Ponsonby Bowling Club

We have used Mark Weipers and his team at Location Group to redevelop our Bowling Club in Herne Bay along with the construction of high quality residential apartments, the experience can best be characterized as an outstanding example of co-operation in the pursuit of a common goal.

They have combined understanding of the property market, for the area, with a flair for a complex design and build programme.

We have found them to be positive, obliging, willing to assist us on items that were critical to the Bowling Club but not necessarily to the development as a whole, and have thus contributed to the overall successful management of our programme.

I can unreservedly recommend them to anyone wishing to relocate, design build and occupy – it will be on time, on target, on budget and what you need.

John IvoryPresident
Macrennie Commercial Construction Ltd

We have enjoyed a successful relationship with Location Group over the last 20 years, from our first project which was an office/warehouse development for Penguin Books in Albany, to the EMA development which is currently under construction in Newmarket.

From this initial project in 1995, our relationship has developed whilst both companies have expanded and matured in the Auckland real estate market. As I recall it would be very rare that we did not have a Location Group project on our books in this 20 year period.

Projects of note that we have constructed in this period would include the Bridgestone / Firestone Head Office/warehouse complex, the Zone 23 mixed use development, Vert Apartments and a major industrial unit title development in Vestey Drive.

We have found the team at Location Group, led by Mark Weipers and Roy Richardson, to be a pleasure to worth with. They are professional in their approach, have a high degree of integrity, fairness and are always willing to work with their main contractor to achieve the best project outcomes.

In recent years, the Location team has expanded with the addition of Chris Davies and Andrew Weipers, with this professional approach having continued as a key component in the Location Group ethos.

Most of our projects with Location Group have been undertaken under a collaborative approach in conjunction with key consultants, which potentially brings benefits for both parties. However, for this process to ultimately work, there must be a mutual understanding and respect between all involved.

We, at Macrennies consider Location Group to be one of a small group of our key clients, and we would hope that our relationship will continue to develop and prosper over the next 20 years.

For anyone contemplating a commercial or residential development project, engaging with Location Group will, in our view, assist in the delivery of a quality real estate product, whatever it may be.

Steve FowlerDirector
Bayleys Real Estate Ltd MREINZ

“Bayleys has had a very long and rewarding relationship with Location Group stretching back to the 1970s. Both private companies have weathered the ups and downs of several property cycles and are two of the few survivors of the big crash of the late 1980s. Through the good times and bad times, our relationship with Location Group, and in particular its founder Roy Richardson and managing director Mark Weipers, has remained a strong and enduring one – based on a high level of mutual respect and trust.

Location Group is highly respected within the property industry. They are a company of integrity who you can rely on to honour and deliver on their promises and commitments. They are very fair and transparent to deal with.

Roy is also recognised by the Bayleys team as having one of the most knowledgeable minds in the industry and is always happy to share his skills and experience with our team. It is a unique characteristic to always have the time and ability to provide considered advice to others and Roy is a master of this.

We have concluded many transactions over the years with Location Group covering the retail, office and industrial sectors in both leasing and sales. They take pride in the quality of their work and projects such as Zone 23. In the leasing market, this means we know they will provide a good product for any clients we introduce to them, while we also know that any sales transaction they are involved in is likely to have a successful outcome.

Roy, Mark and Chris Davies are a pleasure to do business with. We have absolutely no hesitation in endorsing their services to others.”

Mike BayleyManaging Director
Reesby & Company Limited
Merchant Bankers

“Reesby & Company have known Location Group, its shareholders and staff for over 15 years. We have undertaken a number of finance transactions for the company over the years.

Location Group and its shareholders are held in the highest regard by the New Zealand banking community. They have a reputation for well-structured property transactions and over the years have demonstrated their expertise by borrowing and repaying many large loans.

Location Group has wide ranging industry knowledge across all market segments and has shown an ability to conceptualise and deliver innovative solutions that meet their client’s expectations and objectives.

The shareholders are known in the banking community for their honesty and integrity. We do not believe they would enter into an obligation or commitment without having full confidence they could honour their obligations.

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact Martyn Reesby.”

Martyn ReesbyDirector
Savills (NZ) Limited

“I have worked with Roy Richardson, founder of Location Group since I started in Agency in 1989 and have continued that relationship with Mark Weipers when he joined in 1992 and Chris Davies when he completed the current Location team soon after.

My first thoughts of Location Group is that they are ‘best of class’ in providing property solutions when required to think outside of the proverbial square and see value in a property asset invisible to others. They have the innate ability to turn $0.70 into $1.00.

This ability to see real value in property assets is to me Location Group’s essential point of difference.

Projects that demonstrate innovation that jump out to me are:

– Zone 23 in Mt Eden where its Mixed Use Commercial and Residential was way ahead of its time;
– Partnering with the Ponsonby Bowling Club to create a very successful medium density Residential Development and wrapping into that development a solution for the club that needed a facilities upgrade.

Identifying property investment opportunities in the market place and then co-investing with equity partners has been a trademark I have noted.

Traditional industrial, Retail & Office developments are also part of Location Group’s repertoire as is Property Management on behalf of investing clients.

Finally, the passion and dedication to the job at hand together with the absolute integrity and reliability complete the package.

I am happy to give a verbal background comment in addition to this written testimonial.”

Paddy CallesenJoint Managing Director
Savills (NZ) Limited
BNZ Partners Property Finance

“We confirm that Location Group have been clients of the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) for in excess of 30 years.

Over that time BNZ has provided finance facilities to the Location Group of Companies to assist them with the development of numerous (read more) residential and commercial projects principally in Auckland. The value of these projects have ranged from NZ$2.0m through to NZ$40.0m.

During our banking relationship Location Group have conducted their accounts to the BNZ’s entire satisfaction and have honoured all accounts and finance facilities within the terms agreed.

Mark Weipers, Roy Richardson and Chris Davies are held in high regard by the Bank, and we enjoy an excellent working relationship with them and consider that Location Group is unlikely to enter into any commitments they could not fulfil.

This information is strictly confidential, is given in good faith and without any responsibility on the part of the BNZ or its officers.”

Grant BursonPartner – Property Finance Auckland

“We have used Mark Weipers and his team at Location Group to redevelop our Auckland based Khyber Pass Road headquarters and the experience can best be characterised as outstanding.

They have combined understanding of the property market in general with a management of complex design and build programmes into one-stop services in particular.

We have found them to be positive and obliging and assisted us on items that at first would not appear to be property related, but have contributed to the overall successful management of our programme.

I can unreservedly recommend them to anyone wishing to relocate, design, build and occupy – it will be on time, on target and what you need.”

Kim CampbellChief Executive