Creativity thrives when people work together in a team. Combining unique perspectives from each team member creates more effective solutions to problems and teamwork also maximises shared knowledge in the workplace. Real estate specialist Cindy-Lee Sinclair definitely believes in the power of teamwork and has built up her own team of superb sales consultants and administrators.
“When vendors choose me to sell their homes they receive the benefit of our whole team’s knowledge and experience,” Cindy-Lee explains. “Each member of my team has embraced my passion for delivering exceptional results.”
Sales consultants Denise Todd and Jo Mansbridge echo their team leader’s views. They’ve both worked in sales and customer service for many years and place particular emphasis on developing and maintaining the very best relationship with their clients, both vendors and buyers. They have excellent skills in negotiation, are empathetic, yet highly professional and know how to set up flawless sales campaigns. “It’s really mentally stimulating and energising for us to work as members of ‘Team Cindy’ and we are learning new valuable skills all the time.”
Essential to the team is smooth, organised administration and that is the role of Michelle Blakely. She has considerable experience working in various marketing and media environments. Attention to detail is her forte and completing tasks to the highest possible standard is her focus.
Cindy-Lee sums up her team’s success in these words, “The strength of my team is each member. The strength of each member is because of the team.”
It is not quite as dramatic as that; there will always be a place for traditional travellers’ accommodation, with hotels, motels and hostels continuing to serve a purpose. The old assumption however, that a stay away from home means a cramped space with an overpriced minibar and poor room service is dead. There’s a revolution afoot and it is being led in no small way by Airbnb.
ChristchurchNZ figures show Airbnb options in the city jumped from about 1100 to 2000 in the year to September 2017, before stabilising at about 2400. This represents about 21 percent of the city’s available accommodation. In response, ChristchurchNZ joined forces with Canterbury University to investigate the economic, social and environmental effects of Airbnb, which has become the modern way of travelling.
There is no doubt there are benefits for Christchurch from the Airbnb phenomenon. It will attract even more visitors to see our city’s exciting transformation. This in turn will have an advantageous domino effect for tourism, hospitality, performing arts and retail. People who come here and have a great experience will also be the city’s best advocates.
A key attraction of Airbnb is ready walking access to restaurants, events, concerts and theatre, resulting in highly sought-after accommodation options in central Christchurch. Apartments and townhouses in the central city are excellent opportunities for potential buyers looking to benefit from Airbnb to secure a better future for themselves and their families.
The importance of getting people living in the central city again is coming to the fore as the anchor projects take shape and a steady stream of new private developments continue to open their doors.
Fletcher Living is now selling homes in the One Central development, with construction of the first 20 opposite Latimer Square set to be completed in the next few months. Across the stretch of the land between Manchester and Madras Streets, work on 172 terrace homes and apartments is currently underway.
We also want to talk to developers about some other sites around the central city that lend themselves to a residential development. From 1000m2 sites in the South Frame and Avon River Precinct to 8000m2 on Madras Street, Ōtākaro has been charged with divesting a range of sites to parties that can deliver developments people want to call home.
It’s the right time for further residential development with the likes of the major revamp of Manchester Street finishing this month. Now a tree-lined boulevard with large shared footpath and cycleway flanking the Rauora Park, the area is people-friendly like never before.
A little further out the final South Frame gathering space, Kahikatea Common will be open in October. These spaces allow hospitality and retail ventures to spill out onto the laneways, bringing life to the streets.
We’re reaching the point where all the pavers and plants are nearly in place, ready for residents to come and enjoy them.
The ‘as is where is’ commercial property market still has a surprising amount of steam left in it.
We’re picking that there will continue to be plenty of activity through into 2019 as insurers work to settle problematic outstanding claims.
A prime example of this is the up market high-rise apartment block at 66 Oxford Terrace, that recently came to the market following the body corporate’s insurance settlement. Due to be auctioned shortly, we think this is the most significant body corporate, in terms of scale, to be offered for sale ‘as is where is.’
In the past 18 months, I’ve negotiated more than $65 million of ‘as is’ sales, including a number of body corporates. These properties are always so keenly sought. For instance, earlier this year a complex of 11 as is where is townhouses in Phillipstown attracted 15 or so bidders. It was bought by one of the under-bidders for another similar complex he missed out on a few weeks earlier.
There continues to be a lot of unsatisfied demand from people with the ability to repair and/or seeking cashflow.
But the body corporate market is not without its difficulties and it’s important that owners agree their parameters before going to market. It’s key that everyone is on the same page.
There can be no doubt that the rest of New Zealand has learnt much from the experiences of communities in the South Island during the past seven years.
Until now, this has largely been related to seismic activity. But a significant climate change-related project in the Southshore and South New Brighton area is also likely to attract national interest.
The potential impact of climate change is a significant concern for coastal communities and it is important they have the opportunity to contribute to and influence their community’s response.
That is why we are utilising local expertise, knowledge and networks to develop a regeneration strategy for Southshore and South New Brighton that will identify and evaluate short, medium and long-term options for adapting to the effects of climate change, and consider the future use of red zone land in the area.
Our engagement with the Southshore and South New Brighton communities – in partnership with the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and Ngāi Tahu – is based on a plan developed by community members and agency staff. It prioritises face-to-face communication, which is why we have opened a community engagement hub at 82 Estuary Road where people can find out what’s going on and how they can be involved.
The climate change element of the regeneration strategy work is particularly complex and the conversation about possible options for adaptation will have implications beyond these areas. Coastal communities around the country will be watching with interest.
The 2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards were held recently, as part of the peer-reviewed New Zealand Architecture Awards programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
Sponsored by Resene, they set the benchmark for the country’s buildings and recognise the contribution of architects to their towns and communities.
With my great team of jurors, architects Mary Daish, Michael O’Sullivan, Duval O’Neill, and Charlie Nott, we awarded 34 outstanding projects this year. The greatest number were for housing – Canterbury’s legacy of fine residential stock is in safe hands, with some architects producing excellent work challenging the typology of the large house. We also awarded inspiring buildings in categories including public architecture, urban design and education.
We celebrated the contribution architecture makes to the cityscape; the urban fabric, and the quality of the spaces around it. Architects and clients incorporated works and ideas from artists, and groups such as Matapopare and the Urban Design Panel, enhancing the richness of projects. We enjoyed architecture incorporating a cultural narrative, and contributing to the changing identity of Ōtāutahi/Christchurch. Many of these buildings will be treasured as future heritage.
Good architecture is first and foremost about people and we met passionate clients, so generous in opening up their homes and buildings to us and sharing their enthusiasm and stories. We met tenacious community groups, whose projects now sit proudly at the hearts of their communities.
It was a joy to see buildings awash in beauty, meaning and generosity; architecture so good that it takes your breath away.
It is exciting to see some real momentum growing behind a number of anchor projects around Christchurch.
Since becoming Minister, I have made it a priority to ensure that we can deliver faster progress and outstanding facilities for the people of Canterbury. In August, groundworks for the Metro Sport Facility will finally get underway.
This substantial piece of work on over 30,000m2 of ground will take around eight months to complete, with the installation of more than 7000 in-ground stone columns. By the end of this, we will see the ground work finished and ready for the main construction works to begin in March or April 2019.
Having inherited a project that was already behind schedule with a significant cost blow-out of over $75 million, it’s fantastic to see that we are moving quickly along to see real physical changes at the site.
I’m looking forward to seeing the work get into full swing and ramp up as we move towards an expected completion date in 2021. We’ve been able to utilise the space well in the meantime by providing Christchurch Hospital staff with an extra 170 parking places, ensuring the safety of staff while a more permanent solution is developed. I’m delighted to see the Metro Sports Facility moving ahead after so many years of delays.
There’s been a lot of comment on business confidence, which hit a seven-year low last month.
While it’s easy to dismiss confidence as just sentiment, fact is it does have an impact on economic growth through the investment and employment decisions businesses make.
We can debate the various drivers of the numbers, but the biggest factor in my opinion is uncertainty; businesses need certainty to invest. Right now, they don’t have that certainty.
Whether it is around immigration changes and the impact this has on finding skilled workers, proposed changes to employment legislation, or the changing nature of overseas investment and ownership rules impacting our reputation as an investment destination, the signals from policy-makers are unclear.
Coupled with the decision around the oil and gas sector and we begin to see a picture that results in lack of confidence. There is a real risk to the pipeline of projects coming to market across many sectors, including commercial and residential building and the much-needed infrastructure investment to support our growing population and tourism numbers.
This takes a toll on businesses which require stability and certainty. While businesses understand the need for change and are incredibly resilient and adaptable, sound policy that enables and supports business growth, is essential.
Everyone supports the Government’s goal of developing a nimble, productive, high-growth economy. But we need a clearly defined strategy and sound policy to create the certainty and stability to enable the innovation, growth and investment we need to create a stronger New Zealand.
From a Christchurch upbringing, to an international correspondent in the US to Breakfast’s Auckland hotseat, Jack Tame’s career has taken him places – both in the literal and figurative sense of the expression. Every continent on earth, in fact.
He’s covered the Christchurch earthquakes, the Pike River Mine disaster, Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting and the Boston Marathon bombings. He sat through the David Bain retrial in 2009 and reported on the Rugby World Cup for CNN.
And he’s still found time to learn New Zealand’s indigenous language, receiving recognition at the 14th Māori Language awards last year for championing the use of te reo Māori. Metropol caught up with Jack ahead of Maori Language Week next month to talk about learning te reo and growing up in Christchurch.
Did you have a lot to do with Te Ao Māori growing up in Christchurch and what prompted your decision to learn te reo?
I didn’t have heaps to do with Te Ao Māori although I’ve always been interested in Māori history and culture. Ironically, the real turning point for me and the language came when I was living overseas. I was living in Spanish Harlem in New York City and all of my neighbours could speak at least two languages. When they asked me about New Zealand’s indigenous language, I was ashamed I couldn’t speak more reo.
How important is it to you that New Zealanders are given the opportunity to hear the correct pronunciation through the likes of the media?
I think good media reflects and celebrates its audience, which is an academic way of saying people like to see themselves on TV. I’m lucky to work in a diverse workplace, and on Breakfast we absolutely strive to pronounce reo as best we can. Te Ao Māori is at the heart of the New Zealand identity – no matter whether you’re Māori or not. I think all Kiwis have a responsibility to make an effort with the language and that reo is at the front line of Māori culture.
How long have you been learning te reo Māori for and how easy/difficult was it to pick up?
I’ve only been learning since the start of last year and I’m still pretty average! I go to uni one day a week and I really enjoy the mental challenge of learning something new. It’s never easy to hit the books after rising at 3.30am but our class is really diverse and I’ve made some good friends. One of my current classmates is a 74-year old Pākehā! Though I’m fortunate to have a pretty good ear for pronunciation, I still find the grammar really difficult
What attracted you to the journalism industry?
It sounds really cheesy, but I always liked the idea of being an eyewitness to history. I wanted to experience the full richness of life. I wanted to travel. I wanted to meet interesting people. I love telling stories.
Who have been some of your biggest career inspirations?
I deeply appreciated the support I received from Sir Paul Holmes and it was a huge privilege to assume his slot on Newstalk ZB. I’ve also been fortunate to work alongside some incredible journalists and broadcasters such as Lisa Owen, Mark Crysell and Hilary Barry. Perhaps my favourite writer is the late A. A. Gill, whose words transfer from the page into my mind as if by beautiful osmosis. And I’d have to admit my mum’s insatiable work ethic has probably rubbed off…
Having grown up in Christchurch, how much does the city mean to you?
I had a wonderful childhood and carry the fondest memories. I spent years of my life mountain-biking the Port Hills, mucking around at Taylor’s Mistake and shivering in Sydenham Park. Covering the earthquakes was both a devastating and uplifting experience. I try to visit a few times a year and I’m always inspired to see progress.
You’ve had an impressive career already, what do the next 12 months have in store for you?
Early starts and six-day work weeks! But I’ll try and take the summer break to disappear for a few weeks overseas… Lebanon and Jordan are high on the list.
Three years ago, Paul Hobbs was looking for an art class that would help improve his painting. He spied an advert for Art Metro and immediately emailed owner and Director Simon Walmisley; within a short time, Paul found himself enrolled in a class and perched before an easel.
Paul currently attends the Tuesday morning class. His preferred medium is oils. “I’m learning all sorts of techniques using oils – anything goes, really!”
Paul says his confidence in his painting has grown enormously since he began. “I’m tackling things like snow and clouds now. I’m learning about the tools, like using a palette knife, and I’ve learnt about layering.”
He likes to take a few minutes’ break from his easel to have a wander around and see what his classmates are up to. “I’ve been humbled by seeing the brilliance of some of the others – but that’s all good.”
Paul says he enjoys his classes because the atmosphere is easy going and sociable. “Simon’s also very flexible with times; if you can’t make a class for some reason or other, you can always catch up next time. The teaching is relaxed but really helpful. If you want a bit of guidance, your tutor’s soon by your side.”
When asked if he will stay on at Art Metro, Paul gives an emphatic, enthusiastic response. “Oh yes, definitely. I have learnt such a lot and hopefully I’ve improved!”
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