Leading NZ land aggregator Garry Robertson, has helped create some of Auckland's most substantial new housing developments, including Milldale, Millwater, Silverdale, Flat Bush, Pokeno, Karaka, Tuakau and Drury.
It is in the South Island however, that his heart truly belongs…
Garry is a devoted Classic Car and Motor Bike collector and a member of the NZ Vintage Car Club and also the Noosa Classic Car Club on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, an 'Amateur Yachtie' having crewed Lion NZ and a friends Yacht also in recent years Blue Water sailing from Fiji to NZ on several occasions as well as right hand man to Penny Whiting with his partner at the time circumnavigating Tahiti.
He believes being part of a community and clubs is about giving back to it and puts a high value on the joys of camaraderie. He is an avid supporter and a financial contributor to The New Zealand Coast Guard’s Hibiscus Coast Unit’s Sealegs Vessel 'Hib 2' having been an active volunteer clocking up 100’s of sea hours actively crewing the Hibiscus Coast Unit’s Rescue Vessels Hibiscus 1 and Hib 2 ( Sealegs ) Stanmore Bay.
Prior to shifting to Auckland he was a volunteer at the Christchurch Blood Bank for many years in the main Riccarton Blood Donor Centre and also crewing the mobile units around ChCh assisting regular staff and many 100’s of Blood Donors. He's recently solely funded a new documentary on the life and beliefs of the late social reformer and author, Celia Lashlie made and directed by Celia’s long standing friend Amanda Millar that has been accepted for the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival.
"I want to ensure the land values reflect the quality and cost invested in the development and the world-class scenery on offer. It's only by doing this, will we be able to realise the full potential of the development and economic benefit which will flow directly through to the community and start to get some real positive growth in the town itself.”
"This is my opportunity to come home back to my Southern Heritage ( The Main Land ) and enhance an area I feel really good about," he says.
"I love the sheer grandeur of the southern landscapes and I see incredible potential in the town and its people. I'm hoping to add some real cohesion and momentum to a town and community well deserving of it. Kaikōura is world-class by anyone's standards and totally under-rated. There is simply nowhere else in New Zealand like it.”
He wants to attract young families, professionals, tradies, and retirees and everyone in between to live and work in Kaikoura, which he believes will easily compliment internationally renown southern destinations like Wanaka and Queenstown. Kaikoura has it’s own unique attractions not found anywhere else in NZ and there is plenty of scope to add to New Zealand’s world class reputation as a unique, quality tourist destination.
He's also sponsoring the great-nephew of legendary Kiwi speed king Burt Munro, who was immortalised on the silver screen by actor Anthony Hopkins in The World's Fastest Indian, for a return to Bonneville Speed Week at the Utah Salt Flats.
About Burt Munro’s nephew
About the Celia Lashlie doco