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Andrew North take out 2018 Auctioneering Championships

20 June 2018
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Andrew North from Harcourts Cooper & Co takes out 2018 REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneering Championships

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is delighted to announce that Andrew North from Harcourts Cooper & Co on Auckland’s North Shore is the winner of the 2018 REINZ National Real Estate Auctioneering Championships for the fourth time. John Bowring from Ray White Commercial Auckland/Elite Auctioneers was the runner up in the senior competition.

This result comes after two days of intense competition held at REINZ’s Centre of Excellence in Grafton where 24 competitors from around the country were vying to be the best of the best in this annual competition. The major event partner for this year’s Championship was Property Press.

Jordan Palmer from James Group in Auckland was the winner of the ‘Rising Stars Competition’ where a 17-strong field competed to take home the Colin Brown Memorial Cup which shows a promising future for auctioneering in New Zealand, and Ben McNab from Ray White Morris & Co Rangiora was runner up of the Rising Stars section.

For the first time, a Secondary Schools category was included as part of the overall competition. In the inaugural Secondary Schools Competition, Max Hart from Kerikeri High School was the winner and Max Hittle from Springbank School was the runner up.

Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive at REINZ says: “To be New Zealand’s best auctioneer is no mean feat. Today’s result is the culmination of months of hard work including competing in their own  real estate agency competitions, attending numerous training workshops and calling a number of live auctions to prepare them for the gruelling competition. Congratulations to Andrew North for an outstanding performance.

“Looking at the Rising Stars and High Schools competitions, there is some great talent coming into the industry and suggests we’ll have some interesting Championships in the future,” concludes Norwell.

Mark Sumich, Chief Judge, commented: “The complicated bidding sequence that these competitors faced over the past two days will have been the most difficult task they’ve faced all year. All of our competitors gave an outstanding performance and I take my hat off to them all as it was an extremely tough level of competition this year. The strength of the field in this year’s competition was so strong that it necessitated that the judges have had to make decisions on the winners by the slimmest margin.”

The Senior and Schools winners and runners up will all represent New Zealand at the Australasian Auctioneering Championships held in Auckland in October.

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