Why Clare Piper belongs in property


Find out what makes Clare Piper, Innovating Streets Project Coordindator at Christchurch City Council, tick as we continue the #ibelonginproperty series, celebrating the people shaping New Zealand's cities.

  1. My current role is… Innovating Streets Project Coordinator at Christchurch City Council
  2. The best part of my job is…helping developers, residents and communities gain an understanding of town planning and policy making, and to encourage them to get involved by having their say on the future of their city and environment.
  3. Property is…a mix of both public and private interests. For me it’s how these interests can work together to get the best outcomes for our places and spaces.  
  4. I choose to work in property because…I enjoy the ‘ah ha’ moment when people understand that getting city regeneration and development right is in everyone’s best interests.
  5. My three workday essentials are… access to a computer, water and a phone charger. I learnt after the Canterbury Earthquakes that those three are definitely essential!
  6. My typical day at work… involves a mix of computer/desk based work, meetings, and getting out and about in Ōtautahi to keep tabs on how the city is regenerating. So many wonderful new buildings and businesses, and fantastic public spaces to check out.
  7. My most valuable skill… is listening. Understanding what our customers are saying and putting that into a local government and planning context, so that we can be effective in what we do.
  8. My biggest career lesson… is to take time in responding to negative or critical emails. Draft up your response and then don’t send it till the next day. A good night’s sleep can make the world of difference to how you react and respond.
  9. My childhood dream… was to live forever near a beach in a caravan, surfing and gathering kaimoana. I think that is now my retirement plan!
  10. My biggest inspiration… is my mother. Strong and independent, who always encouraged me to keep going and never give up.
  11. My downtime is spent… singing with the Christchurch City Chorus, hanging out with my children and getting involved in community activation and tactical urbanism.
  12. The one piece of advice I’d give to someone considering property as a career… it is a larger industry and career opportunity than you think. There are many different roles and jobs in property, so don’t limit your thinking to just private property matters – Councils and Government Agencies (such as Kainga Ora) are also part of the property industry.


Help us create an industry where we all belong

Property Council is committed to showcasing property as a diverse, dynamic and interesting sector to work in. We want to attract and retain the best talent while sharing the stories of our city-shaping members. If you know an inspiring leader, rising star or unsung hero who exemplifies these attributes then we want to hear from you! Contact us with your answers to the questions above at comms@propertynz.co.nz to be considered for the #ibelonginproperty series.

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