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Speakers

In 2018, the line-up of speakers for New Zealand’s National Conference is truly incredible! Hear from a variety of successful business people, sales agents, and motivational speakers.

Margie Warrell

A best selling author, international speaker and media commentator, who has interviewed the likes of Sir Richard Branson and hotelier Bill Marriott

Ever look back and wish you’d been braver? Ever held back from a tough conversation only to regret it later? Many do.

The titles of her bestselling books – Find Your Courage, Stop Playing Safe, Brave and Make Your Mark – reflect her passion for empowering people to take braver actions and lead bigger lives. Drawing on her background in Fortune 500 business, psychology and executive coaching, Margie has run leadership programs with organizations around the world such as NASA, Microsoft, Facebook and the United Nations Foundation. She has interviewed global leaders such as Richard Branson and Bill Marriott, sharing their insights in her Forbes column. She is a regular expert commentator in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, FoxNews and the Today Show. Margie has learnt a lot about courage and resilience since growing up on a small dairy farm in rural Australia and has had many adventure travels through over 70 countries from Algeria to Nepal, Peru to Papua New Guinea. Needless to say, when it comes to living bravely, Margie speaks from experience – most recently attempting kite surfing with Richard Branson and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with her husband and four teenage children.

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is an international business leader, founder, and educator. His company Red Rose Consulting counsels business leaders and employees on creative thinking, marketing, and leadership.

A CEO for 22 years, Kevin has an uncompromisingly positive and inspirational leadership style, with an ability to generate ideas and emotional connections that accelerate extraordinary value. Kevin’s latest book 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World (2016) offers frameworks and solutions for winning in a business world that has become volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous. He is Chair of the following organisations: Unfiltered (business education platform); Beattie Communications (UK creative communications consultancy); My Food Bag (New Zealand home food delivery service); and CricHQ (the world’s largest digital platform for cricket). Kevin’s career was built in sales, marketing, and leadership roles at Mary Quant, Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi-Co, Lion Nathan, Saatchi & Saatchi (17 years as CEO worldwide) and Publicis Groupe. Kevin has authored several books including 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World (2016) and Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands (2004), published in 18 languages. Lovemarks was named one of the ten Ideas of the Decade by Advertising Age in 2009. He is a former director of the New Zealand Rugby Union and former chairman of USA Rugby. He also served on the Board of New Zealand Football and as a Trustee for a Team New Zealand America’s Cup challenge.

Cam Calkoen

Dreams of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace opportunity, and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations.

It is dreams that have brought the world to what we see today and our aspirations that will propel it into the future. No one can walk and talk at birth. Some people like Cam, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of their lives. He chose to defy the odds, and now showcases what can be achieved when we identify a challenge, leverage our opportunities and uniqueness, and indeed live for awesome! Born with Cerebral Palsy Cam was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks, he dreamed big becoming an athletic gold medallist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker who ignites a connection and clarity between inspiration, dreams and people.

Through strength of human attitude and potential Cam chose to embrace the challenges he was born with, and harnesses his gifts to live in the pursuit of excellence and make life as awesome as it can be. He is a living example that life is what we make it, and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple – we need to believe! In doing so, we leave no stone unturned. Through charisma, stories and artistic flair Cams presence sees people identify the unturned stones on the path, he ignites, inspires, enlightens and delights others by modelling what it looks like to dream big and achieve more!

Jake Millar

Jake Millar is a 21-year-old New Zealand-born new-media and education entrepreneur currently expanding his second venture into the United States. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Unfiltered, his second startup in the past two years.

A born entrepreneur, Jake was selling magnets outside the Supermarket in Greymouth from the tender age of seven under the brand of his first business, “Jake-O-Magnets.” Fiercely independent, Robyn (Jake’s Mum), used to drop him off at the supermarket and come back 5 hours later. Generally he had made about $45.00… a killing! Jake is a passionate, honest and insightful speaker who is eager to inspire entrepreneurs and business leaders to achieve their biggest and boldest dreams. Jake tells his story in an engaging and energetic way which helps people understand how they can take their business, and life, to a whole new level. He allows people to see that he is certainly no “genius kid,” just a hard¬working risk-taker following a thirty-year plan. Jake passionately believes that everyone can do what he has done, and thrives off educating people how they can do that.

Phil Harris

Owner and Managing Director, Harris Real Estate

Harris Real Estate is South Australia’s largest Independent Agency. Phil started the business in 2010 with 5 staff and in just 8 years has grown the business to over 140 staff with 5 offices. Harris Real Estate sells over 1300 homes per year and manages over 2000 rental properties and is now regarded as one of the fastest growing real estate companies in Australia.

James Williams

Real Estate Coach, JW Coaching

James Williams is a high performance sales coach from Adelaide, Australia. He began his career honing his skills in direct sales and as a door-to-door salesman. He first ventured into Real Estate in 2005, starting out as a Receptionist in a successful Adelaide agency. After quickly climbing the ranks from a Buyer Manager to a Property Consultant, he became a founding partner in Harris Real Estate. He later worked as the Trainer for the Harris team, which ignited his passion for coaching and training.

In 2015, James started his own company, JW coaching, and has since worked alongside hundreds of individuals and agencies, helping them to exceed their targets and achieve their goals.

James possesses instinctive people skills, an approachable demeanour and a comprehensive knowledge of sales and life coaching practices. Cited by his clients as a high energy, authentic and genuine coach, who will get into the trenches with you to ‘sweat it out in practice, so you don’t bleed in battle’.

Peter Walker

Sales Executive and Auctioneer, Bolton & Co, Australia

Peter has been a real estate salesperson since January 1987 and a selling sales principal since September 1998. He recently sold his real estate business in July 2017 and has enjoyed the return to full time sales and auctioneering,

A qualified social sciences teacher and passionate student of life, he is a strong advocate of behavioural economics. Given Peter’s background in economics and social geography, over the past seven years he has sought to achieve a greater understanding of the influences and factors affecting human judgement and decision making when buying and selling property.

Peter has developed an approach to marketing and selling property by auction which focuses on retaining credibility and transparency in marketing and sales, building strong relationships with buyers and sellers alike and achieving improved auction day experiences.

Peter shares Nelson Mandela’s view on life that there is no losing when adopting a growth mindset, “We either win or we learn”.

Richard Humphreys and Abbey Davis

Harcourts Charlton Realty Ltd, Epsom

Abbey and Richard are a husband and wife team who specialise in central city. Abbey and Richard approach the marketing and selling of real estate with an effort and ethic that places them deservedly within a sphere of professional salespeople that many aspire to and few achieve.
Their unflinching dedication to every property they sell is what makes Abbey and Richard role models to new and seasoned salespeople alike. They embrace up to the minute processes to ensure that every property is seen by an enormous audience, with a focus on digital marketing and social media. Their team works with them to ensure that every client is involved with the selling of their property every step of the way and that they are happy with how their momentum is tracking.

Abbey and Richard live, work and play in the central city. You can find them volunteering at Eat My Lunch early in the morning, or you might find Abbey jumping out of a plane for the SPCA after raising a record amount of money for their animal hospital. Their infectious personalities alongside their track record and fresh approach to the selling of Real Estate really does make them the obvious choice in the Central Auckland area.

Robert Tulp

Harcourts Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd

Robert Tulp is someone who knows Real Estate very well! His career dates back to 1992 and has since progressed to include multiple awards as a top sales person and Auctioneer in both Australia & New Zealand. He currently conducts around 600 – 700 auctions per year through Auckland and various parts of New Zealand and runs the Auctioneer team for the number 1 Cooper & Co Harcourts franchise. He has called over 5,000 career auctions and achieved results nearing $1 million above reserve price!!

His awards include –
* Winner Harcourts New Zealand Auctioneer of the Year 2010, 2014, 2017
* Winner Brisbane Apollo Auctions Competition 2017
* Finalist REINZ National Auction Competition 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
* Winner of the Australasian (Bledisloe) Harcourts Auctioneer of the Year 2011 & 2015
* Runner-up REINZ National Auction Competition 2010
* Finalist Australasian Auctioneer Competition 2010
* 6 times Finalist REINZ Auctioneer of the Year

Kris Cunningham

Harcourts Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd

Connecting with the Community – this was the catalyst for success for Kris Cunningham.
Having started in real estate full time just 4 years ago Kris and his team now write well in excess of $1m GCI.
With a philosophy of ‘Giving is Everything’ Kris is involved with his local school, rugby & cricket club, Hospice North Shore & the Auckland City Mission plus multiple other charities throughout the year on a smaller scale.

In 2017 he won the Harcourts Cooper & Co Commitment to the Community Award as well as ranking #6 for Harcourts Cooper & Co and he has no doubt that his involvement with the community played a large part in his success. His support of Hospice North Shore this year saw him earn the Harcourts Foundation Inspiration Award.

You only need to look at Kris’ Facebook page to see how committed he is to supporting his local community and ensuring that those in need are looked after. Kris will share his thoughts on why he is so invested in others, how it has benefited him and why he thinks connecting with his community is a no-brainer.

Gavin Faulke

Harcourts Team Group Realty Ltd

Gavin epitomises integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. He is without question a “people person” with an infectious personality and natural talent for clear communication.

Having grown up in the Porirua suburbs, Gavin knows the area inside and out, and is passionate about why people would want to live in one of New Zealand’s best spots. From a young age Gavin was exposed to the expansive world of Property, which led him to pursue higher education, gaining a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Property Valuation and Marketing.

Having started out on this real estate journey some years ago, Gavin has found his own niche when it comes to the interaction with his clients. Gaining a reputation for protecting his clients’ interests, savvy negotiations and cutting edge marketing strategies, his primary focus is to ensure all of his clients receive a fantastic experience and feel supported both during the time of buying or selling.

Gavin has worked every aspect of the industry representing sellers, buyers, investors and banks, both in the residential and commercial market. This, combined with fantastic organisational skills and his ability to embrace technology, leaves his clients knowing that their property is in safe hands!

Enjoying all that life has to offer when Gavin’s not at work, he enjoys snowboarding, golf, fishing, motorbiking and a spot of travel.

Yvenna Yue

Harcourts Monarch Real Estate Ltd

Yvenna has skyrocketed onto the Hamilton real estate scene achieving swift success rarely seen in the industry! With a strong social media presence and grass roots business start up experience, she took her past entrepreneurial achievements and love of people to new heights in an industry that she believes can never be truly mastered. Her passion for constant improvement coupled with the thrill of the deal keeps her driven and she readily admits that though the money is fantastic, she does it equally as much for the gratitude her clients and customers give her of a job done above and beyond expectation.

Yvenna entered the Hamilton market in 2016 and won Rising Star for her first year, both locally and for the Central Region. She quickly thereafter secured the #3 ranking amongst Hamilton’s team. Yvenna is honoured to inspire new comers to our industry at this conference, grateful for recognition of what can be achieved in a short time when you combine a determined, goal driven focus with a positive attitude, and a little cheeky, infectious charm. Yvenna has already built a dynamic and expanding team around her and she considers the support of her husband and children as a crucial balance to her new and beautifully hectic, real estate lifestyle!

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

Alison Aitken

Harcourts Grenadier Real Estate Ltd

For over twenty seven years Alison has provided Cantabrians with passionate guidance and support throughout their property journeys.
With her respect for and commitment to the clients’ needs, she has helped lead the way in the evolution of the industry. She has truly set the standard by which all others are judged.
Her experience and expertise, combined with her understanding and enthusiasm, have resulted in an unprecedented number of awards including induction into Harcourts’ Hall of Fame.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Deniz Yusuf

BDM/Coach and Property Management Trainer

I don’t come from any academic background, I was a business owner in a regional town called Nowra which is on the South Coast of NSW in the Shoalhaven district just a few hours’ drive south of Sydney. I was a fruito for most of my life after I left school, one thing I keep telling people when coaching “There’s no emails in Fruit”, if a new coffee shop opened up, I had to call them or go and visit them to get the business.

Real estate has the same concept, it’s all about asking for the business and what experience you can give your clients. Real estate isn’t just about collecting rent and charging a fee, but about what services and product you can provide your clients, and how much money you can save them by using you or your services. I loved being an agent, and I now love showing others how they can too.

Deniz now Consults, Trains, Mentors and Key-Note presents to Agents across Australia, New Zealand and the United States, through the Inspired Growth Training Program with BDM Coach. “Training an agent to achieve the best possible outcome they can, is very exciting to me, and seeing them achieve their goals or win awards they never thought they could….Inspires me to be an even better Coach. My Goal is your Future, as I Inspire, I get Inspired”.

Paul Davies

Senior Operations Advisor, Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

Paul joined MBIE in June 2011 as a Tenancy Advisor before moving into the Compliance area in early 2013. He worked as an Investigator in the Team before moving into his current role which has him not only at the coal face of the renting experience, but also involved in the conversations that are shaping the future of tenancy legislation.
In addition to his core work, Paul has been involved in delivering seminars and events run by MBIE that promulgate best practice in the tenancy space across the country. He has also delivered presentations to Property Management Organisations, Community groups and other related sector bodies.
Paul’s practical and institutional knowledge of the RTA coupled with his involvement in the industry since 1987 gives him a fantastic ‘360 degree view’ of the tenancy relationship.
When he is not at work, Paul can be found running or participating in yacht racing around New Zealand.

Cathie Crampton

Head of Network Property Management, Harcourts International Ltd

Extensive Property Management, Coaching, Business Development , Operations and Business Management experience across multiple industries and locations. This involved developing and executing business strategies inclusive of operational deliverables as well as driving transformational change.

Significant previous achievements include
*Developing procedures that ensure accelerated growth, industry best statistics & operational performance across multiple property management networks which stretches businesses in NSW, QLD , SA and ACT
*Generating an additional 50% -110% in increased value and PUM for all clients under coaching
*Demonstrating extensive strategic development and operational experience across multiple platforms within property inclusive of management , real estate business operations and sales
*Being responsible for workforce planning , budgets and development of strategies to deliver to plans.
*Performance coaching resulting in growth of between 40-110% PUM for teams/ individuals under coaching 2016 & 2017
*Speaker at industry leading events such as ARPM 2014 & 2015 ; PM Kickstart ; Elite Property Management 2015; PPM 2016; REUncut 2016-2017; Success talks 2015 & 2016 & 2017, PMC 2016 & 2017; REIWA 2017 in addition to commentary on various industry platforms.
*Contributor to multiple journals inclusive of Grow magazine, Grow digital and Elite Property Management magazine as a sample of executed to date

NAI HARCOURTS

Tim Manning

Norwich Property Ltd

Tim’s vision and energy is the driving force behind the success of Norwich Properties Ltd.

Tim has been involved with more than 50 projects and has been responsible for some of New Zealand’s largest residential developments over the past 20 years. His companies have been involved in excess of over 2000 homes and over 2 billion dollars of residential property in New Zealand.

Tim was the first to successfully create large gated-communities in New Zealand, and in the early 1990’s Tim was also one of the first to refurbish Auckland CBD commercial buildings into apartments.

Over the past two decades Tim Manning and his group of companies has reinforced its position as one of Auckland’s most experienced and innovative developers of quality property.

Chris Paterson

Partner, Brookfields Lawyers

Chris has extensive experience in a wide range of commercial and property transactions including sale and purchase of commercial property, tenders, construction and service contracts, financing, leasing, business sales and purchases, joint ventures and ownership structures.

Chris’ clients include a number of local authorities, an Auckland based construction company, and New Zealand’s largest private processor of hides, skins and renderable material. Previously Chris acted for a large private hotel owner in the purchase of hotels and motels in New Zealand, and currently acts for a number of commercial property owners.

Bruce Costain

Partner, Brookfields Lawyers

Bruce has over 19 years of experience in a wide range of property, finance and commercial transactions. He regularly acts for:

• directors, shareholders and joint venture partners on corporate governance issues;
• companies and limited partnerships in acquisition and merger transactions;
• vendors and purchasers in business and share acquisitions and dispositions;
• vendors and purchasers in commercial, industrial and residential property acquisitions and dispositions;
• landlords and tenants of commercial, industrial and residential property;
• lenders (including banks, finance companies and syndicates) and borrowers in financing transactions;
• lenders, receivers and liquidators advising on debt recovery, enforcement of securities, mortgagee sales, priority issues and settlement agreements.

Bruce has a depth of knowledge that enables him to identify issues early, ensure they are addressed, and provide clients with confidence that they will achieve the best outcomes.

Chris Stafford-Bush

Chief Executive Officer, Gaze Commecial

Chris joined Gaze Commercial Limited in late 2016 and has spent the last year and a half working with founder David Gaze to evolve the business into a more diversified architectural lead practise. ‘The business is truly unique’ says Chris, ‘Having been around for more than 35 years the company has survived and thrived through numerous property cycles.’ Today the business has offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington providing turnkey design and delivery solutions to commercial office, industrial, educational, medical and some retail clients. A Seismic lead division is currently being established in Wellington. Chris is leading the technological charge at Gaze to fully utilise the suite of new software and hardware that is now available to the industry.

Prior to Gaze Commercial; Chris owned and managed a revegetation nursery, propagating and growing millions of native plants for National Motorway projects of significance, farm riparian planting and subdivisions. Previous to this Chris owned and managed a joinery manufacturing business exporting high end joinery to Australia for Casinos, Hotels, Apartments and Airports. Chris lived and worked in Japan and the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1996.

Kim Mundy

ASB Economist, ASB Bank

Kim’s expertise lies in those subjects that impact many people daily; inflation, the housing market, and mortgage interest rates. She forecasts, analyses and provides insight into what these topics mean to readers: how to prepare for inflation, housing affordability, or the pros and cons for particular mortgage rate options.

Kim has been part of the ASB Economics team for the past 3 years. Prior to this, she worked as an Economic Consultant and also interned with the New Zealand Treasury while completing her BA/BCom.

Carl Woolston

Commercial Manager, ASB Bank

Carl is responsible for relationship managing a portfolio of Commercial customers across a broad range of industry sectors. He has been in the banking industry for 28 years and with ASB Commercial Banking for 8 of those years. Relationship banking is Carl’s key focus and his team is committed to tailoring solutions that meet customer overall financing & banking needs. Areas such as business growth, succession planning and acquisitions are of key interest.

Michael Maguire

Senior Commercial Manager, ASB Bank

Focused on the Commercial Banking market. Lead a dynamic team of Commercial Managers in the Bank’s Central Auckland Region.

Michael joined ASB in 2001 as a Commercial Manager and took up current Leadership Role 3 years ago. 20 Plus years frontline experience as a Commercial Manager.

Craig McKenzie

Senior Franchise Manager, ASB Bank

Focused on the Commercial Franchise market and Franchisor relationships. Craig assists our Commercial and SME teams grow their franchise relationships. Craig is responsible for implementation of franchise policy and procedures within ASB, and being a Franchise Specialist with Credit, Transactional, Marketing, Merchant and other key teams within ASB.

Craig joined ASB in late 2007. Craig has over 30yrs experience in Banking. Craig previously owned a Subway franchise and Sports Bar. This external experience from banking gives Craig a unique perspective when talking with existing and prospective Franchisees, and Franchisors alike.

Philip Fourie

Principal Consultant, Greencap

Philip has over 24 years’ experience in regulatory roles within both South Africa and New Zealand coupled with Health and Safety experience covering diverse fields such as: Civil, Commercial and Residential construction, manufacturing, agriculture, extractives and tunneling.

Philip has in-depth and specialized experience in:
New Zealand Legislation;
Health and safety management;
Environmental management;
Training;
Australia/New Zealand standards;
Machine guarding;
Electrical compliance;
Working at heights and confined spaces;
Traffic management;
Risk management;
Worker health assessments/compliance;
Incident investigations.

Laura Maxwell

Chief Digital Officer, NZME

Laura was named Chief Digital Officer in 2017, moving from her role as Chief Commercial Officer at NZME. She is also currently serving as Chair of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and is a Director of the Chinese New Zealand Herald, as well as being a Director for Restaurant Hub.

Laura first joined The Radio Network as a Commercial Director in July 2013, moving to the role of Group Director Digital Media in 2014. In 2015, Laura was appointed as Group Revenue Director and this title transitioned to Chief Commercial Officer as part of the NZME transformation.

Prior to the NZME group, Laura held the position of General Manager/Director for Yahoo New Zealand. Laura has over 20 years experience in media, and is well known and respected in the industry, having held roles including Sales Director for both APN Outdoor, and Buspak New Zealand.

LIFESTYLE AND RURAL

Kelly Parker

Partner, Heaney & Partners

Kelly has acted for insurers and the professionals they insure for over 20 years. She holds qualifications in both psychology and law.

Kelly practices in the field of professional liability claims. She represents local authorities in all types of building defect claims and represents real estate entities across the broad spectrum of issues which they face.

She is also an active member of the real estate industry not only acting on behalf of real estate agents but also participating in industry events to keep herself abreast of the her clients’ business and to assist in future risk management.

Kelly is renowned for her experience and successes in the field of alternative dispute resolution. She is engaged on a daily basis in negotiation on behalf of her clients. However, when a claim is unable to be settled, Kelly is an experienced litigator, having run claims in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, District Court and High Court. She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Kelly prides herself on her ability to relate to all types of people, to address and meet their needs. Kelly is well respected for her ability to critically analyse any dispute and to be able to quickly resolve it to her client’s best advantage and is acknowledged to have significant business acumen.

Shyrelle Mitchell

Partner, Heaney & Partners

Since 2006 Shyrelle has worked with the team at Heaney & Partners and has developed a successful professional liability insurance practice.

Initially her practice focused on construction liability claims for local government. Today she still retains an active interest in and commitment to her local government clients and continues to manage the conduct of a number of large scale claims for those clients.

In more recent years she has developed and now heads up the firm’s real estate agent practice acting in particular for a national agent and its insurer on a daily basis.

Shyrelle also continues to also receive instructions from national insurers on a wide range of liability matters and policy interpretation. More recently she has received a number of instructions on the 2016 Health and Safety legislation which has required a number of her clients to re-focus their attention and resources to ensure compliance.

A significant part of her practice concerns negotiation and in some instances the requirement for a more formal resolution. Shyrelle is a regular attendee at mediations on behalf of her clients and has appeared before all courts. Given the scope of her practice she also appears regularly in the Real Estate the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal and the Employment Relations Authority. She is an active member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute.

James Allen

Chairman, AgFirst NZ

James is Chairman of AgFirst NZ, New Zealand’s largest and most diverse grouping of agricultural and horticultural consultancy businesses. AgFirst delivers a wide range of services to farmers, growers and agribusiness. A key focus of his consultancy work is business planning, environmental management, and agribusiness project work both nationally and internationally.

James was a 2014 participant in the UK Institute of Agriculture leadership programme, which provided invaluable insights into global agriculture. James is the vice-president of the New Zealand Fieldays Society, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, a previous national president of New Zealand Young Farmers, and was an associate director of AGMARDT. He was a grand finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year Contest in 1999 and again in 2002.

Bryan Thomson

Director / Principal, Thomson Associates

Bryan Thomson is one of New Zealand’s most recognized and respected real estate professionals. With roles ranging from sales consultant through to senior leadership positions, both in New Zealand and off shore, and now leading his own independent consultancy and Directorship practice Bryan is uniquely qualified to share what really works in today’s marketplace.

Bryan’s knowledge and experience in the specialist field of auction marketing has been built over a 35-year career, including operating in the rural real estate arena.

In this fast paced session Bryan will share with you the why and how of driving an auction focused business in rural New Zealand. You will leave with enhanced skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to move your business to a totally new level.

Toby Mandeno

Senior Planner, Birch Surveyors

My name is Toby Mandeno, I am a qualified Town Planner and member of the New Zealand Institute of Planners. I hold a Masters in Planning (with distinction) from Otago University. Upon qualifying from Otago, I moved to Melbourne, Australia where I worked as a Statutory Planner. I worked within Moonee Valley – an inner city municipality – which was experiencing unprecedented growth. The residential infill development was enabled under Melbourne 2030, which in 2002, introduced new provisions into the Planning Scheme, which encouraged greater density in an attempt to reduce urban sprawl.

Just like Melbourne, Auckland has undergone a paradigm shift in the way the city can grow and develop, resulting from the introduction of the Auckland Unitary Plan – Operative in Part (AUP – OP). With the introduction of the AUP – OP, there are significant opportunities for land owners and investors alike. The rules have for the most part been relaxed, with emphasis now placed on quality outcomes as opposed to minimum lot sizes. However, infill development is not always as easy as perceived, with constrained sites, increased potential for affected parties and servicing limitations increasingly common place. These factors ultimately determine the feasibility of a project, and place an increased emphasis on due diligence.

I have been with Birch Surveyors Limited since 2015. My current role in the company is that of a Senior Planner, responsible for managing the planning team within our Pukekohe, Hamilton and Auckland offices. We are experienced in all aspects of land development, and provide clients feasibility and due diligence assessments for both greenfield, urban and rural development opportunities. Such assessments identify issues with sites, but also provide clients with anticipated time frames for when the site(s) can be serviced and/or development ready.

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