Pete is the man with the hearty chuckle you’ll hear booming through the doors of REAL and the man you’ll see generously giving his time to all those who need it. He really is a true local – since the early 1970’s in fact! He’s also a well-respected member of our community, particularly as a result of his dealings with council, the Kerikeri District Business Association and the setting up of highly successful local enterprises.
Pete’s wisdom in all aspects of property, business and people runs deep and his career history tells the tale. As a commercial and horticultural developer and entrepreneur, he was originally involved in the setup of Kerikeri’s largest horticultural company and developed a great number of orchard properties. He was also instrumental in the successful set up of the REAL Property concept in Kerikeri and remains as Co-owner. As if that’s not enough, Pete also developed Kerikeri’s largest commercial/retail precinct in Waipapa. Now that’s quite a career!
He is also Chief of the huge ‘Hendl Tribe’; his wife Tissi, their seven kids and nine grandkids all devoted members.
The Kerikeri lifestyle is also something that Pete relishes in. Whether he’s hanging out with family and friends at their bach in Tapuaetahi, flexing his green thumbs in the garden, or claiming his title in the kitchen as the ‘Fresh Prince of Paella’, he finds jubilation and laughter in all that he surrounds himself with.