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MAJKA KAISER SITS DOWN WITH CHRISTCHURCH ENTREPENEUR FOR A SURPRISING HEART-TO-HEART WHERE SHE DISCOVERS A MAN OF SIMPLE TASTES AND GREAT HUMILITY. Self-made property developer Shaun Stockman came from humble stock. The eldest son of three to an Irish mechanic and Kiwi seamstress, Shaun grew up in Cass Bay and has remained a loyal Cantabrian all his life. Following in his father’s footsteps, Shaun entered the workforce as a panel beater before venturing into real estate at 24 with his first property - a little cottage in Sydenham. Showing innate talent for the property market, within his first year at Harcourts Shaun was voted top rookie salesperson. With a steadily increasing residential property portfolio combined with his hands-on experience in the market, Shaun later turned his focus to commercial property investment. Fast-forward two decades and Shaun is a director and shareholder of KPI Rothschild Property Group and its subsidiaries throughout Christchurch and Timaru. At 55, one would expect a man in his position to pass over the reigns to his capable codirectors, but Shaun has no plans to sit back and bask in the glow of his achievements. As I enter Shaun’s newly refurbished office within the charmingly restored 1883 Bonnington House on High Street, I detect a faint aroma of newly laid carpet and freshly painted walls, which bear the hallmarks of all that remains of his other inner city historic buildings. Framed artist’s sketches and handsome original watercolour blueprints are mere mementos of so much achieved and helpful reminders of how it can all disappear in the blink
“What chance do they have if we just sit in our white castles, in our comfortable middle-of-theroad lives?”
of an eye. With strong family ties and meaningful connections with his church community, Shaun is a true Christian, putting his money where his mouth is. His financial contributions are not merely the obligatory monthly donations to worthy causes – although this list is quite substantial - but he chooses to engage at a much deeper level. One such charitable trust Shaun is clearly passionate about is Crossroads Youth with a Future, of which he is a trustee. A drop-in centre for atrisk youth based in Aranui, Shaun’s first encounter with the centre 12 years ago made an indelible impression. As he recounts the evening’s events in vivid detail I begin to see Shaun’s focus sharpen to a steely knife-edge and feel a surge of compassion rise from the depths. What began as a simple business dealing would prove to be a valuable awakening to a violent and impoverished side of life Shaun had never known. Overwhelmed, Shaun candidly admits to driving around the block and bursting into tears of despair. “What chance do they have if we just sit in our white castles, in our comfortable middle-of-the-road lives?” Using his position as an opportunity to extend his generosity beyond his immediate circle of friends and family. An inspiration to us all with abundant life conditions - and chances are if you’ve picked up this magazine, you’re one of the fortunate ones.
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