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.
Ph 03 329 4161
Fax 03 329 4191
Cell 027 651 5474