Self-made millionaire of Rangiora expands his property empire

Simon Henry, one of Christchurch’s largest industrial property investors, has added a 4.6 hectare property at Sockburn south west of Christchurch to his portfolio.

The multi-millionaire, whose fortune based on asset values is estimated at $165 million, is also currently developing the 60ha Belfast Business Park in north west Christchurch, with an estimated end value of $400m.

He is also well known for his former ownership of commercial buildings in the central city such as the Inland Revenue building in Cashel St, bought by the Crown in 2014 for $32m for part of the Government post-quake blueprint. It is sitting empty until state agency Otakaro finds a use for it, possibly for offices or apartments.

But Henry has moved on to new pastures with insurance payouts plus the proceeds from that building and others he owned in central Christchurch.

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Property investor Simon Henry has bought the BOC site in Sockburn.