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Another savvy Stockman

Following in her parents’ footsteps, Gabby Stockman was born to excel in the building process.



As the youngest daughter of Christchurch property developer Shaun Stockman, the 25-year-old is raising a family, while stamping her own imprint on the city’s rebuild.

Her dad is central to many exciting CBD developments – a character with inciteful ideas and infamous pointy shoes. “He’s cool and quirky, and can have a good laugh. He’s a big part of my life and between Shaun, Nigel and Julie there is a deep wealth of experience available to me.”

Her mum and stepdad, Julie and Nigel Lundy, own Metro Advances Ltd – with Gabby being one of their irreplaceable project managers. She gave birth to Isabelle, now two months old, a fortnight before the company’s latest townhouses were completed, remaining invested until the end – her project just as much her babies were!

As an Avonside Girls student, she had a tourism career in sight and completed her Diploma in Business. This was put to great use in converting and expanding Metro’s Southwark Apartments building in the CBD to visitor accommodation following the earthquake; a business she started from the ground up in her late teens. However, the creative buzz with property projects remains her passion and her real calling was obvious.

While officially on a break, Gabby admits, “it’s very hard to tear myself away”.

Her four-year-old Jack attends Learning Curves Montessori preschool – as will his little sister next year.

Gabby is grateful for her close, supportive family. Where does work-life stop and family-life start? “It doesn’t,” Gabby laughs.

“We are always discussing work around the family dinner table. But we love it.”

It’s a family affair, with her two sisters, brother, step-brother and uncles in the industry too, and husband Jericho is her other half in more ways than one. “He’s my right-hand man and is responsible for the workers on site. We have a smooth-operating partnership; I can’t remember when we last had a fight!”

Tradesmen, friends and family will often ring Gabby up for her savvy design advice. “Functionality is key. I like to step it up and invest in quality. I love bathrooms and search out Australian designers for trends, and also choose luxurious tapware, vanities, baths and showers. Landscaping is my other love and I sometimes get told off for going over budget. It’s hard not to – we are the Garden City! Budgets can be a frustration but the skill is in the compromising.”

Gabby started out with post-earthquake bungalow renovations, but now leans towards Scandinavian style. She cites good organisation and being available for her team as her strengths.

To de-stress, the busy mum’s advice is to take a deep breath, sit down and eat and drink something. “With so many trades being involved, you need to go away and investigate before jumping to conclusions if things go wrong,” Gabby says. “If something is leaking, it’s not necessarily the plumber!”

The couple live in Julie and Nigel’s CBD pad while they build their own home.

“The city is fantastic, I love strolling down Victoria Street and we have a yearly family tram pass. It’s important to create projects that entice people into the city.

As to when the hard hat is back on, “I’m keeping it open and just going with the flow”.




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A lifeline for heritage: Stockman Group

Shaun Stockman was born in Lyttelton and grew up in Cass Bay. His passion and interest in heritage buildings and property investment began at age 24 when he purchased his first residential investment property, a small historic cottage in Strickland Street.


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Now he is in the process of restoring the first ever historic façade he ever saved. The Ruby Black building, previously Victoria Black, is a well-known circa 1990 gem at 199-203 High Street. When the building was demolished, the previous owner Barry Watson had the foresight to prop up the small but pretty façade. The restoration is a project which is both challenging and exciting for Shaun. “The development is exciting for me because I am creative and love restoring and transforming things,” he says.

In 2001 Shaun became Director and shareholder of KPI Rothschild and all its subsidiaries. The group focused on inner city heritage buildings and, pre-quake, had restored more than 20 heritage buildings, including England Bros House, Kensington House and Stranges Building. The group has since rebuilt a replacement Stranges Building, in addition to a replacement England Bros House – now Billens Building. Stockman Group has restored again Bonnington House – an 1883 Oamaru stone building – and work is underway on the Victoria Black and Cotters Lane buildings, both circa 1900.


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He founded and continues to run Stockman Group with a strong core team. This includes the Above your Space brand which serves some 50 plus smaller businesses. Shaun also enjoys contributing to the community and is particularly proud of his role as a Trustee of Cross Roads Youth with a Future Trust; a trust that works with at-risk youth in Aranui. Along with his wife Karen, they support several other local and international charities that help at-risk children.

Shaun is playing an active role in the city’s earthquake recovery. He is on the Central City Business Association’s (CCBA) executive board; the group that drove the Re:START container mall to be established in Cashel Mall and is a trustee of the Christchurch Heritage Trust which recently saved the former Trinity Church in Manchester Street.