Lobby group president re-elected

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 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He has been replaced by Bevan Houlbrook.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 got some good young blood as well," Dwyer said.

The nomination process brings four fresh faces to 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 was being formed in the hope the city council continued to raise the bar when it came to residential housing, Dwyer said.

New council member Yeoman, a housing developer, is tipped to be an integral member.

Waikato Times