Passionate, Driven & Sincere

A desire to be close to her family has brought Benita back to Christchurch.

Benita comes with over 8 years’ experience in Residential Sales, is a Top Performing Agent with Harcourts with over $100 million in settled sales. As a true professional in the industry, she is held in high regard by her peers and has been the recipient of many awards acknowledging her efforts over the years.

The combination of dynamic energy, industry knowledge and innovative ideas has proven to be a winning formula for Benita. She has the experience, expertise and results that demonstrate her successful approach to business.

Benita values honesty, integrity and professionalism, and has a sound knowledge of all aspects of property transactions. She approaches everything with energy and enthusiasm, and has an eye for detail.  She is approachable, hardworking, and resourceful.

Benita sees her Sales Manager role as an opportunity to support and inspire her team to be successful and achieve their goals and to ensure our customers receive exceptional service and results.

Benita’s hobbies include spending time with family, dining out, entertaining, gardening and shopping.

Leadership, management and strategic thinking.

A dynamic and results-driven Real Estate Sales Manager with a vast background as a business owner, Shar brings a unique blend of experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, and life coaching to the Ilam 2 team.

Shar’s career has equipped her with invaluable skills in leadership, management, and strategic thinking. A highly successful Harcourts sales consultant for over six years, her ability to successfully run and grow a business demonstrates her resilience, adaptability, and business acumen.  Shar says “the enjoyment I get from real estate, and making the experience seamless for clients is what I thrive on.”

As a certified Life Coach, Shar is dedicated to empowering others to lead their best lives and her coaching expertise allows her to connect with people on a personal level, helping them navigate life’s challenges, set and achieve their goals, and make informed decisions about real estate.

Shar is deeply involved in the community having volunteered at Lifeline for five years and is an active supporter of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Canterbury Brain Research. A mother of four boys and with two grandchildren, Shar is no stranger to the juggle of a successful career and family.

Keen to work with Shar and the Harcourts Holmwood team? Call her on 027 675 2224 to find out more.

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“Client focussed, results driven.”
– Deb Beesley

A Wealth of Knowledge…

Years of experience and expertise along with an unstoppable work ethic has seen Deb achieve award after award, year after year, with over $200 million in settled sales. Deb is a qualified Branch Manager which ensures her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of Real Estate transactions.

When you choose Deb you will soon understand why she is known for her drive and exceptional level of dedicated care in meeting and exceeding her client’s needs and expectations.

Totally committed, Deb knows buying and selling property is often emotional, stressful and time consuming. Deb in her no fuss way works tirelessly to ensure a smooth process and an outstanding result.

In her relaxed, upfront, honest and unflustered way Deb works alongside her clients delivering clear, precise communication and sound professional real estate advice. Deb simply loves her job and has a natural enthusiasm for her chosen career.

For outstanding real estate service and results, talk to Deb now!

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Janelle joins the Holmwood group as General Manager of Operations, responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of strategy, whilst leading the operations and growth of the company. No stranger to managing large operations, Janelle was previously General Manager to one of the South Island’s largest hospitality and tourism operators.

Janelle got her first taste of real estate in a marketing and business management role for a South Island property developer. Prior to this, she spent over 14 years in management positions – as the Marketing Manager at Enable fibre broadband and a successful tenure at Vbase where she led the Sales and Marketing team. These roles required working with multiple stakeholders at both corporate and government levels and partnering with various agencies in dynamic environments, leading large-scale teams to deliver both digital and traditional marketing.

Not one to take the back seat, Janelle is always at the helm of business operations, with her ethos being to make a genuine difference and deliver results. She is a creative thinker, always striving for those light-bulb moments to generate outstanding campaigns. As a leader, she very much sees her role as to instil confidence in others, creating a supportive work-place culture with high staff engagement.

Equally however, a comfortable work-life balance is important to Janelle; this is something she encourages and extends to her staff and colleagues also. Her other “happy place” aside from work is at the family bach, enjoying time on and around the water with her family and friends.





Seeing the excitement our buyers and sellers experience when they achieve their real estate goals is my motivation.
– Nikila Creagh

Committed to Exceeding Expectations

Loyal to the Harcourts brand since 2004, working in both management and selling capacities, Nikila has comprehensive knowledge of the Canterbury real estate market, with particular expertise pertaining to post-quake issues. With a wide network of professional contacts, issues relating to land zonings, insurance, finance, ‘as is, where is’, geo-tech and structural integrity can all be addressed. There is nothing too great nor too challenging that Nikila is not willing to consider.

Committed to exceeding expectations and achieving top results for her clients, Nikila’s considered approach and experience, with regards to marketing and negotiation, will ensue a positive outcome, and provide value throughout a transaction.

“The joy I receive from this role is experiencing the excitement when our buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals, allowing them to progress to the next stage in their lives – whether they are first home buyers, families, retirees, or serious investors.”

Buying and/or selling property is one of the biggest decisions anyone can make. Choice of brand and agent is critical. If it is informed advice on the property market that you require, matched with a professional and caring, client service ethic, Nikila would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs.  Be assured you will be in ‘safe hands’.

Keen to work with Nikila and the Harcourts Holmwood team? Call her on 0275 175 645 to discuss ways to join us.

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“I enjoy immensely being able to help others achieve their dreams.”
– Luke Jansen

Experience and Commitment

With almost 28 years real estate experience across four decades, Luke first donned the Harcourts tie in 1994 whilst in Lower Hutt.

From selling in the early days to management, auctioneering and training thereafter in both Lower Hutt and Wellington City, Luke has seen many market changes over the years. He is now an integral part of the Harcourts Holmwood Team as the Training Manager and group mentor.

Luke is passionate when it comes to new agent training, “if they make the commitment to study, invest in their time and financially – they deserve our close attention and support. Our influence will affect the trajectories of our new folk. We never lose sight of this”.

Luke brings a competence and confidence and thrives on the ability to add value to someone’s day – every day.

An award winning Auctioneer with a Speech Degree, Luke has advanced to Licensed Agent status.

Having grown up in Christchurch, he knows the garden city well and is so happy to be back.

Ever so proud, Luke has three beautiful daughters Bonnie, Jemima and Lulu – he is delighted to be part of the Harcourts Holmwood Group!


Starting his real estate Career in 2004, Kyle worked as a leading sales consultant for just over 10 years. Kyle made the perfect start in his first year and was recognised as Rookie at Harcourt’s Dunedin. He was a consistent performer also achieving top Harcourt’s sales consultant in Dunedin.

2008 was the start of Kyle’s career as an auctioneer. Through perseverance and hard work he won the coveted title of Harcourts NZ Novice Auctioneer of the Year.

In 2014 Kyle stepped out of the sales arena and became the South Island trainer for Harcourts NZ. In this role Kyle drew on his invaluable experience within the real estate industry to provide outstanding support, guidance and training to new and experienced sales consultant and managers. Kyle aimed to help each of his students reach their full potential and enable them to achieve the career goals they set for themselves.

Whilst in this role he also took on the role of Business Development Manager and Trainer for Fiji. His responsibilities included growing the business through strategic planning, coaching of the management team and training the Sales Consultants and team leaders.

Kyle has always had a passion for the real estate industry and the next natural progression was into management. Kyle thrives on working with people helping them to grow and achieve the results they desire. All this whilst making sure that client service is at the highest level and the experience is one that keeps them coming back.

Keen to work with Kyle and the Harcourts Holmwood team? Call him on 027 553 6299 to discuss ways to join us.


Experience and Knowledge

Hayden started his career in the real estate industry in 2005, being trained under the careful guidance of James Twiss in Canterbury.

In 2007 Hayden was asked to join another real estate company and moved to Auckland as their Business Development Manager for Auckland and Northland. Following this he went on to open his own real estate business under that same brand in 2009. This was all achieved while undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies majoring in Real Estate and obtaining his Associate Member of the Real Estate Industry of New Zealand status (AREINZ).

In 2018 Hayden was presented with the opportunity to sell his business to a fellow franchisee and become that company’s General Manager. Three days into the job Hayden was offered the exciting opportunity of moving back to Christchurch to take up the role of Harcourts South Island Regional Manager.

15 months later, Hayden is delighted and honoured to be presented the opportunity to purchase a shareholding in the Holmwood Fendalton office and join Tony Jenkins’ leadership team.

He is looking forward to this exciting new chapter!

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“Looking after you is our business”
– Jamin Marshall

Genuine Passion for Real Estate

As the Business Owner and Sales Manager of the Harcourts Holmwood Merivale office, I have installed the ethos in to my team, that we will always have the courage to go that little bit further. A superior client experience is what we pride ourselves on.

A focus on exceptional customer service is what is required to be successful in real estate. I have built my business on trust and the quality of the relationships I form with my clients and staff. Consistently recognised as a top performing sales person in Harcourts, I understand what a consultant needs in order to feel supported and in turn, be successful.

A positive team culture in the office is paramount. I am dedicated to delivering staff with the resources and training they need in order to provide first-class service. If you are looking for a change of pace, I am more than happy to meet with you to have a confidential chat about the opportunities in real estate.

I have a genuine passion and drive for this industry. Celebrating the success of each individual is vital, no matter what stage of their real estate journey they are at.