Bond and Mur­ray talk prop­erty in Q’town

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Back-to-back Olympic row­ing cham­pi­ons Hamish Bond and Eric Mur­ray had some words of wis­dom for prop­erty busi­ness types in Queen­stown.

The golden pair and world record hold­ers ad­dressed about 200 peo­ple at the Prop­erty Coun­cil New Zealand na­tional con­fer­ence held at Sky­line Queen­stown on Fri­day morn­ing.

Fol­low­ing a scenic ride up the gon­dola to the top of Ben Lomond, the Rio men’s cox­less pair win­ners gave some sport­ing ad­vice that tied in well with busi­ness and pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion.

Bond pin­pointed prepa­ra­tion, hard work and choices as key philoso­phies be­hind their achieve­ments.

‘‘It’s about know­ing what you’re ca­pa­ble of. It’s about gaug­ing your ef­forts,’’ he said.

‘‘I love chal­lenge. That’s what gets me up in the morn­ing.’’

Work­ing to­gether and find­ing a com­mon goal, which was win­ning, was an­other key fac­tor in their suc­cess, Mur­ray said.

‘‘By us­ing both our strengths and our abil­i­ties to­gether, we just found some­thing that worked re­ally well.’’

Of suc­cess in busi­ness and sport, ‘‘ev­ery­body seems to work as hard as each other’’, he said.

‘‘I think that in­ten­sity is one of those key fac­tors as to why we’re so suc­cess­ful.’’

Bond and Mur­ray have been un­beaten since team­ing up over the sum­mer of 2008/09. They have won 69 suc­ces­sive races at elite level in the men’s cox­less pair, with their record in that boat fea­tur­ing two Olympic golds, six world cham­pi­onships and 16 World Cup tri­umphs.

With the Rio gold, the pair matched the New Zealand record pre­vi­ously held by Ge­orgina and Caro­line Ever­sSwindell who claimed back-to­back golds in 2008.

Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Steven Joyce fol­lowed the Olympic cham­pi­ons with an ad­dress about the state of New Zealand’s econ­omy, say­ing the growth over the past two years had been pos­i­tive.

De­spite oil and dairy ‘‘go­ing back’’, ex­ports were up from $67 bil­lion to $71b over the past two years, he said.

‘‘That’s a mas­sive change in the New Zealand econ­omy.’’

Joyce told the au­di­ence that un­em­ploy­ment was down and 15% more jobs had been cre­ated since 2009.

‘‘That’s good for our young peo­ple,’’ he said.

The three-day event fin­ished on Fri­day.

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Hamish Bond and Eric Mur­ray pose af­ter win­ning the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

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