada.  Then the blueprint came out and their property was within the frame.

“At first I couldn’t absorb it,” McCormack said.

“How much bad luck can anyone have – an earthquake, losing your building, not being able to get our piles, some bugger torching it, and then the Government goes and takes your land?”

Now the pair have a new fight on their hands – compensation.  They have met the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) to discuss a payout for their property and are optimistic they will get back the $1m spent on demolition, consents, piling, engineers, architects and project management, plus the $1.8m they estimate their land is worth. McCormack is unhappy they will not be offered back their land later.

“They (Cera) gave us a very, very good hearing. We’re not trying to make money; we only want what is fair.”

He will be “extremely disappointed” if the negotiations do not result in an acceptable price.

The Press, Christchurch 28/8/12 5.00am, Reporter: Liz McDonald

Harcourts NZ duo the first couple inducted into Hall of Fame

New inductees Lynette and John are led onstage by existing Hall of Famer, Brian King (centre)

It was a special night at Harcourts’ annual conference awards dinner as 1000 dinner guests packed the SKYCITY Convention Centre to witness a very unique moment in the history of the Harcourts Hall of Fame inducting not one, but two people.

Lynette and John McFadden from Christchurch, accompanied on stage by existing Hall of Famer, Brian King, were the new inductees for 2012. Brian was met with an emotional reaction as he touched the couple’s shoulder guiding them to the stage where they were greeted by current Hall of Fame members.

In real estate since 1994 and 1996 respectively and now business owners of the very successful Gold Real Estate Group, neither Lynette nor John had any idea that they were to be inducted.

“The Harcourts Gold Franchise symbolises everything that is special about these two wonderful people – second best just does not cut it, if you are going to do something you do it well, there is only one space to be in, and that space is called ‘outstanding’ – in every corner of the business.  Testimony to this is that Papanui has been top office based on revenue in group four, for 7 of the last 8 years and either 1st or 2nd top office in the very competitive Christchurch region.  Not to mention the top franchise based on revenue per sales consultant in the country, 3 years in a row,” said Gilbert Enoka, General Manager Harcourts International in the introductory speech.

On the 1st of April 1997, armed with share passion, determination and a commitment to succeed, John, Lynette and two colleagues Bruce Newman and Judy Curnow entered into the partnership beginning Papanui Realty Limited opening the doors on 14th April 1997.  This was the first of many offices in the “Gold” brand now consisting of Papanui, New Brighton, Redwood, Parklands, Strowan and Accommodation House was to come later, Mr Enoka explained,

Mr Enoka found this induction both an honour and a privilege.  “Sometimes life affords you opportunities to do something special for special people.  This was one of those occasions,” he commented.

Lynette and John were accompanied by their sons Harry and Louis, parents Gary and Evelyn Schwass, and Lynette’s sister and good friend Elise who flew up on the day from Christchurch, unbeknown to them to celebrate with the new inductees of Harcourts’ Hall of Fame 2012.