Central Update

It has been a time of great change for the Central membership over the past few years. Not only have we been navigating two years of unsettled economic conditions, but as a membership we have also transformed completely.

Thanks to the mahi of my colleagues on the Central Regional Committee and those who went before us, we have brought together our Bay of Plenty and Waikato membership as one united region. This unity has not only strengthened our position, it has also helped transform our relationships with local authorities and stakeholders.

In the past, we were known as one of Hamilton and Tauranga Council’s great adversaries, often shut out of discussions. Now, we have great relationships with these authorities and are invited to the table early to discuss and debate ideas to the betterment of our cities. It is a far cry from the ‘consultation via media release’ days of old, and is something I am incredibly proud of.

The purpose of this update is to give you a snapshot of what we’ve achieved both as an organisation and as a local committee, as well as casting our eye forward to the avalanche of legislation and change that is coming our way.

As always, we welcome your feedback, engagement and ideas as we work together to shape a region that our community can be proud of.

In the meantime, stay safe and look after your team, yourself and your families over the coming weeks.

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Author | Brian Squair

Community is at the heart of Brian Squair’s approach to design and his commitment to shaping spaces for the benefit of all end users is evident in his creative and innovative projects.

From collaborative community projects to large-scale commercial buildings, urban development feasibility studies to workplace strategic design and intricate interior fit-outs, Brian’s years of practical design and construction industry expertise in New Zealand and Australia underpin his reputation as a leading New Zealand design practitioner.

Currently a member of Hamilton’s Urban Design Panel, Chair of the Property Council Central Region and formerly on the Hamilton City Council Heritage Advisory Panel, Brian also serves on the Board of Creative Waikato.

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