What do you do when an American student has secured the domain name for your multi-million dollar business? Well, if you’re New Zealand property developer Tim Manning, you treat her to a holiday.
When Tim Manning discovered the domain name and email address for one of his companies – Taradale – was owned by US student Tara Dale, he offered her a generous price for the internet property. After she declined, Tim Manning invited her on a two week, all-expenses paid vacation.
Tim Manning named his Taradale company after his hometown in the Hawke’s Bay, so he invited Tara Dale to see it with him, and gave the city $3000 to repair the Taradale War Memorial clock.
Tim Manning is no stranger to thinking outside the box. As the developer of over 2000 housing projects, many valued over $1-billion US, and the director of more than 200 companies, Tim Manning has got to be creative. His pride in his home town and country are reflected in the sensitive and innovative way he does business.
His company, Taradale Properties, is no exception. Finding inspiration in successful condominium projects in California and Queensland, Tim Manning developed a number of condominium units in Auckland, including The Grange in Albany and the Vista Rosa in Mt Albert.
His idea was to give residents a choice of affordable, condo living with impressive security features and useful facilities. “The last thing we want is a jumble of houses with no sense of community.” Says Tim Manning. “So we’ve included facilities people will want to use – like tennis courts, swimming pools and barbecue areas.”
And with his next project already sold out, it’s clear condo-style living appeals to many New Zealanders. And who could blame them, with prices beginning at $149,000? The creative and innovative mind of Tim Manning strikes again.