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LJ Hooker Franchisee Staff Member

88 Coast Boulevard Papamoa Beach 3118


My name is Jo Orawiec – for those of you wondering, I am a Kiwi, my husband is Polish. 

My background prior to moving into real estate was nursing old folk in a rest home. I loved this, but emotionally and physically it was very hard, especially when some of the lovely old people became sick or died. I made the hard decision to give this up, and moved into real estate just about 12 years ago. (I did actually think I would ‘try it for a year’) !

I love this job, I love helping people achieve their dreams, and I consider it a great privilege when people place trust in me to market and sell what can be their biggest asset.

Just before I started with this company, so too did Cherry Yang. Cherry and I were, and still are, within the top 5% of salespeople in the company – throughout New Zealand, we both have the same strong work ethic – 7 days a week when necessary – both agree that there are no short cuts to achieve the best price for owners – believe in open communication – believe in being upfront and honest - and will not deal with people who are unethical or dishonest. 

Just over 5 years ago we decided to combine these work ethics, so joined up as business partners. Despite us being from two totally different cultures, it works – and works really well. The fact that we have a European and Asian combination, we have all bases covered when dealing with buyers, and it also means we can accommodate more Vendors who are wanting to sell at the same time. Because we have an amazing team at LJ Hooker, with great systems and support, we can cope with a lot of work.

Cherry was an Emergency nurse for 13 years back in Shanghai (her home town), so she has that caring/nurturing nature – and also loves helping people achieve their dreams. 

With 25 plus years combined experience, we hope you enjoy having both cultures working for you to sell your home.


  • Liz and family

    “We would like to send our thanks to LJ Hooker salesperson Jo Orawiec from the Mt Roskill branch. We recently sold our house and are so thankful that Jo (and Cherry) came to see us when we were first looking for an agent to represent us. Jo was ...”

  • Julie

    “I would like to say how pleased, satisfied and excited I am with the sale of my home. The support I received from Jo, Cherry and their team has been amazing. I had been a long-time resident for 22 years and felt overwhelmed in the beginning, bu...”

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