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City Shapers

Resilience & Recovery

The Property Conference 2022 promises to be an essential event for decision-makers in our industry. With a dynamic range of high-calibre speakers, the two-day event brings together visionary leaders and innovators, financial heavy-weights and influential drivers within local and central government.

The theme Resilience & Recovery is relevant to the sector as a whole – be it natural disasters, a pandemic or personal stamina to thrive during adversity – and promises to be insightful and unmissable.

Ōtautahi Christchurch, and in particular, the new Te Pae Convention Centre, is a fitting location for City Shapers | Resilience & Recovery.

The garden city has had to be resilient as it rebuilt post-quakes, and is ready to showcase not just its recovery, but its rebirth as a city of the future.

This destination conference includes optional site tours, welcome function, conference dinner and two days of engaging keynote speakers. 

Take this opportunity to reconnect as an industry as we bring together a wealth of knowledge, talent and expertise.

We’ll see you there!

Featured Speakers

Dame Sophie Pascoe


New Zealand’s most decorated para athlete, Sophie Pascoe burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old with a series of stunning performances at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Over the past decade the powerful swimmer has firmly cemented her place as a national treasure. It’s impossible to do justice to all of Pascoe’s achievements in the pool, but her quick highlight reel includes, 15 Paralympic medals (including nine gold) across three Games, 13 IPC world titles, and multiple world records. A below-the-knee amputee following a lawnmower accident when she was a toddler, Pascoe is known for her raw honesty and offers refreshing insight into the ups and downs of life an athlete.

Cameron Bagrie


Cameron has been an economist for 20 years. For over 11 years he was the Chief Economist at ANZ. He has also worked as an economist at the National Bank, Treasury and Statistics New Zealand.

A mainlander at heart, Cameron’s approach to economics is non-ideological and pragmatic.

Jazz Thornton


Following her own battle with mental illness, Jazz has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope. Her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media, international speaking engagements and now through a new feature documentary film, “The Girl on The Bridge” that premiered in 2020. She directed the award-winning series “Jessica’s Tree” and is the author of the best-selling books “Stop Surviving, Start Fighting” and “My Journey Starts Here”. In 2021, Jazz was awarded The Point of Light award from Her Majesty the Queen and was named the 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year.

Rick Herd


Rick has almost 50 years’ experience in the New Zealand construction industry. He began his career in 1973 as a cadet engineering officer with the Ministry of Works & Development in Christchurch. His last project with the MWD was the Ngauranga Gorge Interchange, after which he joined that main contractor for that project, Mainzeal Construction Wellington, working his way up through the ranks to South Island Construction Manager. Rick completed an MBA in 1995, subsequently working as General Manager or Chief Executive roles in the marine engineering contracting, the manufacture of engineered wood products (LVL) and the industrial mechanical construction sectors.

Under Rick’s tenure over the past 10 years, Naylor Love has risen to be the largest privately owned construction company in the Country and arguably with the strongest reputation amongst employees and client organisations. Rick has an inherent passion for the construction industry and is determined to facilitate a lift in standards through involvement with the Registered Master Builders AND Boards of Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) and the Construction Accord.

Hilary Barry


Hilary was TV3’s 6pm network anchor for many years before moving to TVNZ where she now hosts Seven Sharp with Jeremy Wells.

Originally from Wellington, Hilary started her career as a radio reporter in the Wairarapa. She moved to Christchurch in 1993 to take up a reporting role at TV3 and then Auckland as a reporter and presenter on 3 News. She anchored TV3’s news for many years before moving to TVNZ where she has been a presenter on both Breakfast and Seven Sharp.

Hilary spent many years working in morning radio as well, both on Auckland’s More FM and Radio Live. The multi-award winning newsreader and presenter, Hilary is an accomplished MC and public speaker.

Tama Potaka


Tama Potaka is from Mōkai-Pātea (Rangitīkei) and has whakapapa through Taranaki, Whanganui, Ruapehu and Kāpiti. He is married to Ariana and they have three innovative children. Tama was raised with his parents and focus on whānau, education, and Māori rural community life based around farming and marae. He went to Te Aute College, Victoria University, and Columbia University and received a BA (Māori Studies, Politics), LLB and LLM degrees.

Tama has governance experience across agribusiness, property, education and Church entities – and was a senior executive at Tainui Group Holdings and an adviser at the NZ Super Fund. Tama is the Tumu Kaimahi (CEO) at Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust in Auckland leading property developments and start up marine experiences alongside Explore Group, restoration programmes on Motutapu, and aquaculture and water investments. He and his whānau like to maintain holistic health and wellbeing and he occasionally goes pescatarian or vegetarian.

Chelsea Lane



Chelsea Lane is a Performance Therapist with 20 years experience working with elite and professional athletes. Before leaving Aotearoa, Chelsea worked for High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead sports physio for Athletics New Zealand.

Prior to her return to New Zealand, Chelsea was appointed as the Vice President of Athletic Performance and Sports Medicine for the Atlanta Hawks. Her role meant that she was responsible for overseeing the physical and mental wellbeing of her players, as well as the creation and implementation of high performance systems and cultures for the benefit of the team as a whole. 

Prior to this, Chelsea enjoyed the three previous years in the USA working as Director of Performance and Sports Medicine for the Golden State Warriors. In this role she is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of player performance therapy plans.

Sir Ian Taylor

technology innovator


Ian was brought up in a small East Coast village. He was seven when electricity arrived at his home. It was 1957. The telephone arrived a couple of years later. He didn’t know it at the time but three years after he got electricity at his house, New Zealand got its first computer. Ian’s story mirrors New Zealand’s growth from its days as an agriculture-based economy. He laboured in the freezing works during the school holidays. By 1980, he had completed a law degree and started an entirely new career in television, where he was part of an industry that went from black-and-white film to colour video and on into the digital age.

Ian founded Animation Research Ltd (ARL) in 1990. They bought their first hard drive to make their first TV commercial in 1991. It cost $15,000 and had 1 GB of memory. Today, working from their base in Dunedin, ARL covers sports events all over the world. 

Ian was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to television and business, and won the Creative sector of the World Class New Zealander Awards. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Māori Business Leader of the Year. Ian was awarded 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year. In 2021, Ian was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Years honours, recognised for his services to broadcasting, business and the community.


Please note this is a preliminary programme and is subject to change.

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Christchurch CBD Walking Tour

Spend some time getting to know the new Christchurch on this exclusive guided tour.

Featuring several of the city's landmark developments, we'll take you behind the scenes from the hazy days of the original '100 Day Blueprint' right up until the present day.

Please note: tickets to the site tour are not included in your conference registration and will need to purchased in addition here. Spaces are limited.


6:00pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Function

Riverside Market

7:45am    Registration desk open
9:00am    Conference Opening  

Hilary Barry
Master of Ceremonies

9:05am    Welcome

Leonie Freeman 
Chief Executive Officer, Property Council New Zealand

9:15am    Welcome to Christchurch | Where to From Here?

Lianne Dalziel
Mayor, Christchurch

9:30am    Government Speaker


9:50am    Keynote

Dr Paul Buchanan 
Geopolitical commentator,  Director, 36th Parallel Assessments

10:30am    Morning Tea
11:00am    An Economic Forecast

Cameron Bagrie
Bagrie Economics

11:25am    Panel | The Importance of the Māori Economy 

Facilitated by Mike Pohio, Ngāi Tahu Holdings

Ngarimu Blair
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Tama Potaka
Chief Executive Officer, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

Tracey Hook
Chief Executive Officer, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings 

12:05pm    Panel | Industry Leadership Through Challenging Times

Alison Adams
Chief Executive Officer, ChristchurchNZ

Kerin Russell-Smith
Director, Dominion Constructors

Mike Pohio
Chair, Ngāi Tahu Holdings

Pip Greenwood
Chair, Westpac New Zealand

Scott Pritchard
Chief Executive Officer, Precinct Properties

12:55pm    Lunch
1:55pm    Case Study | Sydney's Newest Urban Neighbourhood; Quay Quarter

Speaker TBC
AMP Capital

2:35pm    Keynote

Jazz Thornton 
Mental health advocate & Co-Founder Voices of Hope

3:15pm    Afternoon Tea
3:45pm    Property Council Advocacy | Where Are We Going?

Katherine Wilson
Head of Advocacy, Property Council New Zealand

4:15pm    Planetary Accounting for the Building Sector

Dr Kate Meyer
Founding Director, The Planetary Accounting Network 

4:45pm    Keynote

Chelsea Lane
International High Performance Expert

5:30pm    End of Day One
7:30 - 11:00pm    Conference Dinner

The Tannery

8:00am    Registration desk open
9:00am    Keynote

Dame Sophie Pascoe

9:30am    Case Study | Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

John Bridgman
Chief Executive Officer, Ōtākaro Limited

Bruno Mendes
Principal, Global Sector Leader – Civic & Events, Woods Bagot

10:00am    International Case Study | Centre Block Rehabilitation

Bill Hellmuth
Chairman + CEO, HOK

10:35am    Morning Tea
11:05am    Concurrent Session | Embodied Carbon

Antonia Reid
Policy Director, Building for Climate Change Programme, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Marty Verry
Group Chief Executive Officer, Redstag 

11:05am    Concurrent Session | Navigating the Supply Chain

Aaron Hockly
Fund Manager, Vital Healthcare Property

Chris Haines
Director, Rider Levett Bucknall

Rick Herd
Chief Executive Officer, Naylor Love

11:35am    Panel | The Future of the CBD

Julie Stout
Partner, Mitchell Stout Dodd

Scott Pritchard
Chief Executive Officer, Precinct Properties

12:10pm   Conference Closing

Leonie Freeman 
Chief Executive Officer, Property Council New Zealand

12:15pm  Closing Networking Lunch

Featuring lunchtime speaker Sir Ian Taylor

2:00pm  End of Conference


Early bird pricing closed 7 June 2022

All pricing includes GST

$ 2070
  • Access to all Conference sessions
  • One ticket to the Welcome Function
  • One ticket to the Conference Dinner
  • Exceptional networking with the property industry's movers and shakers
Non Member
$ 3450
  • Access to all Conference sessions
  • One ticket to the Welcome Function
  • One ticket to the Conference Dinner
  • Exceptional networking with the property industry's movers and shakers

To purchase a Future Directions (under 35 years of age) ticket or a Group ticket (4+ attendees), please contact our National Events team.
Tickets to the site tour are limited and sold separately. These can be purchased upon checkout.

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Catie Harris

Events Manager

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