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

Jennian Homes Northland is Whangarei Junior Rugby’s Primary Sponsor.


“Jennian Homes feel very privileged to be the main sponsor of Whangarei Junior Rugby.  We are a family run business that prides ourselves in building quality homes for Northlanders.  We also pride ourselves in actively contributing to our local community so supporting the kids is something we love to do.  Seeing Kensington park buzzing with kids on a Saturday morning is just awesome!”

Jody Yakas, General Manager Jennian Homes Northland

Nationally recognised show home up for grabs in Whangarei

Whangarei property buyers are vying for the keys to Jennian Homes’ Display Home of the Year, now up for sale in the city’s newest subdivision, Kotātā Heights.

The Jennian Homes Northland build was named national winner at the annual Jennian Homes conference this month, selected by independent judges from Resene New Zealand.

Northland franchise owners Jody and Brett Yakas are delighted with the win, boosted by a second accolade on the awards night as finalists for Franchisee of the Year.

According to the judges, the Yakas’ winning Kotātā Heights property stood out for its design, workmanship and styling, with Jody attributing their success to having a professional and experienced team who take a huge amount of pride in their work.

“Because we’re a family owned business, our team works really closely together and we take great pleasure in building every home we build.”

The beautifully appointed four-bedroom home features a combination of brick and weatherboard cladding, master with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, double garage, spacious galley kitchen and separate entertaining lounge. The judges made particular mention of the two children’s bedrooms which they said would ‘provide an immediate attraction to the entire family’.

“We guarantee every customer a comprehensive Masterbuilders fixed price contract and with so much demand in the building industry at the moment, this really helps us to stand apart,” says Yakas.

There is continued pressure on the housing market in Whangarei, with new property developments such as Kot­ātā Heights proving welcome relief.  Jennian Homes currently has a number of homes under construction in the new Morningside subdivision, with several more in the planning.

The median house price in Northland at March 2019 was $500,000 influenced by a large increase in sales in the $750,000- $999,999 bracket, and up 9.9% on March 2018 according to the Real Estate Insitute of New Zealand.

‘Northland is a great place to live,” continued Yakas. “We see more and more customers moving here from out of the region because it offers a great lifestyle choice. It’s a great privilege for us to have families trusting us to build their homes.”

You can visit the award winning display home at 9 Kotātā Rise, Kotata Heights, Whangarei.

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.

Our Team Here At Jennian Homes Northland

Director & Estimator

Brett Yakas has a history of over 20 years in the construction industry, with roles varying from construction management to estimation, design and sales.

Brett works closely with the rest of the team at Jennian Homes Northland as an in-house estimator, helping to set realistic budgets for your project, and allowing us to accurately estimate the build of your new home from an early stage.

All this adds up to a stress-free build that fits your budget and expectations

General Manager

Jody has an extensive history in the construction industry throughout New Zealand, having fulfilled many roles from construction management to the financial sector.

As General Manager, Jody plays a big part in all areas of the building process at Jennian Homes Northland.

Her hands-on approach means she maintains close contact with you throughout the sales process, and constant communication while your home is being built.

Building the home you want is of the utmost importance to Jody, and the handover at the end of each project is something she enjoys greatly.

Jody’s ultimate satisfaction is in building dream homes for happy clients.


Construction Manager

As Construction Manager, Dan is responsible for managing a large team of builders to ensure your new home meets your expectations.

Dan has worked on and managed builds all over Northland. With over 20 years building experience, he has the expertise to walk you smoothly through your project, and ensure the end result is exactly what you want. He understands the importance of a smooth building journey for you, and makes communication a priority, to ensure you enjoy your building project.

Dan works closely with Jody and the sales team so he is involved in your project from the beginning. Being aware of what you want from your new home means he’s able to bring the design to life for you.


New Home Consultant

With 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, ranging from building and design to management, Rena has the skills to walk you seamlessly through the process of designing and specifying your new home.

As your New Home Consultant, Rena will help you design your new home so it makes the most of your section, and help you avoid any pitfalls along the way.

She’ll liaise with engineers and keep you informed throughout the entire journey. She’s also with you through the kitchen and colour selection process – made easy by the use of our unique Studio J selection centre.

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.

Bringing Christmas cheer to those in need

Less fortunate Whangarei residents have been granted a brighter Christmas in the form of their own fresh Christmas trees and shiny decorations, thanks to the Northland franchise of Jennian Homes.

The franchise, based in Central Whangarei, delivered ten Christmas trees to ten needy family groups, after they were identified by the Whangarei branch of the Salvation Army.

Jody Yakas, General Manager of Jennian Homes Northland, says she and her team felt honoured to be able to spread some Christmas cheer to those who need it most. “Jennian Homes is dedicated to building communities, and as a team we really liked the idea of helping deserving families to feel a little bit brighter, at a time that can be an incredible struggle for many.

“Some of the team even got a bit emotional seeing the children waiting at the doors to collect their trees.”

Jenny of the Salvation Army Whangarei says: “Although Christmas is known as a joyful time, it can be a very tough period for many families. It is the generous donations of people and businesses, like Jennian Homes, that help alleviate some of the pain and stress at this time of year. We are very grateful to the Jennian Homes Northland team, as I’m sure are the families who received the lovely Christmas trees.”

Yakas says the experience was so worthwhile they will be looking at donating further Christmas trees next year.

Jennian Homes Northland also supports the SPCA, the Heart Foundation, and Whangarei Junior League.

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.

Personalising Your Home Just Got Easier

Jennian Homes Northland are proud to introduce you to our selection centre, studio J!

At studio J we have all the product options on display providing an environment where making choices is easy and enjoyable. You’ll find everything you need for your new home under one roof. With hundreds of products on display you will be able to touch and feel everything from bricks and bathroom fittings to floor coverings and bench-tops.  Our buying power as one of New Zealand’s biggest builders means we can pass on unbeatable value to you. Our interior designer is available for a personal bookings to assist you with customising your dream home.

Click here for Studio J 3D Walk-through

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.

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. 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 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.

Make art from artwork


Term 1 of school is over. Months of day care have passed and you now have another stack of your child’s artwork to deal with.  Do you put in in a box and shove it at the back of the wardrobe, only to be sorted with you child leaves home?

Here’s a few nifty ideas to turn art into…..well, art!

  1. Sort out the best of the best – the ones with the great drawings that tell a story, or the ones that simply have great colour combo’s. Laminate them to preserve their masterpiece and blu-tack to the wall in a gallery style layout.
  1. Again, choose three or four of the best and display in a glass-free frame. Find frames at a charity shop, remove glass and spray paint in funky colours to complement the artwork.  Hang the frames, and Blu-tack the artwork on the wall, inside the frame.
  1. Choose a few pieces with lots of colour (painting artwork works best). Chop up the artwork into shapes (either squares or circles).  Arrange the squares in a frame to make up a new piece of artwork!
  1. Hang up string or fishing line into three rows across a wall and secure in place. Use pegs or bulldog clips to clip the artwork on to create a unique display.
  1. Choose your all-time favourite to be printed onto canvas.

And if you just can’t deal with all the artwork your child brings home….try these ideas:

  • Recycle and use it as wrapping paper and gift cards
  • Send them by snail mail to grandparents for a nice surprise
  • Number the back and then cut the art into shapes to create your own DIY artwork puzzle.
  • Take photos of the artwork and use an online program like Snapfish or the photo booths at Harvey Norman & Warehouse Stationery to create a photo book of all the artwork.
  • Take photos of the artwork on an ipad/tablet that the child can then view at their fingertips.

By Yvette Parker

Studio Y Interior Design

Make family photos shine


Do you have family photos and artwork hung differently all over the house?  I have pulled together six of the best gallery wall layouts that will let your art and photos shine!

Once you’ve got your frame’s ready it’s time to move on to the hard part: hanging it.  I know, it sounds easy — just hammer a nail into the wall, right? — WRONG!  Once you start hammering away, there’s no turning back…and you don’t want to be stuck with a million nail holes because you didn’t plan it out!

Simply follow these examples and simple tips and you can’t go wrong!

  1. Inside the lines. Tape out a rectangular or square area that you’d like your photos to fill, and arrange them loosely within the borders of the box. This is an easy way to decorate an oddly shaped or narrow space.
  1. Above and below. Using a vertical line, arrange groups of photos above and below the line. Aim to cover about the same area above and below to avoid a top, or bottom heavy arrangement.
  1. Spiral effect. Use a large frame as your central picture and spiral out the rest of the frames from there. This works best with four rectangular frames and four square frames.
  1. Line them up. Arrange all of your photos along a vertical line, with the largest one in the centre. This works well in a space with high ceilings, narrow wall spaces, or on vertical structures like a beam or pillar.
  1. Centred. This simple, classic layout which requires minimal effort. Just choose one or two frames to centre and align the left and right sides with one another.  This works particularly well if you’re trying to highlight particular pieces of art.
  1. The perfect square. This simple grid is a take on the modern gallery-style layout. It’s a simple arrangement that has a big impact.  Just ensure your frames are matching in size and width for maximum wow!

Hanging Tips:

  • Use all the same coloured frames for a cohesive look.
  • Select black and white photos to create an understated, classic picture gallery.
  • Or mix it up with colourful frames and artwork – anything goes as long as you love it!
  • Layout all your frames on the floor, and play around until you get the configuration just right.
  • Next, trace your frames onto paper/newspaper and cut out the shape. Write on the front which picture it corresponds to.   Then you can use Blu-tack to pin up the paper frames on the wall, and move them around until they’re perfect.  Now you’re ready to start hanging your frames!

By Yvette Parker

Studio Y Interior Design