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.
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.
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
Veros Property Services
McCaw Lewis Lawyers
University of Waikato
Tainui Group Holdings
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 Waikato and Bay of Plenty Branches. Sarah ensures the branch'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