It’s been a busy last few months for us with multiple A&P Show attendances in the Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts, and by the time this goes to print we may well have caught up with you at our Canterbury A&P Show stand, where once again in conjunction with STIHL we will have presented some wonderful prizes. Don’t miss us in the New Year when we will again attend the shows starting with the Amuri show on the 3rd of March, and again we’ll give away a STIHL Chainsaw.

Continuing to keep our “Country Partners” up-to-date within the Rural Lifestyle sector with the very latest issues, trends and industry nuances is a key ingredient to our success in delivering the very best possible service levels. We make sure we bring our team of specialist agents together on a regular basis to provide additional education, with a range of great speakers providing guidance in their individual fields of expertise, thus adding to their base of knowledge within our industry.

Our most recent speaker Dave Ashby a local Dairy Farmer and Farm Consultant provided an overview and insight to our team on Farm Environmental Planning. Even our smallest lifestylers’ in Canterbury can benefit from good farm management practices and it’s vital that we all play our part in ensuring our lifestyle, cultural values and more importantly our environment is sustainable for our future generations. It’s assuring to see the great work being done in this field throughout the entire farming industry, something that perhaps goes unrecognised or is sometimes highlighted for all the wrong reasons. Improving the knowledge of our agents in areas such as this will result in good sound advice being provided to our clients when undertaking property transactions.

At the time of our last newsletter the number of lifestyle blocks on the market here in Canterbury had dropped back somewhat, with the wet winter and the then pending election at that stage perhaps influencing people to hold their properties back. However since then the number of listings has bounced back to pre-election levels and there continues to be strong demand. With the latest additions to the Canterbury road networks opening up at the Airport and the Belfast bypass and with the fine spell of warm spring weather that’s taking us into summer we can expect demand to remain strong as more and more Canterbury folk seek to enjoy the wonderful rural life.