Nor'West News: May 28, 2020


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Running for fitness becomes global goal

• By Jacob Page

THE DESIRE to “lose a few pounds”

after university has taken Jeremy

Duggan all around the world one

fast footstep at a time.

The 33-year-old Christchurch

Hospital physiotherapist and social

runner decided something needed

to change 15 years ago.

“I’d over-indulged in the university

lifestyle and things were

starting to get away from me so I

decided I’d set a goal to complete

the Christchurch Half Marathon

in 2006.

“Came in with a time of 2hr 36sec,

so not bad for a first time effort.”

Duggan, who lives in Avonhead

with wife Jo and daughter Eleanor,

said running came to him at the

right time.

“I played cricket and hockey growing


“Running is a personal thing, you

don’t need to rely on anyone else,

you just get out there and do it.

“Along with going to the gym,

that was the motivation I needed,”

he said.

Since 2006, he has completed full

marathons on four continents, including

Antarctica, and plans to tick off

the remaining three, Asia, North

America and Africa when time and

travel allows.

“I did the London Marathon in

2013, where I dressed up as an All

Black carrying a rugby ball all the


“Two years ago I did Antarctica

in March. That was all layering,” he

said. • Turn to page 2

DRIVEN: Physiotherapist, Jeremy Duggan started off running to lose some weight, but has taken the hobby to the next level by

competing in events on multiple continents. (Inset) Duggan finishes the London Marathon dressed as an All Black.


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“A couple of thermals, t-shirts, a

jumper and thick socks with trail

socks and away you went.

“My wife and I did six months

around South America after that,

and I did no training, I thought

the hiking we were doing would be

enough but it wasn’t.

“I did that one in Uruguay in

Montevideo. I met the runners wall

at the 21km halfway mark.

“Then I did Queenstown for the

Australasia leg last year and hit the

wall early in that one too.

“It’s not as flat as many would


Duggan said he was also eager

to give back to the running community,

so began volunteering with

Achilles New Zealand’s Christchurch


The organisation helps people who

are visually impaired or have other

disabilities the chance to get active

through running.

The group meets every fortnight at

the Antigua Boat Sheds.

Their aim this year was to send a

team to the New York Marathon in

November, which is now in serious

doubt due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“There’s been lots of fundraising

done, so we’ll just see what happens,

but it may be a 2021 goal,” said


COLD SNAP: In 2018, a layered-up Jeremy Duggan completed

the Antarctica Marathon on his way to trying to complete seven

marathons on seven continents. PHOTO: DUGGAN FAMILY

“They go up to Wellington for

Round The Bays in February and

they do other events throughout the

year so it’s a great thing, and there’s

some pretty good athletes among


Duggan said running had taken

him to many great locations and got

him to a point in his life he would

not have believed he could get to at

the start.

“If we rewound the clock 15 years,

I wouldn’t have put myself where I

am now. But it’s been really good.”

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in front of the other’

He said being a physio didn’t

mean he was able to resolve

physical ailments any quicker

than the average runner.

“I’m not always one who

will ask for help in that way.

I just keep going. I’m not

always the best as practising

what I preach.”

Duggan said he enjoys his

role helping people regain their

fitness, movement and quality

of life.

“There aren’t many glory

cases. It’s a lot of sprained ankles

after silliness on a night out, or

helping out the older patients

which I do really enjoy.”

“Running is one of the only

sports you can do as an amateur

athlete while travelling the world

and get medals as an adult – as

I say, you don’t need equipment.

I’ve travelled to some amazing

places for half marathons – some

places that don’t attract the

typical tourist like Luxembourg,

Latvia and Terni in Italy.

“I have also run under the

midnight sun in Iceland where

the race started at 10pm, so

runners were coming through

at midnight around the summer


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Teddy book to support food banks

• By Bea Gooding

A FAMILY known for their

creative teddy bear displays

during the lockdown are due to

release a book next week while

raising money for Christchurch

food banks.

The adventures of Theodore

Bear and Rudolph brought joy to

the Opawa neighbourhood in the

past few weeks, with the bears

undertaking different outdoor

activities each day.

Whether it was chopping

wood, having a bear picnic,

washing the car or playing board

games, local families loved it so

much that they asked for more –

a book that compiled all of their

adventures in one place.

Opawa resident Susan Doherty

said her daughter, Emma, developed

30 ideas for the setup one

day before the lockdown began;

not satisfied with simply placing

bears by the window.

“I shared Theodore Bear and

Rudolph’s adventures on Facebook

and Instagram. Later I received

messages from people who were by

themselves, feeling isolated, enjoying

the daily posts,” she said.

“It soon became apparent that

this was helping members of my

community, both young and old,

and it was much bigger than two

bears sitting at the gate.”

ADVENTURE: Theodore Bear and Rudolph made daily

appearances over the lockdown, much to the amusement of

the local children. A book based on their exploits will donate all

profits to Christchurch City Mission’s food bank.

Because people had expressed

an interest, the idea for the book

came to life and it was now in its

final stages of printing.

Mrs Doherty and her daughter

planned to donate all profits

from the book’s sales to the

Christchurch City Mission Foodbank.

“I think that majority of people

purchasing the book will use it as

a keepsake of this period of time

JOY: Susan Doherty and her

daughter Emma were the

masterminds behind The

Adventures of Theodore Bear

and Rudolph.

and how we as a community got

through the lockdown,” she said.

In addition to the book,

Theodore Bear was also featured

on postage stamps this month

because his photo was one of six

that won New Zealand Post’s

Share your Bear competition.

Said Mrs Doherty: “I feel

happy that I have brought joy to

other people in the community

which has been a difficult time

for a lot of us, especially for those

living alone.”

To purchase a copy of The

Adventures of Theodore Bear and

Rudolph, email: theodorebear.

• Seniors online book initiative

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Firefighters give back to community

• By Bea Gooding

FIRE AND Emergency NZ staff

donated dozens of essential

items last week to those facing

hardships at the Christchurch

City Mission.

Twenty-five bags of nonperishable

groceries and toys

were gifted to the mission to

support the city’s struggling


Fire risk management officer

Wayne Hamilton said his team

wanted to give back to the staff for

hard work they did and knew of

the struggles food banks were currently

facing due to high demand.

“It was great to be able to talk

to them and to put a smile on

their faces,” he said.


Hamilton (middle),

Fire and Emergency

NZ and Christchurch

City Mission staff with

the donated essential


“We thought it was a great idea

to give back to the community,

especially as we have been seeing

and hearing about all of the hardships

they’re going through.”

This is not the first time they

had assisted the mission, having

previously worked with them on

recovery projects and providing

reassurance work to those affected

by the March 15 mosque


They also offered home fire

safety checks and were looking

at other ways FENZ staff could

link with the mission and the


City Missioner Matt Mark said

gestures like this made the mission

feel like they were not alone

in their work and that people

had their back.

“It’s a good feeling to have,

especially in these tough times,”

he said.

“We always love it when community

groups and organisations

come together to support our

work with struggling families

because in a practical way, it

helps us give comfort to people

who need it.”

Mr Mark said the donations

would be included in their food

boxes and care parcels that were

made up for families.


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Online book


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A NEW online book programme

has been set up with older

Cantabrians in mind, aiming to

maintain social interaction with

others while physically distanced.

Campfire - Stories Read Aloud

for Adults was created by the city

council’s libraries staff, featuring

a fresh chapter read by librarians

from a book every Wednesday

and Friday.

City council head of libraries

and information Carolyn

Robertson said library staff

produced the programme with

“our older adult community in

mind and in collaboration with

Age Concern.”

“It is a story time for seniors

as we help ensure that our older

library users remain engaged

during the lockdown,” she said.

“We believe Campfire can boost

well-being for older adults and

bring a fresh face – and voice – to

their day. They can watch and

listen to our librarians as they

read aloud.

Ms Robertson said for many

older people who have enjoyed

books, listening to another voice

can bring comfort in connection.

Anyone can access Campfire

via the libraries’ website.

Gloves gifted to gardeners

HUNDREDS OF gardening

gloves have been donated to

community volunteers in

Christchurch as they eagerly

return to their gardens.

Energy company Orion

made the donation of 300

gloves to the Canterbury

Community Gardens

Association, which supports

35 gardens in the city.

New Brighton community

garden manager and CCGA

chairwoman Catherine O’Neill

said Covid-19 presented even

greater hygiene challenges to the


“In the past when new

volunteers came along to help

and haven’t brought their own

gloves, they were directed to the

store of shared gloves,” she said.

“To make sure we’re not

passing anything on, now we’ll

be able to give people their own

pair of new gloves.

“It’s such a peaceful, friendly

way to spend a couple of hours

with other people, and now

everyone can join in without

having to worry.”

Ms O’Neill said they would

be clearing out spent summer

crops, planting garlic, beans,

snow peas and much more,

replenishing the soil with

compost and mulch.

“Whether you’re eight or 80, a

GIVING BACK: Catherine O’Neill (left), Peggy Kelly of Canterbury Community Gardens

Association and Orion’s Steve Hix at New Brighton Community Garden.

community garden is a place you

can wander into and find a place

that you feel at home,” she said.

Orion Connections manager

Steve Hix, who has arranged

power connections for a number

of community gardens over

the years organised the glove

donation by Orion with the

support of Mitre 10 Ferrymead.

“We have a staff community

fund, and I thought this would

be a great initiative to support,

in a practical way,” said Mr Hix.

“It is great to see people

investing their time in a

community activity that

builds sustainability, gets

everyone together, and

produces organically grown

fresh food.”



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School celebrated the

return of face-to-face

classes in style last week.

Festivities at the school,

aptly named “Outside My

Bubble,’’ lasted all Thursday.”

Presenters Erin Wells

and Chris Kirk of children’s

television show

What Now were there to

entertain on the day, along

with popular magician


Deputy principal Jill

Evans said the purpose

behind the event was

to celebrate being back

together in “one big Elmwood


“It went really well.

The kids were loving it,

especially with the whole

school being in one bubble,”

she said.

The day also consisted

of full-school Jump Jam

and obstacle courses, and

the children reflected on

what they had learnt or

made during their time in


Children undertook

passion projects while at

home, learning or doing

something they had not

done before and shared

their experiences with

other classmates.

Some children made

kites, robots and birds

nests, or extensively researched

about an animal

they did not know about.

A few even learnt how to

ride a bike for the first time.

Mrs Evans said it was

important for the kids to

have a fun day after several

weeks of isolation.

“We’ve pulled back on

assessment and are focusing

on well-being, making

sure they felt safe and

secure first,” she said.

“They were all so excited

to see their friends and

teachers, it felt like the beginning

of the year again.’’

Families had been

“amazing” and supportive

during the lockdown, with

parents becoming teachers

when it came to online


“We’re very grateful

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“A key theme that came

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It feels like we’re in a “holiday resort for seniors”

Bruce and Lynn say

seven years of living at Diana

Isaac Retirement Village has

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during COVID-19, including

special food parcels. “What

they did for us all here was

absolutely incredible. They

were so generous with that

huge grocery delivery.” They

felt that Ryman had done a

lot more for residents than

other villages had.

The pair are born and

bred Cantabrians and were

brought up in Opawa and

Fendalton respectively.

They met at work while still

youngsters and are the proud

parents of a son and daughter

as well as grandchildren. They

plan to visit their daughter in

the Nelson region as soon as

they can, given that an Easter

trip had to be cancelled due

to COVID-19.

It is easy to see that

Bruce and Lynn are an

outgoing couple. They love to

participate in village events

and enjoy sports. Bruce

became a Canterbury ‘rep’

in indoor bowls in the 1970s

and now partakes in outdoor

bowls on the village green

as well as golfing down at

Everglades Country Golf

Club off Marshlands Road.

Lynn enjoys both helping

host line dancing classes at

the village and taking part

in a knit & natter group that

is both creative and social.

She has always loved to

garden and loves to keep her

hand in at Diana Isaac as well

as going out for coffee with

old friends.

The village’s social

facilities include atriums,

a bar, a bowling green,

drining room, indoor bowls,

a pool table and the village

centre. Ryman Healthcare’s

response began in late

January with restricted visits

to villages for people who

had travelled to affected

areas overseas.

Ryman’s aim has been

to keep the virus out,

protect those residents

in care who were most

vulnerable to the virus, and

create safe havens for our

independent residents.

Staff helped rollout Zoom

to more than 3,800 devices,

so that residents and families

have been able to make those

important connections.

Residents have enjoyed

keeping on the move with

hallway exercise classes and

activities like hallway bingo,

Lyn and Bruce relaxing in their townhouse at Ryman Healthcare’s Diana Isaac Village.

as well as getting out for some

fresh air. Diana Isaac’s social

facilities include atriums, a

bar, a bowling green, dining

room, indoor bowls, a pool

table and village centre.

During lockdown, there

were also grocery packages

and newsletter and puzzle

pages delivered to residents.

I did the sudoku and the

crosswords and Lynn did

the codecracker and all

that sort of thing,” Bruce

says. Staff have been

“absolutely fantastic”.

The pair look back to

some of the wonderful

things they’ve done including

Lynn’s career as a shorthand

typist and a homemaker and

Bruce’s 50 years in the meat

industry with companies

including New Zealand

Refrigerating Co Ltd and its

subsequent owners.

It was their daughter,

working for Ryman at the

time, that recommended

they move from their

Avonhead home of nearly

40 years into the Mairehau

village. “It was so nice coming

into a brand new house again,

it was fantastic,” Lynn says.

The pair’s other social

activities and events include

whiskey tastings, walking,

Triple A exercises, watching

rugby and sports games


with friends, and a moviewatching

group. “I don’t

believe we’re in a retirement

village, I believe we’re in a

holiday resort for seniors,”

Bruce says. Neighbours

are very supportive to each

other, Lynn says.

Sales Advisors Adrienne

Todd and Chris Ashton say

now is a great time to come

into the village to take a look

at the stunning townhouses

available. There are many

aspects to retirement

living and with the recent

COVID-19 based events,

residents had made plenty

of comments on how well

they’d been cared for.

Ryman’s Peace of Mind guarantees provide a little certainty

in your retirement. Our affordable base weekly fee is fixed for life*,

the deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent, one of the

lowest around, and villages provide independent and assisted living,

plus a range of care options. It’s just some of the ways we’re

pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.

*Some conditions apply

Conveniently located close to the

Palms Shopping Centre, Diana Isaac Village

is named in honour of a pioneering New Zealander

who set the standard for others to follow.

Call Adrienne or Chris for more details.


1 Lady Isaac Way, Mairehau, 385 3518

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and raise funds for the

people of Malawi, who

are experiencing extreme

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Gotlieb – were championing

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The group also travelled

to Malawi late last year to

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who will benefit from

the event, which was the

country’s largest youth


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Malawi,’ but it has sunk in

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item he looked forward

to each year, adding that

this year it seemed all the

more crucial to provide

a platform for youth to

rally together and make a


“As the world shifts, the

challenges Malawians face

remain – and this means

now, more than ever, we

need to do all we can to

fight hunger and injustice.

“This is our chance to

show the world what great

global neighbours we can

be. As we do what we can

for the vulnerable here,

let’s also do what we can

for the most vulnerable

around the world.”

Mr Bayldon added that

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people took on.

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year’s event will make a

difference by providing

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Connecting Your Community

– page 4


The local news


for Cantabrians

Thursday, March 19, 2020

– pages 6 & 7

ACTION: Six city counci lors including

Catherine Chu, Sam MacDonald (top right),

James Daniels (above left) and Aaron

Keown have ca led on Mayor Lianne Dalziel

to lead a conversation on how to achieve a

zero per cent rates increase this year.

• By Louis Day

CALLS HAVE b en made to

stop rates increases in response

to the Covid-19 crisis.

City counci lors James Gough,

Sam MacDonald, Catherine

Chu, Phil Mauger, Aaron Keown

and James Daniels have sent a

le ter to Mayor Lianne Dalziel

asking her to lead a conversation

as to how a zero per cent rates

increase could be achieved this


The city council is proposing

an average rates increase of 4.65

per cent acro s a l ratepayers in

this year’s Draft Annual Plan

which is cu rently under public

consultation until April 5 and

wi l be finalised before July 1.

The 2018-2028 Long Term

Plan also predicts a 50 per cent

rates increase over 10 years.

Said Cr MacDonald: “In

the cu rent environment it’s

clear busine s as usual is not

a propriate and the council

n eds to l ok at how we enable

this 12-month rates increase

fr eze to o cur, it’s crucial for

the economic confidence of our


Ms Dalziel said the las thing the council’s budget, which is urchNZ, the Canterbury Employers’

Chamber of Commerce

the city council n eded was for not entirely funded by rates, and

someone to hi the panic bu ton. the consequences that wi l flow and other key players so we are

“Calm heads must and wi l from decisions we make. best prepared for the economic

prevail,” she said.

“The Annual Plan is not cha lenges that lie ahead.”

“Our residents and busine ses signed off for thr e months so City council chief executive

wi l be depending on us to we have time to ge this advice. Dawn Baxendale did not rule a

make adjustments, and we wi l, A the same time, the council zero rates rise out.

however, we wi l n ed advice is m eting with our economic “We’re considering a series of

on the impacts on a l aspects of development agency, Christch-

options in light of the extraordinary

circumstances related to the economy in response to the

Covid-19. We wi l discu s these Covid-19 pandemic.

options with elected members The bi gest b ost is $5.1

as we develop the Annual Plan,” bi lion towards wage subsidies

she said.

for affected busine ses in a l

The push from city counci lors sectors and regions.

for a fr eze on rates rises comes •Tips for weathering virus, p3

shortly after Minister of Finance

Mayor’s column, p9

Grant Robertson announced

a $12.1 bi lion package to aid •From the editor’s desk, p10

No review

A message

Councillor takes

Davids heads

Views on

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advocating body sought

St Patrick’s Day


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Connecting Your Community relieved to hear the Christchurch TUESDAY,

MARCH 24, 2020

Connecting Your Community

• By Georgia O’Connor-Harding

the eastern suburbs start to

Northern Corridor opening has

see Lianne Dalziel’s campaign

been delayed by six months.

THE earthquake-damaged

aspirations for the area come to

The CNC was due to open in

former Sockburn Service Centre


the middle of this year, but last

could finally be demolished in

During October’s local body

week the New

July – if the funding needed is

elections, Ms Dalziel identified

Zealand Transport


It comes as the


repairs to the eastern part of the

city’s footpaths, pipes and roads

announced more


as one of her main priorities for

time was needed

this term.

to complete the


“We need a fully integrated

$290m motorwayten

in its draft

Board has writ-

programme of works for the

east, I have loosely called this

The original

submission to

Readers respond

Chance to the eastern alliance, which

scope of the

the city council’s

would essentially be an alliance Helpless to


Delay in

Market day

project has been Mark Wilson

Annual Plan

Mike Mora

to supermarket

farewell Holden

of contractors who can take

extended include


making mall

goes green at 2019-2020,

stop property

captain the whole area bit by bit and

a third southbound lane on

requesting the city council addresses

the budget gap so the


in style

systematically get the work

the Waimakariri River bridge and


with cup done,” she said during the

a clip-on win

exit safer

Cashmere HS


buildings can be removed as soon


St Albans resident Mark Wilson

as possible.

Page 8

GIRL Page BOSS: Julia 17 Holmes But chief wants executive to be a Dawn geneticist after Page high school, 3 and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will Page help 10 said GIRL the BOSS: community Julia Holmes are “somewhat

her achieve thankful” her for dreams. the delay.

Page 3

PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN Page 11 said the final submission is yet to

wants to be a geneticist after high school, and feels the GirlBoss Advantage programme will help Board chairman Mike Mora

her achieve her dreams. Baxendale said any request to


• By Bea Gooding

pursue a specific for biology, project in and the from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated, •“The By community Bea Gooding will be somewhat

thankful for a reprieve of the

for biology, and from a young Julia is one of 25 young were often male-dominated, be completed but it was likely the

east would have age to has be always agreed been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering

age has always been interested women chosen around the with particular focus on science,

technology, engineering requested.

demolition of the site would be

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD upon Julia by council.

effects of this motorway for six

South New Brighton School pupil Jacob McMillan enjoying the foam pit at Christchurch School of

City councillors are yet to pass

Gymnastics, which opened its doors to pupils while the school was closed due to fire damage.

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taking things apart just to put GirlBoss Advantage programme

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and maths.

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decisions are made to put our

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•Story, more photos, page 5

PHOTO: GEOFF The SLOAN year 11 St Margaret’s this, she said.

community first, then there is no

That passion has landed her to mentor the female leaders news from her mother.

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of tension for years with residents

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The Christchurch Property Market Post Covid-19 Lockdown

“Forecasting future events is often like searching for a black cat in an unlit room, that may not even be there.”

- Steve Davidson

Prior to lockdown, the Christchurch

market was busy and was already

starting to get low on properties in

specific price ranges and locations

that were in good demand. During

lockdown, transactions were very

limited with sales during that time

generally flowing through from prelockdown

viewings or live contracts

already in play.

Post lockdown, buyers have swung

straight back into it and are acting

much like they did pre lockdown. Now

we are in Level 2, some owners are

still hesitant to come to the market

which has the potential to create

an even greater lack of available

properties (demand outweighs

supply) and generally when this

happens there is upwards pressure on

pricing. However, It’s hard to see that

lasting forever and we did anticipate

a bottleneck effect coming out of


There will be effects linked to the

economy in the future - mid to long

term. When the wage subsidies finish

and mortgage holidays come off, we

may see fewer buyers in the market for

a period.

That said - I do think that Canterbury

is well placed to get through this better

than some locations. Our market has

been stable for the last few years and

hasn’t become over inflated so it has

less to fall from as the economy slows.

We also have a city to keep rebuilding

- provided there is money to do this

there is a constant supply of jobs here.

What we do know from our experience

working through both the 2008 GFC

and post earthquake markets is:

1. Don’t panic

2. Avoid unqualified or puffery style

media stories

3. You can’t ignore the market, a

head in the sand ‘my property will

Airbnb Owners - The Covid-19 Conundrum

be different’ approach won’t get

you anywhere

4. If you buy and sell in the same

market this should generally see

you right

If you are wondering what you should

do from here about your upcoming

property decision we recommend

you seek some qualified advice

from experienced and seasoned

professionals including your agent,

your accountant and your mortgage

broker. Lastly, in uncertain markets or

after big events we have often heard

people say ‘we will wait’. Waiting for

what and waiting for how long?

If the team here at Ray White Papanui

can be of any assistance or if you would

like to discuss the market further,

please do not hesitate to contact us. It

would be great to hear from you.

Vanessa Golightly, Claire and Stuart


Vanessa Golightly

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 664 9292

Stuart Morris

Business Owner

& Auctioneer

027 422 6395

Claire Morris

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 662 4822

Katrina Green

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Airbnb has a huge market in New

Zealand and Kiwi’s take pride in our

high standards of hospitality. The

benefits of being an Airbnb host are

myriad but as tourism and hospitality in

New Zealand have sadly come to a halt

we wanted to take a look at the options

for these owners during this time.

Times have changed as Kiwi’s

rush home from overseas, people

are displaced with the changing

face of work, changes in personal

circumstances and property owners

who had planned to move back into

their houses who are no longer able to

give notice under the new legislation.

All these factors have created another

(less settled) market and it’s this

market that might suit the Airbnb

stock that is now readily available, plus

with an influx of ex-pats returning to

New Zealand, the extra supply of mid

to long term rental properties is also

something we need to consider.

Could it work for you? It may seem like

a big commitment, however you could

initially offer the property short term

for 3-6 months and then review after

this time. Or you may prefer to secure

a tenant for a year and have that


As an example I am currently dealing

with the owner of an Airbnb property.

She has in fact only just purchased it

and has not even had her first clients

booked in! We are talking through

the best outcome for her. She lives

in Australia and is hopeful that if the

impending trans-Tasman bubble comes

to fruition, it may mean there is once

again demand for Airbnb property,

however in the interim it is important

for her to capture some income. The

solution? Advertise the property as

available for rent for a minimum of

three months, and a maximum of

six, and see who comes out of the


Will your property comply with

Residential Rental legislation? In

most cases, yes! Just a reminder to

check you meet minimum standards

for insulation and smoke alarms.

Just as a side note, if the tenancy

commences prior to 1st July this year,

and concludes prior to 1st July 2021,

the property will not need to comply

with the upcoming Healthy Homes

legislation, only the current smoke

alarm and insulation requirements,

plus of course all other Residential

Tenancies Act legislation.

The majority of tenants looking will

likely be fully established and have a

household of belongings so might not

want a fully furnished property. Why

not advertise the property as furnished

or unfurnished and see what response

you get? A secure tenancy, with regular

income, may make it worthwhile to

move and store the chattels from your

Airbnb. Moving from short term stays

to longer tenancies doesn’t need to be

a dramatic upheaval. It’s simply a new

chapter in your investment story

Katrina Green,

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Tracy Thomson

Licensee Salesperson

027 440 3035

Barbara Redway

Licensee Salesperson

027 432 1900

Olivia Hendry

Executive Assistant

Tania Ikin

Licensee Salesperson

022 509 2755

Ashleigh Pattullo

Licensee Salesperson

027 865 9672

Feature Property Under Offer Just Sold

Estelle Schuurman

Property Manager

Allie McConnell

Property Management


Joy Coughlan

Mortgage Broker

027 223 3572

50 Birchs Road, Prebbleton

Tracy Thomson

1/29 Blakehall Place, Spreydon

Vanessa Golightly

118 Avonhead Road, Avonhead

Tracy Thomson

Level 1, 7 Winston Avenue, Papanui

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