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Central Otago real estate agent and licensee Craig Myles has joined global agency Colliers in setting up a new office in Wanaka.

Mr Myles specialises asa broker of premium residential real estate and has won several industry awards since moving from Dunedin to Wanaka in 2014.

He joins Colliers as a director and senior sales consultant of the Wanaka branch.

The Wanaka office is an extension of Colliers’regional footprint.

Colliers already has Wanaka valuation advisory and full service offices in Queenstown and Dunedin.

Colliers Otago director Mark Simpson said the expansion into Wanaka was a natural progression and growth opportunity.

Colliers had wanted to be in Wanaka for some time, he said.

Colliers Otago general manager of real estate Roger Ellis said Mr Myles would be a leader
in the premium residential sales team.

‘‘His expertise in the region is unsurpassed and we look forward to welcoming him into the wider group,’’ Mr Ellis said.

The Spencer Mall office would be temporary until Colliers fits out a bigger office to house an expanded team later this year.

Colliers Valuation will retain its Ardmore St premises.

Mr Myles said he was looking forward to building relationships and deepening his community ties.

‘The Wanaka regionhas always been well-served by existing local real estate agencies. However, I see an increasing need for client to have their property asset showcased throughout New Zealand and further afield. Colliers are leaders in this space,’’ he said.

There was huge potential to access high net worth and private equity, both locally and offshore,further expanding benefits for clients, Mr Myles said.

Globally, Colliers earns annualised revenues of$3.6billion ($4billion including affiliates) and has$46billion of assets under management.

Colliers launched inNew Zealand in April 1989 and employs more than 600 staff in 23 locations.