South Island Update

I first volunteered with Property Council in 2014, not long off the plane from the UK I was looking to expand my professional network and saw value in sitting at a table with the collective of property owners and developers.

It turns out I was right. The past eight years have delivered some very interesting tables to sit at. The information gained and relationships built have been invaluable, not just in post-quake Christchurch, but to this day. 

Even now, having the benefit of a seat at Property Council’s National Board table I get enormous value from watching the calm and measured leadership shown by CEO Leonie Freeman and Board Chair Scott Pritchard over the past year. Watching them in action has been fantastic, and of great value to me personally and professionally.

This update is all about value. The purpose is to give you a snapshot of what we’ve achieved both as an organisation and as a local committee, as well as casting our eye forward to the avalanche of legislation and change that is coming our way.

As always, we welcome your feedback, engagement and ideas as we work together to shape cities that our communities can be proud of.

In the meantime, stay safe and look after your team, yourself and your families over the coming weeks.

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Author | James Riddoch

James is a specialist construction lawyer with a particular focus on social infrastructure.

Prior to joining Greenwood Roche, James spent 11 years practicing in London where he was recommended by the UK Legal 500 for his work in development in the social housing sector. James returned to New Zealand, and to Christchurch, in 2013 to lead the firm’s engagement on Kāinga Ora’s $1.2b Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme.

James is the current Chair of the South Island Region of Property Council and sits on our National Board.


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