Kennards Self Storage News & Updates

Hawkes Bay Teams Clean Up At The Achievement Awards

Both of our Teams from the Hawkes BayNapier ( who also run the satellite Onekawa facility ) and Hastings had beaming smiles after being recognised recently at the Annual Kennards Self Storage Achievement Awards,  where the company celebrate the achievements of Team Members and Centres.

On the night, three awards were given to the Napier Team, lead by Joshua Johnston along with Nealla Lyttle and Jonathan Claybourne; for exceptional Sales Excellence, Sustained Growth of their Centres and the Gold standard for Centre presentation. The Sales Excellence Award is of significant achievement, as this recognises consistent superior levels of customer services. This is measured over the year by an independent Mystery Shopper company for all Team Members, so receiving this award is definitely something special.

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Five Questions To Ask When Renting A Storage Space

All products and services in our life have vast differences in quality, and self storage is no different. It may seem that an empty space is a uniform homogenous commodity but there are indeed stark contrasts between the storage options.

Here are 5 quick questions to assist when considering storing your valuable stuff.

1. Can I come and go when I like?
Putting your stuff in storage is a short term temporary measure while you reorganise your life. It is highly probable you will want to take stuff out and put other stuff back in. You will want to do this at your leisure not at the discretion of the operator. Some professional storage companies offer 24/7 access with associated high-end security. Others step down to simply business hours. While some are very limited to set times of the week.

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Hawkes Bay To Get More Space

Kennards Self Storage existing Hastings location

The surging population of Hawkes Bay has seen demand soar for space with Kennards Self Storage in this area.

In response, Kennards has acquired a parcel of land in Hastings and will develop a new storage centre in the near future.

While Kennards already has one storage centre at 101a Southampton Road Hastings, the new location at 816 Omahu Road will complement the existing centre.

Located 3.5km from the existing location, 816 Omahu Road provides a convenient alternative to customers in the Western side of Hastings.

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Choosing The Right Wines For Your Cellar

There is a certain romantic allure surrounding drinking a really old wine. However most people don’t really know why the aged wine they are enjoying is any better than it was in the first year. What is the oldest wine you have tasted; did you like it or understand the differences of its age? It’s a question I’m often asked my new customers starting down the path of wine collection. Learning the answer to this question is half the fun of cellaring wines.

First, you need to stock your cellar with age worthy wines. You might be surprised to know that only 1% of the wines produced in the world are built to last the test of time. Most of the cellar worthy wines will actually have poorer ratings on release and only gain perfection with age.

Some people believe you can set a price around what wines can be cellared. I have heard that wines under $30 are meant to drink now. So if you buy any wines above, they are good to cellar. This just isn’t true. The only way to know if a wine can be cellared is by tasting it and understanding its character and structure.

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And We’ll Even Buy Them Back!

Kennards Self Storage have proudly been supplying New Zealand with our large range of quality new and used boxes and packing supplies for over 10 years. Along with everything else to help pack and move like tape, bubble wrap, packing paper or even covers for your favourite lounge. As well as our large range on offer we’re also open seven days a week for you to come in and browse.

Buy as many boxes as you like and return any unused boxes for a refund. Buy 10 or more boxes and receive a 20% discount. 

Our customers also appreciate being able to bring the boxes back when there finished with them. Our ‘buy back‘ policy is well known and we like to think it’s also good for our customers as it gives them the option of buying new or used boxes. It’s also our way of helping the environment and recycling as much as possible.

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Mt Eden Wine Cellar Expands Again

Since 2013, when we created our first climate controlled wine cellars at Kennards Self Storage Mt Eden, we have struggled to keep up with the demand of customers wanting cellars. Supplying a mixture of sizes ranging from the ever popular 12 case cabinet right up to 100 cases for the more serious wine collector. They have become so popular that we decided to expand again, building more wine cellars to cater for the high demand.

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Self Storage Unit, Do I Need One?

Kennards Self Storage Moving Day 1

Over time, the demand and use of self storage has increased as people realise that life is much easier if you declutter your surroundings – or like the saying goes – “A tidy desk means a tidy mind”, many people rent a storage unit for really good logical reasons!

Moving your home:
If you are relocating or selling your home, renting a self storage unit is often needed – in particular when selling, as presenting your home at its best requires cleaning and moving out furniture to make the property more open and easy to view. The best place for your items is to store them in a Kennards Self Storage unit until you have a new home. Often when you move house, the new home is not always ready on the same date – fear not knowing your items are in a storage unit until you are ready, gives peace of mind that everything is in one place and secure – saving your stress!

Life Events:
They say in life – always expect the unexpected! Whether it is a family bereavement, break up in relationship or chance at a new job somewhere else, sometimes the event requires time and logistics to be worked out. Why worry and stress over making everything happen at once, place your items in a storage unit and achieve things at your own pace, better long term decisions are made without pressure. Remember storage is paid month by month and Kennards pro rata back a refund for the part of a month not used so you only pay for the storage.

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Is It Time To Declutter Your Business?


As we move into the start of a new financial year, many self-employed people along with most business organisations will be getting there financial records ready for tax filing and then deciding on what records need to be kept for tax purposes and the rest become recycling paper.

Even in this digital age of document scanners, USBs and cloud storage, the requirement to keep certain physical records still exists and needs to be managed. This includes those important documents with original signatures or seals on them that cannot be simply copied.

An important tip when selling your home is to declutter all your personal items into storage so you can present your home in a tidy organised way to appeal to as many buyers as possible. Well in business – doing an annual declutter of business paperwork to ensure you are organised and efficient can also be just as important. Savvy businesses are now using self storage units as their preferred methods of storage – you may ask why?

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Tips For The Ultimate Spring Clean

Spring has arrived! If you’re thinking of doing your annual home spring clean these tips will not only save you time and effort, but they’ll make the process more enjoyable as well.

A photo by Sarah Dorweiler.

1. Assess each room

Before you embark on your spring clean, it’s a good idea look into each area and assess the amount of work that needs to be done. This first assessment, even if it’s a quick one, will allow you to identify any problem areas and get a good picture of what will need to happen.

Once you’ve got a better idea of the project scope you’ll be able to ensure you have the right tools and can set aside the right amount of time to get the job done right.

If you do this assessment and find yourself worried that the project is too large, it may help to separate the task over different days. You can separate by areas such as upstairs/downstairs or group rooms together, but beware of going too small as you may find you lose motivation halfway through.


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