Jennian Homes Charles Tour set to kick off in October

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.

The Jennian Homes Charles Tour schedule is as follows;

Brian Green Property Group NZ Super6 Manawatu Completed
Autex Muriwai Open Postponed from March due to Covid-19
Barfoot and Thompson Akarana Open Cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19
DVS Pegasus Open Confirmed to be played
Carrus Open Confirmed to be played
Taranaki Open Confirmed to be played
Christies Floorings Mount Open Confirmed to be played


The company has a proud record in the annual awards, being able to claim the ‘most awarded’ tag throughout the history of the competition.

Jennian Homes Franklin GM Michelle Costello is thrilled to be the National Supreme Award winner in the category of New Home under $450,000 – Group Housing. “We put our Heart and Soul into every home we build, so it’s great to be recognised for putting the same level of attention to detail and care, into every home we build, regardless of the category the home is in.”

Jennian Homes Franchisor Aidan Jury says the House of the Year Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by our industry and our Jennian franchisees.

“Jennian has been building homes for New Zealand for over 37 years and this year’s award results are testament to the excellence and expertise that our Franchisees put into every home that is built for our clients,” he says

“We take pride in building homes that are customised to our clients’ dreams and aspirations and we’re proud to celebrate the recognition of excellence that goes into these homes through this year’s outstanding award achievements.”

We are incredibly proud of our national team with Jennian Homes Nelson, Jennian Homes Mid-South Canterbury, Jennian Homes Franklin all achieving Gold Reserve National Finalist status in their categories.

Award winning homes by Jennian Homes Franklin include:

2019 Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000:
– National Supreme Award Winner
– Gold Reserve Finalist
– Regional Category Award
– Gold Award
2019 Auckland New Home $1.5 Million – $2 Million: Silver Award
2018 Auckland Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000: Gold Award
2018 Auckland Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000: Silver Award
2017 Auckland PlaceMakers Volume/Group Housing New Home $450,000 – $700,000: Silver Award

Jennian Homes Franklin wins at the Regional House of the Year Ceremony

Michelle and Vincent Costello’s team won big at the regional Registered Master Builders Association House of the Year Award last weekend, with the highest scoring Gold Award unlocking the Regional Category Award for their Tasteful Living Home in the Volume/Group Housing New Home up to $450,000.

Thanks to this Gold Award, the Jennian Homes Franklin team has reached the top 100 Finalists for the national Awards this November!

They also received a Silver Award in the New Home $1.5-$2 Million Category for this jaw-dropping True Individual home.

The New Paerata Rise display home is open!

Visit us at 2 Walter Lawry Drive, Paerata Rise

Open : Weekdays 10am to 4pm and Weekends 11am to 3pm

Contact us at or call 09 238 6156

Paerata Rise is a new build lifestyle township, developed between Karaka and Pukekohe. Paerata Rise offers a range of home building options suited to your budget and lifestyle needs. The development will be comprised of approximately 4500 homes that will be built to embrace a commitment to community and ethics and modern innovation. Establishing a vibrant, supportive community is at its heart. 

Jennian Homes Franklin is a very proud building partner to the new development and has several sections and a variety of homes designed for sites or you can design and build your own home to perfectly suit your needs. 

Sections are selling fast and the first homes are being built!

Come on over and see us at 2 Walter Lawry Drive, to see what living in Paerata Rise is all about! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to  live in this beautiful location.

Free Kitchen Upgrade Offer*

Jennian Homes Franklin has an exclusive offer for you!

Register your interest with us at the Franklin Home and Lifestyle Expo or at our newley opened Display Home and sign up to build your new home with us before 1st October 2019 to receive a free kitchen appliance upgrade to Swedish brand Asko valued at $5,000.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer, contact the team today. 

Terms and conditions apply: This offer is exclusive to Jennian Homes Franklin Limited. To be eligible for this offer you must have registered your interest with Jennian Homes Franklin at the Franklin Home and Lifestyle Expo on the 23rd – 24th of March 2019 or at their Display Home between March 23rd –  18th of May 2019 and you must enter into a Jennian Homes residential building contract and go unconditional before the 1st October 2019. Offer is not available to any existing or current customers of Jennian Homes Franklin. This offer may only be redeemed once per customer and may not be used in conjunction with any other Jennian promotional offer or loyalty scheme. Jennian Homes Franklin may discontinue or vary the terms of this offer at any time in its discretion, including changing the rewards and eligibility criteria.

Tee Off With A Legend Winners

From left to right: Russell Beswick, Steven Costigan, Jane Pangborn, Sir Bob Charles, Tracy Bary, Jonathan Rawiri, Stuart Duncan, Stu Munro (Jennian)

Back for a second round and due to the success of our popular Tee Off With A Legend promotion we once again have given six lucky golfers 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.

To be in to win all you had to do was answer the following questions:

New Zealand golf members who build with Jennian Homes are eligible for what offer?
  • Receive a contribution towards your choice of new golf equipment*
  • Have their golf club membership paid for one year*
  • Enable a donation back to New Zealand Junior Golf*
Jennian Homes has been building the homes kiwis love for how many years?
  • 35 years.
In what year did Sir Bob Charles win The Open Championship?
  • 1963

Click here for more info on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour

Long-time supporter wins 50th Jennian Homes Heart Foundation Lottery house

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.

Grand Designs South of Auckland

The development of a new community on former Wesley College land near Pukekohe moved a step closer today with the announcement of 12 build partners.

In addition, the developers, Grafton Downs Ltd, along with the Wesley College Trust Board have announced that the development will be named Paerata Rise.

As well as acknowledging the existing Paerata community, the name is a nod to the meaning of Paerata in te reo, that is, ‘horizon of the rata’.

“It was important to those involved in the development that the name was in keeping with, as well as inclusive of, the area’s heritage,” says Grafton Downs Ltd. Executive Director Chris Johnston.

The foundations of Paerata Rise are well underway on location, 45-minutes south of Auckland. Those involved in the development promise it will be a community with a difference.

“We will be working closely with approved build partners to create, as prescribed under the Paerata Rise design guide, a new unique place to live where homestead architecture is envisaged,” Johnston said.

“We have chosen the build partners because of the outstanding quality of their workmanship. In the interests of creating equal opportunities for builders in the community, we selected to work with large franchisee companies and small family businesses, all of whom are local,” says Shaun Millar, Grafton Downs Ltd’s sales and marketing manager.

“The builders are ecstatic about the development – our vision is something that they are behind 100 per cent.

“Homes will be carefully placed on their sites to maximise the natural landscape settings creating comfortable living environments and quality streetscapes,” Millar said.

Plans for the development site were designed by San Francisco-based Surfacedesign, inc, a company co-founded by Kiwi urban designer and sustainable landscape architect James Lord. The award-winning company is responsible for the abstract landscaping at Auckland Airport.

“Surfacedesign, inc are a great firm to work with. James Lord and his team grasped our vision to create a development that embraces the environment and creates a good relationship between sections, houses and green space,” says Johnston.

With Stage One earthworks complete, waste and water pipes being laid and the onsite civil work underway, the 12 build partners who will be working on the new town development of Paerata Rise will have access to roads mid-December.

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.

Franklin Display Home – Host Vacancy

Jennian Homes Franklin is seeking a motivated Display Home Host to join our team in Pokeno.

This part-time position includes weekend work. In this role you will meet and greet prospective clients, welcome them to Jennian Homes and pass on the relevant information to the New Home Consultant.  You will also be responsible for maintaining the overall appearance of our beautiful Display home so cleaning and tidying will be required. There will be some administration support to our Sales Team, so intermediate Microsoft skills are required.

The successful applicant will ideally have a proven track record of great relationship building, flawless attention to detail, and a keen interest in the new home market. If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter and resume to

Build A New Beginning

Invest in bricks and mortar.


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.

Act now and talk to the team at Jennian Homes.

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. 

What’s Your True Building Budget?

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 your true budget with no surprises.

Exclusive Fisher & Paykel Cookware

The Jennian Homes Franklin team are excited to announce the opening of their brand new Pokeno show home. Come on over and see for yourself what life could be like in a Jennian Home.

Visit our show home in the month of August and if you enter a residential building contract with us before October 31st 2016, you’ll receive a set of the new Italian range of cookware by Fisher & Paykel valued at $1,000.

Tips For A Warmer Home

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 to  plan 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.

Franklin Mother’s Day 2016

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Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who supported the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk 2016. We had 215 participants on the day and the weather was fantastic. Congratulations to Valley School, Pukekohe who received the most nominations for their region, winning $2,500 Rebel Sport vouchers. We look forward to seeing you all again next year for another fun filled Mother’s Day.


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