About Gail and Ken Pianta


About Gail

Gail joined Harcourts Milford in 1997, after an extensive career in nursing and as a Mum to three children. Immediately, the market took one of its famous and most dramatic dips. But, as the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going!” As a result, Gail is now truly established as one of the North Shore’s “go to” agents, selling properties from Devonport to Okura including Retirement Villages, Rest Homes and Apartment Complexes. She has also assisted in managing both the Milford and Glenfield offices of the Harcourts Cooper & Co group. She has also been a feature model in an ad campaign to attract people into the Real Estate profession. Gail has always been a person who has been prepared to work hard for her community. Currently she is an active member of the professional women’s group, Zonta, working to improve the status of women and girls throughout the world. She has an adventurous spirit and enjoys a challenge. She is also an accomplished gardener, needlewoman and loves anything hi tech as well as her children and grandchildren and Sydney Silky, Buck, and sometimes, Ken gets a pat too!.

About Ken

Ken is a media man. He’s worked as a journalist on newspapers and in radio and television with a secondary speciality in advertising and marketing. He’s still very much involved in the media and continues to turn up in television commercials and the odd spot on Shortland Street. Fascinated by domestic architecture, he’s put Gail and their three children through years of interesting house renovations. He was very much involved with the rescue and restoration of the last of Takapuna’s spectacular colonial beach mansions, now Lake House Arts Centre on Fred Thomas Drive. Ken joined Gail in real estate in 2004. His skills as a word smith and in sales and marketing are widely acknowledged in the industry. He is in popular demand for editorials on houses and is often called on by his colleagues to provide creative input for their campaigns He receives many compliments from people who say what he’d written made them fall in love with a house, even before they’d seen it. Ken keeps fit by working out regularly at the gym. He can also be found in the early mornings on Takapuna Beach, walking the characterful Sydney Silky, Buck. Stop him for a chat.

Lake House Arts Centre...

Gail and Ken have been active members of Takapuna’s Lake House Arts Centre since day one, when Ken became one of the original members of the Board of Trustees which was formed to rescue it from possible destruction.

With its Takapuna beach front land acquired for redevelopment, the 7000 square foot villa’s future was uncertain and looked set to go the same way as the other great houses in the area.

A group of admirers, with more courage than cash, formed the trust which oversaw the relocation and restoration of this magnificient example of high style 19th Century domestic architecture.

Now a thriving centre for arts and crafts, it is surrounded by maturing gardens featuring trees, shrubs and flowers of Colonial times.

Gail and Ken, along with Martin Cooper of Harcourts Cooper & Co, are pleased to be sponsors of the monthly newsletter for Lake House Arts Centre and for the Harcourts permanent exhibition of North Shore Heritage Homes, which can be seen on the top floor of the building.

As part of the sponsorship, Gail and Ken donate $500 dollars to Lake House Trust when members, their families or friends list and sell a home through them. While now getting some support from North Shore City Council, Lake House Arts Centre is still largely a volunteer organization, dependent on donations and sponsorships to survive.

List and sell with us and you will be helping maintain a very important part of the cultural life of the North Shore.


Happy Clients:

“The Manager

Harcourts – Milford

Dear Sir

We wish to express our appreciation for the excellent handling the Sale of our house at 17A Garmons Way Milford, by Gail and Ken Pianta who went to no end of trouble to present the house in a most favourable way and who kept us in touch with all aspects of the campaign.

Yours sincerely

Shirley and Max Hart”