Welcome to the Waikato Branch

The Waikato is fast becoming New Zealand's best place to live, work and do business. Hamilton is in a unique position, leveraging off the economic drive of the ‘Golden Triangle’. Our region is a key North Island hub,  poised to respond positively to the planned transport connections to Auckland. 

The Waikato Branch advocates for a thriving commercial property industry that has a positive impact on the region and its people. With substantial population growth forecasted in the region over the next 30 years, a comprehensive sub-regional spatial plan that outlines where future development will occur is needed .We are calling for an integrated approach to planning that will provide investment certainty for the industry and ensure a diversified, modern economy that grows jobs and enables the property sector to thrive. 

Brian Squair

Chow:Hill Architects Ltd
Waikato Branch President

Branch Advocacy Priority

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

Waikato Branch Executive

The Waikato Branch Executive Committee volunteer their time to serve our members in the Waikato 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 18 individuals have gifted over 600 hours, advocating for a thriving property Industry that has a positive impact on the region and it’s people and hosting 15 local events. 


Branch Leaders

Brian Squair | Branch President

Brian is Board Chair and Director at Chow:Hill in Hamilton and has a wide range of practical design and construction industry expertise both in New Zealand and Australia. This experience allied with a client-centred approach feeds Brain's enthusiasim for innovative and smart ways to deliver successful projects. 

Brian has led the Waikato Branch Executive since November 2017, helping raise the profile of the branch and consistently advocating for greater engagement with policy-makers.


Dr Joan Forret | Vice President

Joan is a Partner at Hamilton law firm Harkness Henry, a member of the University of Waikato Tertiary Education Institution Council and a recent past chair of the Waikato branch of the Resource Management Law Association.

Joan advises a wide range of commercial and individual clients whose interests include resource consents, planning and plan changes, RMA enforcement and alcohol licensing. She holds a PhD in law from Waikato University and arts and science degrees from Otago University and lectured for five years in Environmental and Public Law at Waikato University.


Dave Moule | Vice President

Dave is a Principal and Senior Planner at Boffa Miskell, he has 15 years’ experience in New Zealand as a planning professional and senior manager within local government, and as a planning consultant in the private sector. 

Dave has extensive experience in the preparation and processing of resource consent applications and assessments of environmental effects. He has an in-depth understanding of the Resource Management Act and other legislative tools and political processes that influence the way in which resources are managed, used and developed. This has led to a reliable working knowledge of the key issues and challenges that landowners and consent authorities face on a day to day basis.


Branch Executive Committee

Bevan Houlbrooke
Blair Currie
BCD Group
Tina Boyd
Stride Investment 
Gareth Strawbridge
Veros Property Services
Geoff Felton
Colliers International
James Glenn
Guy Bryant
BNZ Partners
Emily Cleland
HD Geo
Mike Neale
NAI Harcourts
Judith Makinson
Rhys Harvey
Foster Develop
Graeme Ward
RDT Pacific
Thomas Gibbons
McCaw Lewis Lawyers
Tony Kavanagh
University of Waikato
Brian Croad
Tainui Group Holdings
Ben Connick

Waikato Manifestos

We are Waikato Property People Awards

The We are Waikato Property People Awards celebrate the people in property; recognising excellence in leadership and innovation in the Waikato property industry whilst celebrating outstanding contributions to the industry and economy. Click here for more information.

Contact | Sarah Rundstrom

Sarah is an experienced event manager with a strong background in hospitality, who delivers local events and supports the needs of the wider Central region, encompassing the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Sarah ensures the region's advocacy projects and events align with our national priorities and acts as a conduit between local members and national office.

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: 021 951 150
E: sarah@propertynz.co.nz

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