Founded by William Harvey in 1918, Harveys' has a proud reputation within the residential property market in New Zealand. From its first branch in Napier, Harvey's went on to establish a network of branches throughout the North Island, gaining a stronghold in New Zealand's largest residential market, Auckland.
Today Harveys' has now merged with the LJ Hooker Group and is one of the leading real estate brands in the country. Characterised by an innovative spirit that changed the face of property marketing in New Zealand. Harveys' / LJ Hooker is now a formidable player in not only key residential markets, but some of the country's most sought after rural, waterfront and lifestyle areas.
Harveys' / LJ Hooker continues an ambitious growth programme but one that is tempered with sound business principles ensuring a solid foundation to support that growth.
Southern Suburbs Realty Ltd is an owner/operated fully affiliated office of the Harvey's / LJ Hooker Group operating the Harveys' branch of Papakura. Harveys' Papakura was established in 1997 and has become a major player in real estate sales in the area and more recently having developed an innovative forward thinking, cutting edge Property Management Division. Owners Darren and Kelly Brady believe that having quality real estate practitioners both from a sales and property management point of view is the reason why the Papakura branch is always at the forefront of the awards and is consistently in the top 5 Harveys' / LJ Hooker offices in the country. The fact that we have great staff and coupled with cutting edge e-marketing initiatives which are more suited to today's market sees our office become the "preferred" selling agency for a large percentage of our local property owners.
Having been ever present in the market place since the 90's has seen us develop an acute sense of social responsibility and attitude and has made us want to become a true part of our local area and join in driving local initiatives promoting our wonderful diverse multi cultural community.
Papakura as a district is growing faster than the greater Auckland area, but it has been fortunate to retain its friendly character and much more of a classic kiwi "town" feel as the greater Auckland area intensifies. Lifestyles in the district are as diverse as the people who live here. Papakura is considered a great place to raise a family and attracts a wide range of prospective residents to its various suburbs. There is a real sense of community and an appreciation of the District's many open, green spaces. Situated south of Manukau and Auckland cities, close to Auckland International Airport and with excellent access to major road networks, the passenger rail system and motorway. Papakura maintains its role as a gateway for freight, travel and commerce to the north and south.
Situated strategically 32km south of Auckland City, Papakura is in the unique position of being bordered on its north side by the greater Auckland suburbs and on the south by some of the most striking countryside within New Zealand.
The Papakura local board area extends from Drury in the south to Alfriston in the north and includes Takanini, Hingaia, Red Hill, Pahurehure and the current Papakura town centre. State Highway 1 and the North Island main trunk railway run north to south through the area and Papakura is the third busiest station on the Auckland rail network.
The area has a theatre (The Hawkins Centre), an art gallery, an international standard athletics track (Massey Park), Aquatics Centre (Massey Park Aquatic Centre) and wide range of sports venues. A wide range of businesses operate in the area. The area has a varied geoghraphy; from harbour foreshore, fertile plains and rollings hills to the foothills of the nearby Hunua Ranges.