Jennian Homes Steps Up Its Commitment To Canterbury

Press Release – Jennian Homes

A change of ownership at Jennian Homes Canterbury marks the beginning of an exciting time for the company and a greater contribution to the region in its time of need, says Jennian Homes’ national franchisor Richard Carver. 5 March 2012
A change of ownership at Jennian Homes Canterbury marks the beginning of an exciting time for the company and a greater contribution to the region in its time of need, says Jennian Homes’ national franchisor Richard Carver.

“With a new ownership team in place in Christchurch we’re able to substantially increase our investment, committing greater resources to rebuilding homes and lives.”

Mr Carver has purchased the Canterbury franchise in partnership with Ashburton based Mid Canterbury franchisees Nigel and Anna Smith. The group take ownership with the intention of growing the business to meet the demands of the rebuild.

“Rebuilding Christchurch will mean construction on a scale never seen before in New Zealand. Our Canterbury team has always provided excellent quality and service to their region, but with construction about to increase dramatically it is essential for Jennian to further develop and invest in our local presence,” says Mr Carver.

“As a company with 30 years’ experience building homes for New Zealanders, we understand that directing our resources into Canterbury now will get people back into their own homes faster. It’s our responsibility to be ready.”

Mr Carver says Nigel Smith brings the right mix of energy, experience, and expertise to the venture.

“Nigel Smith comes to our Canterbury operation with 22 years industry experience, a trade background in architectural design, sales, and project management, and six years successfully administering our Mid Canterbury franchise. He’s the ideal man to steer the business through this exciting and challenging time of rebuilding.”

Bruce Maetzig, who has owned Jennian Homes Canterbury since 1998, says selling the business now is the right move for him and best outcome for the region.

“After 14 years at the helm of Jennian Homes Canterbury, Sue and I are ready to decrease our responsibilities, and with huge challenges and opportunities ahead, it is the ideal time to introduce some new blood. I’ve worked with both Richard and Nigel for many years, and know they both possess the drive and vision necessary to deliver service on the scale Cantabrians will require in the coming years.”

Mr Maetzig and Mr Smith worked together last year to provide temporary housing for Cantabrians after the February earthquake and found combining their skills enhanced the business and helped them meet the needs of their community on a larger scale.

“We’ve realised that working together will make it easier for the people of Canterbury to get into their new homes, and that’s the ultimate goal,” says Mr Smith.

Mr Smith will oversee operations throughout the region, and is looking to recruit a general manager with the right mix of skills and experience to run the day to day activities of the business. Bruce and Sue will continue to work with Mr Carver and Mr Smith in Canterbury, and the change of ownership will have no implications for the company’s current clients.

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