Leonie Freeman: We’re back in the room (but let’s not jinx it!)

It has been heartening to see the industry back supporting in-person events over the past few months. After a tumultuous 12 months, we are counting down the days (8 days to go!) until the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards next Friday night.

I expect you all to be crossing your fingers that the evening goes ahead as planned, but just in case, we do have a video recording of the full ceremony ready and waiting in the wings should we need it (which we won’t!).

In other event news, The Property Conference, taking place in Wellington on 22-24 September, is now officially sold out with 360 attendees. Our team is taking names for a waitlist, but given the level of interest in both this event and the Retail Conference in November, I would encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

On the advocacy front, we are plowing ahead with our resource management reform, housing, urban development, and industry leadership workstreams, with 30 stakeholder meetings in July and several recent submissions on the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development and the Government’s interest deductibility consultation.

Add to this two key pieces of research; the first on the economic impact of the property industry and the second on gender diversity in property and you have a fairly full couple of months!

But there’s no slowing down to catch our breath just yet – hot on the heels of next week’s awards will be The Property Conference in September, and Retail Conference, and the Central, Auckland, Wellington, and South Island Property People Awards in November.

Here’s to a roaring final last quarter of 2021!

Ngā mihi nui.

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