8 April 2024

In the aftermath of the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Countrywide Group emerged as a pivotal player in the reconstruction efforts, spearheading the development of major office and retail projects in Christchurch’s CBD.

Its rapid response and quality workmanship positioned Countrywide Group as a leading developer in the Christchurch rebuild, contributing to the city’s ongoing revitalisation and helping to restore it to its former glory as one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally significant cities.

We spoke to Richard Diver, one of the founders of Countrywide Group, about the restoration journey and the integral role of their relationship with Nexia.

When a series of earthquakes hit Christchurch in 2010 and 2011, the picturesque city suffered immense damage. After significant rebuild Christchurch is now considered a global hub for innovation, resilience and architectural significance.  The rebirth owes its success, in part, to the work of Countrywide Group: one of Christchurch’s pre-eminent commercial and property developers and investors.

Led by founders Richard Diver and Mike Sullivan, Countrywide Group is renowned for its commitment to providing attractive, cleverly designed, and well-constructed spaces for businesses in the Christchurch CBD.

With decades of experience in commercial and property development, Countrywide Group’s commitment to excellence and quality workmanship position them as leaders in the Christchurch rebuild.

“With just the two of us making decisions, we can quickly navigate challenges and progress with projects efficiently,” explains Richard.

“That agility was particularly important in the early stages of the recovery efforts for the earthquakes, but it’s equally true of any residential or commercial development.”

Recognising the importance of trusted partnerships, Countrywide Group has forged a deep-rooted relationship with Nexia. Since 2016, Nexia has not only served as their accounting firm but also as trusted friends and advisors.

“The scale of projects that Countrywide Group manage require several trusted partners to ensure everything runs smoothly,” acknowledges Richard.

Doug, our accountant, and Rachel, our second in charge, have consistently provided unwavering support and guidance. The accessibility and responsiveness of the Nexia team have been paramount in Countrywide Group’s success.

“Our partnership with Nexia has been instrumental in supporting our mission and facilitating the success of our projects.

“Their ability to address our queries promptly and provide immediate solutions allows us to stay focused on our projects. The team consistently deliver top-notch service, from handling our accounting needs to offering valuable insights and guidance.

“Their proactive approach ensures that we can navigate challenges seamlessly and capitalise on opportunities effectively.

“Nexia has been there for us every step of the way, ensuring that we can continue to play a pivotal role in the revitalisation of Christchurch.”

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Richard Diver
Countrywide Group

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