Andrew North (pictured), of Harcourts’ North Shore franchisee Cooper & Co Ltd, won his second Australasian auctioneering championship today.
His previous Australasian win was in 2014, and he’s won the Real Estate Institute’s New Zealand auctioneer of the year title 4 times.
John Bowring (Ray White Commercial Auckland), also a former national winner, was the runner-up in the New Zealand competition and a finalist in the Australasian competition.
Chief judge Mark Sumich, of Auckland, said: “Over his years in the competition, ‘Northy’ has made the finals 7 times, so there is no one who deserves to win it more than him. He constantly seeks to improve himself, is tremendously humble and he is New Zealand’s barometer of what a consistent performance in auctioneering looks like – if you can’t match him then you’re not going to win.”
Mr North was more humble about it: “I just go out to do the best job for my customers & my company so I’m extremely grateful, happy, proud & relieved to have won. It’s an endorsement from the auctioneering community that I’m heading down the right path in terms of my style, and it’s good to ensure I’m remaining accurate, current & to test myself against the best in Australasia.”
A South Australian, Vincent Doran from Underdale High School in Adelaide, won the schools auctioneering championship. 2 Kerikeri students, Max Hart (Kerikeri High School) & Max Hittle (Springbank School) topped the national secondary schools competition, held for the first time, and represented New Zealand in the Australasian event.
24 June 2018: North wins 4th auctioneering title, and Kerikeri students top schools competition
Attribution: Real Estate Institute release.