Waikato | Property Signature Series | Sustainability in Property

7:15am Thursday, 20 June 2019
9:00am Thursday, 20 June 2019
SkyCity Hamilton - City Co-op Function Room (above Coffee Post Cafe)
346 Victoria Street
Hamilton, Waikato 3204
New Zealand

Sustainability is no longer just a catch cry, it is a mainstream, front and centre, dinner table subject matter. We now have much more visibility of environmental issues around the globe and the fact that we are fast approaching a tipping point, serious change is needed. Our children are already starting to hold us to account. 

You might ask “well what can I do?” or “why is this relevant to my property interests or development ambitions?”. The reality is you can do more and your involvement in property provides a lever to do so. Whether it’s investing in green building technologies, driving for higher quality buildings, contributing to better amenities, or simply being more conscious of minimizing waste and recycling. You can take action on sustainability to some degree. Every step you take towards being more sustainable no matter how big or small will help invoke change. 

This signature series event will introduce you to Nicola Turner of Mainstream Green, who will highlight some ways that you can achieve more sustainable outcomes for you and or your clients that will minimize costs and waste. Insights into the cultural and ecological drivers will also be shared as they are becoming increasingly relevant to achieving more sustainable development here in the Waikato.

Sustainability in the Property Industry - Waste: Less is more

There is increasing momentum from the property industry to take action on sustainability, there are some great benefits associated with the introduction of some small changes that have big impacts on the Property Sector, environment, society and ultimately your or your clients business. 
Nicola Turner of Mainstream Green will share insights about the changing landscape of construction and demolition waste and motivate you with simple approaches and ideas to create change. 

After spending the first 16 years of her career working in the global consumer goods industry, Nicola's life was set on a different trajectory with a personal quest to live more simply and sustainably. Bringing together her understanding of human behaviour and her personal  journey, Nicola founded Mainstream Green and now works with Councils, businesses and individuals to inspire and create behaviour change. Her passion for engagement was recognised recently when she won the 2018 Good Magazine Education category award. 



Cultural sustainability as it relates to sustainable development in New Zealand, has to do with the maintaining of Maori cultural beliefs, cultural practices, and recognizing Maori perspectives or principles. Maori principles can help us deepen our appreciation of the interconnectedness between environment and sound social structures. Early consideration of principles such as Mauri (core essence and life force), Whanaungatanga (Participation and membership), Whakapapa (Relationships and connections), Matauranga (Understanding and clarity), and Kaitiakitanga (Conservation and protection), supports a holistic approach to development and drive towards greater sustainability. 
Norm Hill, Kaiarataki - Strategic Advisor at Boffa Miskell will provide some insight into these key principles and how they can be leveraged to achieve greater sustainability in property development.
Norm is affiliated to Waikato Tainui Iwi, and Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Ngaati Naaho and Ngaati Mahanga are his hapuu. Norm is a qualified environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in a wide range of projects including environmental management, strategy and research, river and biodiversity restoration, environmental compliance and enforcement and best practice corporate –cultural relationship engagement. 


Ecologically sustainable development in Hamilton provides an opportunity to create desirable living, working, and recreational spaces. We must recognise that Hamilton is a unique place with unique challenges which in turn provide unique opportunities. 
Native fauna, including bats, lizards, birds and fish have become very topical of late and ecology must come into consideration during the planning and design process to ensure any development protects, enhances and will benefit the environmental surroundings for the community.
Andrew Blayney, Senior Ecologist at Boffa Miskell will inform members about what makes Hamilton unique and the considerations that need to be taken into account from an ecological sustainability perspective when seeking out new developments and how recognising that early consideration of ecological issues can avoid cost and delay, and more importantly achieve more sustainable outcomes. 

Andrew joined the Boffa Miskell team in Hamilton in 2017. He has over six years’ experience working in terrestrial and freshwater ecology, riparian management, land management, and biosecurity disciplines throughout New Zealand. Andrew’s experience includes a range of ecological assessment, restoration, monitoring, mitigation and biosecurity projects. He has provided technical advice, developed and implemented biodiversity restoration and riparian management plans, conducted lizard surveys and salvage, captively managed lizards, and managed pest plant eradication and surveillance projects. 

Register today!

Property Council New Zealand is committed to an industry which leverages diversity to drive success. Please consider this when registering participants for this event.

Ticket prices Registration




 Member $35.00
 Non-Member $70.00

All prices exclude 15% GST.

Online Registration

To register online, please login to your Member Portal (on the top left of your screen) then click the "Register an Attendee" button below.

Logging in for the first time? If you are a member or regular attendee to Property Council events, a user account will have already been set up for you. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Member Login link (located in the top left-hand corner of the website)
  2. Click on the link Request new password.
  3. Enter your email address and click the button Email new password.
  4. An email will be sent to your nominated email address, click on the link in the email to verify your address.
  5. Enter your desired password and click login.
  6. You will be taken to your personalised member portal which contains all your membership information.

If you do not currently have an account, please click on the Member Login link (located in the top left-hand corner of the website) and click Create new account. The system will then guide you through the process.

Terms & Conditions

Submission of your registration indicates your acceptance of all terms and conditions.

Log in to your Member Portal (on the top left of your screen) to receive the discounted member rate.

Sold Out

Contact Information

Sarah Rundstrom

Waikato Branch Manager

Related Events

Additional Information

Event timings

Arrival & Registration7.15am
Breakfast7.15am - 7.45am
Presentations7.45am - 9.00am



Special thanks to our Property Signature Series Partners


Thank you to our Property Signature Series Venue Partner

Thank you to our Event Sponsor