South Island economy continues to grow

Being New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch is a crucial element to the economic growth in Canterbury and the wider South Island. The local property industry has overcome enormous challenges thrust upon it by the earthquakes and the Property Council has been instrumental throughout, providing advocacy and policy guidance.

An important phase of the earthquake recovery is upon us, as thousands of displaced office workers relocate back into the CBD of Christchurch and the central city residential development gains pace. The often-talked-about opportunities that would arise, particularly in tourism, hospitality and retail are now fast becoming a reality and this continues to drive the economy. We are on the cusp of the major Crown anchor projects getting underway and this will only add to the momentum already created and stimulate further investment.

The Branch will continue to be a crucial component of these growth opportunities, working collaboratively with Central and Local Government and Crown agencies to ensure there is clear alignment between all parties. Advocating for policies that promote development and ensure that Christchurch will continue on its path to be a new and vibrant city, serving its purpose as the gateway to the South Island.

We invite all members of the South Island property industry to join us and be a part of this exciting chapter of Christchurch’s development. Together, we can ensure success, further development and investment in the South Island economy.

Roger Davidson
South Island Branch President


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Southern Excellence Awards

The inaugural Southern Excellence Awards aim to recognise and applaud what really matters; the people in property. This is the South Island property industry’s opportunity to acknowledge the leaders, the up-and-coming achievers and everyone in-between whilst celebrating how far we’ve come over the past few years as well as looking forward to how far we have to go.

 The categories are:

  • Greenwood Roche Young Achiever of the Year
  • Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers South Island Branch Executive Award for Service
  • The Buchan Group Urban Design & Architectural Merit Award
  • WSP | PB Best Project Team Award
  • Prendos Property Industry Associate of the Year Award
  • Resene Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Anderson Lloyd Judges Choice Award

Find out more about the Southern Excellence Awards.

Education Trust

The South Island Education Trust was established in 2005 by Property Council to promote and support the education of students studying property, and to people employed in the industry.

In 2010, the Education Trust commissioned Lincoln University Commerce Faculty's Property Group to prepare the Christchurch Central Business District Survey of Retailers. This survey renewed debate on central city revitalisation, and highlighted the potential for more detailed research to be carried out.

For more information about the Education Trust's activities, please contact branch secretary Kelly Taylor.


Who is involved?

South Island Branch Executive 2016/2017

Branch President 
Roger Davidson  Foodstuffs South Island
Vice Presidents James Riddoch Greenwood Roche
  Simon Taylor Aurecon
Treasurer Alan Prescott Harmans Lawyers
Executive Members Ben MacGibbon McConnell Property
  Vicki Bain Kiwi Property
  Nick Calvert Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers
  Graeme McDonald Jones Lang La Salle
  Keith Beal  Ōtākaro Limited
  Steve Clarke Development Christchurch Limited
  Gordon Craig Ngāi Tahu Property
  Glenn Taylor Tailorspace Investments
  Liam Nolan Christchurch City Council
  Antony Gough Hereford Holdings
  Andrew Carter Carter Group
  Ben Harrow Armitage Williams
  Campbell Taylor Knight Frank
  Steven van der Pol Arrow International
  Mike Parker Cavell Leitch
  Shane Dixon Harrison Grierson
  Gillian Blakely Colliers International
Executive Intern Callum Pithie Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers


How to get involved

Please contact the branch manager, Kelly Taylor, for more information.