Welcome to the Auckland Region

Property is NZ's biggest industry, contributing $29.8b to the economy in the 2015-16 financial year. That's 13% of New Zealand's gross domestic product (GDP) with Auckland contributing 35%. Over the last few years, the Auckland Branch has focused on ensuring the Auckland Unitary Plan reflects the Auckland Plan’s aspirations of a quality, liveable, compact city. The success of the Unitary Plan will be judged by the quality of its implementation.

We need streamlined consenting that enables the feasible development of accommodation, amenity, facilities and transport that will ensure that Auckland remains a liveable city. We need appropriate and sustainable infrastructure funding that supports alternate transport and keeps the city moving. The Auckland Branch intends to work closely with central and local government to ensure that Auckland keeps moving and growing sustainably.

If you want to be a part of what we are doing, please get in touch. Strength in numbers creates positive change and ensures we continue to move forward.

Andrew Hay

Stride Property
Auckland Regional Chair

Regional Advocacy Priority

In March 2020, National Council signed off the Property Council's advocacy priorities for the year, including the Auckland regional priority:

Auckland Executive

The Auckland Executive Committee volunteer their time to serve our members in the Auckland district. They make sure your voice is heard by both central and local government on issues that could have a profound effect on your business. 

The Executive members also represent the local membership across a variety of working groups and panels, from the Auckland CBD Advisory Board to the Urban Design Panel.


Our Leaders

Andrew Hay | Regional Chair

Andrew is GM Commercial and Industrial for Stride Property and has more than 17 years’ property industry experience. He was previously based in Dublin, where he managed a property portfolio for Ireland’s leading betting agency.

Andrew is responsible for the asset management of the Stride portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University and is a former Wellington Branch President of the Property Council.


Martin Cooper | Deputy Chair

Martin is Director of Cooper & Associates, an established development management company providing project development advisory, development management, and governance services. He has sat on the Auckland Branch Executive for nearly five years, adding value to our advocacy workstreams and helping to finetune our event offering.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and has over 13 years' industry experience.


Helen O'Sullivan | Deputy Chair

Helen is Chief Executive of Crockers Property Group, an Auckland based provider of property services including property management, community living management, sales and valuation services. 

Helen is a Chartered Accountant by training, having spent 14 years with Korda Mentha carrying out a wide range of consulting assignments leading significant business change.   Helen also served as Chief Executive of REINZ during its transformation from a regulator to a customer focused industry body.  Helen was also CEO of Ockham Residential, a leading Auckland property developer, and Head of Delivery - KiwiBuild for the Ministry of Housing And Urban Development. 


Regional Executive Committee

Chris Mackenzie
Holmes Consulting
Anna Hill
Daniel Shao
Haines Planning
Graeme Birkhead
Graeme Birkhead Consulting
Carly Hinde
Stellar Projects
Erika McDonald
Linda Trainer
Kiwi Property
Paul Winstanley
Patrick Fontein
Studio D4
Francie Lawson
Tamsyn McDonald
Kāinga Ora
Homes and Communities 
Nicola Harrison
PwC Legal
Daniel Whittaker
Russell Property Group
Executive Intern

Auckland Executive Internship

Looking for your first step into Governance?

The Property Council Auckland Executive Internship is designed for those who aspire to board-level roles and have an interest in corporate governance. It allows an Intern to gain valuable experience by having a non-voting seat at the Executive table for approximately 24 months.

This is part of the Auckland Branch strategy to broaden the pool of possible Branch Executive members, and benefit from a fresh perspective, whilst the experience will equip the successful applicant with practical tools, processes and insights into the governance of Property Council.

Applications for the 2021 internship have now closed, with Daniel Whittaker of Russell Property Group joining the Executive for the year.

Click here for more information.

Contact | Tasch Dodson

The Auckland Region is managed by Tasch Dodson, an experienced event manager who delivers an outstanding array of local events whilst also providing executive support to the Auckland Executive. Approachable, reliable and always one to welcome guests with a smile, make sure you say hello next time you attend a Branch event or feel free to drop her a line should you have any topics, speakers or site tours that could make for our next great event.

T: 09 300 9582
M: 022 088 2724

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