Leonie Freeman: When city shapers become city funders

Last week we got word of an extraordinary donation by one of our members, and recipient of the Property Council Member’s Laureate Award, Mark Dunajtschik’s $50 million endowment to help fund an acute mental health unit at Hutt Hospital.

A truly remarkable gift, this is just one of Mark and his partner Dorothy’s charitable donations built on a legacy of hard graft and property acumen. Legends (and legacies) such as this deserve to be recognised, so please read the full story here.

In other good news, our regional managers have been relishing the opportunity to bring local events back to the fore, with sell-out audiences across the country. Tickets for the Property Industry Awards have sold out, while our newest conference, Offset | Reset has also reached capacity and The Property Conference is well on its way to a record crowd with nearly 300 tickets sold. Even November’s Retail Conference has launched with a bang, with 75 tickets selling in the first week!

Thank you for supporting these events, we truly value your enthusiasm to come together as an industry once again. If you are yet to reserve your ticket to an upcoming event – book now to avoid disappointment!

Over the next few months we will be consulting on and launching our 2022 Strategic Plan, as well as Property Council’s bespoke online member community, which will provide members with a new way to connect and collaborate online, anytime, anywhere.

Finally, it was a pleasure to host a delegation from the Korean Financial Investment Association (KOFIA) last week, showcasing the opportunity for investment in New Zealand commercial property alongside some of our members.

We believe it is vital to maintain and build these global networks and make it clear that New Zealand is open for business, particularly as the world opens up post-COVID. Special thanks to our members and MP Melissa Lee for helping us host these important stakeholders.

Noho ora mai (stay well, goodbye).

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