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Chris Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer

P 09 520 5569

M 027 433 5828

Email chris.kennedy@harcourts.net

 


Chris was appointed to the role of CEO for Harcourts NZ in November 2015, having worked for the company for 23 years. He is extremely proud to lead a company with a high-standing history and is extremely passionate about taking the company to the next level.

I was appointed to the role of CEO for Harcourts NZ in November 2015, having worked for the company for 23 years. His role is crucial in overseeing the company’s growth and strategic development.

I started my real estate career as a successful sales consultant before making the most of the opportunities Harcourts offers and becoming a business owner. I was later appointed business development manager for Harcourts in Christchurch and most recently was Harcourts NZ’s national auction manager.

Owning my own business also gave me a huge passion for auctioneering and I have been an extremely successful and sought-after real estate auctioneer for the past 17 years, winning the REINZ national auction championship in 2010.

Over the past 23 years working across all aspects of Harcourts’ business has given me an in-depth, detailed knowledge of the company, and the real estate industry, as well as an extensive professional network.

I am extremely proud to lead a company which has such a high-standing and proud history in the industry in New Zealand and I am extremely passionate about taking everything I have learned about real estate and our people and using it to take Harcourts NZ to the next level.

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Gabrielle Ellett

Growth Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 027 531 0202

Email gabrielle.ellett@harcourts.net

 


Gabrielle applies her considerable experience, across recruitment and real estate, to her role as Harcourts New Zealand Growth Manager, focusing on implementing best practice recruitment methodologies within the group at a corporate and franchise level.

For almost seven years Gabrielle managed recruitment divisions in both New Zealand and Australia covering generalist and executive recruitment as well as change projects.

In 2005, a personal interest in real estate led her to join Bayley’s in the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate team. During her years at Bayleys, Gabrielle achieved C&I Rookie of the Year and Top Sales Person – Retail Division.

She left the real estate industry to start a family and to run a thriving company in the building industry over the following seven years.

Gabrielle applies her considerable experience, across recruitment and real estate, to her role as Harcourts New Zealand Growth Manager, focusing on implementing best practice recruitment methodologies within the group at a corporate and franchise level.

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Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke

General Manager - NAI Harcourts

P 09 520 5569

M 021 780 151

Email greg.clarke@naiharcourts.net

 


As General Manager of NAI Harcourts, Greg is responsible for leading the commercial arm of Harcourts, New Zealand’s largest real estate group. 



With a background of business and commercial real estate extending back more than 20 years, Greg is well placed to provide guidance and direction to an ever growing team of commercial specialists.

NAI Harcourts is building an impressive resume of success that is reflective of the commitment the company is making to growth, which combined with the professionalism of experienced commercial specialists, superb corporate support and industry leading marketing makes choosing NAI Harcourts as your preferred commercial property specialist an easy decision.

Away from the world of real estate, Greg is a passionate golfer and a nationally qualified golf referee whose recent officiating assignments have included the NZPGA, the NZ Golf Open and NZ Amateur strokeplay.

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Carol Benny

Operations Manager - Property Management

P 09 520 5569

M 027 286 8335

Email Carol.Benny@harcourts.net

 


With a passion for Property Management, Carol’s focus is on further building the profile of the division. Bringing standardisation, best practice and an overall point of contact for property managers throughout Harcourts nationwide.


Bringing standardisation, best practice and an overall point of contact for property managers throughout Harcourts nationwide is the focus for Carol Benny. Carol’s extensive experience includes managing a highly successful property management division, while building the property management suite of resources within Harcourts.

With a passion for Property Management, Carol’s focus is on further building the profile of the division.

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Vanessa Balfour

Business Operations Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 027 404 4853

Email vanessa.balfour@harcourts.net

 


Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to her role as business operations manager, including more than 13 years in the real estate industry across sales, technical training, support, and operations management. 


Vanessa brings a wealth of experience to her role as business operations manager, including more than 13 years in the real estate industry across sales, technical training, support, and operations management.

A licensed agent under the REAA 2008, Vanessa is passionate the real estate industry and loves working with the whole Harcourts team around the country.

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Rosemarie Stensness

Rosemarie Stensness

Chief Financial Officer

P 09 520 5569

M 021 026 70199

Email Rosemarie.Stensness@harcourts.net

 


Rosemarie steps into the demanding role of Chief Financial Officer after three years as Finance Manager for Mortgage Express Australasia.



Rosemarie steps into the demanding role of Chief Financial Officer after three years as Finance Manager for Mortgage Express Australasia. Having worked alongside the Harcourts corporate team in the NZ head office she has a great understanding of the company and is excited about her new role leading the finance team.

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Andrea Svendsen

Andrea Svendsen

National Communications Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 027 523 7044

Email andrea.svendsen@harcourts.net

 


Andrea joined Harcourts New Zealand in 2013 as National Communications Manager. She is responsible for all internal communications and public relations for the Harcourts Group in New Zealand. 


Andrea joined Harcourts New Zealand in 2013 as National Communications Manager. She is responsible for all internal communications and public relations for the Harcourts Group in New Zealand.

Andrea worked as a journalist for 12 years before moving into corporate communications.

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Richard Reith

Richard Reith

Wellington Academy Trainer

P 04 801 1244

M 027 423 1023

Email richard.reith@harcourts.net

 


Richard Reith comes from a rich and varied background, including serving 25 years in Britain’s Royal Air Force, where, amongst other things, he was involved in catering for the housing needs of British Servicemen in the UK and overseas.


Richard Reith is the Wellington Academy Trainer. He comes from a rich and varied background, including serving 25 years in Britain’s Royal Air Force, where, amongst other things, he was involved in catering for the housing needs of British Servicemen in the UK and overseas.

He moved to New Zealand in 2004 and later took up a role of branch manager for the Napier Mitre 10 Mega before beginning his career in real estate with Harcourts in 2009.

Richard says he is particularly interested in the evolving legislative changes to the real estate business and believes continued education is vital for the success of the industry, making the role of Wellington Academy Trainer the perfect fit for him.

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Emma Revell

Emma Revell

Business Relationship Manager; Harcourts Foundation Ambassador
P 09 520 5569

M 027 222 7499

Email emma.revell@harcourts.co.nz 


After several years as Harcourts NZ’s national events manager Emma now manages Harcourts NZ’s relationships with sponsorship beneficiaries and business partners. She is also the ambassador for the company’s charitable arm, The Harcourts Foundation.

Emma is driven to deliver the best events for her delegates and provide the very highest levels of client service to our Business Partners.

The biggest thing I have learnt from years of running events, is that attention to detail is the absolute key. Do that right and your client will trust you implicitly so both you and they will have a more relaxed and enjoyable event.

"I have worked with Emma for the last couple of years in my role as Marketing & Communications Manager at Marsh. During this time I have found Emma to be an outstanding individual to work with. She is exceptionally organised, makes life as a business partner very easy and runs events to a very high standard. For these reasons and many more I thoroughly enjoy working with her and would totally recommend her to others as well."

Denise Moller, Marketing & Communications Manager, New Zealand - Marsh Ltd

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Helen Shrewsbury

Helen Shrewsbury

National Events Manager
P 09 520 5569

M 021 101 5246

Email helen.shrewsbury@harcourts.net



Helen has spent the last 20 years as an event manager in New Zealand. Her involvement with events spans over 30 years having worked for venues and hotels in the UK for ten years prior to moving to New Zealand with her (then) young family in 1996.

Helen has recently moved to Auckland from Christchurch where she has held Event Management roles at Lincoln University, Conference Innovators (a Professional Conference Management Company), CRT and Farmlands. Her last role at Farmlands Co-operative was as National Events and Sponsorship Manager where she and her team were involved in managing over 100 events each year throughout the country, including an annual Awards Dinner.

Helen started work at Harcourts in the middle of June and is looking forward to working with the Harcourts team to continue to deliver the wonderful, informative and exciting events Harcourts in famous for!

Outside of work, Helen is passionate about sailing and is looking forward to moving her boat from Christchurch to Auckland over the Christmas period. She also loves spending time with her adult children who, sadly do not share her love of sailing!

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Niina Suhonen

General Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 021 186 1321

Email niina.suhonen@harcourts.net

 


As General Manager, Niina plays a key leadership role in ensuring that our people and culture thrive, that we are agile in our response to challenges and opportunities and that we manage change in our business effectively.


Niina’s strength and background in finance and accounting places her in a strong position to assist our franchises with financial management so that they are in the best position to grow.

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Chris Brearley

Northern Regional Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 021 624 428

Email chris.brearley@harcourts.net

 


Chris Brearley is Harcourts New Zealand’s Northern Regional Manager. In this role Chris works closely with our Northern Region businesses to ensure their continued success through full utilisation of the skills and services offered by the Harcourts corporate team.

Chris Brearley is Harcourts New Zealand’s Northern Regional Manager. In this role Chris works closely with our Northern Region businesses to ensure their continued success through full utilisation of the skills and services offered by the Harcourts corporate team.

Chris comes from an extensive real estate background, having previously worked as a sales consultant for Barfoot & Thompson and the National Franchise Development Manager at RE/MAX. Most recently Chris has successfully driven recruitment within Auckland and Northland as Harcourt’s Northern Region Franchise Development Manager.

Chris observes Harcourts is an innovative, professional and people-orientated group that is experiencing exceptional growth and success. He feels very fortunate to be part of Harcourts’ future development plans.

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Robyn Martin

Academy Manager Northern & Central Regions

P 09 520 5569

M 021 741 576

Email robyn.martin@harcourts.net

 


Robyn Martin is the Academy Manager for the Northern and Central Regions, responsible for training new and experienced sales consultants within the Harcourts Group with the skills necessary to be the very best in real estate.


With over 20 years’ experience in real estate, over half of which has been as a branch manager, Robyn remains passionate about helping people reach their full potential to become successful salespeople.

Along with marketing expertise, effective communication and an outstanding knowledge of the property market, Robyn teaches her students it is imperative to approach each client with empathy, a consultative approach and can do attitude.

Integrity, a strong work ethic and embracing the Harcourts’ value of “People First” is equally as important to create the relationship of trust that leads to clients for life.

With her straightforward and practical approach, Robyn has led a highly successful real estate career and is enthusiastic about passing on her knowledge to others within the Harcourts Group. She looks forward to tracking the progress of the salespeople that move through her Academy courses and celebrating their successes.

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Andrew Simich

Andrew Simich

Professional Development & Academy Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 021 479 473

Email andrew.simich@harcourts.net

 


Andrew brings a huge passion for real estate and for fine tuning the sales process to his role as professional development and Academy manager.



Andrew brings a huge passion for real estate and for fine tuning the sales process to his role as professional development and Academy manager.

He takes great satisfaction in seeing others upskill themselves and guiding them to the next level of their career.

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Mike Mullen

Mike Mullen

South Island Business Development Manager

P 03 348 8784

M 027 430 4386

Email mike.mullen@harcourts.net

 


Mike Mullen is the South Island Business Development Manager. Joining Harcourts in 1992 with Harcourts' Grenadier franchise, Mike has had extensive experience in running finance teams within Harcourts.


Joining Harcourts in 1992 with Harcourts’ Grenadier franchise, Mike has had extensive experience in running finance teams within Harcourts. After four years as Finance Manager Mike joined Harcourts’ Gold Real Estate Group in 1996 as Finance Manager where he held the role until 2009.

In 2009 Mike joined Harcourts Holmwood in the role of CFO also engaging in various consultations with the Harcourts Group during that time. Mike assisted in carrying out selected financial projects and was involved with the Massey University Finance Course working alongside Graham Crews.

Mike has enjoyed twelve years as CFO now taking on the role of Holmwood General Manager moving into the 2012/2013 year.

Michael then moved to Corporate and took up the role of South Island Business Development Manager in December 2014.

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Tony Renwick

Tony Renwick

Central Regional Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 027 494 2166

Email tony.renwick@harcourts.net

 


Tony is thrilled to hold the role of Regional Manager for the Harcourts Group. Offering over 35 years of industry experience to assist Business Owners in growing their businesses.

 

Tony is thrilled to hold the role of Regional Manager for the Harcourts Group offering his experience to assist Business Owners grow their businesses.

Tony has worked in real estate for over 35 years and during this time has held a variety of roles, giving him huge industry knowledge and experience.

He has been a highly successful sales consultant and business owner, held various REINZ committee roles, and in his current role is in charge of developing real estate businesses in the Central Region for the Harcourts Group Ltd.

A licensed agent under the REAA 2008 Tony’s real estate career began in Hamilton in December 1979. He completed his Associate qualifications in December 1984 and was granted status as an associate of the REINZ in March 1985. He was awarded Fellowship in April 2004.Prior to his current role Tony founded Online Realty Ltd ~ a member of Ray White and operated a very successful multi-disciplined business with specialist residential, rural, commercial and property management businesses. Before selling in 2007 the Hamilton office was the number one New Zealand Ray White franchise and number two Internationally out of 804 offices.

In addition to his private professional career, Tony has taken pride in serving on the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne Districts Real Estate Institute.

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Tom Rutherford

Tom Rutherford

National Manager Lifestyle & Rural Manager

P 09 520 5569

M 021 300 000

Email tom.rutherford@harcourts.net

 


As the National Manager Lifestyle And Rural, Tom is excited and proud to be part of the most passionate, knowledgeable and professional rural and lifestyle team in New Zealand.


Excited and proud to be part of the most passionate, knowledgeable and professional rural and lifestyle team in New Zealand. Our local teams work closely with our international colleagues putting a world audience at your door. With dedicated international marketing teams, world class training academy and a team of knowledgeable and skilled agents, I am confident your experience with us will be rewarding.

The team cover the country from the stunning Northland to the beautiful Southland. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your property requirements.

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Kyle Sutherland

Kyle Sutherland

South Island Academy Trainer

03 348 8784

M 027 553 6299

Email kyle.sutherland@harcourts.net

 


Kyle Sutherland is the South Island Academy Trainer. In this role Kyle draws on his invaluable experience within the real estate industry to provide outstanding support, guidance and training to new and experienced sales consultants.


Prior to taking on the Academy Trainer role, Kyle worked as a leading sales consultant for more than a decade. During this time he was recognised as the top Harcourts sales consultant in Dunedin and also won the coveted title of Harcourts NZ Novice Auctioneer of the Year.

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Brittany Snelgar

Brittany Snelgar

National Marketing Manager

P 04 472 6209

M 027 534 0504

Email Brittany.Snelgar@harcourts.net 


An integral part of the Harcourts Group for the past 9 years, Brittany has been a part of administration, sales, business operations and marketing within Australia and now New Zealand.


Motivated, confident and exceptionally well organised with a positive outlook and a bubbly personality, Brittany is focused on working with our franchises to ensure the best possible outcome when to ensure we have the best possible marketing.

Due to a long family involvement in real estate that includes her grandfather, mother and uncle, it would be fair to say that the love of real estate is in Brittany’s blood. With a background in law and interior design, Brittany is constantly searching for ways in which to improve herself and, in turn, Harcourts.

Understanding that the Harcourts brand is the visible foundation behind each and every agent, Brittany knows that in order for their business to succeed there must be a clear, concise and consistent message of excellence.

Focused and passionate about people, Brittany loves the challenges of her role and the positive differences she can make in the Harcourts business.

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Minnie Baweja

Northern and Central Region Academy Trainer

P 09 520 5569

M 021 024 73624

Email Minnie.baweja@harcourts.net 


Minnie is the Academy Trainer for NZ Northern and Central Regions, responsible for training new and experienced sales consultants within the Harcourts Group with the intention of dramatically increasing the productivity and performance of people in the real estate industry..


Minnie is the Academy Trainer for NZ Northern and Central Regions, responsible for training new and experienced sales consultants within the Harcourts Group with the intention of dramatically increasing the productivity and performance of people in the real estate industry. She has a number of years of property management and sales experience and has intricate knowledge and expertise on all aspects of the real estate industry. With impeccable communication and listening skills, Minnie has built her career on a cheerful and positive demeanour, a high achiever, working in the field of Real Estate, helping people achieve their dreams.

Through the experience from working in the real estate industry, Minnie understands better the emotional connections for communication for work and business. The effects are just marvellous with better client communication and more confidence with subject knowledge.

When it comes to positive and efficient services, Minnie leaves no stone unturned. She also stays abreast of the latest industry changes and developments, which secures realistic options and results for new entrants. A comprehensive and cohesive suite of real estate services – friendly, courteous, tech-savvy, interactive, and unparalleled experience in business and property management with the right credentials.

For more information, contact Minnie today and get the results that you deserve.

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