Jennian Homes has scored two big wins at the nation’s most prestigious building awards, bolstering its reputation for premium quality and outstanding workmanship.
At the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year awards, the Jennian Homes Otago and Jennian Homes Manawatu franchisees were judged to have built the best homes in two Gold Reserve National Finalist categories.
Jennian Homes Otago won top honours in the category Placemakers Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000, for a home that was built in Dunedin.
Jennian Homes Manawatu snared first place in the category Placemakers Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000 for a home built in Marton.
In addition to these wins, Jennian Homes Nelson Bays was a Gold Reserve National Finalist in the $450,000 to $700,000 category and Jennian Homes North Waikato was a Gold Reserve National Finalist for the Gib Show Home Award.
The winners were announced on Saturday night at a SkyCity gala dinner that was attended by 550 people including Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa and Housing Minister Phil Twyford.
Jennian Homes chief operating officer Aidan Jury says he is proud of the achievements of all regional teams, but the Otago, Manawatu, Nelson Bays and North Waikato franchisees, in particular, have proven that they are among the very best home builders in New Zealand.
“It’s satisfying to know that hard work and consistently high standards of workmanship across our franchisees have been recognised on the national stage,” Mr Jury says.
“Jennian Homes has built an award-winning reputation for excellence in customer service, design and craftsmanship for every home we build, and it’s reassuring to see that acknowledged.”
Jennian Homes Manawatu is operated by Tarsha Isles, Kirsty and Murray Brown, and Carmen Wineera. Tarsha says she nearly fell off her seat when the win was announced.
The Marton home was built with Jennian’s usual attention to detail, but Tarsha believes that fostering close relationships over time with contractors helps to ensure that homes are completed with excellent quality.
“Our motto is that we want every one of our clients to happy and move into a home they love,” Tarsha says.
“We give our clients the best house possible home for their budget – it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small”.
Jennian Homes Otago is owned operated by Hayden Davies and Debbie Payne.
Hayden says he is “very excited” by the win.
“Our all-encompassing attitude is that every house we build is someone’s home, and we always honour that” he says.
“We build every house to the same award-winning standard regardless of the budget. This means listening carefully to the customers’ needs and ideas – and then bringing those dreams to life.”
When 79-year-old Masterton resident, Anne Clinch first heard she had won the Heart Foundation Lottery’s first prize of a fully-furnished Jennian Homes dream home in Whitianga, she wondered if she was being scammed.
However, once reassured by the Heart Foundation that the three-bedroom home, valued at $650,000 was actually hers, Anne could barely believe her luck.
“It was just the most amazing news,” says Anne, whose three children recently joined her for the exciting house handover in Whitianga.
It was here that Anne and her family discovered there was something extra special about her first prize Jennian home – it is the 50th house built by Jennian Homes for the Heart Foundation Lottery since they teamed up in 2009. During this time, proceeds from Lottery ticket sales have helped support many of the 172,000 Kiwis living with heart disease, while contributing to life-saving heart research and training.
Anne began buying tickets in the Heart Foundation Lottery in 2001, shortly after her husband had heart surgery. To Anne, buying tickets was a way of giving back to the charity that had offered so much during this life-changing event.
“Even if I had never won a prize, I would continue to support the Heart Foundation as it is such a worthy cause and offers so much to people after they’ve had a heart attack,” says Anne.
Anne’s daughter Marilyn Morrison agrees, saying that the information and support offered to people living with heart disease by the Heart Foundation, was very beneficial to the family following their dad’s heart surgery.
“When you walk away from the hospital, you need to know that there is reliable information and support available to you and your family,” says Marilyn.
When Anne’s Lottery win had sunk in following her call from the Heart Foundation, she called Marilyn to let her know the good news.
“Mum asked me to sit down, so I was worried that something bad had happened. Then she told me that she’d won a house. We are all still gobsmacked by it.”
Marilyn says the home was “just beautiful” and much larger than she had expected.
“The house is really spacious, with good quality furnishings. Whitianga itself is just lovely and you feel like you’re on holiday as soon as you arrive.”
The family plans to enjoy some weekends at the house before reluctantly selling it, due to the travelling distance.
Heart Foundation Direct Fundraising Manager, Gail McIntyre, says the Lottery programme is one of the charity’s most significant revenue-generating activities. “As a charity, the Heart Foundation relies on the generosity of the public to continue much of its life-saving work. Often our Lottery supporters are either heart event survivors or know the devastating effects of losing a loved one to heart disease. This means they’ve often experienced first-hand the benefits of the care and support that the Heart Foundation offers,” says Gail.
“We are also very grateful for the partnership we have with Jennian Homes. It is great to celebrate the 50th home they have built and the difference that their support makes to the heart health of New Zealanders.”
The Heart Foundation runs six lotteries per year, each with a first prize of a fully-furnished Jennian home and other prizes including overseas holidays, a new car from Toyota and $10,000 cash.
Tickets ($15 each) for Lottery 108, which features a three-bedroom home in Mapua, Golden Bay, valued at $725,000, are on sale until November 3, 2017. For further information about the Heart Foundation Lottery click here.
New Zealand’s number one golf tour returns tomorrow with the John Jones Steel Harewood Open the first leg of the 2017/18 Jennian Homes Charles Tour season.
The tour has been named after golfing royalty and is fortunate to see the man himself, Sir Bob Charles, playing today in the first Pro-Am of the season. With the first event in his hometown of Christchurch, the 1963 Open Champion is eager for the start of the exciting season.
“I’m very proud to have my name associated with the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and I am looking forward to competing in the Pro-Am at Harewood to start the Tour off. It’s certainly going to be an exciting season with all our young talent coming through the ranks.”
Defending champion Brad Shilton returns this year in contrasting fashion after having a small break from the game.
This time last year Shilton was arguably in career-best form after recording a third-place finish at the Fiji International and picking up his biggest payday to date.
“It’s great to be back, although I have only picked up my clubs twice in the last month or so which is all part of longevity for a big season ahead,” said Shilton.
“It’s been a refreshing break and it’s always nice to be back on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and hopefully Harewood brings back some good memories and hopefully good form too.”
A pleasing addition to the first event is the return of 2003 New Zealand Open Champion, Mahal Pearce. After retiring from professional golf in 2014, the Jennian Homes Charles Tour is ensuring he remembers the taste of competitive golf.
Pearce will play alongside one of our up-and-coming champions in Daniel Hillier who became the youngest winner in history two years ago at this exact event.
The list of featured players doesn’t stop there with Jennian Homes Trophy Champion Gareth Paddison, five-time Jennian Homes Charles Tour winner Mark Brown and veteran Richard Lee also return to strengthen the experience in the Garden City this week.
One of New Zealand’s leading amateurs James Anstiss has also returned to New Zealand after a long stint in America as he prepares for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship later this month.
The women’s field will enjoy some great rivalries this week with local favourite Amelia Garvey returning from an exciting LPGA Tour campaign last week where she successfully made the cut.
Although she is yet to win in her own backyard, she is happy to be back and believes she has learnt a lot from her recent experience playing alongside the world’s best.
“It feels good to be back and nice seeing some familiar faces and nice to see Christchurch turning on the weather.
“I think the course will be a little easier than last week, but hopefully I have learnt a lot from the LPGA and I can stay patient and put some good numbers up there.”
Garvey claimed her maiden Jennian Homes Charles Tour victory at the Muriwai Open last year and will be looking to add to her tally early in the season.
“I haven’t won this event yet, so it would be a great one to win and will give me a lot of confidence and hopefully start a good trend in my goal to win more and more Jennian Homes Charles Tour events.”
There will be plenty of competition in line to stop her with defending champion Rose Zheng also here this week and looking to repeat her emphatic seven-shot victory last year.
A name very familiar to the Harewood Open trophy is Chantelle Cassidy who has won here three times now, which makes it impossible for the field not to notice her presence.