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The Penguins have arrived!

Harcourts Franchises in Christchurch are proud to support the Pop Up Penguins charitable promotion as the main Presenting Partner. The charity we are thrilled to be backing is Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. This centre has been an integral part of our community for many years, what a wonderful and colourful way to give back! Holmwood have selected our penguin design and we can’t wait to share this with you! In the meantime, please keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when our penguin will be released into the wild!

Schools around Canterbury are also involved in the painting of the smaller penguins. These will also form part of the “walk” around the region from the 29th Nov to the 31st Jan 2021. Harcourts is also promoting a design competition aimed at children in the Christchurch region. Any person under 18 can submit a design for a penguin; the winning design will be commissioned, displayed and will eventually be given back to the child as their prize.

The “walk” comprises the 50 large penguins, the 65 smaller school-designed penguins along with the Harcourts colouring competition penguin.

See the colouring competition below, or click here to download a printable PDF.

For more information on the Pop Up Penguins initiative, visit https://popuppenguins.co.nz/

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…and we’re not scared!

Take a look outside and see if you can spot them… teddy bears are popping up in windows and on garden fences all around the world to create some special ‘physically-distanced’ magic for kids of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inspired by the popular children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, by Michael Rosen, the real-life Kiwi bear hunt has seen homes from Bluff to Auckland place teddy bears in their street-facing windows, allowing local children to “hunt” for bears in their neighbourhood. The teddy bear hunt is now a global pastime as millions upon millions enter self-isolation and lockdown. The motto of the book – “We’re not scared” – has resonated for many.

At Harcourts Holmwood the communities we serve are the foundation of what we do, so to help bring a little more magic to the kids in the communities we serve we have created some simple colouring templates for you to use, share and have fun with.

Follow the super simple steps to bring the magic to life:

1. Grab a teddy bear – preferably pre-loved
2. Print off or re-draw your Harcourts Holmwood teddy bear picture template
3. Display your teddy bear somewhere at the front of your home where a child would see it
4. Surprise and delight the kids and families in your local area.

Download Poster 1 – Harcourts Holmwood

Download Poster 2 – Harcourts Holmwood

Download Poster 3 – Harcourts Holmwood

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The building replaces our current one we’ve been in for nearly 25 years,” Branch Manager Simon Hollander says. “We had rather outgrown the space, so when the Clyde Road site became available, it looked like we might have a real shot at getting the work space we had dreamed of

The new building is a work of team collaboration – Aaron Jewell, architectural draughtsperson, builder Hamish Neave and Davinia Sutton of Detail, spatial designers – with more than a little input from Simon himself. “Aaron, Hamish and Davinia had worked with me on previous residential projects and I was sure they would be perfect for this commercial build,” Hollander says.

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The 235sq metre building has a central hallway filled with natural light from overhead windows. Glass fronted offices spill on both sides of the central thoroughfare, giving good connection between everyone working there. “You can’t miss seeing your colleagues and bumping into them as you walk along the hallway,” Hollander says.
“We wanted separate spaces where our agents could be private, but we also required linkages for networking which is so vital to a real estate company.

It was also important for the new office still to be firmly anchored in the community where it has been for so many years. “We love this location and know all the businesses and many of the residents,” Hollander says.
“To pay homage to the locale we have named the individual offices after local streets – Penhelig Place, Gleneagles Terrace, Chateau Drive and Chepstow Avenue for example. We are also still close to the Harcourts Holmwood HQ on Ilam Road for our auctions.”

Harcourts Holmwood CEO, Tony Jenkins, is understandably proud of the finished product. “Those involved have well and truly brought to life the vision that we sought for this build,” he says. “It is purpose-built for real estate and is state of the art in terms of design and functionality.”