The first in a mini-series on The Hutchinson Group, who believe, ‘The world deserves to be looked after better by all of us.’ Monique Balvert-O’Connor takes a look round the first of the family-owned group’s two businesses: The Relocatable House Co.


The farm­house Chris­sey and Bill relo­cat­ed, when Rich was four-years-old

As a ten-year-old, Chris­sey Hutchin­son was allowed to miss school to watch a relo­cat­able house being moved to her par­ents’ prop­er­ty.

Her pho­to album includes a shot of her son Richard, aged three, indus­tri­ous­ly load­ing bricks, when his moth­er and father (Bill) relo­cat­ed their home.

Per­haps it was writ­ten in the stars that Chris­sey and Richard would one day devel­op a ven­ture around their inter­est in house relo­ca­tion. And so it is that Chris­sey and hus­band, Bill, and Richard and wife, Claire, form The Hutchin­son Group, which owns both The Relo­cat­able House Com­pa­ny (TRHCo), and Good­wood – a wood-waste recy­cling com­pa­ny. It’s sev­en years since Richard farewelled the cor­po­rate world to join his par­ents in start­ing a busi­ness, with an ini­tial focus on buy­ing, sell­ing, and mov­ing hous­es.

The­se days it’s a more encom­pass­ing approach – con­nect­ing buy­ers with sell­ers, yes, but also includ­ing expert con­sul­tants and project man­agers to assist with con­sent process­es and all the essen­tial ser­vices wrapped around house relo­ca­tion.

Richard, who is The Hutchin­son Group’s CEO, tells how TRHCo’s pro­gres­sion over recent years has includ­ed the appoint­ment of key per­son­nel, such as design, con­sent, and mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ists, sales con­sul­tants, and a gen­er­al man­ager.

Group staff num­bers sit at about 20, with more than 100 homes moved per year. The core mar­ket is the Waika­to, the Bay of Plen­ty, and Auck­land, with ofices in Tau­ran­ga and Auck­land.

It’s easy to feel pas­sion­ate about this fam­i­ly busi­ness with fam­i­ly val­ues,” Richard says. “At its core is plen­ty that fits under the ‘change for good’ ban­ner – like resource­ful­ness, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and help­ing New Zealan­ders into homes that are more afford­able than many alter­na­tives.

As the company’s mantra states, we believe that more New Zealan­ders own­ing their own home cre­ates bet­ter fam­i­ly envi­ron­ments, bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties, and bet­ter futures.”

Claire says the data­base of those want­i­ng to buy hous­es to relo­cate is large. “It’s a viable option, espe­cial­ly with increased house prices. And we love that we are set­ting peo­ple up for suc­cess.”

Gen­er­al man­ager, Dave Wilson, says pur­chasers can save between 30 and 50 per­cent of the cost of a new build­ing. Peo­ple have the oppor­tu­ni­ty of adding val­ue by fin­ish­ing homes off them­selves, too.

Staff at TRHCo are unit­ed in their com­mit­ment to edu­cate New Zealan­ders about the envi­ron­men­tal advan­tages. They’re proud to have Auck­land Coun­cil recog­ni­tion as a pre­ferred waste-min­imi­sa­tion part­ner.

Demo­li­tion is, unfor­tu­nate­ly, the mind­set of many,” Dave says. “They’re quick to demol­ish, despite the fact that con­struc­tion waste is a major prob­lem, and there’s a hous­ing short­age.

We are prov­ing key in pre­vent­ing many hous­es from being demol­ished. And it’s great to see the his­to­ry of some of the­se beau­ti­ful homes pre­served.”



ENVIRONMENT When a house is demol­ished, all build­ing mate­ri­als go to land ll, putting huge pres­sure on our envi­ron­ment.

COST SAVINGS Increase your rental yields, or devel­op­ment prof­its, by relo­cat­ing for a frac­tion of the cost of a new build. Save mon­ey you can then invest in land­scap­ing or the inte­ri­or.

CONSENTS We can han­dle all the con­sents for you. We have an excel­lent rela­tion­ship with local coun­cils and know exact­ly what is need­ed to make the move hap­pen.

CHOICE We have an exten­sive data­base of home buy­ers. And we know what they want, so are able to match buy­ers and hous­es.

EXPERTISE We have moved hun­dreds of homes, on hun­dreds of di erent ter­rains. We have seen every per­mu­ta­tion pos­si­ble. You’ll be guid­ed by a ded­i­cat­ed mem­ber of our team through­out the whole process.