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Most of my working life has been in the banking industry. I worked for Barclays Bank in the Uk and then after emigrating to New Zealand and raising my family I worked for the Bank of New Zealand for 16 years. I left the banking industry in late 1996.

In March 1997 I took up employment as a rental property manager with Richardsons Real Estate and in late 1999 I became the Manager of the newly formed Rental Division. In addition to having my own portfolio of houses to manage, I was responsible for the guidance and training of all the other property managers employed by Richardsons. They are spread right across the Coromandel Peninsula and some of them handle holiday rentals while others handle the longer term rentals.

It also befel me to set up rental departments in the branches that didn't yet have them.

My work also involved the administration of our database for all the branches. I was responsible for paying the property owners monthly, paying the maintenance accounts, lodging bond monies with NZ Tenancy Services and maintaining and updating the rental database. So you can see my working day was long and varied, with never a dull moment.

Then in August 2001 I decided on yet another change of direction and 'crossed the floor' to become a salesperson, still with Richardsons. I enjoyed my new role but after 12 years in real estate, in January 2009 I retired. Lots of time now to "do my own thing".

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