New Zealand Golf national tournament scene will hit the ground running in spring as three more Jennian Homes Charles Tour events have been confirmed over a three-week stretch in October.
The DVS Pegasus Open returns for a second time and will kick off a three-week stretch of tournament golf on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour circuit from October 1. The Carrus Open will follow from October 8, and the Taranaki Open tees off on October 15 for the first time since 2017.
The Autex Muriwai Open is the first Jennian Homes Charles Tour event to kick competitive golf back underway in a couple of weeks’ time from July 30.
New Zealand Golf General Manager for Golf Operations and Championships Dave Mangan says it’s great for our local elite golfers to have competition to play in again.
“Due to the ongoing global covid-19 pandemic, things have been very difficult in New Zealand and it’s great to know that heading into spring our domestic elite amateurs and professionals will have three quality events in a row to play in.
“We are already looking forward to the rescheduled Autex Muriwai Open in a couple of weeks but to have some certainly around our other upcoming Jennian Homes Charles Tour events is testament to all the hard work put in by our host clubs and the support of the sponsors,” Mangan says.
The Jennian Homes Charles Tour has been on a long hiatus since the opening event in March at the Brian Green Property Group Super 6’s. The Barfoot and Thompson Akarana Open is the only event to fall victim to the covid-19 pandemic.
The Mount Open will also take place in December and will again be the final event of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour season where the season winner will be crowned.
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.
Read the heartwarming story of our latest Heart Foundation Lottery NO.105 winner, below:
Wishful Note Comes True
When busy Lyn McDonald found out she had won Lottery No. 105’s first prize, she made a quick call to her mum, saying, “I can’t talk right now, but I’ve just won a house!”
Her news was met with scepticism by her family, with someone even telling her daughter that it was a scam. But it was all very real, especially when Lyn received the keys to her brand new Papamoa dream home. She celebrated this special moment with a number of her family, including her mum and daughters, with party poppers and sparkling grape juice to toast the new home.
“I wrote ‘Lyn won this, woohoo!’ on the house picture,” Lyn says. “And it obviously worked.”
A deserving winner, Lyn is quite well-known around Auckland having run a bird rescue service there for years. “I’ve spent 32 years in bird rescue,” she says, “and many locals have brought me a bird to care for at some stage.”
Lyn says her new home will be great for the family to stay at when visiting her mother, who lives in Papamoa, as well as for holidays at the beach.
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.
With the housing shortage, the ongoing Reserve Bank exemption of new dwellings from the LVR restrictions, the building industry continues to provide excellent opportunities for home buyers. Why not build a new beginning for yourself?
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.
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.
The construction industry is also an exciting option for school leavers or those considering a career change to build a new beginning for themselves. 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.
As an industry as a whole, we have a great opportunity nationwide to watch building and construction grow from strength to strength. Now we have to take advantage of it.
With continued growth 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.
How to find the right information?
The team at Jennian Homes can guide you through this process. We 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 35 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.
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. Here are some helpful tips for a warmer 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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