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.
From left to right: Alan Harris, Jude Parke, Brian Jones, Sir Bob Charles, Frank Edwards, Garth Johnston, Gordon Smith, Stu Munro (Jennian)
Recently, we gave New Zealand Golf members the chance to tee off with legend Sir Bob Charles. Congratulations to our six lucky winners who shared the golfing experience of a lifetime with Sir Bob Charles at the world-class Christchurch Golf Club.
Most of you should have known that he’s a lefty and won the Open Championship – for those of you who didn’t, now you do. Build with Jennian Homes and as a New Zealand Golf member you get brand new set of Cobra Golf Clubs, your membership paid for a year and a donation towards junior golf.
Athletics New Zealand have announced Jennian Homes as the naming rights sponsor of the New Zealand Track and Field Championships for 2017 and 2018, to be held at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton.
The Jennian Homes NZ Track and Field Champs, one of the countrys oldest sporting events dating back to 1889, will be held on 17-19 March, 2017, at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton and will feature many of New Zealands top athletes, from Rio Olympians like Eliza McCartney, Tom Walsh and Hamish Carson to name a few, right through to the best U18 and U20 provincial talent, all vying to win a national title, and for some, qualification for higher honours.
Jennian Homes joins Aon New Zealand and Harcourts Cooper & Co, who have both recently joined the growing stable of commercial partners keen to align with the sport as it enters into a new era of success.
In announcing the new partnership, Athletics New Zealand Chief Executive, Linda Hamersley, said “Its fantastic to have Jennian Homes on board to support this national championship event. Were grateful to have a growing family of sponsors who contribute so much to enabling us to grow the grassroots of the sport as well as helping us run major events like the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Champs, which will double as the main qualifying event for the IAAF World Championships in London later this year”.
“We have seen, after the successes of Rio, young people watch their sporting heroes and are inspired by them. Having Jennians sponsorship means we can organise this key event, meet our financial targets and our members expectations and invest some money back into the local area to help grow the next generation,” says Hamersley.
Jennian Homes have shown an increasing support of sport and the community with partnerships with the New Zealand Olympic Committee, NZ Golf as well as providing long standing assistance to the Heart Foundation, their main charity.
Jennian Homes Chief Operating Officer Aidan Jury said, “Throughout history we can all remember moments of sporting greatness around the Athletics track and the current level of talent with NZs finest athletes is no exception.
The Jennian Homes team is proud to be supporting young Kiwis in their effort to excel in sport while continuing the long Jennian track record of community support.
As a proud supporter of the NZ Olympic and Commonwealth teams, Jennian understands the importance and pressure of qualification for major international events, and wish all athletes well in the NZ Track & Field Championships.”
The Jennian Homes NZ Track & Field Champs are sure to attract a lot of attention from athletics and sports fans alike with so many of New Zealands elite athletes competing.
A silver medallist sharp shooter, a former women’s hockey captain and a runner whose sportsmanship and “Olympic spirit” captured international attention, will headline this year’s Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk.
Tickets go on sale today for the highly anticipated event taking place in over 20 locations nationwide, with women from Paihia to Invercargill preparing to walk and run their way through Mother’s Day on May 14 – all in the name of heart health. Into its sixth year, the New Zealand-wide event is part of an initiative run by Jennian Homes to support the Heart Foundation’s ‘Heart Foundation For Women’ campaign, which aims to improve the heart health of New Zealand women.
While 2016 was the annual fun run/walk’s largest to date, with more than 7000 mums, daughters or sisters participating, this year is predicted to be even bigger with a trio of Olympic athletes fronting the event, including Natalie Rooney (shooting), Kayla Whitelock (hockey), and Nikki Hamblin (middle distance runner). Heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women in New Zealand, claiming the lives of more than 50 women each week. Therefore, as a proud supporter, Jennian Homes is committed to working with the Heart Foundation to reduce this alarming statistic, and will be giving $20,000 to the charity to support women’s heart health as a result of the Mother’s Day events. Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin says it’s a sad fact that heart disease is the number-one killer of women in New Zealand and more needs to be done to address this worrying statistic.
Dr Devlin says the Heart Foundation encourage women around New Zealand to start the conversation about heart disease and also take the steps necessary to look after their hearts, including through this year’s fun run/walk.
“It’s great to see Jennian Homes’ getting behind our annual ‘Heart Foundation for Women’ campaign once again. “Jennian Homes has been a longstanding supporter of the Heart Foundation and we greatly appreciate their efforts to help raise much-needed funds for womens heart health research. Since the Heart Foundation began, it has invested more than $57m into research and specialist training for cardiologists,” says Dr Devlin.
The inclusion of Olympians Natalie, Kayla and Nikki is all thanks to Jennian Homes, who partnered with the New Zealand Olympic Committee ahead of last year’s games in Rio de Janiero to help Kiwi athletes achieve their goals on the world stage. Natalie claimed the nation’s first medal for 2016 with a silver in the women’s trap event, Kayla is the former captain of the Black Sticks women’s hockey team, and Nikki, along with American Abbey D’Agostino, were presented with the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award by the International Fair Play Committee for their sportsmanship and “Olympic spirit” after the pair fell during the 5000m and Nikki stopped to help Abbey finish the race. Jennian Homes COO Aidan Jury says it is at a time like Mother’s Day that we are reminded of just how important families are. He encourages all mothers and families to make a great start to their Mother’s Day by participating.
“It is fantastic to have these three Olympians showing their support to an event that continues to grow in popularity each year. We are all mindful of the toll that results from heart health issues and Jennian is proud to champion the need for better heart awareness in New Zealand.
“Just 5 kms through some of New Zealand’s most scenic areas gets your day started in a great fun way with family and you’ll be doing your bit to help save lives and keep more families together.”
Jennian Homes has also teamed up with iconic New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell to help design the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk official T-shirts, which all participants will receive. Participants who enter this year’s event will also go in the draw to win part of a $25,000 prize pool through a variety of ways including Early Bird ticket sales, before the end of March, and entering in a group of 10 or more.
2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for the building industry throughout New Zealand. With the Auckland housing shortage, the ongoing Reserve Bank exemption of new dwellings from the LVR restrictions, the building industry appears set for another great year.
With an unprecedented level of building anticipated over the next few years, if you’ve been considering building a new home as part of your New Year’s resolution, now is a good time to put those plans into action.
The team at Jennian Homes can guide you through this process. We even host regular building information sessions to arm you with lots of great information to help you on your journey to building your own home.
Jennian Homes has been building homes Kiwi’s love for over 34 years and remains NZ’s most awarded group home builder, with truly national coverage. Build new and take advantage of the capital gains in property value (in most regions) even between contract signing and the completion of your beautiful new Jennian Home.
Whether this is a proven plan or your own design let our team show can you the benefits of building new versus old. Take advantage of smart technologies like home automation for lighting, security and entertainment; as well as future-proofing for solutions like solar and electric vehicles.
The LVR Rules, and the exemption of new homes from the lending criteria, makes it a better option for New Zealanders to realise the dream of building their own home instead of purchasing an existing house and exposing themselves to the LVR criteria.
However, 2017 doesn’t just promise to be a good year for potential home builders.
The construction industry is an exciting option for school leavers or those considering a career change. Good quality workers will be required to help meet demand and completing an apprenticeship is an ideal foot in the door to the industry. An increase in new apprenticeships is likely as related trades begin to expand to meet growing workloads.
Aside from builders, increased demand for housing also means there will be an upturn in work for the suppliers and tradespeople who make the industry tick.
As an industry as a whole, we have a great opportunity this year nationwide to watch building and construction grow from strength to strength. Now we have to take advantage of it.
Is the Investment Property market set to expand further with the updated New Zealand Reserve Bank LVR rules introducing further restrictions on ‘existing homes’, but potentially encouraging investors to ‘build new homes’?
The perfect storm could be brewing!
The new Auckland Unitary Plan encourages more construction in Auckland’s expanded borders to manage the desperate shortage of quality new homes.
Net migration has now passed 68,000 migrants annually and shows no immediate signs of slowing. These immigrants will need housing.
A threefold increase in Britons wanting to move to NZ after the Brexit vote, and the slowing Australian Minerals Boom all point to the strong need to continue to build new houses.
The Reserve Bank continues to exempt new construction from its nationwide LVR restrictions which creates opportunities for home owners and investors alike.
While there has been some scaremongering that the LVR restrictions may not be good for the economy, at Jennian Homes, we disagree. If you own a home and you want to build an investment property, you may now need *30% less total equity or deposit to build a new house than may be required to buy an existing house.
Working with Jennian’s Financial Partners, Jennian Homes is now able to provide innovative solutions to get you into an investment property with less equity or deposit than buying an existing home (which you occupy as your primary dwelling). The dream of an investment home is now achievable for many kiwis.
Many investors want both a capital gain and income, making building a great choice for the long term. With the correct loan structuring, a Jennian partnered finance option may not require loan repayments until your new investment property is completed, meaning your cashflow may not be interrupted until you have a tenant*.
Jennian Homes has been building homes Kiwi’s love for nearly 34 years and remains NZ’s oldest and most awarded group home builder, with truly national coverage.
Ask your nearest Jennian representative how to start your Investment Property tomorrow, with less equity or deposit than you might think. Our team will guide you through this process.
You may be surprised just how simple it can be to navigate what looks like a complicated mine field of barriers and LVR rules.
It is now time to act and talk to Jennian.
*Lending criteria applies. The equity example above is based on an owner occupier building an investment property. Every customer’s situation may differ.
*The Jennian finance solution is bank funded, with specialist skills in new builds.
*Jennian recommends all investors obtain proper independent advice. Jennian is not itself in the business of providing finance for a new home nor providing advice on property investment.
You’ve decided that you’d love to build a new home and enjoy all the benefits that come with being the first owner of a freshly built house. Brand new fixtures and fittings, new product warranties and guarantees, low maintenance, you get the home you want and the best part of all – no one else has ever lived there!
The big question is how much will it cost? Or more importantly, how much do you have to spend?
Establishing your true budget before you embark on this exciting adventure is the most important thing you will do to avoid disappointment. As they say, dreams are free, but in reality you need to carefully analyse what you have to spend so that there are no unwelcome surprises along the way.
To begin with, establish what your total project budget is. What is the total amount you have to spend to get you crossing the threshold of a fully finished house on established grounds? Now that you have this number written down you can calculate what you have to spend on all the elements that make up your dream property.
There are several costs that can impact the bottom line of your budget and a significant number of these happen prior to commencing the construction of your home. It doesn’t matter what the home you’re thinking of building looks like, how big it is or who is going to build it for you there are a number of costs to consider that will then help you to establish what is left in the kitty to construct your home and do the landscaping.
This is where a relationship with an established builder becomes very important so that you can seek the best advice. For example when looking to purchase land you need to consider what extra costs there are going to be to establish a suitable building platform on top of what might seem like a reasonable purchase price for the section. Some of these potentially costly factors are site costs such as excavation and retaining, covenants, local council requirements, services and location.
Once you have a clear idea of what’s needed prior to construction, put a figure on establishing and landscaping your grounds after the house is finished. Now you have a true figure left for your construction budget and your builder can work with you to get you the home you want within that budget. Without a true construction budget you may find that you are presented with a house plan that you just can’t afford, or you might even find that you’ve sold yourself short and miss out on some of your wish list because there’s more money available than you first imagined.
Try not to get hung up on ‘square metre rates’ as these too are largely irrelevant in the greater scheme of things. House size, shape, specifications, kitchens, bathrooms and all manner of other factors will determine the cost of your home. What you really want to know is that at the end of this exciting adventure you can move your family into the home you’ve always wanted, on time and within yourtrue budget with no surprises.
It’s that time of year when temperatures drop and energy bills can skyrocket. For some residents, heating their home is simple; they turn up the temperature on their thermostat and write a bigger cheque to their power company whilst keeping warm in the winter can be challenging for others, especially if their heating method is expensive. However, with a greater focus these days on energy efficient products, colder weather no longer means spending an exorbitant amount of money on heating your home. Heat Pumps, which are now almost a staple inclusion in new homes, are a great way to keep energy costs down, if used efficiently. A well-insulated home is paramount in making home heating as efficient as possible. Ensure your home is fitted with good quality insulation such as Pink Batts which will allow you to use a smaller Heat Pump, saving you money on both sides of the spectrum. As with any product, it is recommended that it is sourced from a quality supplier that offers a substantial warranty on the item.
If your home uses a wood burner, you can rest easy, knowing they are efficient to use but your home still needs to be insulated well to heat efficiently and retain the warmth. Your wood burner will also need to be maintained regularly to ensure it performs well and increase longevity, it is not uncommon to find that they have been damaged due to poor maintenance or improper use. There is no question that a wood burner is one of the more efficient ways you can heat you home, as modern fuel products are highly energy efficient and produce very limited air pollution.
If you have appliances running on gas in your home, it may be wise to think about switching your heating source to gas as well, due to you already paying for the fixed supply charges. Choose a gas heater that has the “Energy Star” label for the best savings while keeping you warm this winter.
If you have taken advantage of building new, passive heating is perhaps the most cost efficient way to become energy efficient and plan for the winter months. Making use of the sun will give you a home that keeps you warm and comfortable in the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. With the right balance of elements your home can soak up free heat from the sun to keep you warm day and night. Plenty of glass along the north side of your home, ideally with high level windows to assist airflow and make use of the sun is crucial when planning an energy-efficient home.Having the opportunity toplan for all year round energy efficiencies before building means that you can have a home that is warmer, drier, healthier and simply better to live in.
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