Wellington Branch

Welcome to the Wellington Branch

Mike ColeSeventeen years ago, during my thirty nine years as a chartered accountant, and partner / director / shareholder of Munro Benge Chartered Accountants Limited, Wellington, through the firm we became the manager of the Wellington Branch of the Property Council of NZ.   After the National Council restructured and took over managing the Council’s various branches, I joined the Wellington Executive in 2010.

I am now an Independent Consultant at Munro Benge.  My client base has included some large businesses, sole traders, partnerships, family trusts (many as an independent trustee), unions, top of mind charities, SME’s, annual compliance, tax advice, consultancy, valuations, some litigation support and previously, audits.  Some of those owned various properties, including some with significant commercial property interests.  My association with Property Council of NZ has been most worthwhile and helpful to me.

Turning to Wellington, recently compiled statistics entitled Economic Significance of the Property Industry to the Wellington Economy, show that in the year to March 2016, the Property Industry contributed $8.6 billion to the Wellington Economy.  This includes a direct impact of $3.3 billion and flow-on (indirect and induced) impacts of $5.3 billion.  It is important to note that this does not include capital gains from the appreciation of land and property values. In addition, 17,260 employees were directly employed in the Property Industry in March 2016, accounting for 8% of total employment in Wellington.   That is a significant involvement by our members and others.

Earthquakes have highlighted issues that have to be dealt with.

As a Branch, we are continuing effecting change through our advocacy, events program, and collaboration with like-minded organisations including of course Wellington City Council. 

To do that we need your support please.  Our members are at the very core of what we do every day.  Get involved!   Also, please tell us what you seek from your membership, what events, topics and speakers you would like to hear. 

Denis Wood

Munro Benge Accountants
Wellington Branch President

Wellington Branch Executive

The Wellington Branch Executive Committee volunteer their time to serve our members in the Wellington 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 20 individuals have gifted over 600 hours to support policies that unlock development and fuel growth.

The Branch Executive members also represent the local membership across a variety of working groups and panels.


Branch Leaders

Denis Wood | Branch President

Denis is an Independent Consultant at Munro Benge Chartered Accountants. He spent several years with a large listed NZ company but now enjoys working closely with clients including SME’s, not for profit organisations, family trusts, in litigation support for relationship property matters and for some years on the Asia Pacific and the Worldwide Boards of BKR International. 

Denis has led the Wellington Branch Executive since November 2017, helping raise the profile of the branch and consistently advocating for a stronger city and a stronger region.


Paul Robinson | Vice President

Director, The Woolstore Management Limited

Paul Robinson studied law at VUW in the 1970’s and has worked in Wellington since 1981 in a variety of public and private sector management roles. In the 1990’s he, his brother and two sisters formed The Woolstore Group. The Group owns a mix of commercial, office and industrial properties around Wellington. Paul is particularly interested in how the environmental and social utility of these types of assets can be optimised.


Patrick Breen | Beca

Patrick is a Senior Technical Director in the Buildings team at Beca. He is responsible for leading multi disciplinary teams to deliver commercial, institutional and mixed use projects, primarily in Wellington but also throughout New Zealand. These projects include healthcare, tertiary education, commercial office and mixed use developments.

Patrick has been at Beca for nearly 19 years and has a strong interest in heritage buildings, having worked on the upgrade of the St James Theatre and the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.


Branch Executive Committee

Aaron Taylor
BNZ Partners
Craig Mills
WT Partnership
Steuart Ogilvie
Liam Nolan
David Jones
Calibre Consulting
Mark Kirk-Burnnand
Property Logic
Eyal Aharoni
Prime Property
Kevin Lavery
Wellington City Council
Mark Dunajtschik
Polo Properties
Matt Wilton
Hawkins Construction
Patricia Green
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Mike Cole
Gerard Earl
Colliers International
Poul Israelson
Harrison Grierson
Shamus O'Halloran
Tim Dick

Priorities for Wellington Branch

Help Build Wellington’s physical and economic resilience

Support big infrastructure and projects that will help Wellington grow

Facilitate and support building more housing in Wellington.

Wellington Property People Awards

Recognising success and celebrating outstanding contributions to the Wellington property industry and as a whole, the local economy.

For more information on the Wellington Property People Awards.


For further information, please contact the Wellington Branch Manager:

Nicole Ramage

PO Box 38817, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045
T: 021 847 113
E: nicole@propertynz.co.nz

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