Urban futurist bestowed with Property Council’s highest award



A career spent striving to make Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland a better place to live has culminated in David Rankin being honoured as this year’s Property Council New Zealand Members’ Laureate.

The Eke Panuku Development Auckland chief executive was given the lifetime membership award – an accolade bestowed only once a year – at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards tonight.

David has worked on urban regeneration throughout his local government career. Developing relationships between significant private and public sector partners, he has been extensively involved in the transformation of some of the most loved parts of Auckland since the mid-1990s, including the Britomart precinct and the waterfront.

“David continues to lead strategic change initiatives and the care of one of New Zealand’s largest property portfolios, with energy and conviction,” Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman says.

“He understands that creating amazing places where people can thrive takes a holistic approach where many different disciplines and view-points contribute to the bigger picture.”

David leads Auckland Council’s first urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, working in a highly-political environment with intense public scrutiny and complex stakeholders across specific neighbourhoods in Auckland. David has led a strategic approach that sees the Council partner with the private sector, government, iwi and the third sector to deliver a wide range of regenerative outcomes for Auckland.

A life-long Aucklander, David enjoys seeing transformation across the city. Originally a law graduate, he joined Auckland City Council in 1989 where he worked in various roles including Industrial Relations Manager and Finance Director, a position that included the Auckland City Council’s large property holdings. Appointed Chief Executive in 2005, following the Auckland Council amalgamation, in 2010 David became Chief Executive of Auckland Council Property Limited, before Eke Panuku Development Auckland’s establishment in 2015.

Along with a strong commercial development strategy, David is a firm believer that investment in public amenity and a place-based, tailored approach underpins successful urban regeneration. From experience, David knows that a “one size fits all” approach won’t cut it with Aucklanders.

Leonie added: “David is a fitting recipient, given the legacy he is building for all of Auckland.”



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About the Property Industry Awards

The prestigious Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards are presented to outstanding property projects, developments or substantive refurbishments across New Zealand. The Awards recognise properties that provide an outstanding return and/or delivery of service potential on investment of funds. For some this means a return on speculative investment; for others it means creating a development that supports productive activities, which creates value for both owners and users.

The Property Council New Zealand Members’ Laureate honours those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to both the organisation and wider property industry. This lifetime membership is awarded once a year at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.

About Property Council New Zealand

Property Council is the leading advocate for Aotearoa’s largest industry – property.

Property Council New Zealand is the one organisation that collectively champions property, bringing together members from all corners of the property eco system to advocate for reduced red tape that enables development.

Property is New Zealand’s largest industry, making up 15% of economic activity. As a sector, we employ 9% of New Zealand’s workforce and contribute over $41.2 billion to GDP.

A not-for-profit organisation, the Property Council connects over 10,000 property professionals, championing the interests of over 500 member companies.

Our membership is broad and includes some of the largest commercial and residential property owners and developers in New Zealand. The property industry comes together at our local, national and online events, which offer professional development, exceptional networking and access to industry-leading research.

Our members shape the cities and spaces where New Zealanders live, work, play and shop.


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