Diverse talent celebrated at Auckland Property People Awards


Auckland, New Zealand, 1st November 2019: Former West Auckland Councillor Penny Hulse has tonight been honoured for her contribution to Auckland’s built environment at the 2019 Auckland Property People Awards.  Ms. Hulse, who recently announced her departure from local body politics after 27 years, won the Greenstone Group Supreme Excellence Award and the Rider Levett Bucknall Outstanding Leadership Award.

“Penny was pivotal in overseeing the amalgamation of Auckland’s constituent councils into the Supercity in 2010,” say judges. “Her steady hand on the tiller supported the delivery of the Auckland Unitary Plan, and her role as Chair of the Council’s Environment and Community Committee provided an opportunity to deliver some of Auckland Council’s largest projects.”

The Property Council Auckland Property People Awards, now in their fifth year, recognise excellence in leadership and innovation in the property industry. Entry is open to members and non-members of Property Council New Zealand who are based in Auckland. This year 22 nominations were received across eight categories, with more than 280 people attending the awards dinner at the Hilton this evening.

Property Council’s Auckland Branch President, Michael Holloway, says he was pleased to see greater diversity among nominees and award winners this year, particularly outside of the always-popular Resene Women in Property Award. “Over the past year, the Property Council has focused on diversity and inclusion in the property industry.  We know that the very best discussions, ideas, and initiatives come from a diverse range of voices.”

The Panuku Development “Waterfront Wahine”, took home the Barker & Associates Best Team Award for their transformation of Auckland’s waterfront. The award recognises a team that has demonstrated excellence and positively influenced the look and feel of the Auckland region.

Judges noted that whilst there were numerous worthy candidates, the all-female team stood out due to the sheer scale and volume of its achievements. “The Panuku team has contributed to the transformation of Auckland’s waterfront, amongst other significant projects, and has allowed Auckland to compete internationally as a spectacular place to live, work, play and visit.”

CBRE Valuer, Anisha Segar, won the Buchan Sheree Cooney Memorial Young Achiever of the Year Award, for her outstanding contribution to the property sector. Judges were impressed by her leadership and involvement in the professional development of young women. “Anisha’s ambition, in a sector of the industry that is short of women, is more than matched by her talent and ability to handle complexity.”

The Resene Women in Property Award went to Janet Marshall for her “tireless work ethic which has paved the way for greater diversity within her organisation and the community at large. Janet’s illustrious career as a property broker and her significant contribution to the North Shore community make her a role model for other women in the industry.”

Lawyer Debra Dorrington won the BSA Law Long Service Award, which recognises an individual who has been in the property industry for 20+ years and has demonstrated outstanding commitment.  This award was chosen by the Auckland Branch Executive who cited Debra’s dedication to advancing the quality of lawyers within the property industry and her work across various industry groups, including the New Zealand Law Society and the Auckland District Law Society. She has also been a member and chair of the Property Council Auckland Events Committee for more than 15 years.

Other winners were:

  • Ignite Urban Design Award: Matthew Glubb, Jasmax
  • JLL Property Professional of the Year Award: Chris Mackenzie, Holmes Consulting
  • AMP Capital Judges’ Choice Award: Jeremy Whelan, Ignite Architects



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