Waikato talent, success recognised at awards function

Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand

Waikato’s top business talent and successful members of the commercial property industry were last night recognised at the Property Council ‘We are Waikato’ awards.Waikato talent, success recognised at awards function

Waikato’s top business talent and successful members of the commercial property industry were last night recognised at the Property Council ‘We are Waikato’ awards.

At a cocktail function and awards ceremony attracting 180 people, three individuals and two companies achieved industry excellence:

Arrow International Steven Alsemgeest memorial Award -Young Achiever of the Year
Leonard Gardner (Foster Construction)

Hawkins Construction Long Service award for Outstanding Contribution
David Beard (Quadcon Properties Ltd)

BNZ Urban Design and Architectural Merit award
Chow:Hill Architects for Wintec House

Staples Rodway Best Regional Project team award
Zealong Tea Farm

Fonterra Property Industry Associate of the Year
Thomas Gibbons (McCaw Lewis)

Judges also awarded Tainui Group Holdings for its outstanding contribution to the Waikato property industry and Waikato economy as a whole, under a Judges’ Choice award category.

Judges’ Choice Award for overall outstanding contribution to the Waikato Property Industry
Tainui Group Holdings

Judge Doug Saunders said the winners demonstrated an extra quality. “All of the award winners, whether as individuals or companies, contribute longevity to the Waikato economy.

“The winners all have a lasting vision for how they can help to grow the region and achieve success on a personal or team level, epitomising what it means to belong to the Waikato.”

He said Tainui Holdings, as the winner of the Judges’ Choice Award, had long-term objectives built into its whole philosophy. “One of the reasons Tainui can achieve the kind of development it undertakes is because it does not necessarily seek short-term returns.”

A team of judges comprising members of Property Council’s Waikato Branch and non-members in the business community undertook a judging process with strict criteria.

Property Council Waikato Branch President Graham Dwyer said the winners were all helping to create a more inspiring and innovative Waikato. “The judging team faced some high-quality finalists to choose from, but the result was a line-up of award winners that consistently go the extra mile in what they do.

“I am delighted to provide an opportunity for this talent and success to be recognised, both in the industry and the wider business community. All finalists deserve high praise and a chance to celebrate their achievements.”

Property Council New Zealand
Property Council is New Zealand’s commercial property voice. Property Council represents New Zealand’s office, industrial, retail, property funds and multi unit residential property owners, investors and managers. Property Council’s branches throughout the country represent some of the largest commercial property portfolios in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, East Coast/Hawkes Bay and the South Island, the value of which exceeds $30 billion.

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