South Island Branch

Welcome to the South Island Branch

Being New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch is a crucial element to the economic growth in Canterbury and the wider South Island. The local property industry has overcome enormous challenges thrust upon it by the earthquakes and the Property Council has been instrumental throughout, providing advocacy and policy guidance.

An important phase of the earthquake recovery is upon us, as thousands of displaced office workers relocate back into the CBD of Christchurch and the central city residential development gains pace. The often-talked-about opportunities that would arise, particularly in tourism, hospitality and retail are now fast becoming a reality and this continues to drive the economy. We are on the cusp of the major Crown anchor projects getting underway and this will only add to the momentum already created and stimulate further investment.

The Branch will continue to be a crucial component of these growth opportunities, working collaboratively with Central and Local Government and Crown agencies to ensure there is clear alignment between all parties. Advocating for policies that promote development and ensure that Christchurch will continue on its path to be a new and vibrant city, serving its purpose as the gateway to the South Island.

We invite all members of the South Island property industry to join us and be a part of this exciting chapter of Christchurch’s development. Together, we can ensure success, further development and investment in the South Island economy.

James Riddoch

Greenwood Roche
South Island Branch President

South Island Branch Executive

The South Island Branch Executive volunteer their time to serve our members in the South Island. 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, lobbying for bold thinking and greater clarity from policy-makers and hosting over 2,000 people at over 20 local events. 

The Branch Executive members also represent the local membership across a variety of working groups and panels, from the CCC Development Board to the Urban Design Panel and the Urban Development Authority Strategy Group.


Branch Leaders

James Riddoch | Branch President

James is an experienced commercial lawyer with particular expertise in construction and infrastructure, property development and social housing.

Currently a Principal at Greenwood Roche, James previously spent 11 years practising in London where he was recommended by the UK Legal 500 for his work in development in the social housing sector.


Simon Taylor | Vice President

Simon is General Manager and a Director of Cosgroves a New Zealand wide consulting engineering practice.  His career has been spent in the UK and NZ and he has worked for some of our industry's leading engineering firms including Aurecon and MWH.  As a Chartered professional engineer, having a master’s degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and extensive building experience and industry knowledge, Simon adds enormous value to the Executive.


James Jackson | Vice President

James is a Development Manager for Ngāi Tahu Property and has been on the South Island Branch Executive since 2017.

He has over 15 years construction and management experience and has worked for large commercial contracting firms and specialist consultancies. James has successfully delivered a diverse range of projects including large scale retail centres, various commercial offices, residential and heritage building redevelopments.

Notable projects include Te Hononga (Christchurch Civic Building) and the Pita te Hori Centre development in Christchurch's Central City.


Branch Executive Committee

Kristen Neri
Glenn Taylor
Roger Davidson
Foodstuffs South Island
Vanessa Carswell
Warren and Mahoney
Rebecca Gregg
Colliers International
Antony Gough
The Terrace
Andrew Carter
Carter Group
Keith Beal
Otākaro Limited
Alan Prescott
Harmans Lawyers
Graeme McDonald
Sarah Manning
Mortlock McCormack Law
Alistair Pearson
Christchurch City Council
Dean Armstrong
Tom Chatterton
Rider Levett Bucknall
Rebecka Lundgren
(Executive Intern)
Steven Van der Pol
Van der Pol Consulting

Branch Executive Internship

Looking for your first step into Governance?

The Property Council South Island 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 from November 2018.

This is part of the South Island 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.

South Island Education Trust

The South Island Education Trust was established in 2005 by Property Council to promote and support the education of students studying property, and to people employed in the industry.

In 2010, the Education Trust commissioned Lincoln University Commerce Faculty's Property Group to prepare the Christchurch Central Business District Survey of Retailers. This survey renewed debate on central city revitalisation, and highlighted the potential for more detailed research to be carried out.

Last year the Trust committed to supporting a student's Masters thesis at the University of Canterbury and has since re-launched its fundraising efforts to ensure the longevity of the fund.

For more information about the Education Trust's activities, please contact the South Island Branch Manager.

Southern Excellence Awards

The awards aim to acknowledge and applaud the people in South Island property, the crusaders who have paved the way and whose vision will shape our cities and towns for future generations. Click here for more information on the Southern Excellence Awards.

Contact | Stacey Gibb

T: +64 21 510 805

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