New real estate market: canine housing

Talby the labrador keeps an eye on Canterbury agent Rich Norris as he works on his kennel. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Talby the labrador keeps an eye on Canterbury agent Rich Norris as he works on his kennel. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Dozens of architecturally designed dog kennels have been built to raise funds for New Zealand's guide dogs.

A three-hour challenge in the format of hit TV series The Block NZ saw more than 40 creative kennels designed and constructed by Bayleys employees at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront yesterday.

The kennels will be sold by each team in the hopes of raising $20,000 for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) Guide Dog Services.

The charity's chief executive, Sandra Budd, said the project celebrated a nine-year partnership with the real estate company and coincided with both organisations' 40th anniversaries.

"This project is a wonderful way to celebrate," she said. "The RNZFB receives no government funding for Guide Dog Services so we are very thankful for the financial support Bayleys offers to help New Zealanders who are blind, or have low vision, to live a full and independent life."

Bayleys managing director Mike Bayley said the company's residential sales teams embraced the challenge wholeheartedly.

- NZ Herald

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