Property Industry Awards

Celebrating excellence in the built environment for over 20 years

Hosted by Property Council New Zealand, the Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards is the most prestigious property awards programme in New Zealand, celebrating excellence in design and innovation in the built environment for over 20 years. 

The Awards showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines, recognising outstanding projects, developments and refurbishments. Award winners are the best of the best; projects that provide an outstanding return or delivery of service potential on investment of funds, creating value for owners, tenants and the wider community.

The Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards culminate at the Awards Dinner in November, a spectacular celebration that attracts over 1400 property professionals as we crown the industry’s best projects. 

> Read more about this year's 115 nominees

COVID Update: Postponed to Thursday 12 November 2020 

In response to the current COVID-19 alert levels and the uncertainty of what the next few weeks will look like in the event space; we have made the decision to postpone the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards to November 2020. The new date will be announced shortly.  

All ticketholders are invited to hold their tickets over to the new date. We sincerely hope that this change in date will still allow you to attend and enjoy an evening of celebration, achievement, entertainment and glamour (because heaven knows we all need something to celebrate right now!). 

As an organisation and a team, we have made a commitment to delivering this event in an alternative format if needs be and awarding the winners, regardless of alert levels. We appreciate your understanding and enduring support as we navigate these uncertain times. 

If you are a ticketholder and can no longer attend due to the date change, please contact to discuss your options. 

Tickets for this event remain sold out. For those wishing to be added to the wait list, please contact 

The Property Council Events Team

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions in full

As per the terms and conditions, cancellations are accepted up to month prior to the event, therefore the cancellation date has extended to 12 October

It is our hope and intention to deliver the Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the Gala Dinner. While we will do everything in our power to bring this event to you as a face-to-face experience, should the situation change and restrictions on event numbers fluctuate due to government restrictions, we have the ability to deliver the Awards Ceremony in a virtual format on this date. 

If New Zealand has any restrictions on gatherings as of 9am Monday 2 November, or if Alert Levels change suddenly resulting in restrictions on gatherings between that date and 12 November, all tickets will be transferred to the online event as the above cancellation date will still apply. Property Council will refund as much of your ticket price as possible after deductions of committed expenses. We are working with closely with suppliers and aim to provide a minimum 70% refund. In this event we would strongly encourage ticket holders to celebrate and host your tables in your own chosen social settings, albeit it your own private function rooms or in a bar maybe, but still together! 

Property Council will work to ensure the health & wellbeing of attendees by following the New Zealand Events Sector Voluntary Code including contact tracing; names/email gathered prior to the event, QR code tracing; temperature taken at the door; online health disclaimers for all attendees.  

Key Dates 2020

Nominations Close Friday 7 February 
Submissions Due Wednesday 4 March
Judging Commences Monday 16 March
Awards Evening Thursday 12 November 

About the Awards

There are 11 award categories and one Supreme Award winner:

  • Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities Multi-Unit Residential Property Award
  • Greenstone Group Education Property Award
  • RCP Commercial Office Property Award
  • Holmes Consulting Group Tourism and Leisure Property Award
  • Templeton Group Urban Land Developments Property Award
  • Yardi Retail Property Award
  • CBRE Industrial Property Award
  • Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award
  • Fagerhult NZ Health and Medical Property Award
  • Naylor Love Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award
  • Resene Green Building Property Award
  • Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award

MERIT is awarded to projects through the judging process that are deemed to have something distinctive about the way in which the development or project was undertaken. There may be multiple Merit Award winners in each category.

EXCELLENCE is presented to projects that are deemed to be amongst the best in their chosen category, and that symbolise excellence within the property industry across all aspects of the evaluation. There may be multiple Excellence Award winners in each category.

BEST IN CATEGORY is selected in each category if a project stands out as the “best of the best” against the other project entries in their category. There is only one Best in Category Award winner in each category, with these projects also in the running for the overall Supreme Award.

The Awards Dinner is the biggest party in property - where the industry comes together to collectively applaud our winners and celebrate their achievements.

Eligibility and Criteria

Submitting into the awards is open to Property Council members and non-members. Eligible entrants are projects, developments or substantive refurbishments that have a Practical Completion Certificate prior to 28 February 2020 and have not previously won a Property Council Award within the category entered.

  • A property that has not previously won an Award may be nominated again.
  • A property may be entered into any of the primary categories, and additionally or solely entered into one or both (if applicable) of the Green Building and Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award categories.
  • All projects, developments or substantive refurbishments must be located within New Zealand.

The Awards are highly regarded for their focus on efficient use of capital. Projects are awarded for meeting a wide range of criteria to provide an outstanding return and/or delivery of service potential on investment of funds and maximum community benefit for public buildings.


Judging across all categories is strongly weighted towards economic and financial factors and other factors are evenly considered. Submissions will be assessed based on the following principles and allocated weighting.

  • Economic and financial criteria 30%
  • Project vision and innovation (includes degree of difficulty) 20%
  • Design and construction 20%
  • Owner and user satisfaction 20%
  • Sustainability and efficiency of operation 10%

Property Industry Awards Magazine

The Property Industry Awards magazine showcases our award winners and nominees. This publication is sent to all member companies, awards guests and nominees and sold via retail outlets throughout New Zealand - if you wish to place an advertisement in this year's magazine, please download the media kit and contact:

> Download the 2020 media kit

Brydie Canham
Publisher | B Media Ltd
T 09 308 9998

Previous Awards: Highlights & Heroes

To view the highlights from previous Awards, click below:

> 2019 Awards
> 2018 Awards


To discuss opportunities to support, speak or partner with the Awards, please contact:

Catie Harris
Events Manager
T: 021 0287 6603

Awards Sponsors