South Island Region

Welcome to
Te Waipounamu

The South Island is on the cusp of a new era with some of the country’s largest ever projects set to grow and enhance our city centres.

Our region will see the rollout of key regeneration projects for Christchurch’s city centre and the first stage of Dunedin’s new public hospital build. These projects reflect the vision, commitment and leadership of our members and the strength of our communities. 

The often talked about opportunities that would arise, particularly in tourism, hospitality and retail are now fast becoming a reality, and these will continue to drive the South Island’s economy. In Christchurch, the Global Settlement was an important milestone and we’ll continue to work towards the city’s return to local leadership by engaging and assisting local and central government, and key regeneration agencies.  The vision of the Blueprint and Central City Recovery Plan is coming to life in central Christchurch. It reflects the vision, commitment and leadership of property, New Zealand’s largest industry. We have a reshaped city; now it is time to make it thrive.

Our members will benefit from our advocacy across multiple topics as we go into bat on their behalf to open the doors for further development and supporting infrastructure. Key areas include: 

  • Building system reform 
  • Resource management reform 
  • Infrastructure funding and procurement 
  • Local authority funding (including vigilance in respect of inequitable funding models) 

These issues will have a huge impact on the future of the property sector and it’s our job to ensure that the collective voice of our members is heard by policy makers.

James Riddoch

Greenwood Roche
South Island Regional Chair

2023/24 South Island
Advocacy Priority

In the regions, our regular projects include Long-term Plans, Annual Plans, District and Spatial Plans, rates differentials and development contributions. In addition to this, each Regional Committee also choose one priority to focus on for the year, with the South Island’s being:

"Investing in the future of our cities and communities – facilitating certainty and unlocking opportunities for growth through stronger stakeholder relationships."

Regional Events

Regional

Christchurch Market Summit

Join us for the always-popular Christchurch Market Summit, where you’ll hear from some of the industry’s most respected experts and connect with the Christchurch property community. Don’t miss Kelly Eckhold,

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Regional

Women in Governance | Dunedin

Good governance is crucial to our industry’s future.   Diverse boards are more likely to be effective, make better quality decisions, and be better able to understand the people they

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South Island
Regional Committee

The South Island Regional Committee assists the Property Council team to formulate our local advocacy strategy and plan member events and initiatives in the region.

Local Government
Briefing Paper

The Local Government Briefing Paper has been produced in advance of the 2025 Local Government Elections to provide candidates – many of whom are unfamiliar with the property industry – with a simple guide to the challenges faced, solutions available and potential impact for their city or region.

The document outlines five key workstreams: 

  1. Foster stronger relationships with the property sector 
  2. Improve local government funding and financing 
  3. Fairer investment in infrastructure 
  4. Connect regional planning and transport; and 
  5. Increase housing supply and improve consenting. 

Singing off the same song sheet nationwide also helps ensure consistency across our national and regional advocacy workstreams. It is a working document that will evolve over time as policies are announced and issues arise, with the current version available for download by members upon logging in here. 👉

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Nominate your team!

Friday 1 November 2024
Majestic on Durham, Christchurch

The South Island Property People Awards celebrate and recognise the people behind the projects in the South Island region.

Nominations for the South Island Property People Awards are now open – book your tickets and nominate your team today.

Recent Submissions

Submission

Property Council submission to MBIE on removing barriers to using overseas building products

On 27 June 2024, Property Council submitted on MBIE’s consultation: removing barriers to using overseas building products. Why this matters to our members Property Council advocates for the creation and retention of a well-designed, functional and sustainable built environment. We aim to enable opportunities to build sustainable and resilient communities, capable of meeting future needs. Our view Property Council strongly supports the proposal to accept more overseas standards from overseas standards organisations and standards certification schemes. We believe the proposed changes will enhance competition and innovation, whilst reducing red tape. In saying that, we believe there may be some practical complexities with the proposals as they currently stand, and we are eager to keep engaged with MBIE as this consultation

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Submission

Property Council submission on Draft Auckland Regional Transport Plan 2024-2034

On 11 June 2024, the Property Council submitted on the Draft Auckland Regional Transport Plan. Why this matters to members This Plan is important for our Auckland members as it establishes what funding projects across Auckland will receive and what projects will be prioritized. Property Council broadly supports the Draft Auckland Regional Transport Plan 2024-2034. Our view At a high level, we recommend that the RLTP: Adopts ‘fast and connected’ as the single most important transport priority for Auckland; Adopts ‘public transport improvements’ as the number one funding priority for Auckland; Focus on new projects such as the Northwest Rapid Transit alongside core smaller public transport projects that will deliver a better, faster, and more reliable network for years to

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Submission

Property Council submission on Fire and Emergency NZ Levy 2026-29

On 17 May 2024, Property Council submitted to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) on the FENZ Levy 2026-2029 consultation. Why this matters to our members Property Council advocates for regulatory and tax settings that are both fit for purpose and fundamentally equitable. FENZ provides a crucial public service to the property sector and wider New Zealand. It is critical that FENZ is funded with an equitable, fit-for-purpose funding regime. The current approach is inequitable and contrary to the legislative funding principles established in the Fire and Emergency Act 2017. As such, and given the significant burden of FENZ levies on the property sector, this topic is of key importance to our members. Our view Our submission outlined that we

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Contact Us

Help champion the
South Island property industry

Property Council has several dynamic and engaged member taskforces and committees, who provide insight and support our team with a range of initiatives. These groups are ever-changing and are open to all members.

We also have numerous opportunities for sponsors to partner with us to produce and support local events.

Please contact your Regional Manager for further information:

Aleisha Hogarth

South Island Regional Manager

022 454 0856
aleisha@propertynz.co.nz