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Happy Wellington Storage Team

I am fortunate in my role as an Operations Manager at Kennards Storage that I can travel around and spend time with my teams all over the North Island in New Zealand. Recently on my visit to our Wellington Self Storage site that most locals know of by our distinct orange and blue exterior branding, I experienced one of those days when I appreciated how well my teams work together and focus on customer interactions which is so positive and accommodating.

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Allies Across The Tasman

New Zealand, you called it. We are not true Kiwis! We snuck our way into New Zealand back in 2008 and made our mark with our bright Orange and Blue buildings. We soon learned of the patriotism that binds New Zealand, a very big Kudos to your country. There is no doubt us Aussies could learn a thing or two about your commitment to invest in your own homegrown country… but, here me out.

What we did do, was pioneer Self Storage in Australia and help make the industry what it is today. We’ve spent 47 years shaping Self Storage and the last 10 years detoxing the community from the “Storage Wars” stigma created by the U.S. media. When the opportunity came to assist in the New Zealand market we jumped, we knew our Trans-Tasman relationship was closely aligned when it came to providing storage customers an honest, open, and transparent experience. We were able to connect with other New Zealand storage providers and work together through the Self-Storage Association – a peak industry body in Australia and New Zealand that supports other storage members through education, advocacy, and advice.

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Our Wellington Site Supporting ‘Blue Dragon’

I am pleased to update our Blog with news that our Wellington team are supporting a local registered charity in New Zealand called ‘Blue Dragon Children’s Trust’, whose purpose is to provide exceptional care to Vietnamese children and families in crisis creating long-term change for a better world.

Full details of the trust works can be found at their website – www.bluedragon.org

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“I’ve shut my shop, got out of my lease and am going 100% online” How Kennards Business Storage was there to help.

Phone, wallet, keys….. hand sanitiser? As I packed up my laptop for the day and looked outside ready to leave, a once bustling street was bare.

Our office, in the bustling hub that is Macquarie Park, Sydney had become a ghost town. Streets lined with office complexes were empty, team members told to hand in the their access passes or to stay home until further notice. It was out of this world!

For years friends have always been fascinated with my attraction to the storage industry, they would say things like “Storage? What is it that holds you there, really? After 15 years’ experience in the business, I’d often provide a well-worn reply “there’s more to it than you think” You’d be surprised how many people we help” It’s the human stories and company culture that keep us here.

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How Much Does Storage Cost?

The most commonly asked question when searching for information about storage in Google is “How much does storage cost?”. There are approximately 500K searches for storage Australia wide increasing on average 12% each year. The data suggests that storage is a growing need for people in Australia.

So how much does storage cost?

Typically in the industry, storage rent is paid monthly in advance with costs varying depending on the size and position of the storage space within a facility as well as the location of the storage facility itself.

What do I mean!

Size does matter, make sure you work out exactly how much space you need. That way you don’t pay for storage you don’t need. Typically, the bigger the space the higher the cost. If you need help, most storage operators have a size calculator available to use on their website. You can also contact the storage centre direct and speak with a Team Member who has been extensively trained to help customers work out exactly how much space you need.

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Covid-19, Level 2 – What Does That Mean For Our Customers?

The New Zealand Government declared Level 2 conditions are in effect from Thursday 14th May in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This now means we are open for all business within the community subject to safe working conditions for our team members and customers plus ensuring all transactions are available to customers, cash payments are accepted as well as contactless options too.

Everyone can access our full range of services at our website – www.kennards.co.nz by phoning or visiting your local centre during normal business hours or our call centre on 0800 433 748, to assist all existing and new customers.

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Can I Move Home During Covid?

There is moving house, then there is moving house during a global pandemic. If you are like me and recently settled on a property you may know this feeling all too well. Quite frankly you probably deserve a medal.

Take one of life’s known stressors like selling a home, buying a home, or moving, shake it around and inject it with a fist full of steroids and that’s what moving might feel like right now. All around us there is change. Retail is facing closures, travel restrictions are being enforced and we all have a personal radius of 1.5 metres!

To quote Star Trek, “it’s life Jim, but not as we know it“!

If moving is on the cards for you or you know someone moving, please read on.

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Covid-19 – Level 3 – Kennards Self Storage

The New Zealand Government declared Level 3 conditions are in effect from Tuesday 28th April in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This now means we are open for all business within the community subject to safe working conditions for our team members and customers plus ensuring all transactions with customers are contactless during this period.

Everyone can access our full range of services at our website – www.kennards.co.nz or by phoning your local centre during normal business hours or our call centre on 0800 433 748, to assist all existing and new customers.

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Making The Most Of Your Isolation Time

The way we go about our daily lives has changed. Covid-19 has pushed the way we socialise and interact with one another. The impacts of this virus can be seen across all corners of the globe.

Sadly many lives have been lost to this virus and many families have been impacted. We all can do our part in stopping the spread of this virus.

Personal hygiene plays a critical role in containing and stopping the spread. We can all do our part in stopping the spread of Covid 19.

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COVID-19 – Message from our CEO

Message to customers (Updated March 27th, 2020).

The situation with Covid-19 is changing rapidly and our company is constantly adapting. New Zealand is now at Level 4.

We remain committed to the safety of our customers and employees, and also to sustaining the activities of the customers that use our services for a range of reasons. Despite the changes being implemented, all of the Kennards Self Storage team is committed to minimising any inconvenience and indeed will be providing an exceptional experience while also ensuring the highest level of safety.

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