Emma Dunningham

Emma Dunningham

Mobile: 027 631 1570

After Hours: 03 328 7273

A long term resident of the harbour with strong family ties in Purau Bay, Emma has lived between both Governors Bay and Lyttelton for the last ten years. With a daughter now at school, she is excited to bring her passion and enthusiasm into the real estate industry.

Growing up with a father in real estate, she has had a first-hand experience of the demands of the job, so is well prepared to meet those for whomever she is dealing with. A long career in hospitality management has given her excellent grounding in outstanding customer service.

Emma feels passionately about working within a small, locally owned company, with a long standing history on Banks Peninsula - so Min Sarginson was the obvious choice.

Min Sarginson

Min Sarginson

Mobile: 027 432 0327

After Hours: 03 328 7273


The name Min comes from Min's maiden name Finlay. When she first arrived in Christchurch in 1972 to complete her BA at Canterbury University she stayed for a short time at her big sister's flat. There she met her future husband Euan Sarginson who came up with the names Big Fin and Mini Fin. The Mini Fin stuck and was later reduced to Min. “ I had always hated my name Margaret so I was quite happy to become a Min” she says.

Min and Euan married in 1974 after Min had completed her secondary teachers' diploma and immediately set off for England where they lived for 2 and half years. While there Min taught for 12 months at a large Comprehensive school, later making several excursions onto The Continent. Their daughter Alice was born in England and this event eventually lead to their return to Christchurch in 1976 to eagerly awaiting paternal grand parents.

Min and Euan moved to Allandale with their now 2 small children Alice and Finlay in 1980. There they nurtured a managerie of pets and animals over the years and eventually built their dream home up on the hill.

It was in 1983 even while her children were still wee bairns that Min decided to go into the heady world of selling real estate in the city. At the time Min's neighbour had JD Bundy Ltd Real Estate office in Lyttelton and it soon became obvious to Min that working in the harbour and from the local office made more sense.

14 years later it felt time for a change so Min left the security of working for a well established company to open her own real estate office in Church Bay. A professionally designed fit out transformed the neglected little Church Bay store building from the storage shed it had become to a very up to date, trendy real estate office. At the beginning there was Min, 2 other sales people and Linda Pickering, a true stalwart who did everything else that wasn't selling property and even did that at times when it was needed.

Taking over the JD Bundy office in 2001 overcame the problem of where to have an office in Lyttelton. That particular charge was lead by Marie Malone who decided she wanted to work for Min but didn't want to leave her bright, sunny street side office in London street so brokered a deal for Min to buy the sales side of the Bundy business from David and Heather Bundy.

The following year Heather offered Min the opportunity to buy her rent roll and thus the company became a fully fledged real estate business offering both sales and a Property Management division which has been nurtured and grown to the efficient business it has become today under the careful stewardship of Sally McOscar and Lyttelton Manager Phil Alexander.

Towards the end of 2003 a bright young thing from Auckland knocked on Min's door and thus began the very successful onslaught of Min Sarginson Real Estate Ltd. into the seaside suburbs of east Christchurch by Simon Barrett. As this part of the business grew Simon was joined by his wife Debra and it was only a matter of time before there was another Min Sarginson Real Estate Ltd. office in Southshore New Brighton.

The company now consists of a total staff of 7, there are 2 offices and the future is looking very exciting because Min Sarginson Real Estate Ltd. does not intend to stop here.

When Min is not at her desk in her office she is most likely out on her bike on the hills or on the plains with other harbour cycling enthusiasts. This is a relatively recent passion for Min, a long way from the riding a bike to school days of the 60's. It began with a family event riding the central Otago rail trail followed by an invitation from a friend to join his team to do Le Race. It was only a few weeks prior to the race that Min learned not only that the race was March not October but while it was a team each member did the entire 100 hilly kilometres.

This was the beginning of her love of "big events" and she has gone on to ride in Le Race 3 times, The 101km Grape Ride 3 times, 130 Round Lake Brunner once and also the inaugural 100 miles Source to Sea.

These have also become fantastic family events as the whole biking thing has spread like wildfire through the majority of Min's large family of brothers and sisters!

Biking has also in recent years seen Min head off to ride through the beautiful Loire Valley and Charente region in France with family and friends, and join a family group to ride one of Australia's excellent rail trails The Murray to the Mountains.

This passion for road biking has sprung not just from a way to savour the beautiful scenery right there on her doorstep but from the opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people.

"And it clears my head after hours at my desk, it keeps me fresh and fit!"

Min Sarginson
ph 03 328 7273
Cell 027 4320 327

Phil Alexander

Phil Alexander

Mobile: 0274 322 520

After Hours: 03 328 7273

In 1971 Phil Alexander qualified as an Associate of the REINZA and has since had 39 years experience in the real estate industry. During this time Phil sold and leased Industrial and Commercial properties for Sherris & Robertson Ltd, a highly respected Company in the City. He and three others eventually took ownership of the Company. Not only a Director Phil doubled as the Company Auctioneer and conducted over 100 successful auctions including several chattel auctions.

In 1989 Phil set up Alexander Enterprises with a property management portfolio and then a few years later incorporated that into a franchise Company based on Riccarton Road. When the position of Branch Manager in Lyttelton with Min Sarginson Real Estate Ltd. arose, Phil saw this as an excellent opportunity to lead an experienced, successful Sales Team and a robust Property Management Division.

In earlier years Phil was an athlete competing at national level on the track and also ran in the Takahe to Akaroa relays and is proud of achieving the fastest lap from the Takahe to Governors Bay one year. Phil also played senior rugby for a number of years and carried on to become a referee. He enjoys snow skiing and is a very competitive lawn bowler.

Min is just waiting to get Phil onto a road bike but so far, along with all the others on his team far he has resisted.

Rene Macpherson

Rene Macpherson


After Hours: 03 328 7273

Rene has been living in Lyttelton now for 22 years and simply wouldn't live anywhere else despite earthquakes, slips, norwesters and southerlies.

She and husband Angus spent many years carefully renovating and restoring their 1866 cottage which is now "The Rookery", a colourful and comfortable Bed and Breakfast establishment.

Rene looks after the company's accounts on a part-time basis. This leaves time for running the B&B, printing tiles, making wine, playing bridge and generally enjoying living in Lyttelton.

Sally McOscar

Sally McOscar

Mobile: 027 211 0102

After Hours: 03 328 7273

Sally is our Property Manager looking after all practical aspects of the department from our Lyttelton office. She provides a professional approach to all aspects of this demanding role. Property Management is a growing industry as property owners become more aware of the benefits of having a professional look after their valueable assets. Like insurance you need it when things turn nasty and the unexpected and unthinkable happen.

Sally can advise you on all aspects of letting and renting.

Tim Dunningham

Tim Dunningham

Mobile: 027 651 5474

After Hours: 03 329 4161

Tim Dunningham

The youngest of three boys, Tim Dunningham was born in Auckland in 1958. Entreprenurial from an early age he learned to play the large pipe organ in the church where his father was the practising Anglican minister. He earned quite a substantial sum in those days and still plays at weddings and funerals today.

Childhood and teenage years were spent on the family farm and homestead in Purau where Tim's mother was born and raised. This was a very significant time in Tim's life - he loved it there.

The Purau Homestead has remained in the family since 1876. Built in 1850 by Sir Heaton Rhodes it is one of the oldest permanent material buildings in the country. No wonder Tim ended up in Real Estate!

Tackling various employment opportunities after leaving school Tim trained as a camera operator and photolithographer for the NZ Herald.

1981 saw a complete change from indoor darkrooms to a small outdoor lawnmowing business which progressed to carrying out contracts for the Auckland City Council and other local bodies mowing major parks, sportsfields and incorporated regular maintenance programmes. 20 employees and 10 years later he added a retail sales arm to the business selling power and gardening equipment.

It was 1999 when Tim realised his dream and returned to Purau - his enchanted childhood place - such a gift to share with his two little daughters Emma and Hannah. Together with his cousin, Chris, they had much delight in organising corporate events, murder mysteries, tours and afternoon teas at the Homestead.

Not to be deterred from tradition Tim sensed an opportunity for another landscape business and launched Hedgehog Lawns and Property Maintenance. This successful local business offered the opportunity for Tim to meet great people, visit a wide range of properties, gain local knowledge of the area and of the people who lived in it. When an opportunity arose to work with Min Sarginson and her team at the local real estate agency, Tim thought to himself....what better background could one have - successful in business, a genuine love of people, a qualified local (more than 25 years!) and an inexhaustive enthusiasm to sell the lifestyle that this Harbour basin has to offer. Most of all he is very passionate about this special piece of Eden. And he hasn't looked back.

Tim's comment on Real Estate "....it can be incredibly demanding and equally it can be incredibly satisfying and it allows me the freedom to spend quality time with my children, work on my classic car, take off on my motorcycle (a cherished hobby for more than 35 years)."

Keep your ears open and you may just hear Tim still tinkling the ivorys or caressing the keyboard in someone's lounge, or you may recognise him from when he used to play in a local band, something he had always wanted to do - maybe you'll see him on "Stars in their Eyes" - maybe next series. You just never know.

A man of many talents and an excellent salesperson, he will literally 'trip over himself' to help you. Give Tim a call today.


Tim Dunningham
Ph 03 329 4161
Fax 03 329 4191
Cell 027 651 5474