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.
Foodstuffs South Island
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 18 individuals have gifted over 600 hours, lobbying for bold thinking and greater clarity from policy-makers and hosting over 2,000 people at 23 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.
Roger Davidson | Branch President
Roger is General Manager Property & Retail Development at Foodstuffs South Island and has represented the Branch in the role of President for the past three years.
With 25 years at Foodstuffs, Roger is hugely experienced in property and retail development and expertly leads the South Island Branch Executive with an even hand.
Simon Taylor | Vice President
Simon is Director and National Manager of Cosgroves following a career at some of the industry's leading engineering and building services firms including Aurecon and MWH.
Equipped with a Masters degree in Building Services Engineering from the University of Hull, Simon adds enormous value to the Executive.
James Riddoch | Vice 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.
Branch Executive Committee
Ngāi Tahu Property
Mortlock McCormack Law
Christchurch City Council
Rider Levett Bucknall
Christchurch City Council
Branch Executive Internship
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.
The South Island Branch is managed by Amelia Flynn, an experienced event manager who delivers an oustanding array of local events whilst also providing executive support to the South Island Branch Executive. Currently on parental leave until May, Amelia shares the role with our Otago Chapter Manager, Kaaren Dooher, who is steering the ship in Amelia's absence.
Kaaren has a strong executive administrative background, a particular flair for attention to detail, and is passionate about making things simple and easy to understand. She has also spent time as a residential property sales person so she understands the complexities of the property industry. Kaaren has a passion for the greater Otago region and is enthusiastic about bringing timely, interesting and enjoyable events to assist our members and she also facilitates issues that our members face for our Advocacy Team.
Make sure you say hello next time you attend a Branch event or feel free to drop them a line should you have any topics, speakers or site tours that could make for our next great event.
PO Box 4170, Christchurch 8140
T: 021 278 6790