Welcome to the Auckland Branch
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.
Auckland Branch President
Branch Advocacy Priority
In March 2020, National Council signed off the Property Council's advocacy priorities for the year, including the Auckland Branch priority:
Auckland Branch Executive
The Auckland Branch Executive Committee volunteer their time to serve our members in the Auckland region. They make sure your voice is heard by both central and local government on issues that could have a profound effect on your business. In the past year these 19 individuals have gifted over 600 hours, successfully lobbying against Auckland Council's proposed fast-tracking of their draft Development Contributions Policy and hosting 20 local events.
The Branch 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.
Andrew Hay | Branch President
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 | Vice President
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.
Kelly Bunyan | Vice President
Chapter Lead - Property at Spark New Zealand
Kelly is responsible for the management of Spark New Zealand’s property portfolio and has over 25 years’ experience working across the property industry in various leadership roles, in a commercial capacity, and as a property, construction and infrastructure Lawyer.
She holds a Batchelor of Laws, has previously sat on the Women in Property Committee for five years, and is now in her second year on the Auckland Executive.
Branch Executive Committee
Air New Zealand
Graeme Birkhead Consulting
Crockers Property Group
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa
Homes and Communities
Beca (Executive Intern)
Branch Executive Internship
The Property Council Auckland Branch 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 Branch 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.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Contact | Tasch Dodson
The Auckland Branch 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 Branch 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.