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North takes second Australasian auctioneering title

Andrew North (pictured), of Harcourts’ North Shore franchisee Cooper & Co Ltd, won his second Australasian auctioneering championship today.

His previous Australasian win was in 2014, and he’s won the Real Estate Institute’s New Zealand auctioneer of the year title 4 times.

John Bowring (Ray White Commercial Auckland), also a former national winner, was the runner-up in the New Zealand competition and a finalist in the Australasian competition.

Chief judge Mark Sumich, of Auckland, said: “Over his years in the competition, ‘Northy’ has made the finals 7 times, so there is no one who deserves to win it more than him. He constantly seeks to improve himself, is tremendously humble and he is New Zealand’s barometer of what a consistent performance in auctioneering looks like – if you can’t match him then you’re not going to win.”

Mr North was more humble about it: “I just go out to do the best job for my customers & my company so I’m extremely grateful, happy, proud & relieved to have won. It’s an endorsement from the auctioneering community that I’m heading down the right path in terms of my style, and it’s good to ensure I’m remaining accurate, current & to test myself against the best in Australasia.”

A South Australian, Vincent Doran from Underdale High School in Adelaide, won the schools auctioneering championship. 2 Kerikeri students, Max Hart (Kerikeri High School) & Max Hittle (Springbank School) topped the national secondary schools competition, held for the first time, and represented New Zealand in the Australasian event.

Earlier story:
24 June 2018: North wins 4th auctioneering title, and Kerikeri students top schools competition

Attribution: Real Estate Institute release.

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North wins 4th auctioneering title, and Kerikeri students top schools competition

Andrew North (pictured), of Harcourts’ North Shore franchisee Cooper & Co Ltd, was crowned New Zealand’s top property auctioneer for the fourth time this week after a 2-day competition in Auckland. 2 Kerikeri students topped the secondary schools competition, held for the first time.

John Bowring (Ray White Commercial Auckland/Elite Auctioneers), also a former winner, was the runner-up in the senior competition. Robert Tulp & Aaron Davis (both Harcourts) & Conor Patton (Bayleys) were the other senior finalists.

Jordan Palmer (James Group Ltd, Auckland) won the 17-contestant rising stars competition for the Colin Brown Memorial Cup, and Ben McNab (Ray White Morris & Co, Rangiora) was runner-up. The rising star competition is for auctioneers who have called fewer than 10 auctions.

For the first time, a secondary schools category was included. Max Hart (Kerikeri High School) won and Max Hittle from Springbank School (also in Kerikeri) was runner-up.

The senior & schools winners & runners-up will all represent New Zealand at the Australasian auctioneering championships in Auckland in October.

Andrew North has been calling auctions for 18 years and has competed in 12 of these competitions, run by the Real Estate Institute. He’s made the final 11 times and won 4 times. He won in 2013, 2015 & 2016, but none of the titleholders competed last year. Mr North also won the Australasian competition in 2014.

Attribution: Real Estate Institute, Harcourts.

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North Shore’s Snell prevents total Cantabrian cleanup at auctioneering competition

Christchurch contestants took out 3 of the top 4 awards at the Real Estate Institute’s auctioneering competition in Auckland this week.

Ned Allison (Harcourts Grenadier) won the senior competition and Mark McGoldrick (Harcourts Canterbury, Ilam) was runner-up. They’ll represent New Zealand at the Australasian auctioneering championships in Adelaide in September.

In the “rising stars” competition for the Colin Brown Memorial Cup, Tim Snell (Harcourts Cooper & Co East Coast Bays, Auckland) won and Caleb Griffioen (Gold Real Estate, Christchurch Parklands) was runner up.

The annual championships drew 21 senior entries and 18 for the rising stars contest.

Real Estate Institute chief executive Bindi Norwell said the competition was wide open as the reigning champions didn’t enter.

Attribution: Institute release.

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North takes auctioneer title again and Steele best of the newbies

Harcourts auctioneer Andrew North (left in photo) won his third national Real Estate Institute auction competition this week, repeating his successes of 2013 & 2015, and will represent New Zealand in the Australasian auctioneers competition, which he won in 2014.

Sam Steele (right in photo), of Harcourts Four Seasons Realty Ltd in Christchurch, won the Rising Stars competition.

2 other Harcourts auctioneers, Robert Tulp & Aaron Davis, were finalists in the senior competition, along with former winner Daniel Coulson of Bayleys. Mr Coulson spent 3 years at Harcourts before moving in 2011 to Bayleys, where he’s now national residential manager as well as its main auctioneer.

Mr North, a 30% shareholder in North Shore agency Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd and auctioneer for 16 years, has made the competition final 10 times out of 11 attempts. He puts in hours of preparation every time he competes, practising timing and fast & complex calculations: “A competition auction is the most challenging & stressful auction you will ever experience. Over the years I’ve learnt to take everything in my stride. I know the rules inside & out and there is not much that fazes me anymore. Competing has made me a better auctioneer.”

Rising Stars contestants must have called fewer than 10 auctions in their career. Mr Steele, who’s competed internationally as a track cyclist, joined Harcourts on a scholarship 3 years ago said he used the discipline he learnt as a sportsman in his auction calling: “I’m used to being nervous & under pressure. It’s about channelling that energy into your performance.” He’s also mentored by the legendary Christchurch auctioneer Phil McGoldrick and attends bi-weekly sessions with other Harcourts auctioneers in the city to practise drills.

Harcourts chief executive Chris Kennedy said he was immensely proud of both champions: “At Harcourts, we put a lot of time & effort into developing our auctioneers. Our more senior auctioneers work with up & comers to train & mentor them. There is a lot of cameraderie & support, and I’m pleased to say it’s working. We receive more industry recognition awards nationally & internationally than any other real estate group in New Zealand.”

Attribution: Agency release, online searches.

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North recaptures auctioneering title

Andrew North has won the Real Estate Institute’s national auctioneering championships after 2 days of competition at the Alexandra Park Function Centre in Auckland.

Mr North, from Harcourts Cooper & Co Ltd on the North Shore, won the Australasian title last year and will defend that title in Melbourne late this year. He also won the New Zealand title 2 years ago.

Another Harcourts auctioneer, Sam Walmsley, also of Harcourts Cooper & Co, was named the 2015 rising star.

13 of the 25 competitors for the national title and 4 of the 12 contesting the rising stars title were from Harcourts.

Attribution: Agency release.

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North wins Australasian auctioneering contest

Published 24 October 2014
Andrew North, of Harcourts Cooper & Co in Auckland, won the final of the Australia & New Zealand estate institutes’ auctioneering championship yesterday in a 5-way contest.

The field was whittled down from 16 contestants on Wednesday, representing the real estate institutes of the Australian states & territories and New Zealand.

In the final, Mr North beat Daniel Coulson, of Bayleys in Auckland, Harry Li (Victoria), Justin Nickerson & Jason Andrew (both Queensland).

Mr North has been an auctioneer for 15 years and won the New Zealand title last year.

Attribution: Real Estate Institute release.

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Queenslander wins auctioneering contest

Published 17 September 2010

Queensland auctioneer Jason Andrew became the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ auctioneering champion on Wednesday, taking away a trophy New Zealand auctioneers have won for the past 3 years.

The championship was held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland this week and drew a field of 13 auctioneers representing each of the Australian states & territories and 2 New Zealand contenders, Chris Kennedy (Epic Realty Ltd, Harcourts, Dunedin) & Robert Tulp (Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd, Harcourts, North Shore).

The runner-up was Damien Cooley from New South Wales.

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Attribution: Institute release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Dunedin auctioneer wins national title

Published 9 July 2010

Dunedin auctioneer Chris Kennedy has won the Real Estate Institute’s national real estate auctioneers championship, held in Auckland over 5-6 July.  There were 28 contestants in the annual event, which has the prize for the top 2 of competing against Australia’s best in September.

 

3 of the 6 finalists were from Harcourts’ North Shore business, Cooper & Co Ltd.

 

Chief judge Ross Foreman said the championships had been an important catalyst in lifting the standard & professionalism of real estate auctioneers throughout New Zealand. 

 

Mr Kennedy has been in real estate since 1992 and owns the Harcourts operation in Dunedin & Balclutha.

 

The winner of the novice category was Daniel Coulson, from Christchurch.

Mr Kennedy & runner-up Robert Tulp will represent New Zealand at the Australasian championships in Auckland on Tuesday-Wednesday 14-15 September. New Zealand has won that title for the past 3 years.

 

NZ championship results:

 

Senior competition:

 

Winner,  Chris Kennedy (Epic Realty Ltd, Harcourts, Dunedin) Runner-up, Robert Tulp (Cooper & Co Ltd, Harcourts, North Shore) Finalists,  Mark Sumich (Sumich Estate Agents & Auctioneers Ltd, Auckland) & Andrew North (Cooper & Co Ltd, Harcourts, North Shore)

 

Novice section:

 

Winner, Daniel Coulson (Grenadier Real Estate Ltd, Harcourts, Christchurch)

Runner-up, Richard Kerr (Cooper & Co Ltd, Harcourts, North Shore). 

 

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Attribution: Institute release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report

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McGoldrick top Australasian auctioneer

Published 7 September 2009

Harcourts auctioneer & national auction manager Phil McGoldrick has won the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ auctioneering championships.

 

In the real estate industry for 24 years, including 10 as an auctioneer, Mr McGoldrick has represented New Zealand in the international championship every year since 2006, when he won the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand’s national competition and went on to become the first Kiwi to reach the finals of the Australasian championship.

 

Runner up in the New Zealand competition for the past 3 years and a finalist in the trans-Tasman competition twice before, Mr McGoldrick won this year’s Australasian title ahead of 2-time winner & fellow New Zealander Mark Sumich and 2 Australian auctioneers in the final.

 

Mr McGoldrick averages around 500 property auctions/year and also does numerous charity auctions. He was one of 16 leading auctioneers who qualified for the 2-day finals, held in Hobart last week.

 

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Attribution: Harcourts release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Australian wins auctioneering title

Published 22 September 2006


3-times New South Wales auctioneering champion Scott Kennedy-Green has taken out the Australasian Real Estate Institutes auctioneers championship.



He beat auctioneers Phil Harris from Adelaide, Phil McGoldrick from Christchurch & Mark Sumich from Auckland in the final, held in Auckland this week.


Mr Kennedy-Green is chief auctioneer at McGrath Estate Agents and has been an auctioneer for 15 years. He was New South Wales senior auctioneering champion in 2000, 2002 & 2004.


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Attribution: Real Estate Institutes release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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