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Nearly $1m for half a house
By EMMA WHITTAKER
Top dollar: This small Ponsonby duplex
sold for almost $1 million.
THE SALE of a modest inner city
house is proving Auckland s prop-
erty market still has the power to
The Ponsonby property at 19
Lincoln St is an 81 square metre,
100-year-old duplex, with two-
bedrooms, one bathroom, and no
off-street car parking.
It has brought in $945,000 at
auction -- well surpassing its CV of
Barfoot & Thompson s Chris
Batchelor is the agent behind the
It is a pretty big price and I
think everyone was surprised, but
that is what happens when you get
people in the auction room.
The value was there. CV doesn t
factor in emotion, he says.
Mr Batchelor says location, the
fact the house was north-facing,
and internal renovations helped
drive up the price.
All that is known about the
buyer is that they are young and
from out of Auckland.
Mr Batchelor says the house got
a lot of interest and a pre-auction
offer of $800,000 four days after
going on the market.
It sold within a week.
According to QV s latest figures
those wanting to buy a house in
central Auckland will have to shell
out an average of $684,799.
QV s northern region operations
manager Kerry Stewart says while
it doesn t look like prices will be
easing any time soon, it is unusual
to see a property go for so much
more than its CV. It s certainly
very high. It is always difficult to
compare ratings value with sale
price though, things change, he
Selling at auction could have
According to the Real Estate
Institute of New Zealand it is
becoming the preferred way to sell
with more than two thirds of Auck-
land properties changing hands in
May using the method.
Auctions do tend to bring out
that competitive nature of potential
purchasers and drive the price up,
Mr Stewart says.
Three classical Kiwis blend cultures and styles
High note: NZTrio, from left: Violinist Justine Cormack, pianist Sarah Watkins and cellist Ashley Brown are bringing their unique take on classical music to Q theatre
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By JESS LEE
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Edition to watch the NZTrio perform.
The NZTrio have performed to
audiences across the globe, but this
classical musical group is deter-
mined not to lose any of its princi-
ples along the way.
The group returns home for the
start of their Loft Series at Q
theatre this month after a 10-stop
national tour with Chamber Music
The central Auckland-based
group, comprised of violinist Jus-
tine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown
and pianist Sarah Watkins, defies
classification. Their mix of genres
and cultures makes them both the
treasures and rock stars of the
classical music scene.
It really seems to be striking a
chord with people. Sometimes peo-
ple try to pigeonhole us as a new
music group just because we do a
nice balance of old and new, Mr
We even struggle to say
chamber music because that
immediately conjures up really old
fuddy duddy boring stuff.
Instead they pride themselves on
breaking out from the confines of
traditional venues and program-
mes and have been attracting a less
traditional audience in the process.
The group celebrated its 10th
anniversary last year.
The trio remains true to New
Zealand music and actively comm-
issions works by new and estab-
lished Kiwi composers.
The Loft Series begins on July 14
with their Corybas programme
featuring a new work from one of
New Zealand s most esteemed com-
posers John Psathas as well as
pieces from American composer
Rebecca Clarke and Russian com-
poser and pianist Dmitri Shosta-
Ms Cormack says the intimate
Loft setting makes for an intense
experience for the audience but one
which will break down the barriers
of classical music.
It s a Kiwi thing. We re trying to
be who we are -- approachable and
down-to-earth. It s been our charac-
ter from the start but I think we ve
become more brave. With a smaller
audience you really get the power
of it because it s coming right at
Mr Brown says from here the
group would like to continue demy-
stifying and broadening the appeal
of classical music.
We re on the right path.
When we perform at schools and
kids who thought they weren t
interested in classical music realise
that actually it s not that strange
and they want to hear another con-
cert, that s a little success.
The Loft Series opens with one
performance at Q theatre s Loft at
5pm on July 14 with one final show
on September 1.
Go to qtheatre.
co.nz or phone 309 9771 for tickets.
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