National Conference 2018

10:00am Wednesday, 29 August 2018
3:00pm Friday, 31 August 2018
Rotorua Energy Events Centre
Queens Drive
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty 3010
New Zealand

Be informed. Inspired. Connected.

Specifically curated for property professionals, the Property Council New Zealand National Conference is a gathering of influential leaders, inspirational innovators, economic experts and the best of local and central government, packed in alongside the property industry’s movers and shakers. It’s taking place on 29-31 August - you can see the full speaker lineup here and programme here.

Attendees will hear from industry leaders on topics such as the global and domestic economy, legislative changes that will shape the way the industry does business, the implications insurance and risk has for property owners, developers and managers and the role technology plays in infrastructure. Throw in some incredible inspirational and business speakers such as All Blacks Manager, Gilbert Enoka, former PM Rt. Hon Helen Clark and the awe-inspiring Cam Calkoen, plus more networking opportunities than you can shake a stick at, and it’s an experience like no other.

The 2018 Conference will be hosted in Rotorua - just 2.5 hours from Auckland -  far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to offer those starting out in property an affordable conference destination with plenty of adventure. 
With everything from whitewater rafting and mountain biking to a site tour of local developments you will be forced to re-think Rotorua!

See who's attending - download the current delegate list.

We'll see you there!


Wednesday 29 August | Pre Conference

 10:00am onwards 
 Pre Conference Registration  
 Novotel Lakeside Hotel
 12:00 - 4:00pm
 Whitewater Rafting
 Mountain Biking
 Site Tours
 5:45 - 9:00pm
 Welcome Function
 Te Puia

Thursday 30 August | Day One

 7:45am Registration desk open

 Conference Opening
 Connal Townsend 
 Kindly sponsored by GHDWoodhead CreativeSpaces
 9:00am President's Words
 John Dakin
 9:10am The Maori Economy
 Sir Wira Gardiner

 Panel Discussion - Diversity
 Kathy McDermott, Leonie Freeman and Jason Walker 
 Facilitated by Ryan Johnson
 Morning Tea
 Kindly sponsored by Ecoglo

 Moderated Interview with Rt. Hon Helen Clark 
 Interviewed by Ward Kamo
 Kindly sponsored by Rider Levett Bucknall
 New Zealand Economic Update
 Cameron Bagrie
 Asia Pacific Economic Update
 Sean Ellison
 Kindly sponsored by RICS
 Insurance and Risks
 Tim Grafton
 Kindly sponsored by Ecoglo
 Gilbert Enoka
 Workspace Trends
 Simon Pole
 Afternoon Tea
Kindly sponsored by Ecoglo
 Property Market Trends
 Alan McMahon
 Local Maori Property Perspectives
 Malcolm Short, Richard Jeffries and Richard Wyeth 
 Property Council Update
 Connal Townsend
 7:00pm - midnight 
 Conference Dinner
 The Blue Baths

Friday 31 August | Day Two

 8:00am Registration desk open 
 Kindly sponsored by GHDWoodhead CreativeSpaces
 Local Government Perspective
 Mayor Steve Chadwick
 Central Government Perspective 
 Hon Shane Jones
 Haydn Read
 Morning Tea
Kindly sponsored by Ecoglo

 Chris Aiken
 Tax: What You Need to Know
 Paul Hartley
 A Social Perspective 
 Kay Read
 Legislative and Environmental Changes 
 Bianca Tree and Andrew Monteith
 Your Voice in Action: Advocacy Update
 Matt Paterson
 Afternoon Inspiration
 Cam Calkoen
 Conference Close
 Connal Townsend
 1:35pm Lunch with networking drinks

Click here to download a PDF of the full programme.


We are delighted to welcome our 2018 conference speakers:

Activities & site tours

Wednesday 29 August

Make the most of your time in Rotorua with these fantastic activity and site tour options:

Site Tour Registration Form

All Activities Registration Form

Whitewater Rafting

Join us on the Kaituna River and head down the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - 7m Tutea Falls. BBQ and Beverages as well as transport there and back will be provided. 
$120.00 + GST per person

Mountain Biking

Make your way through the Redwoods Forest on the 3hr tailored MTB tour for all skills and fitness levels. Full suspension mountain bikes and helmets are provided. A gourmet lunch and beverages as well as transport there and back will be provided.  
$120.00 + GST per person

Site Tours

Book a spot to view 3-4 sites within Rotorua. Site tour includes food and beverage along the way.  
$95.00 + GST per person


We have secured three hotels for your stay in Rotorua. Rates and booking instructions can be found below.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Click here to book.

Search 'Rotorua' and your preferred dates of stay, followed by the preferential code "BGPG" to receive conference rates.

Note: This will be the main conference hotel for pre-conference registration, bus pickups and post-function drinks.

 Superior City View $189 per night 
 Superior Lake View  $229 per night
 Junior Suite $289 per night
 Executive Suite $489 per night

ibis Rotorua

Click here to book.
Search 'Rotorua' and your preferred dates of stay, followed by the preferential code "BGPG" to receive conference rates.

 Standard City View $129 per night
 Standard Lake View  $159 per night 

Millennium Hotel

Click here to book.
Enter in dates of stay followed by the group code "PCNZ18", then click 'update rates' to receive conference rates.

 Superior $165 per night 
 Superior Lake View  $175 per night
 Club Room $230 per night


Registrations are now open. Please note our new registration options below:

  • Young professionals - delegates aged 30 years and under
  • Group registration - applies to companies registering 4+ delegates (price below is per delegate)



 Full Delegate Earlybird*  $1,500 Full Delegate Earlybird* $2,000
 Full Delegate Standard $1,800  Full Delegate Standard $2,400 
 Young Professional Earlybird*  $1,250 Young Professional Earlybird* $1,667
 Young Professional Standard $1,550 Young Professional Standard $2,067
 Group Earlybird*  $1,250 Group Earlybird* $1,667
 Group Standard $1,550  Group Standard $2,067

*Earlybird pricing is only applicable up to 5pm, Friday 27 July 2018. 
All prices exclude GST of 15%.

Event Sponsors

With thanks to our conference partners:

If you are interested in aligning your brand with this showcase event, please contact Lauren Hunter.

Contact | Lauren Hunter

Lauren is National Events Manager at Property Council New Zealand, tasked with managing our large-scale annual events such as the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards, Annual National Conference, Residential Development Summit and Retail Conference. With over a decade of event experience, Lauren is an expert when it comes to professional education and planning one heck of a party.

Get in touch here or via 09 300 9589.

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