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National Real Estate Auctioneers Championships

Media Release by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

REINZ 2008 New Zealand National Real Estate Auctioneers Championships

14 - 15 July, The Langham, Auckland

The REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneers Championships showcase the industry’s top auctioneers. The 2008 competition has attracted a record level of entries from around the country, demonstrating the competitive spirit amongst auctioneers and the desire to lift standards. Twenty seven senior auctioneers line up for the heats and there are six new faces in the novice category.

Chief judge of the REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneers Championships, Ross Foreman says the Championship Committee has worked to raise the standard of competition each year, resulting in the calibre of New Zealand auctioneers being equal to Australian auctioneers, who we have previously looked to as industry leaders.

The winner of last year's Championship, Mark Sumich, is back to defend his New Zealand title and bid for an opportunity to defend his Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship title. There promises to be stiff competition, with the ultimate winner and runner up representing REINZ at the Australasian event to be held at Darwin in September.

Foreman, who will be a judge at the 2008 Australasian Champs, says that the talent of New Zealand auctioneers means we have a real chance of winning this prestigious championship for the second year in a row. “Last year was a watershed year for New Zealand real estate auctioneers. Our finalists went on to stand head and shoulders above the competition in the Australasian Championship.”

The Championships, which are open to the public, are being held at the Langham Hotel, commencing at 8.30am, 14 July, with the heats. The novice competition will start at 10.00am on 15 July, followed by the senior finals commencing at 2.30pm.


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