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Elle + Riley Father's Day || Graham, Andrew + Ollie Wall

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 

Graham, Andrew + Ollie Wall || Wall Real Estate 

 Graham and his two son’s, Andrew and Ollie, are the family behind New Zealand’s most exclusive and premium real estate business. The trio sold the most expensive home in the country in 2018 amongst many other records at the higher end of the residential property market.

 Graham didn’t start his career in real estate until he was in his fifties and on a similar track his sons joined the family business after careers in art and advertising.

 The Wall family enjoy being able to spend time with each other both professionally and personally – especially now there is a third generation to add to the mix in Andrew’s son Teddy.

 

(Left to Right) Andrew wears the George Crew in Black, Graham wears the Spencer Sweater with Zip in Black and Ollie wears the Asher Crew Neck in Khaki.

 

Favourite things to do with your kids?

Graham - I love it when we are working on a deal together, especially out of town like Queenstown or the Bay of Islands – we just have so much fun!


The one thing you want your children to learn that you didn’t.     

Andrew - I wish I had learned how money worked. Dad was great at teaching us the value in working for things and setting goals but Teddy will know how the system works. 


Best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

Ollie - Dance with the girl you came with.  Not as exciting as it sounds, but basically it’s about loyalty and sticking to your word. 

 

 

What have your children taught you?

Graham - They’ve taught me tolerance, and that almost everyone is really interesting.


Best Movie or TV Sitcom father and why?

Andrew - The late great Jerry Stiller, as Frank, George Costanza’s dad in Seinfeld. Eccentric madman.

What’s better – a good ‘dad bod’ or a good ‘dad joke’?

Ollie - I’ve been practicing dad jokes for many years and recently working on transforming my neatly chiselled physique to that of a dad. So in short, I have a high regard for both. 

 


The most important thing you personally have learnt since you became a father

Andrew - I’ve learnt that patience is a virtue and every minute counts. Even when things are hard, they’re still good. I guess it’s just being grateful and I’m so happy to see the world from Teddy’s perspective!
 

One piece of wisdom to pass on to your children.

Ollie - The world is like a mirror... put out the good stuff and that’s exactly what you’ll get back. 

Did you ever think you would end up in business with your kids?

Graham - Not for a moment, but it is like winning the lottery, twice, every day.

Elle + Riley Father's Day || Justin Marshall

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 

Justin Marshall || Sportsman + Broadcaster and Father of 3

Justin Marshall is a name synonymous with Rugby Union all around the world.  An 81 All Black test veteran, in 2005 he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Justin remains our second most-capped halfback to this day, with his passion for the game still on display through his Sky TV commentary of All Blacks games and provincial rugby. 

Justin’s latest project is brewing beer, and he has taken the time provided through lockdown to hunker down in his garage and perfect his brew, which he has named “Boomfa” after his famous commentary call.
 
Now residing in Queenstown with his wife Nicolle and three children Lachlan, Fletcher and Lucia, we love seeing Justin’s on-field love of sport move to the side-line as he actively supports his kids sporting endeavours.

Justin wears the Spencer Sweater with Zip in Grey Marle. Lachlan, Fletcher and Lucia wear a selection of their favourite Elle + Riley Beanies.

 

Best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

 If you don’t get out of bed you will be late for work.

The one thing you want your children to learn that you didn’t.

Life has too much to offer and is way too short to sweat the small stuff. We tend to worry and stress over things that seem big at the time but ultimately in the bigger scheme of things they are not worth the hassle. Enjoy life, stay happy.  

What have your children taught you?

Have fun when it’s on your doorstep. The lawns, tidying up the house all those things can wait when there is so much fun to do right in front of you now.

 

Justin wears the Harrison V Neck in Camel

 

One piece of wisdom to pass on to your children.

If you don’t get out of bed you will be late for school.  Exactly what my Dad told me!

What’s the one thing your father would let you do and not tell your mother about?

Tradition demands you always have a cold beer after a game of golf!

What is your dream way to spend Father’s Day?

On a sun lounger in Fiji.  Also involved would be Bluff Oysters, a boat and of course all with my awesome kids and lovely wife!

 

Elle + Riley Father's Day || Sam Jenkins

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 
Sam Jenkins || Entrepreneur and Father of 1 fur baby

Sam Jenkins is an ex-professional footballer having played for New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His playing career spanned across New Zealand, Germany and the US. After retiring young from football he worked in multiple corporate roles in New Zealand and London before settling down in Auckland in 2016.  

Currently, Sam works as the Head of Product for award-winning tech start-up Whip Around, and as General Manager of menswear subscription business, Asuwere. 

Sam and his fiancé, Elle became proud parents of their son and fur baby George in January 2020. He now lives in Ponsonby and if he’s not spending his time adventuring with these two he can be found working on his golf game at Muriwai, as he secretly harbours ambitions of one day making the professional ranks on the senior tour.

 

Sam wears the Spencer Sweater with Zip in Black

 

Favourite thing to do with your fur baby?

My regular afternoon walk with George around Westhaven whilst listening to a great podcast.

The best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

Dad always drummed into me the value of a good work ethic. Being a top sports coach he would often talk to me about how hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. This lesson has been paramount to all the success I’ve had firstly in sport and now in other areas of my life.

Best Movie or TV Sitcom father and why?

Without a doubt, it would have to be Newport Beach’s finest Sandy Cohen. Whether he’s dispensing heartfelt fatherly advice, setting up those around him to win or preparing a bagel breakfast, Cohen nails being a great father and husband.

 

 

What’s the one thing your father would let you do and not tell your mother about?

He would help me with my homework (sometimes he would even do some of it for me) so I could spend more time on the football field or in the cricket nets.

What’s better – a good ‘dad bod’ or a good ‘dad joke’?

Our CFO at work is not afraid to regularly drop terrible ‘dad jokes’ so I would have to side with a good ‘dad bod’ on this one. Especially when the dad is truly shameless and embraces it!

What is your dream way to spend Father’s Day?

Unfortunately my dad passed away in 2005, so my dream would be to be able to spend just one more fathers day with him. Since that isn’t possible it would be spending time with Elle and George, as well as plenty of facetime with my Mum who’s done an incredible job being a solo parent for my sister and I over the last 15 years. If I could be half the parent she's been to me then my children would be so lucky.