Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford wedding: the location of billionaire’s property Lorde will sing

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford announced their engagement in 2019. Photo / Doug Sherring

A billionaire’s luxury rural estate awaits Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford on their wedding day.

And Lorde, world number one in the charts and winner of a Grammy Award, is also said to be available to entertain family and friends of the couple.

Sunday’s Herald understands the couple will be getting married at Nick’s Head Station farmhouse in Muriwai, near Gisborne.

The property is owned by hedge fund billionaire John Griffin and his wife Amy, who are also believed to own New York’s most expensive townhouse valued at US $ 77.1 million (NZD $ 113 million) .

But not everyone is impressed; with the owner of the originally planned wedding venue, saying he was about to issue the couple another bill for a $ 5,000 cancellation fee.

The farm is being renovated for the second time in a few months before the wedding.

The work was recently completed by Virginia Fisher, an accomplished interior designer known for her work at Huka Lodge, Kinloch Manor, Millbrook and Wharekauhau.

A source who did not want to be named said the Griffins had “torn up” the previous job.

Nick's main station in Gisborne.  Photo / Supplied
Nick’s main station in Gisborne. Photo / Supplied

“The Prime Minister’s wedding team came over to check everything and asked if the house would be finished on time. It seems very difficult right now. The Griffins came out in February and were stuck here for the first lockdown of the year. last after the end of the house They lived in the house for a few months, didn’t like the design and decided to remake the house, ”the source said.

Fisher had no idea the farm was being renovated again.

The source also understood that award-winning singer-songwriter Lorde was performing for the nuptials. Universal Music, which represents Lorde, declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “This is a private event for the couple and their families. We hope everyone respects this and we will not comment on any plans or details.”

John Griffin, his wife Amy and their four children, Jack, Gracie, Gigi and Julian spend three months a year at Nick’s Head Station.

A Gisborne resident said the Griffins family landed at Gisborne Airport aboard their private jet with an entourage of chefs, nannies, teachers and tennis coaches.

He described Griffin’s homes as having the “wow” factor with “amazing” interiors and “bootable” attention to detail. The farm is an old wooden building which has been renovated and extended a few times with a guest wing.

Amy and John Griffin's homestead at Young Nick's Head is the wedding venue of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford.  Photo / Getty Images
Amy and John Griffin’s homestead at Young Nick’s Head is the wedding venue of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. Photo / Getty Images

The local says he’s confident the second refurbishment – which is being built by builders from Queenstown – will be ready for Ardern and Gayford’s wedding due in late January.

Griffin employs full-time staff at Nick’s Head Station, including gardeners, pest control specialists, farmers, orchards and backhoe drivers.

“This property was built so that it could be rented out to the ‘rich and famous.’ There are several wardens on the ground, you can walk into this place any day of the year and it looks like the Griffins are on their way. to arrive – it’s impeccable.

“They have been generous to the community of Gisborne by donating to various causes and helping wherever they can.

“The wildlife they’ve created out there on Nick’s Head is absolutely amazing, tuatara behind a predator-proof enclosure on the peninsula on the head itself. There have been millions of native trees planted and fenced is the kind of thing every New Zealand landowner would love to do more of. This is one of their favorite homes in the world, they love seclusion, the great coastal environment, fishing, diving and hiking – what the locals get into. “

Residents of the small rural community of Muriwai had seen a number of helicopters circling the property recently. It is understood that a no-fly zone is set up for the wedding.

Lorde is said to be on hand to entertain the couple's relatives and friends.  Photo / Getty Images
Lorde is said to be on hand to entertain the couple’s relatives and friends. Photo / Getty Images

Another source described John Griffin as “very private”. Griffin purchased the coastal property in 2002. She owns 3,000 acres (1,214 ha) of land with sheep and cattle and a citrus orchard. He was not surprised that the house was being rebuilt.

“It was a major project, but that doesn’t surprise me. It seems John has a ‘bottomless’ bank account and attention span of about five seconds. He has a lovely wife and four kids and they do. hang out friends every now and then. from the US They say they’re going to have high end accommodation for paying guests much like Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs. I’ve heard that’s where it’s going. the big wedding will take place, ”he said.

John Griffin, 56, founded Blue Ridge Capital in 1996, which reached over $ 12 billion in assets under management at its peak in 2013. He closed the fund in 2017, citing the hedge fund industry as a “humiliating enterprise”. Griffin also worked alongside famed investor and founder of Tiger Management Corp, Julian Robertson, and is considered one of the “Tiger Cubs”.

The billionaire is known for his philanthropic projects. Griffin has a particular focus on the poverty of downtown New York. He is the founding president and board member of iMentor, a program for high school students in low-income communities, and of Blue Ridge Labs in Robin Hood, a program that supports social tech startups.

Amy Griffin was Marketing Manager at Sports Illustrated magazine. She has her own businesses, G9 Ventures and Social Studies, a personal party planning rental business. The powerful couple socialize with the Hollywood elite, including Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Meanwhile, Robin Pierson, the owner of Bushmere Arms, says he did not receive the $ 5,000 cancellation fee. Ardern and Gayford booked Pierson’s wedding venue two years ago, but talks broke down after a failure over catering from celebrity Kiwi chef Peter Gordon.

“I’m about to send them another bill. If she goes ahead and throws the wedding at John Griffin’s, she’ll be supporting one of the richest Americans as New Zealand hospitality is on its knees.” , Pierson said.

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