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A Run With Heart

Ashburton’s Lake Hood is the picturesque location for a run with heart – both figuratively and literally.




One of several events across New Zealand supporting the Heart Foundation, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk returns this year on Sunday 12 May 2019! Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming the lives of one New Zealander every 90 minutes. The fact that this event corresponds with Mother’s Day is not lost on organisers, with heart disease claiming the lives of more than 3000 women every year.

Jennian Homes has been a loyal supporter of the Heart Foundation for almost a decade, in the fight to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and to enable those with heart disease to live full lives.
Now in its eighth year, the run is offering families across the country the chance to have fun on Mother’s Day, get active and support the Heart Foundation along the way. The event will start at 9am on Sunday 12 May and entries include a free t-shirt for each attendee (sizes available will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last).

For more information and to buy tickets, visit


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Building Dreams: Jennian Homes

“ We had an extremely successful end of 2018 with enquiries, signings and new builds,” says Dwayne Prendergast who, together with Sue Prendergast and Paul and Bubs Jenkins are the owners of Jennian Homes, Canterbury.


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“We’ve built up a massive momentum and the whole team is buzzing for 2019.”  Owners since mid-2016, they are supported by a team of in-house sales and accounts professionals, and they are thrilled to have a fantastic set of skilled personnel in the key project management group. “We’ve all got such energy and enthusiasm for what we achieve here, and it’s because we work with great brands, great trades and we get great results.

“We’ve completed numerous homes for delighted clients, and we are proud of what we are doing,” Dwayne says. The team has expanded the area it covers and Jennian Homes Canterbury is now creating dream homes for happy clients from Kaikoura to Timaru.

Three key words drive this team: honesty, quality and communication. “We are open and upfront with clients about pricing and products,” Dwayne says and client feedback reflects the value of that. Communication is continuous, from sales to completion and excellence in communication has enabled the team to complete builds for clients based in Australia and Hamilton, and for mobility-impaired clients, each of whom could not regularly be on site. Other testimonials include: “adaptable, they were able to make adjustments as we moved through” and, “efficient with timeframes, all the way from sales to completion”.


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Jennian provides a range of designs unique to the company and covers everything from first homes, to batches, to architecturally designed homes, and of course they work to client-owned plans as well. “All of these sectors are going full speed ahead and that’s the way we love it,” Dwayne says.

New plans were brought to the market in the middle of last year and these have been very well received, with three new show homes to be added this year. There is one to be built in Timaru, one in Rolleston, and the third at Ravenswood; a home featuring large open-plan living and a modern designer kitchen with integrated pantry, and clad in James Hardie products with a monopitch roofline.

With a career spent as a builder, in building supplies and in building companies, Dwayne has “done pretty much everything in the industry”. His favourite part of the whole new-build process at Jennian is “completing dreams”.  “We love to see the smiley faces, to help young people into their first homes, and to build the ‘forever home’ for families.”



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Every step of the way: Jennian Homes

When you’re dealing with Jennian Homes, you’re dealing with a locally owned and operated team of professionals with a long history in the building industry.


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What’s more, you get the security that comes with dealing with the owner of the business, one that is supported by a loyal construction team, trades and suppliers. With the ability to build any type of home across a wide range of budgets, you can get the house to meet your needs, from entry level to a designer home and everything in between.  The Jennian Homes process is designed with attention to detail in mind; a clear 11 step process that ensures you get the home of your dreams and know exactly what to expect every step of the way. So how does this all come together? Step one involves what you want your home to look like; the style you want, how many bathrooms and bedrooms you need, with a great range of plans to select from.

Step two is time to gather your thoughts. You have your own login to get constant communication and pictures, ensuring you are up to play with any exciting updates on your building adventure. Step three is a personal consultation. It’s time to tell Jennian about you. Your personal consultant is there to listen to your needs and aspirations on the journey to creating your dream home. When it comes to step four, it’s time to choose the right house design for you. Choose a plan or create a masterpiece from scratch. Step five: Money talks. Based on your requirements, Jennian will put together an estimate.

Step six is where the drawing begins and your dream home starts to take shape. Step seven is time for the quote and, once you’re happy, it’s final quote time. Step eight is when permission is granted and you get to sit back and relax while Jennian takes care of the requirements needed to get building underway.  Step nine – your dream home gets started! Step 10 is the big day; here come the keys! Then, by step 11, you’re living the dream.

If you want to see how it all comes together, visit one of the four display homes in Rolleston, Rangiora, Ashburton and Timaru, from Wednesday though to Sunday 12pm to 4pm or by appointment and let the team show you through to give you an idea of just what Jennian can build for you.

Don’t forget Studio J at 212 Main South Road where you can find the display centre, showcasing the features that you can find in a Jennian home. Phone 0800 536 6426 or email

With a company philosophy ‘Combining your personality and our expertise so we can build you a home that is perfectly suited to you and your family’s changing needs’, you know this is the place to go. Jennian will be there every step of the way, helping you to achieve your building dreams.



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Looking gorgeous in gold: Jennian Homes

Reflecting Jennian Homes Canterbury North’s solid reputation and strong commitment to excellence, the team took home three Golds at the Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year Awards last month.


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The accolades included Gold for a beautiful four-bedroom residence in the Resene New Home up to $450,000 category, and another two Gold awards for two display homes in the GIB Show Home category. The show homes are located in Rangiora and Rolleston. Client Liaison Sue Prendergast says the team was proud and honoured to receive recognition for their work. “We are thrilled – the homes we entered really showcase our high level of finishing and design.”

Owner and General Manager Dwayne Prendergast, and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins, oversee the day-to-day running of the Canterbury North franchise – from enquiry and sales, through to completion and handover. “We are very hands-on and involved throughout every stage of the process – our level of commitment to communication with our clients is exceptional, so they know exactly what’s happening at all times and there are no surprises.”

Providing several build choices, from house and land packages, to a range of design and build options, the business also offers new home build seminars for potential clients. “Because clients have to make around 400 or so choices throughout the design and build process, we want to make sure they are informed from beginning to end – to make it as easy as possible for them right from the start.”


Contact the Jennian Homes Canterbury North team on 03-741 1436 or


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Solid reputation: Jennian Homes North Canterbury

Jennian Homes has been building top quality homes in the larger Canterbury region for more than 20 years. Part of a nationwide franchise company, Jennian Homes, is a Registered Master Builder and provides a 10-year Master Build Guarantee and a 36-month maintenance warranty.

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The company has a solid reputation of design quality and customer satisfaction. Canterbury North General Manager, Dwayne Prendergast and Operations Manager Paul Jenkins uphold that reputation by overseeing all projects from sale to completion of the build, through to handover.
Jennian Homes Canterbury North offers several build choices, including house and land packages, and design and build options, all over Canterbury. “We want to make the building process as easy as possible for our clients,” says Client Liaison Sue Prendergast.
The company has a presence in several well-established subdivisions such as Faringdon in Rolleston, where there is a display home at 7 Lemonwood Drive. There is also a display home at 9 Westpark Drive Rangiora. Both are open Wednesday-Sunday 12-4pm and are great examples of the stunning homes that can be produced.
It is proud to be one of the preferred building companies in two of Canterbury’s newest subdivisions, Ravenswood in North Canterbury, and Halswell Commons, in Christchurch. There are also many house and land options available in the greater Canterbury area as well.
“At the moment, we have house and land packages from $550K, superior quality family homes, in Halswell Commons,” Sue says. “We can also do design and build. We help you find the perfect section, and you tell us what you want in your home.”
Contact Dwayne on 03-741 1436, or via email at

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Design centre inspires: Studio J Design Centre by Jennian Homes is like the best ever Pinterest board (but in real life!)

Congratulations! You’ve decided to build a new home. The next step involves whittling down those Instagram and Pinterest image collections, and choosing the design features of your bricks and mortar, or weatherboard and stone, to make your home dreams come true.

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You’ve actually got some 500-600 decisions ahead of you – it could be daunting, but not when you know that Jennian Homes has developed the staggeringly simple but so sophisticated concept of Studio J Design Centre, located at 212 Main South Road.
The stunning centre is designed to replicate a house, setting up the decision-making process in a logical order that you literally walk through. You begin ‘outside’ the house where different cladding options are displayed, along with roofing, landscaping items, decking and even the garage door.
Progress through the front door and a gorgeous full kitchen is installed, but that’s just the beginning. Set up for you are all of the laminate, benchtop, tile and handle samples. You pull them out, lay them together, add and subtract, mix and match. It’s a fully interactive process enabling you to trial the visuals, sounds, and feel of your internal materials. You will also see some of Jennian’s suppliers’ newest products on display.
Next are curtain and carpet samples to mix and match with your kitchen choices. Mouldings, architraves, switches and door handles follow, and even the different ways your insulation can be installed. The Fairview room displays joinery styles, while the Freedom Room showcases wallpapers. Door, wardrobe, shower, bath and vanity selections complete your experience.

Studio J Design CentreThe team sees the design centre as a step up from the display home experience, because you have the range of options before you and it is interactive. But the company also recognises that you want to know about flow from room to room, and the indoor/outdoor dynamics. There are two beautiful display homes: one at 7 Lemonwood Drive at Farringdon in Lincoln, and the other at 9 Westpark Drive at Westpark in Rangiora, open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm-4pm.
Working from Kaikoura to Rakaia, the team at Jennian is thrilled with the quality of its trades and suppliers: they have not been able to fault them. Every building journey is different, at Jennian yours can start with a trip to a display home or Studio J, a visit to the website or a chat with one of their friendly and knowledgeable sales team.
The company offers a design and build service, choose from the existing ‘Ready Range’, or bring your own plans. Whether you’re are first-timer making clever decisions with your Kiwisaver nest egg, or looking forward to a high-end architectural home, the scope of Jennian Homes means the team can bring your vision to expectation to reality.