September 6-9, 2016


93 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs NT

about / Auctioneering Championships

The Australasian Auctioneering Championships is an annual event representing the most professional and skilled auctioneers that New Zealand and Australia have to offer.

The Championships are conducted jointly by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA). This year, the Real Estate Institute of Northern Territory (REINT) is proud to be hosting the 2016 Championships and we invite you to join us for this exceptional event at Alice Springs Convention Centre on the 6th through to 8th of September. .


Morgan Shearer

Chief Judge

Andrew Potts

ACT, Australia

Jonathon Moore

SA, Australia

Mark MacCabe

QLD, Australia

Matthew Knight

NT, Australia

Bob Jury

NSW, Australia

John Abbott

New Zealand

Michael Walsh

TAS, Australia

Neil Laws

VIC, Australia

David Lynch

WA, Australia

Past Winners

Harry Li


VIC, Australia

Andrew North


New Zealand

Daniel Coulson

2012 & 2013

New Zealand

Mark Sumich

2007, 2008 & 2011

New Zealand


Jason Andrew


QLD, Australia

Event Timeline

  • Ghan departs Adelaide
  • Ghan arrive in Alice
  • Daily flights from most capital cities
  • Airport and train ‘meet & greet’.
  • Golfing at the magnificent Alice Springs Golf Course.
  • Cocktails and appearance draw.
  • The 2016 AAC heats.
  • Cocktails and Finals draw.
  • Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championship (inaugural).
  • AAC Finals.
  • Bush Dinner at Ooramina Station.
  • REIA Board & CEO’s Meeting
  • …the rest of you enjoy and explore The Red Centre… or go home.

Event Schedule / Competitors

Karl Secondis

Karl Secondis has been auctioneering for over 20 years in the Territory and is certainly well known for his passion and success.

He certainly knows his business well and continues to surround himself with the market leaders within the auction fraternity across Australia as it assists him in keeping on top of his game.

Karl also gives back each year to his local community lending his skills as an auctioneer to raise much needed funds for various organisations such as the Starlight Foundation. In the last 3 years Karl has raised almost half a million dollars from just 3 charity auction events at the Paspaley Star Ball.

Karl is committed to being the best auctioneer he can be so that he can offer his clients the opportunity to obtain the very best result on auction day.

Andrew South

Andrew knows Darwin inside out. He grew up there and found his niche in real estate after operating businesses in construction, display & exhibition and signwriting.

Before taking over Complete Real Estate in 2012, Andrew sold residential, commercial and development property for a prominent locally owned agency for 12 years, running a regional branch for 5 years.

He is a skilled auctioneer and after coming runner-up in his first attempt at competitions, he has wont the REINT Auctioneer of the Year three years running in 2014, 15 and 16.

Mark Larmer

Mark Larmer has spent more than 16 years selling residential real estate throughout Canberra and has helped over 2,200 clients to date. Mark is both a licensed agent and auctioneer, now working within a team of agents ‘OurTeam’. As his business has gone from strength to strength and he has picked up almost every award along the way, including the REIACT 'Salesperson of the Year' and 'Australian Residential Salesperson of the Year 2009 ' which is the highest award a real estate agent in Australia can obtain. In 2013 he started auctioneering, which resulted in him being awarded both the 2014 & 2015 REIACT Auctioneer of the Year award.

Peter Walker

After 29 years in the real estate industry, Peter continues to remain passionate about real estate and auctioneering, taking advantage of any opportunity to learn and improve. He has been committed to the on-going process of learning and evolving as an auctioneer over the past ten years. Peter has competed in auctioneering competitions during this time and won numerous awards. He was runner up in the REIACT 2014 auctioneering competition and the winner of the All Homes People’s Choice award in 2014. Peter was also the REIACT Auctioneer of the Year and Canberra Times People's Choice Auctioneer in 2011, in addition to winning the REIACT Auctioneer of the Year in 2007.  Peter’s focus is now mentoring a new generation of auctioneers. He holds firm to the belief that “A society thrives when old men plant trees they won’t see grow.

Daniel Coulson

“As Bayleys National Auction Manager, Daniel heads a team of experienced and seasoned Bayleys auctioneers around the country and is closely involved with delivering ongoing training for auctioneers, managers and sales agents to ensure that they remain relevant and up-to-date with auction best practice.

With an extensive knowledge of property industry fundamentals, Daniel has the ability to put vendors at ease throughout the entire auction process, ensuring they are comfortable and employ the best strategy to attain a premium result.

Daniel has previously won both the REINZ and Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships and see’s these competitions as the perfect opportunity to enhance his skillset.  He looks forward to competing again this year.”

Andrew North

Andrew considers himself to be incredibly lucky to be doing a job that he absolutely loves. 

He has competed in many auctioneering competitions, with varying degrees of success and is delighted to be participating in his 6th Australasian Auctioneering competition.

Gavin Croft

Gavin is a Director and Head Auctioneer of BresicWhitney and Real Estate Auction Services.  He trains and mentors auctioneers from all over Sydney. He is a two-time winner of the NSW auctioneering championships.

Gavin looks forward to competing again in this year’s Australasian Auctioneering Championships which showcases Australia and New Zealand’s best auctioneers.

Edward Riley

Edward’s natural gift for auctioneering was first noticed in 2001 when he won the NSW Novice Auctioneer Competition organised by the Real Estate Institute of NSW. Since then Edward has auctioned for a number of Sydney’s leading franchise and independent agencies, and has been exposed to a great range of both residential and commercial property across the greater metropolitan area of Sydney. Edward is currently working exclusively for McGrath Estate Agents and also generously donates his time to a number of Sydney’s charities and institutions, conducting in excess of 50 fundraising auctions each year.

Gordon Macdonald

Working as a leading real estate agent for a decade, Gordon developed a strong commitment to the auction process, learning first-hand the formula for the perfect campaign.

Now conducting business in multiple market places nationally, Gordon works with some of the industry’s leading offices and agents and is the founder of The Auction Group.

Justin Nickerson

Justin’s unwavering belief and understanding of the auction process is the cornerstone of his working relationships. One of Australia’s most highly regarded and awarded auctioneers, Justin is the current 2016 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year having previously won the competition in 2013 as well as being a runner up twice in 2014 & 2015. He was a finalist in the 2013 & 2014 Australasian Auctioneering Championships.

Michael Fenn

Michael Fenn is Principal of LJ Hooker Greenwith | Golden Grove as well as being a respected corporate auctioneer for the LJ Hooker group.

Michael’s talents as an auctioneer began in 2006 - being named as Winner of the Novice Auctioneer competition at the SA Golden Gavel Awards. Since then Michael has gone from strength to strength – a three time Finalist of the Australasian Auctioneering Championships; a three time Finalist of the SA Golden Gavel Awards; and a three time Winner of the SA Golden Gavel Awards 2011, 2012 and 2016!

After his recent success as Winner of the SA Golden Gavel in May, Michael is very much looking forward to competing in the 2016 REISA Auctioneering Championships for the first time.

Bronte Manuel

The 2015 REISA Auctioneering Championships winner, Australasian Auctioneering Championships contestant and past winner of the Golden Gavel (2014), Bronte has started his auction competition on a high note, having only appeared on the competition scene in the past three years.

Bronte’s relaxed country auction style comes from his background in selling Riverland Real Estate. Bronte is focused on his training and hopes to put SA auctioneers on the Australasian map in the not to distant future.

Josh Hart

Twenty six year old Josh Hart is a nationally multi-award winning real estate agent based in Tasmania.

He is a Director and Auctioneer at One Agency - Launceston & Burnie. Hart marries technology; social media and traditional real estate methodologies to both sell and source properties for his clients. He has amassed a highly engaged social following of over five thousand, to which he shares the latest on developments in innovations and the future of real estate. Putting his money where is mouth is, is an investor in both property and technology and advises some of the leading agencies in Australia on his non-traditional approach. 

Sam Woolcock

Sam owns one of Launceston’s best known and respected agencies, Woolcock Partners. He has extensive experience in the industry having worked throughout Australia and New Zealand with L.J.Hooker before returning to his home state to join his family business.


Sam is passionate about the art of auctioneering and has been instrumental in establishing the ‘Tasmanian School Auction Championships’ a program designed to introduce school students to the industry.

Harry Li

Through drive and constant improvement, Harry has now become one the nation’s premier auctioneers.

Entering the auction competition year after year is  testament of his hunger and attitude in reaching the highest level in auctioneering.

In 2015, Harry broke through and took out the Australasian auctioneer of the year title. This year, on the back of winning his second Victorian title, he is looking to defend last year’s win and keep the trophy in Melbourne for another year.

Tom Roberts

Tom grew up on a family farm in the Western District. This is reflected in his approachable manner and can-do attitude. Entering the world of Real Estate 27 years ago, Tom is now a Partner in the Carlton North office. He is one of Nelson Alexander’s senior auctioneers and has conducted well in excess of 2000 auctions.

Tom Esze

Tom Esze commenced his real estate career in February 1987 following a six year engagement in the Australian Army.

Throughout his real estate path he has seen and experienced most scenarios that can happen to an agent, as well as practicing all methods of sale available in the market place… In his own words, “The method of sale by Auction is the most accountable and effective process available to the Seller and the Agent to realise the premium outcome!” He likens the process for an Agent to a skilful surgeon, scalpel in hand and performing a routine procedure with true precision and real conclusion!

Frank Torre

Frank Torre's skill and dedication to the Art of Auctions has not only seen him achieve outstanding sales results, but has garnered him many awards over his career, including "WA Auction Champion" "Highest Dollar Value Sold by Auction" and the "Highest Sale Price ever achieved in Western Australia for a home Sold at Auction". 

His passion for the auction process sees him as the most prolific auctioneer in WA and in particular, the Western Suburbs of Perth, garnering him a reputation as an agent and auctioneer of integrity, trust and professionalism, values that he instills in his team of agents and Auctioneers at House Real Estate. 

This passion and dedication to his craft sees Frank as the Auctioneer of choice for many agencies, Government Departments as well as the many charities that Frank donates his time and skills to every year. 

Lasseters / accommodation

Lasseters is the centre of entertainment in Alice Springs with four restaurants, four bars, a sports lounge, pool side cafe, night club and an international standard casino with tables and electronic games as well as free Wi-Fi property-wide. Stay in our 4 ½ star hotel rooms & suites and enjoy access to a resort-style pool & spa as well room service, concierge services and complimentary bikes to explore Alice Springs.

Lasseters enjoys picture-perfect surroundings beneath the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, alongside the banks of the Todd River and backing onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Guests can enjoy the range of great facilities the hotel offers including the beautiful heated resort pool and spa, free Wi-Fi, in-house entertainment, fully equipped Health Club, and complimentary mountain bikes to explore Alice Springs. Experiencing the amazing sights of Central Australia is a breeze with advice from knowledgeable staff and concierge services.

We offer a range of room sizes and configurations from great value Standard Rooms to contemporary Premium Rooms and Suites. Each of our accommodation options features free wi-fi, a safety deposit box, TV and movies and a fully stocked minibar. We also offer dry-cleaning and laundry facilities, town and airport transfers and a choice of four restaurants and three bars as well as an international standard casino. Room service is available to all of our guests - choose to enjoy your meal from the comfort of your room or poolside by our beautiful heated pool and spa.

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Doubletree by Hilton / accommodation

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. We will even welcome you with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when you check in.

All of our spacious guest rooms and suites offer mountain views, generous work surfaces, luxurious bedding and high-speed internet access. Work out in the 24-hour fitness center, improve your serve on one of two tennis courts, swim in the heated outdoor pool overlooking the lush garden landscape or play a round on the 18-hole golf course located just next door.

Unwind in our inviting Deck Eatery and Bar, enjoy lunch in our casual, bistro-style restaurant, Springs, or savor the highest quality, fine-dining experience in the area in Hanuman. Hold an event at this Alice Springs hotel with 700 sq. meters of meeting space, including a divisible grand ballroom, the latest A/V equipment and a business center.

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The Ghan / travel

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape.

And when the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

To book call 08 8213 4402 or email & quote "PNR 8374979"


Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championship (inaugural)

An exciting new initiative has been launched for the Real Estate Institutes’ of Australia and New Zealand. For the first time, the REIA and REINZ will hold the inaugural Australasian Auctioneering Schools Championships in conjunction with the Australasian Auctioneering Championships in Alice Springs in September 2016.

Come along and see the youth and vitality of the next generation of real estate agents.

Competing for the first time, and never to be repeated, and to be forever known as the inaugural winner of the Schools Competition. After all, who was the winner of the first Australasian Auctioneering Championships in Tasmania? Being the first you will always remember.

Most importantly, harking back to 1993 for that first ever senior competition, will be students from Tasmania and South Australia who have succeeded in their respective Real Estate Institute’s competitions and have earned the right to compete at the highest level.

Golf Tournament


Event Only

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This category is designed for people who want to attend the Auction events — both the heats and the finals, but not attend any of the other activities.

You will be entitled to the morning and afternoon tea served during the heats, but WILL NOT be able to attend the cocktail events, official luncheon or gala dinner on this ticket.

$44.35 including GST

Event & Cocktails

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This level of ticketing entitles the holder to attend the Auctioneering heats and finals, PLUS you can attend the Cocktail events on Tuesday and Wednesday (which include the position draws) AND the official luncheon during the Heats.

Please note that this level of ticketing DOES NOT include the Gala Dinner.

$175.80 including GST

Dinner Only

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This is for people who DO NOT wish to attend the Auctioneering Heats and Finals (including all the cocktail and luncheon events) but DO wish to attend the Gala Dinner at Ooramina Station.

This package will include a truly unique 5 Star dining event ‘under the stars’, transportation to and from the dinner, all drinks and live entertainment.

$313.92 including GST

Full Delegates Package

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This package is the best value package as it covers EVERYTHING! You get ALL the events including the Auctioneering Heats and Finals, the official luncheon, ALL the cocktail events plus the amazing dinner experience at Ooramina Station (inclusive of transport, drinks and entertainment).

$488.02 including GST

Please note, as we can only accept payment with Visa and Mastercard, should you wish to use an alternative payment method including Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), please contact us at with your details, including the events you wish to book for, how many people, the names of the attendees (and which events they would be attending) and a contact person (including an email and phone number).
We can arrange invoicing from there or seek any further details we might require.

Please note that all payments are priced and taken in Australian Dollars.

Event Location

Alice Springs Convention Centre
93 Barrett Drive,
Alice Springs NT