Kiwi a trans-tasman real estate winner
Trans-Tasman rivalry knows no bounds, and has now extended to real estate.
While the Aussies are still smarting over the All Blacks' convincing retention of the Bledisloe Cup in August, and the Silver Ferns' two-test win last month of netball's glorious Constellation Cup will have also cut deep, a young Auckland auctioneer has given Kiwis something else to crow about.
Daniel Coulson, 22, has won the little-known-but-we'll-take-it Australasian Auctioneer Championships.
And he did it on Australian home turf.
He is the youngest auctioneer ever to win the title.
New Zealand's top real estate auctioneer called "the perfect auction" to win the two-day event in Adelaide this week.
Coulson, who works for Bayleys Real Estate, was said to have utilised a high-energy blend of humour, body language, an intricate knowledge of real estate legalise, and stage dramatics, to wow the judges with a flawless performance in a tight time-frame.
He took the top gavel accolade ahead of four other finalists.
Each finalist had to call a mock property auction in front of a packed auditorium. 'Planted' bidders in the auction room were trained to throw in a range of curly bids and questions at the auctioneers throughout the process.
Bayleys said Coulson's calm demeanor and real estate expertise saw him professionally clear every hurdle, while at the same time creating rumblings of mirth throughout the crowd with his numerous quips and retorts.
"It was an honour just to stand alongside the best in the industry from Australia and New Zealand," Coulson said.
"It's great to be bringing home the silverware."
Coulson has been calling real estate auctions for four years.
In July he won the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand national auction championships, and in September he was one of the four Bayleys auctioneers watched by more than one million TV viewers in the season finale of the hit DIY home-renovation series The Block NZ.