Tim Mordaunt, Managing Director
Tim Mordaunt, (ONZM) is founder and principal of Property Brokers. He has seen the company grow from one office in Palmerston North, to New Zealand’s number one provincial real estate company. He is a Registered Public Valuer, MREINZ, board member of New Zealand Realtors Network, and has held various industry leading roles over the years.
Tim opened Property Brokers in 1986 and expanded to include a Feilding branch in 1987. As sole Director, the company expanded across the lower North Island, reaching from Wanganui to the Hawkes Bay, and from Taihape to Horowhenua. In 2006, he introduced a Regional Manager structure to the organisation, thus allowing day-to-day management of the business to be divested, which has led to expansion in the South Island and Waikato.
Today, Tim oversees the financial management of the organisation as well as the planning and strategy of Property Brokers. He still prides himself on the personal relationships he has with the majority of the staff, and the fact that anyone can contact him anytime.
In 1995 Tim formed New Zealand Realtors Network with Colin Richardson from Richardson’s Real Estate in Coromandel, Neville Hunt from Lodge Real Estate in Hamilton and Richard Cashmore from Eve’s Real Estate in the Bay of Plenty. Launched as a viable alternative to the largely franchised base competitors, NZ Realtors Network is now the largest real estate referral group in New Zealand (based on sales value). Tim has served as Chairman of New Zealand Realtors Network and remains on the Board.
Property Brokers and Tim Mordaunt have been active in the community from day one and view positive contribution to the areas we work in as one of the fundamental principles of the company.
Tim is well known for his involvement in the local community. He was a member of the Manawatu branding committee and is a Trustee of Arohanui Hospice. Property Brokers have been major contributors to the Jets basketball, Turbo’s rugby, Centrepoint Theatre and the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, as well as countless school and community groups. In 2003 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.
Bill Highet, General Manager
Bill was born in Timaru and raised in Invercargill, Wanganui, Wellington and Oamaru, he then went on to do a degree in electrical engineering at the University of Canterbury. To date, his career has traversed a range of industries including electricity, gas, telecommunications, technology development, aviation, retail and consumer products - and in both start-ups and corporates. Real Estate was obviously the next logical step for Bill!
Married to Jo, they have two children: Blake and Kendal. They all live in Auckland, where Bill can be found most weekends, or at the family bach in Raglan. Bill is a Palmy resident from Monday to Friday though and he is trying to establish a routine of getting to the gym early in the morning and studying for his real estate papers at night.
Paul Roache, Regional Manager Manawatu/Wanganui
Paul began his career at Property Brokers by working in the Pahiatua office, starting in 1993 as a sales consultant. Working under the tutelage of David Lea he soon became the company’s number one salesperson, selling up to 150 properties a year throughout the Tararua region. From the year 1997, he won the company’s “Top Units award” 6 years in a row - a record that still stands today. Paul became the branch manager of Pahiatua in 1997 which under his leadership was the top performing branch in the company.
In 2008 he was offered the newly created role of Regional Manager of the Manawatu regions which allowed him to join the Senior Management team. All major operational decisions come from Paul, as does the direction and growth of the company in this region. He also conducts most of the auctions in the region.
Having played first division rugby for Wairarapa Bush during rugby’s transition into professionalism, Paul has used his competitive nature and desire to succeed to drive the company forward. Originally from Pahiatua, Paul now works and lives in Palmerston North, although spends a lot of time in the branches of his ‘patch’.
Paul Whitaker, Regional Manager Hawkes Bay
Originally from Yorkshire in the UK, Paul Whitaker is now the Property Brokers Regional Manager for the Hawkes Bay. His role is to oversee the daily operations and direction of the company throughout this region.
Paul was a professional cricketer in the UK - playing for Hampshire as well as representing England at under 17, 18 and 19 level. Moving to NZ in 1992, he played cricket for Central Districts before injury cut his career short.
In 1999 he took his competitive drive, used on the sports field and joined Property Brokers as a sales consultant working out of the Hastings branch. Paul became the top salesperson in the company, winning the coveted Top Units award in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2008 he became Regional Manager of the Hawkes Bay.
Under Paul’s leadership, Property Brokers Hawkes’ Bay has moved the company to the next level and the market shows it become indisputably the number one Real Estate competitor in the region. Paul oversees the operations and plans the growth in the region alongside his management team.
Paul still enjoys his sport and is a proud Kiwi/Brit who loves the Hawkes Bay. He is married and lives in Taradale.
Guy Mordaunt, Regional Manager Wairarapa
Guy has had the fortune of being around the Real Estate industry his entire life. He was 8 when his father Tim, started Property Brokers and has seen it grow from one small office on Broadway Avenue in Palmerston North, to the dominant player in provincial New Zealand.
Having travelled overseas after university, Guy has developed his skills in some of the toughest, most competitive marketplaces around the world. As the Managing Director of an international direct sales company he spent time in London, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bridgetown and Sydney honing his business skills before returning to New Zealand to work within Property Brokers’ country.
Guy began his career at Property Brokers in residential sales and quickly grasped the nuances of real estate winning the prestigious Rookie of the Year award, amongst tough competition. In 2012 he took the reins as the company's Marketing Manager and oversaw the restructuring of the Property Brokers Support Centre before being promoted to the position of Regional Manager of the Wairarapa, in May 2014.
Guy is an expert negotiator and marketer. He has extensive experience dealing with a variety of people and has the ability to get the best out of any deal for both parties. He has the unique ability to do this with a laidback and positive approach that means people can feel comfortable and relaxed, even in the most stressful of situations.
Guy is fiercely local and believes in the merits of the area he operates in. He avidly follows Property Brokers’ mantra of contributing to the regions we live in and takes great pleasure in helping people find their dream property. With Guy as Regional Manager, The Wairarapa will continue to grow and his goal is to see people within the company, develop even further than they already have.
"The Wairarapa is a fantastic place to live! The "hidden gem" of New Zealand. It has fantastic weather, interesting towns, wonderful people and a boutique culture that is akin to the energy of big city living, but in provincial New Zealand. The farm land is great, as is the wine and with so many events on the calendar, you are seldom at a stretch for something to do. It is no wonder that the people here love it and we take great pride in being able to help them in all forms of property transaction. We've been here a long time, our people are local and experts in the area which is why people trust us with their biggest assets."
Greg Kellick, Regional Manager Waikato
Greg grew up on a 1600 hectare farm near Wanganui and was schooled in Marton and Wanganui prior to studying Commerce and Farm Management at Lincoln University. His career since then has included management of a large cattle stud, a Rural and Development Sales Consultant role with Harcourts, an area management role with an animal health company and, more recently, a rural sales role with PGG Wrightson Real Estate. Greg has managed major development projects and in 2006 led a team of 5 to the UK and Dubai to market land packages at New Zealand Expo Trade Fairs.
Greg and his partner, Carmen, live in Acacia Bay in Taupo and Greg will be travelling regularly from there to Te Aroha, Matamata, Te Kuiti and the other branches that we intend to estabalish in the Waikato.
Paul Cunneen, Company Principal of Property Brokers franchise, Hastings Mcleod Ltd.
Based out of the South Island Head Office in Ashburton, Paul's roles allow him to still actively operate as a Rural Sales Consultant. Paul is recognised as one of the premier realtors in New Zealand.
Originally from the Waikato, Paul completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce in 1981. As part of the degree, Paul spent time on several farm and station operations including deer, sheep and beef, dairy and cropping. This far reaching practical experience translated to tangible knowledge in the real estate industry. After graduating and working as a Rural Bank Farm Appraiser, Paul was offered the opportunity to play Division One rugby in the UK for London Welsh. Upon returning from Europe, Paul started work at Hastings McLeod Ltd. as a Rural Sales Consultant, where he has been involved in over 900 sales. As the major shareholder of the company, Paul was instrumental in bringing the Property Brokers Brand to Hastings McLeod in 2011.
Paul is a Senior Member of Property Institute of New Zealand, a Member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Associate of New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Registered Valuer. He played over 100 games of rugby for Mid Canterbury and is a passionate spectator. He is a keen scuba diver and fisherman, enjoys travelling, and is a thoroughbred racing enthusiast and hobby breeder. Paul has 4 daughters, who are keen sportswomen in netball, tennis and horse riding.
Ross McRobie, Chairperson - Hastings McLeod
Ross has a strong sense of community involvement which has been an on-going focus for him throughout his career. He was born and educated in Invercargill, and has been a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years. This lead him into the radio industry, working around New Zealand, with strong community connections. He was also on the Board of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, the Red Bus Company, Chair of the Santa Parade Trust and was active in many community initiatives in Christchurch throughout his career in radio, marketing and management.
In 2008 Ross and his wife realised their dream of living in Central Otago when they purchased a travel business which expanded throughout Central Otago. Ross’s community involvement included Chair of Lake Wanaka Tourism and Wanaka Wastebusters and a board member of Snowsports NZ. He is now Trustee of Warbirds over Wanaka, Chair of Findlay & Co Chartered Accountants, the Otago Community Trust, as well as a Board Member of NZ On Air and NZ Film Commission. Ross was elected to the Wanaka Community Board in October 2013. More recently, Ross has been working on various contracted management positions.
Ross’s qualications include a B Com, he was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for 35 years, and is an Accredited Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is a keen mountain biker, enjoys water and snow sports and is actively involved with his family."
Gary Nichols, Commercial Division Manager
Gary has been involved in commercial property for over 25 years and has worked in the private sector, central / local Government, and in a self-employed consultancy capacity. He is Senior Member of the NZ Property Institute, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is qualified in engineering, has a post graduate diploma in property management, and a masters degree in property. His interest and dissertation focused on property strategy, and how this relates to and supports business strategy, noting the often unrealised contribution that property can make to bottom line business performance. Property should never be considered just another overhead, it has the potential to be a real contributor to business success and excellence.
Gary has extensive management experience in national roles, and has presented / chaired conferences in Australia talking about ‘all things property’. He knows business and is passionate about doing the right thing with a focus on the commercial realities of the market place. It is about getting it right, maximizing the investment decision / opportunities, and obtaining the best resulting financial returns.