Gaze

Gaze

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Since we began in 1982, our vision has been to add value to our clients by providing innovative end to end interior fit out design and property solutions

Gaze Smart Property Solutions is one of New Zealand’s foremost interior architecture and design consultancies, specialising in all aspects of interior design and construction for commercial workspaces.

Our multi-disciplined team includes people with the specialist skills required to offer a truly end-to-end service to clients, from initial advice and preliminary concepts, to complete interior design planning and furniture procurement, and from subcontractor tendering and contract negotiation, to total project management solutions.

Every project is supported with comprehensive client advocacy, dedicated project management, and robust quality assurance services. By deploying cutting-edge creative direction, the latest design methods, and innovative materials, our design team creates functional and inspirational working environments.

Operating out of offices in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, Gaze has amassed a solid track record of delivering major commercial interior projects to programme and on budget throughout New Zealand.

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Current Day

Gaze is focused on supporting our younger staff members to come through and take our company to the next level. The brand has been well-established and it’s now time to watch this space!

2015

This year saw the establishment of several investment partnerships for the development of commercial property. Investments have ranged from an 8-story office tower, to apartments, to major industrial developments.

This area continues to grow as investments become available. David Gaze concentrates in developing this property area as the core business of Commercial Interiors, Cost and Project Management develops under three key teams: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

2012

After the devastating earthquakes, we opened an office in Christchurch headed by Brendon Gaze. Although it has taken years of slow progress, we now have a small but successful team based there completing earthquake repairs and shifting companies into their new premises. 2011 was also the year that Gaze Property Partnerships came to fruition.

2011

David and his family returned to New Zealand.

2010

The Gaze family moved overseas. David Gaze wanted to export organic food from New Zealand but the venture never reached its potential. Instead, we began to refurbish post-war commercial hospitality projects in Croatia and a large tourism development in Malta, using New Zealand & European expertise.

As part our continued ‘Corporate Social Responsibility', Gaze established a Memorandum of Agreement with the ‘International Trust Fund for Demining & Mine Victims Assistance’ (ITF). The concept was to purchase ‘landmined’ land in Croatia and Sarajevo, de-mine & sell it. The profits from the concept were then used to purchase more land and repeat the cycle, before all support from corporates evaporated with the Global Financial Crisis.

2002 – 2010

Back home, we concentrated on Auckland and Wellington, completing many exciting Interior Architectural design jobs with Project & Cost management, based from our little house in Ellerslie. There were about 50 people in the company at this point.

1998 - 2001

In February 1994, America announced the embargo on Vietnam to be lifted. David Gaze had a personal invite through interactions with the YPO network, to attend a USA-led tour of Vietnam, 6 months before this embargo became law. We thought that our expertise could work well here and quickly set up, converting old French Villas that had exceptional character on the outside but barely a cold water tap on the inside. We added everything from full air-conditioning to marble kitchens, ready for the invasion of expats coming into the country. We also assisted companies re-opening their doors to Vietnam, such as Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson and the American Consulate’s new premises. 

By 1997-8 we were involved as a sub-contractor to a large Korean Developer, building apartments in the city of Ho Chi Minh. However, Korea had a massive financial crisis, Koreans fled town, the development was stopped 75% complete, and we were out of pocket millions of dollars. We cut our losses, closed the operation and headed home to New Zealand.

1995

Sold kitset motel to Niue, refurbished Niue hotel and sold building material to Papua New Guinea

Niue had been struck by a severe storm, and many hotels destroyed (devastating for Niue, whose main source of income was, and still is. tourism.) We built up some fantastic relationships and loved the country’s determination to survive through thick and thin. While in the Pacific we also worked with Samoa and American Samoa and supplied construction materials to Papua New Guinea, even exporting graders and bulldozers to the islands – anything to keep the cashflow moving!

1988 - 1994

Privatised.

By selling property, we managed to pay back all our shareholders. We shifted into a small house in Ellerslie, where we kept our head down, determined to survive the tough property market.

1987

With the ‘boom’ of the 80s we decided to list on the New Zealand Stock exchange. The late Graham Bayley (founder of Bayleys Real Estate) became our chairman. Landmark Properties took a 20% holding in our listing, with a ‘put option’ on it. After the crash, this ‘put option’ meant we had to pay back several million dollars. The only way we could do that was to privatise, sell property we owned and pay back all shareholders.

1987

Rapidly growing, we took on the top two floors of an eight storey building in Newmarket (now 277 Shopping Centre). Here, we got up to around 50 staff, were one of the first companies to install a fax, and procured naming rights for the building, that could clearly be seen from the Newmarket motorway viaduct. Today people still remember that high exposure and we attribute much of that to those naming rights.

The same year we opened an office in Wellington.

We started one of the first serviced offices that was a great success, and quickly expanded into these offices for our new requirements.

1986

Moved to Newmarket and changed name to Gaze Commercial. Realising we needed to be located centrally, a group of us moved to an old penthouse apartment (more like a shed) in Teed St. One of our first projects was to shift a small real estate company called Bayleys Real Estate from Papatoetoe into City Road, off Symonds St. Their success has since become legendary and we grew rapidly during these years through our work with Bayleys, Chase Corporation, Equicorp, Landmark and other high flyers of the 80s.

1984

Altered name to Gaze Interiors to clarify that we were a Commercial Interior Planning company but unfortunately some people assumed we were Interior Colour consultants! Our first big job was for McVeagh Fleming in Papatoetoe.

1983

First job!

David Gaze started in the garage of his Papakura home. Broke and burdened by two mortgages, his first job was to replace casters on 6 chairs for the Papakura Council.

1982