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Burn survivor inspires First National to help future patients

Photo caption: [From left] The National Burn Centre co-ordinator Tracey Perrett and Christine Selwyn with one of the new iPads.

[From left] The National Burn Centre co-ordinator Tracey Perrett and Christine Selwyn with one of the new iPads.

Christine Selwyn was 17 when 44 per cent of her body was severely burnt in a house fire. She was staying in her grandmother’s Northland garage to celebrate a cousin’s 21st birthday when an unattended candle caused the blaze.

Christine has endured 27 operations and 17 stays in hospital since the accident in April 2001. When first injured, she wore face masks, neck, leg and finger splits and spent two years wearing pressure garments.

Christine had to learn to walk, talk and feed herself again.

It was during the 29-year-old’s most recent stay in the National Burn Centre, which offers treatment and rehabilitation to the most severe burn patients from across the country, that she inspired staff and aided future patients. Christine explained how isolated she felt living in a hospital unit without social media and Internet accessibility for months on end.

“I love coming to the National Burn Centre because everyone has got something in common,” says Christine. “People don’t look at me strangely because they are either patients or staff.

“But last March I was in for a neck release operation, which was a two month stay and that was harder than when the accident first happened. I was completely over it, frustrated, bored and lonely.”

While Christine remembers feeling isolated in 2001, she was in the Intensive Care Unit for one month and too unwell to do much at the time.

Christine uses social media and email to connect with the majority of her extended family and friends who live in Northland and Australia. She finds being unable to update them about her treatment and rehabilitation hard.

The National Burn Centre had one computer in a family room with very limited Internet access, including no Facebook or Trade Me. Until, First National Real Estate donated to the First National Charitable Foundation, which donated four new iPads with ongoing connectivity. The iPads are now used by the victims of burns that are separated from their family and friends for weeks and sometimes months.

“It’s great,” Christine says. “When I was first injured I had difficulty talking on the phone because my vocal chords were damaged, so I had to whisper. If the iPads were there I could have just emailed if I felt up to it.”

Christine has another major reconstruction surgery next year and is already feeling more positive knowing she can keep engaged via social media.

“Our patients tend to stay for longer periods while receiving treatment and the iPads are a fantastic tool of interaction and entertainment for them,” says the National Burn Centre co-ordinator Tracey Perrett.

“They also help patients and their family manage life’s ongoing demands that don’t stop in spite of a major family trauma, such as finding new accommodation if a house is fire damaged or paying bills.

“The iPads are also useful as a distraction therapy during long procedures, like dressing changes. We are extremely thankful to First National Group for the donation.”

Make sure to install smoke alarms in your home, including sleep outs and garages and routinely check they work, adds Christine.

When you buy a house from First National Real Estate* you will receive a gift of compassion with your family’s safety in mind. A Home Safe Kit comes with fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarm. From the purchase of each kit $5 will go directly to the First National Charitable Foundation, which is in partnership with the National Burn Centre.

In March, the First National Charitable Foundation donated new Freeview flat screens to the National Burn Centre in time for the digital switchover.

*Participating offices only.

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Colleen Milne                                                          Rebecca Reid

General Manager                                                            Director

First National Group NZ Ltd                                        BOOM! PR

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About the National Burn Centre

The National Burn Centre (NBC) offers treatment and rehabilitation to the most severe burns patients from across the country, both adults and children. While the government provides funding for healthcare, NBC also relies on financial support from generous individuals and corporates to help update and equip this country’s dedicated burn treatment unit.

About the First National Charitable Foundation

The First National Charitable Foundation is a registered New Zealand charity purposely founded with philanthropic objectives. Through the Foundation, First National’s 60+ offices around the country are able to provide significant benefits to various educational and humanitarian work in New Zealand.

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Gap Widens between Auckland and Regional New Zealand Property Prices

The NZ Herald (Monday 4th June) printed significant data and statistics which reveals that Auckland property boom is causing a widening gap from the rest of the country. They go on to state that many provincial towns have not fully recovered from the national housing boom in 2007, before the global financial crisis hit.

This is backed up by reports from regional First National offices that some provincial towns are still struggling to achieve the ‘boom’ prices. Prices were pushed up during this time and many vendors still have these expectations. Provincial towns such as Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo are still down on the prices received during 2007 between 10-13 %.

Median house pricing across the country does not provide an indication of where the market is for many regional and provincial towns and cities. However, with a general shortage of listings at the moment, you have an opportunity to achieve a better sale price.

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First National Chairman meets John Key to Talk Housing

Bob Brereton (First National Chairman) had the opportunity to attend lunch with the PM when he visited Motueka.

John Key

John Key’s speech was focused on the economy and the state of the nation, but also touched upon “a topic close to our heart, the housing market” said Bob.

“I spoke to Mr Key about the housing issue, that the Auckland market buoyancy misrepresents the median price for the country. Mr Key is mindful that a rampant Auckland market would have an adverse effect on the country and the Reserve Bank may want to intervene.”

John Key acknowledged that there needed to be further high level, meaningful engagement between the government and leaders in the real estate industry, which may encourage an industry wide discussion rather than a sledgehammer to our economy as proposed by the Reserve Bank.        

        

First National Real Estate Time for Change

After over a quarter of a century in Tauranga, First National Real Estate recognised to continue in today’s competitive market, it was time for change. Such a change involved not only relocation of the National office to Auckland but the restructuring of resources to provide expanded products and services to our membership.

This relocation to Auckland was specifically engineered to increase both presence and brand profile in a business city. Suffice to say, this move, together with the restructuring, has resulted in shaking off the gloom of recent poor market conditions, the global financial crisis and, ultimately, enabled us to focus on adding value and growth to our membership.

The introduction of a vast array of new technology products from First National (Australia) will provide benefits to our sales and property management teams. This is just one of the great benefits of being a part of a 400+ First National International network. Added to this, as a co-operative, our members continue to value their autonomy as they have no big brother watching over them.

A revitalised executive management team lead by general manager Colleen Milne (MBA) has achieved exceptional results largely due to her hands on administrative approach backed by her extensive experience at senior management level. This real estate role is a change of career for Colleen who previously came from a franchising background, “it is a pleasure to work in this co-operative, with such a committed group of members. The members believe in the brand and work together for the good of the membership which is very refreshing” says Colleen Milne.

Under Colleen’s guidance, the restructuring of the National office has seen the introduction of a real estate licensed trainer, a property management trainer as well as a membership services manager who are all focused on delivering products and services to the network’s sales people, property managers and their teams.

Joining the executive, in 2012, was a very technology savvy Chairman of the Board, Bob Brereton whose guidance and expertise is taking the First National brand from strength to strength.

For more information please contact:
Colleen Milne
General Manager
First National Group NZ Ltd
Mobile: 029 771 0750

First National Real Estate New Zealand's General Manager, Colleen Milne

First National Real Estate New Zealand’s General Manager, Colleen Milne

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Lower South Island – Regional Winners

First National’s top regional performers for Southland Region which include Wanaka, Cromwell, Invercargill, Gore, Riverton, Timaru and finally Ashburton are celebrating after being recognized at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says “the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.”

“The achievements of these salespeople are great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and in the performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

Top 10 Regional Sales Consultants Awards

10th   Janine Johnstone – First National Gore
9th     Gordon Stewart – First National Cromwell
8th     Alec Darling – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru
7th     Jenny Wilson – First National Riverton
6th     Richard Savory – First National Invercargill
5th     Peter Wilson – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru
4th     Stacey Cruse – First National Gore
3rd     Jill Cole – First National Wanaka
2nd     Margaret Wilson – First National Mid Canterbury, Ashburton

1st     Mark McLeod – First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru

Top 10 regional Sales Consultants - Region 5

Top 10 regional Sales Consultants – Region 5

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities, with vendors and buyers. Building trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne

Jenny Wilson (who sadly passed away suddenly, Christmas 2012) was honored by Bob Brereton( First National Chairman) in a special dedication speech. Bob thanked Jenny for her contribution to the network and as also for being a great friend to many present, she will be sadly missed by all. Jenny was awarded the Platinum Achiever award which recognizes outstanding achievement in sales for 6 consecutive years.

Also celebrated Top Performers on the night was Mark McLeod from First National Reid & Wilson who received; Top Number of Confirmed Sales; Top Exclusives and Top Residential award. Mark was also recognized for his exceptional achievement in sales over the last 8 consecutive years.

Top Office: Awards in Group 1 ( 1 -5 consultants) was awarded to First National Gore. First National Gore also received the Top Rural Office award. “This is an outstanding achievement for our new members in First National Gore, Tara and Graham Maxwell” states Colleen Milne.

Top Office Group 2 ( 6 – 10 sales people) was won by First National First National Reid & Wilson, Timaru. Top Commercial Office award was once again won by First National Reid & Wilson.

The Property Management award was awarded to First National Mid Cantebury, Ashburton. While the Top Property Growth award when to the team at First National Invercargill.

 

For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Upper South Island – Regional Winners

First National’s top regional performers for Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Richmond Mouteka, Golden Bay and Christchurch regions are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these salespeople are great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and in the performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

 TOP SALES CONSULTANT IN REGION FOUR

10.   Geoff Dentice – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

9.     Greg Jones – First National Motueka

8.    Lorraine Barrett – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

7.     Logan McCosh – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

6.    Ian Fyfe – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

5.    Anne Goodyer – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

4.    Robert Moore – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

3.   Bob Brereton – First National Motueka

2.   Andrea Church – First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim

1.    Mike Murphy – First National Richmond, Nelson

Top 10 Sales Consultants in Region Four

Top 10 Sales Consultants in Region Four

 

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities,  with vendors and buyers. Building  trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne

First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim celebrated their Top Performers on the night with Andrea Church receiving the award for Top number of confirmed sales; Top exclusive lister; Top exclusives sold and Top residential sales person.

Bob Brererton, the Principle of First National Motueka and Chairman of the First National Board was recognized for his consistency as a high achiever over the last three year with a Platinuim award.

Also recognized for consistency in high performance were Andrea Church and Anne Goodyer receiving Platinum who are both from First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim. Finally, Mike Murphy of First National Richmond was presented for his exceptional performance over the last 19 years within First National.

The TradeMe – Rookie of the Year Award was won by Michael Rea of First National Blenheim. Michael Rae has been licensed in  real estate less than 18 months and has achieved  exceptional results. Michael also received the Next Generation Award – for success in sales awarded to new generation of sales people under 30 years of age.

Top Office: Awards in Group 1 ( 1 -5 consultants)  was awarded to First National Motueka. Top Office: Group 2 ( 6 – 10 sales people) was won by First National Richmond.

First National Mark Stevenson, Blenheim also received the Top Rural Office award and the Top Commercial Office award, finally they received the Top Office Award for their category for Group 3 ( 11 + sales consultants)

The Property Management To Office and Property Management Growth Awards were both won by First National Giera Progressive, Christchurch in recognition for their excellence in management and growth. “this achievement is especially significant in view of the difficulties Christchurch and the team at Giera Progressive have endured over the last years” states Colleen Milne.

For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750

First National Real Estate Celebrates – Rotorua’s Top Office Success

First National’s top regional performers for the Central North Island  region are celebrating after being recognised at the real estate network’s regional conference and awards.

First National Group general manager Colleen Milne says the awards are recognition of the commitment, professionalism and putting the customer first.

“The achievements of these sales people is great to see after the previous, very difficult years within the Real Estate industry. We are all celebrating 2012 as a great year of growth in sales and performance of our offices.” states Colleen Milne

First National Rotorua received the Top Office award, this is a prestigious award that recognizes the achievement of the whole sales team.

First National Rotorua also received places in the Top Ten Sales peoples award, Cathy Lines (4th); Murray Piesse (6th) and Chris Meban (10th) place.

The First National Rotorua team

The First National Rotorua team

Another first for First National Rotorua was the Top Rural Sales Award which was won by Chris Meban.

Andra Cornwall of First National Rotorua also received the award for Top Exclusives sold.

“These sales people have built enduring relationships with in their communities,  with vendors and buyers. Building  trust and confidence with all clients is a predominant aspect driving the sales agents success” states Colleen Milne
For additional comment please contact

Colleen Milne, General Manager

First National Group

(029) 771 0750