Tauranga member Paul Adams is made a knight

Property Council, and in particular the Bay of Plenty Branch, would like to acknowledge and congratulate Sir Paul Adams on his knighthood in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

As founder of Carrus Corporation Limited, Paul is well known and highly respected in the Bay of Plenty Branch, taking home the Hawkins Long Service Award at the Bay of Plenty Property People Awards in 2018.

Paul began his career as an engineering cadet with the Wellington Harbour Board. Within eight years he was a qualified civil engineer and had gained qualifications in business management and dispute resolution. By 1980, Paul has his own private practice in Wellington designing, pricing, surveying and managing engineering projects around the country.

Spotting a business opportunity, and a gap in the market, Paul moved to the Bay of Plenty in 1981 where he started his company Bay Horticultural Services. A bold vision and strong leadership saw the company become the biggest player in the kiwifruit industry, owning and managing 45 orchards and employing over 200 people.

In 1990, Paul shifted his focus to property, and formed his family-owned company Carrus Corporation Ltd. Carrus quickly established an impressive reputation within the industry, and today is the largest land development company in the Bay of Plenty.

Paul's projects over the last 29 years have been a key driver in shaping Tauranga into the city it is today. Carrus' developments have set the bar for others in the industry to follow and have resulted in neighbourhoods and precincts of enduring quality. Paul's growing list of developments in the Bay of Plenty and throughout New Zealand speak for themselves.

With Paul behind the wheel, Carrus has developed 4000+ sections in Tauranga, and a similar number throughout the North Island (in Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington).

Nowadays, Paul commits a lot of time to not-for-profit ventures as he is a strong believer that helping others is critical for a healthy society. Over the years Paul has been, and in most cases still is, heavily involved with a range of community initiatives and philanthropic activities. These include IHC, Women's Refuge, Accessible Properties, Waipuna Hospice, Riding for the Disabled, Te Kura Correspondence School, Tauranga Boys' College and a number of other community groups and Maori Trusts.

Paul was also instrumental in the development of Tauranga's new university campus and helped to create the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Mount Maunganui.

We congratulate Sir Paul on this deserved honour and commend his enormous contribution to both the local industry and the wider community.