Leonie Freeman: Collective impact

Collective impact and influence

This being my first missive since the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards held in Auckland a couple of weeks ago, I can hardly let the opportunity pass to congratulate our winners and thank our sponsors, judges, and 1,500 guests.

The Property Industry Awards aren’t just a chance to celebrate outstanding projects and teams, they’re also a chance to showcase the industry’s contribution to our economy, and our communities, as was demonstrated so acutely by our Supreme Winner, Auckland City Mission’s HomeGround.

While our guests enjoy a spectacular night out (with a few headaches to follow the next day), we also utilise this event as a central part of our stakeholder engagement, inviting Minister Megan Woods and other key political figures to build relationships and help further their property education. I cannot understate the impact this collective social proof has – already we have planned further engagement and discussions with these stakeholders, all of which serve to reinforce our role as trusted advisors and collaborative industry partners.

The results of such ongoing groundwork came to fruition on the day of the Awards, with the government announcing the establishment of a dedicated Build to Rent asset class, with access to interest deductibility in perpetuity. Read more here.

Record number of volunteers

On the topic of collective impact, nominations for the 2022/23 Property Council governance committees closed last Friday, with a record 65 nominations from throughout the country.

These nominees will be part of Property Council’s inaugural committee elections under our new Constitution, with each member company getting one vote per election. This year elections will be held for our Auckland, Central and South Island regional committees, with the Retail, Diversity & Inclusion and Wellington committees receiving the exact number of nominees as we had seats available. Members in each of these regions will have the opportunity to elect representatives from next week. Industry Leaders will also have the opportunity to elect representatives to the National Board. Voting packs will be sent to designated voters (as nominated by the member company) next week, with appointments announced at our online AGM on 28 September.

Read more about the process and timeframes here.

A voluntary opportunity that doesn’t form part of this formal process, but is certainly no less important, are our conference programme committees. This is a more agile broad group made up of members from throughout the property spectrum, who are called in to provide their expertise in the development of one or more of our national conferences, including Retail Conference, the Green Property Summit, The Property Conference, and the Residential Development Summit.

The commitment is less intense than our other governing committees, but often more condensed, with each event requiring 6-8 weeks of programme development. Generally, volunteers choose which event (or events) is most relevant to them, and donate their time to create a show-stopping programme. If you would like to be part of this pool of volunteers, please get in touch with Catie Harris.

Ngā mihi nui.

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