Leonie Freeman: Lifting the people in property

Last month, we celebrated the people in property in the Auckland, Central and Wellington regions with more than 1,000 members of the property community joining us across the three events.

The feedback was extraordinary, with a tidal wave of positive messages rolling in from attendees, winners and sponsors alike. Guests said things like, “thank you for organising such a wonderful event”, and “I wish my children could be here to witness this as all they hear in the media is negative things about the industry”.

Comments like this are the reason I love these awards. There’s something truly special about lifting others up, recognising their achievements and unashamedly celebrating their success. It’s something we Kiwis aren’t always very good at, but if we’re going to ensure the best talent continues to join our industry, we’re going to have to get a lot more comfortable showcasing their (and our own!) successes. If you’d like to read some of the groundswell of positivity, I encourage you to check out our LinkedIn page.

While we’re celebrating people, I’d like to give a warm welcome to Property Council’s new Regional Chairs – Martin Cooper, of Cooper & Associates who has been elected as the Auckland Chair and Morgan Jones, of Veros Property, who has been elected as the Central Regional Chair.

Special thanks must go to our departing chairs, Brian Squair of Chow:Hill in Hamilton and Andrew Hay of Stride Property in Auckland for their exceptional contribution over the past few years. We also wish to express our gratitude to Gerard Earl and James Riddoch for their continued service as Regional Chairs in Wellington and the South Island, respectively.

One final reminder; nominations for the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2023 are now open, with the closing date set for 1 February 2023. I encourage all those who wish to enter to do so before Christmas – it’s a five minute job and can be done online here.

Ngā mihi, ā, kia kaha,

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