Leonie Freeman: Waiting for the wave to hit

It’s a strange old time at the moment.

The media and pandemic modellers tell us that we’re on the cusp of a true pandemic (and I say ‘true’ because the reality is the past two years have simply been pandemic prep, with the health implications yet to hit home). When this will happen is anyone’s guess.

But for now, life is strangely normal. Cautious, but normal.

Of course the same cannot be said for the events industry, which has suffered immeasurably due to the restrictions on gatherings. While Property Council is not immune to these effects, we are (thankfully) very well prepared, with postponements, cancellations and online pivots now part of our daily lives. Spare a thought for our team – for whom this continual change has become the norm.

We have had many questions lately about the upcoming Residential Development Summit scheduled to take place in Auckland on 29 March. While we have held off making a call for some time, it is with heavy hearts that we once again take this event online as a one day virtual event.

The upside to this decision is that we already know this event is hugely successful as a virtual conference, with last year’s crowd ballooning to a whopping 450 attendees. Going online also means we can cut the cost of catering from our ticket price, allowing all members access to bespoke education at a bargain price. Click here to register.

Uncertainty doesn’t stop progress, and it has been a pleasure to continue our work with the Construction Sector Accord, which has proved an incredibly useful vehicle for implementing change that benefits the construction and property sector. From highlighting and easing supply chain issues, to bringing in more critical worker and allowing better access to rapid antigen testing, the Accord allows us direct contact with Ministers on a regular basis, so we stay at the forefront of these issues.

With the story of 2022 yet to be written, now is the time to prepare your team and your business for what lies ahead. Get processes in place that support those who need to work from home or take sick leave. Keep our people at the heart of our decisions, and stay safe.

Ngā mihi nui.

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