Sir Bob Charles Promotion Winners

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.

Click here for more info.

Jennian Homes signs on with Athletics

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.

Tickets will go on sale shortly. For more details go to www.athletics.org.nz

Mum’s The Word As Olympic Heroes Step Out For Heart Health

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.

For a full list of locations and to register for the 5km event go to http://www.jennianmothersday.com/

Build A New Beginning In 2017

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.

Act now and talk to the team at Jennian Homes.

A Special Offer From Noel Leeming

Have you thought about your Christmas shopping yet? Good news…Friends and family shopping days are back!

Click here to download a printable flyer that you can present at any Noel Leeming store nationwide to receive special deals on selected items.

We are pleased to share this with you just for being part of the Jennian family.

Whether you are after a TV, computer, or mobile phone, present the flyer to our good friends at Noel Leeming and bag a bargain with cost +7.5% storewide. Even better, 2.5% of total sales will go towards The Heart Foundation.

Happy shopping from the team at Jennian Homes!

New Home Builders’ Information Session

Avoid ‘OH NO’ moments when building…by heading along to a free New Home Builders’ Information Session with your local Jennian team.

Building a new home is an exciting adventure and Jennian Homes has been building the homes New Zealanders want for more than 34 years.

Come and learn from the experts about the hidden costs of building and how to avoid surprises by designing a home, customised for you, to work within your true budget.

Our regular building Information Sessions arm you with lots of great information to help you on your journey to building your own home including:

  • Establishing your construction budget and how to avoid hidden costs.
  • The impact of designing your home in an environmentally friendly way, to save you money.
  • Planning the home you’ve always wanted.
  • Residential construction industry knowledge and advice.

Click here to register and to reserve your complimentary seats.

 

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The Perfect Storm Could Be Brewing

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. 

 

Reserve Bank Announces New Rules

Jennian Homes applauds the Reserve Bank on its recent revision to Loan Value Restrictions (LVR).

While these changes may challenge investors who wish to stay in their current home and purchase an investment property, there has now never been a better time for an owner occupier to build a new home in NZ.

Jennian and our Finance Partners remain committed to assisting owner occupiers into new homes for as little as 5% deposit.

Existing housing stocks now require 20% equity across the entirety of NZ and now not just limited to Auckland. Investor purchases will move to 40% equity.

It is critical that additional housing stock be provided in NZ.

Current net migration data to the end of May 2016 is now 68,000 per annum which is a growth of at least 10,000 over the past year.

Currently the level of New Housing being provided into the NZ market saw a little over 28,000 residential consents issued to the end of May 2016.

Given current inflationary pressure most financial commentators and now picking an almost certainty of a further Official Cash Rate (OCR) cut before the end of 2016. These record lows are likely to remain in place for some time.

The now revised LVR conditions will in a small way assist to the correct the ongoing undersupply of housing stock in NZ.

While the complexity of the data may be scary and at best hard to understand, there has never been a better time than now to explore a new home over existing stock.

Jennian Homes Partners with NZ Olympic Team

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is proud to announce their partnership with Jennian Homes to help New Zealand athletes achieve their goals on the world stage. The organisation’s aim is to inspire excellence and pride in New Zealanders and enable New Zealand’s elite athletes to achieve on the world’s stage. The organisation also delivers school and education programmes and connects young New Zealanders with Olympic Ambassadors and the significant Olympic digital museum collection. Together with our sports and athletes the New Zealand Olympic Committee inspires New Zealanders and makes them proud.

 

Jennian Homes & New Zealand Olympic Team

For… all the people of New Zealand

Who… enjoy feeling connected and inspired through Olympic sport

What we’re offering is… a team everyone can really believe in

Because… the New Zealand Olympic team unites the nation with inspirational role models

Providing… the belief that with hard work and determination anyone can achieve their goals – however big or small

New homes pre-wired for solar

One of New Zealand’s leading home builders has opted to pre-wire every new home for solar power, solar batteries and electric car chargers.

Aidan Jury, chief operating officer of Jennian Homes, says the first system will be installed in a new show home in Auckland later this month, and will be rolled out for all new homes built by the company.

“Jennian has a clear vision that all new homes in New Zealand should be built with energy efficiency and the future of our planet firmly in mind,” he says. “We believe we need to be socially responsible and economically responsible, so we are looking at making a home energy efficient on a continuing basis, over its complete lifecyle.”

Jennian Home says all its new homes will be pre-wired to accommodate electric car chargers, as well as solar roof panels and batteries.

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Jennian Home says all its new homes will be pre-wired to accommodate electric car chargers, as well as solar roof panels and batteries.

Jury says it’s not just about introducing better building materials. “We also need to consider the cost per square metre of running a house, not just the cost per square metre of building the house. Building energy-efficient homes, locking in a low price for green power and reducing reliance on grid power is a powerful combination that is set to change the face of the residential building market in New Zealand.”

Jennian Homes and NZ Golf announce new partnership

New Zealand Golf and Jennian Homes have announced a new partnership, making New Zealand’s most awarded franchise builder the first naming right sponsor of the Charles Tour.

Jennian Homes supporting the Charles Tour in this capacity has enabled New Zealand Golf to secure the continued development of the Tour’s future, ensuring longevity and a stable playing pathway to help New Zealand’s aspiring amateur and professional golfers.

Dave Wilson, Business Development Manager for Jennian Homes, says: “This is the first sports sponsorship Jennian Homes has ever undertaken from a national perspective. Aligning ourselves with golf, a great kiwi pastime, fits perfectly with the iconic New Zealand owned Jennian brand that’s been around for 33 years, and supporting the Charles Tour definitely extends our ‘building for the future’ philosophy – not only in houses but now in emerging golfers as well.”

Jennian Homes isn’t only focused on helping our up and coming golfers ‘build for the future’, they will also add another layer which will be of benefit to every day golfers throughout New Zealand.

Any New Zealand Golf member who builds a new home with Jennian Homes will not only have a brand new quality finish, they will also receive a new set of Cobra Golf Clubs, their golf club membership paid for one year*as well as enable a $1,000 donation back to the New Zealand Junior Golf Foundation to help ‘build the future’ of the young golfers throughout the country.

Nick Rowland, Commercial Manager of New Zealand Golf says; “It was imperative for us to not just find a partner for the Charles Tour, but to find the right fit. Jennian Homes reflects the same values of New Zealand Golf, where longevity and quality take precedence, and we are proud to be working in partnership with them.”

Jennian Homes has also added a new aspect to the Tour, The Jennian Homes Trophy. This is to be of similar mould to the FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour and rewards players for being consistent over the full season as well as competing in more events.

This is an exciting time for all involved in the game of golf. Our current professional golfers performing well on the world stage such as Danny Lee, Lydia Ko and Ryan Fox, have all played on the Charles Tour, highlighting how this pathway has helped them launch their careers.

 

The 2015/16 Jennian Homes Charles Tour schedule is as follows; The Carrus Open, Tauranga Golf Club September 17. The Taranaki Open, Augusta Funds Management New Plymouth Golf Club October 1. John Jones Steel Open, Harewood Golf Club October 22. Lawnmaster Classic, Manawatu Golf Club, March 17. Barfoot and Thompson Akarana Open, Akarana Golf Club April 14. Autex Muriwai Men’s Open, Muriwai Golf Club April 28.

Tips for Building a Safer Home

With another summer ending and with the clock hurtling towards Easter and the winter months, now is a great time to ensure your home is a safe haven, whether it’s already in existence or you are taking the plunge and building your dream home from scratch.
Safety begins with the home’s layout. Think about which parts of a home represent the greatest risk to safety and keep those areas away from busy thoroughfares. The kitchen is a prime example. It’s full of sharp edges, breakable objects and numerous heat sources. It’s not a place for people to be coming and going on their way to other parts of the home. Ideally, the kitchen should have its own dedicated space. If you have your heart set on a central kitchen with open access, it’s wise to separate cooking areas with an island to keep foot traffic well away from the potential hazards.
According to ACC statistics there were 830,000 claims for injuries around the home in 2013, many of which can be prevented by taking a few measures to improve safety. Falls around the home are common and can be caused by such things as a single step separating your living areas. How often have you been caught out going up or down a step that you didn’t know was there when you’re out and about? It’s a good idea to differentiate floor levels with several steps, which are harder to miss than with a solitary, single step.
It’s also important to plan your living room so that there are no extension cords lying across the room, where tripping is almost a certainty. If you’re building new, you will have a chance to meet with an electrician to wire your home. Ensuring the sockets are laid out efficiently is a great way to make your home safer for you, your family and visitors. Nowadays it is common practice to prewire a home during construction for audio visual equipment such as sound systems, home theatres and wall hung televisions so that wiring of any type is safely and neatly hidden within the walls out of harm’s way.
Sadly, a great number of claims lodged with ACC involve children being injured around the home. As a precaution, choose tinted glass for living area windows and sliding doors where running children (or adults) could mistake a closed door for an open one. Even if you don’t have young children yourself, attention to safety will widen the appeal of your home should you choose to sell in the future.
Of course building new means you have the best opportunity to plan a fully safety conscious home, but even if you’re adding rooms, renovating, buying new furniture or just having an Autumnal change around, safety of your loved ones can still be a discerning factor without having to compromise on style.