Chris Gollins


PHOTO: Chris Gollins says Wairarapa will keep on growing. PHOTO/PAM GRAHAM

Chris Gollins formally opens Gollins Commercial real estate today, having already done $30 million of commercial real estate deals in Wairarapa and hinting there are some chunky ones to come.

He sold the Postie Plus in Queen St, did the Big Save Furniture deal, and says the private investors from the UK he put into the White Swan in Greytown are keen on investing more in New Zealand tourism assets.

He lives in Plimmerton but bought a house in Essex St in Masterton in November so he and his wife can spend part of the week here.

Masterton is familiar turf as he lived here from 1957 to 1960 when his dad worked for Mobil and he started at Lansdowne School.

Gollins was a journalist during the glory years when Radio Avon in Christchurch was a place a lot of good journalists learnt their trade and left university to work in a senior news role at Radio Windy in Wellington.

In that job he came across Sir Robert Jones and went to work for him as a property manager. He then spent many years at Colliers before starting Gollins Commercial in 2016.