Andy Dalton

PHOTO: Andy Dalton has made his home in Bream Bay, where he enjoys a relaxed lifestyle. SUPPLIED

“I first crossed paths with Peter Thompson, the managing director of Barfoot and Thompson, in the realm of sports. During a conversation with him, we discussed the prospect of venturing into real estate,” Dalton explains. “When we initially relocated, we didn’t know anyone in the area. Later on, I discovered that former All Black Ritchie Guy was my neighbor, but I saw real estate as a great opportunity to connect with new people.”

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Dalton, who captained 17 All Black tests from 1982 to 1987, missed the chance to lift the World Cup in 1987 due to an injury (David Kirk took on the role). His rugby career also included roles such as CEO of Auckland Rugby Football Union and CEO of the Auckland Blues, but he emphasizes that those chapters are firmly in the past. “These days, I’m evaluated based on my performance as a real estate agent. It’s a captivating business, and I genuinely enjoy it, although it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. We’re emerging from a challenging period, but the real estate market in this area is definitely picking up. We’re successfully closing deals for our clients.”

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Dalton specializes in selling lifestyle blocks, like the one highlighted in this story, and coastal homes stretching from Mangawhai through Langs Beach to the north end of One Tree Point. “The region boasts fantastic beaches and opportunities for boating. While I don’t own a boat myself, I have friends who do, allowing me to enjoy all the fun without the maintenance.”