Property council re-elects president

The Waikato branch of commercial property lobby group Property Council New Zealand has given president Rob Dol a second crack at the job.

The Greenstone Group partner was re-elected at the branch's annual general meeting where an unprecedented 19 nominations were made for the 15 spots on the 2013 executive committee, including for the president and two vice-president roles.

Graham Dwyer kept his post as vice president for another term but second vice president Alan Park lost his bid for re-election and is no longer on the board. He's been replaced by Bevan Houlbrook.

''What is exciting is this is the first time I can recall where positions have been contested and then we've good some good young blood as well,'' Dwyer said. 

The nomination process sees four fresh faces on the committee - Ross Hargood of SkyCity, Fletcher Construction building manager Mark Ritchie, McCaw Lewis Lawyers director Thomas Gibbons and Andrew Yeoman of Yeoman Developments. 

Plans for the branch next year include continuing promotion work on good urban design and a push for local government amalgamation and  financial policy and systems.

A sub-committee for large-scale residential developments is being formed in the hope the city council continues to raise the bar when it comes to residential housing, Dwyer said.

The sub-committee will look at development contributions and housing affordability. New council member Yeoman, a housing developer, is tipped to be an integral member.

The council's main focus for the first half of next year will be on making formal submissions on Hamilton City Council's annual plan, district plan, and financial policy.

Waikato Times