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Colliers Whangārei achieving great results

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New Zealand’s newest Colliers office have completed their first deals, despite the recent restrictions of the Covid-19 lockdown.

In response to the surging Northland economy and abundance of investment opportunities in the region, Colliers opened an office in Whangārei earlier this year.

Led by experienced property professional Nigel Ingham, the office recently confirmed the sale of prominent Whangārei retail sites 4 and 6 Gumdigger Place.

The premium grade freehold properties are occupied by national-brand tenants and were sold on the back of a dedicated marketing campaign.

Number 4 Gumdigger Place, a 965sq m building on a 2,508sq m site, sold for $2.65 million at a 4 per cent yield, while Number 6, a 994sq m property, sold for $2.3 million at a 5 per cent yield.

Ingham, Director at Colliers Whangārei, and Broker Daniel Sloper worked on the sales alongside Jimmy O’Brien, Director at Colliers Auckland North, and Leroy Wolland, National Director of Retail Leasing at Colliers.

Ingham says the yields represent record-setting figures for Whangārei and show the strength of the market in the fast-growing region.

“We put together a strong campaign for the properties that led us to cold call and door knock nearly 100 potential buyers, while we also completed 36 inspections of the sites,” Ingham says.

“In all, we had 18 offers submitted for the properties that were highly competitive and we were pleased to be able to deliver a tremendous result for our vendors.

“We are grateful for the work put in by our colleagues Jimmy O’Brien and Leroy Wolland and our wider collaboration shows the power of the Colliers network as the buyer of number 6 Gumdigger Place was put in contact with us by the Auckland retail team.”

Looking ahead, Ingham says Colliers Whangārei will continue to play a key role in the market as Northland experiences rapid growth.

“It is pleasing to be able to complete these deals despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Our office has secured a number of exciting listings recently and we expect to see continued interest in the properties we have brought to the market.

“These recent transactions have shown we can continue to do business in a range of conditions and will work constructively with all stakeholders to achieve favourable outcomes.”

Following the launch of the Whangārei office, Ingham recruited born-and-bred local Sloper to join him and Sloper has a focus on the selling and leasing of commercial property throughout the region.

In 2019, Sloper was awarded the Marcus Kitt Memorial Bursary while studying at Massey University, which is named after former Colliers staff member and Massey alumnus Marcus Kitt, who passed away in 2015.

Ingham, who has worked for Colliers for more than 25 years, says Sloper is a great asset to the team.

“During lockdown, Daniel leased an industrial property on Port Road, Port Whangārei. The tenant inspected the property Tuesday 17 August, the day before lockdown. He kept in touch and negotiated the deal remotely. The tenant was impressed with Daniel’s service and follow up, so gave him an agency to sell his commercial property portfolio in Wellsford, which is a credit to Daniel’s dedication to the role.

“We have an excellent dynamic in the Whangārei office, and I look forward to our continued success in the years to come as we build on our relationships throughout the Northland region.”

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Nigel Ingham

Director | Whangarei


Nigel heads up Colliers NZ Northland business. He is a proud Northlander, it’s in his blood being a Ngāti Kahu and a descendant of Hone Wi Kaitaia.

Nigel joined Colliers in 1998, through his persistence and tenacity he quickly established himself as a key person in the market.

In 2003, Nigel was promoted and took on the responsibility of heading up the Colliers NZ, Auckland Industrial Business. He was instrumental in growing and developing the Colliers NZ Industrial business into the dominate agency that it is today.

In 2010 Nigel was promoted and relocated to China to take on the challenge to grow Colliers East China Industrial Business. At the time he started the team was positioned 5th in the market.  As well as learning to speak, read and write Chinese, under his leadership his team’s revenue compound annual growth rate was 57% and they became the dominate agency in East China.

In 2020 Nigel was offered the role to relocate to Northland to set-up and establish Colliers NZ Northland business and he jumped at the opportunity. Moved his family to Whangārei and launched the business Feb 2021.

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Daniel Sloper



Daniel Sloper is a Commercial Sales and Leasing Broker, based out of the Whangarei office, servicing the wider Northland region. As a  born and bread Whangarei local, Daniel brings a love of the region to his work and is passionate about contributing to driving economic growth and opportunity.  Daniel is focused  on the selling and leasing of Commercial property in Whangarei and the greater Northland region, including industrial, office and retail asset classes from Wellsford through to Kaitaia, including Dargaville, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Paiha and everywhere in between.

 Prior to  becoming a Commercial Broker, Daniel had a career  in the Royal New Zealand Navy, where his service included providing  humanitarian aid to Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam in 2015 and other assignments throughout New Zealand and overseas.

He has since received a Bachelor of Business with a major in Property through Massey University and spent some time as a Property Valuer, based in Whangarei, giving him an excellent level of insight into property values accross the region. As part of his studies, he was awarded the prestigious Marcus Kitt Colliers Bursary, a scholarship dedicated to the memory of Marcus Kitt, a former Colliers Staff member, awarded to a promising business property student at Massey University. Colliers was delighted to welcome a former winner to the Colliers team, on Daniels joining.

Daniel is a relatable and a highly motivated individual, which has led to strong personal and professional, relationships with an abundance of vendors and landlords throughout the Northland region. A collaborative operator, Daniel can help connect your opportunity to other local, national and international clients via Colliers networks.

Daniel is a very passionate Northlander who has always shown a particular interest in property. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, diving, rugby, in fact any type of sport, and spending quality time with his young family and friends.

To discuss your Northland commercial property opportunities, whether you're interested in buying, selling or leasing, contact Daniel today.

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Jimmy O'Brien

General Manager | Director

Auckland North

Jimmy heads the Colliers North Shore team with a "lead from the front" approach. He specialises in both sales and leasing of commercial and Industrial Property, Now in his thirteenth year with  Colliers International he is constantly in the top 10 % of Colliers brokers.

A North Shore resident for over 40 years his local network and knowledge is extensive. Having come from a successful background of sales, marketing and manufacturing and a director of his own business for 20 years, Jimmy has built up a vast network of property developers, investors, architects, designers and corporate businesses both retail and commercial. With a broad knowledge as both a tenant and investor in the commercial property market his wide range of skills and extensive network will be an asset to any future clients.

Positions Held at Colliers:

March 2006: Industrial Broker

April 2008: Industrial Manager

July 2012: General Manager

February 2014: General Manager -Associate Director

June 2014: General Manager – Director

Through specialisation and a commitment to true team work, Jimmy and his team have sold property in excess of $1Billion and negotiated innumerable leases.

With a strong focus on finding property solutions for his clients, Jimmy has successfully represented AA Insurance, EasiYo Products, Sealegs, Johnson Controls, Electronic Navigation and Maxwell Marine to name a few.

Jimmy is consistently in the top 10% of Colliers brokers.

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Leroy Wolland

National Director | Retail Leasing


Leroy focuses on national retailers in the large format retail sector. He matches his clients’ new requirements with appropriate opportunities and helps in rationalising any sites surplus to their needs.

He takes a strategic role in advising private and institutional developers and landlords on project leasing options. He also actively helps Australian retailers identify strategic opportunities to launch their brands in the New Zealand market.

Leroy is committed to delivering results to his clients.

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