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Wellington Property People winners announced

Property Council congratulates Wellington’s property heroes in its inaugural Wellington Property People Awards in partnership with Hawkins Construction and AECOM.

The judging panel has awarded eight deserving individuals from the region’s property industry for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the region’s urban landscape. The award winners have been carefully selected from nominations made by peers within the property sector for making a positive impact on Wellington’s built environment. They are as follows:

Beca Young Achiever of the Year Award: Anna Harley, Wellington City Council

Ortus International Long Service Award: Rosemary Bradford, Colliers International (retired)

Ortus International Long Service Award: Highly Commended, John Persico, Jones Lang LaSalle

Archaus Urban Design and Architectural Merit Award: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Aerial view of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park taken in April 2015. Image is courtesy of the Memorial Park Alliance.

Colliers International Best Team for Wellington Project Award: 15 Stout Street, Warren and Mahoney, McKee -Fehl Constructors Limited and Argosy Property No 1 Limited

Prendos Property Industry Associate of the Year Award: Peter Dow, iD Property Partnership

Venator Outstanding Leadership Award: Rob Jury, Beca

Greenwood Roche Wellington Laureate Award: Mark Dunajtschik, Polo Properties

This is the first time in Wellington, commercial property professionals, developers, investors, managers and enthusiasts are recognised and celebrated for their tireless efforts and dedication to the industry and the local economy.

Wellington Branch president Mike Cole says he is delighted to see members of the development community get the commendation they deserve. "It’s fantastic to formalise the celebration of the people in our industry who are making things happen. These are the people with the vision and commitment that are fighting for Wellington.

"We are proud to be the organisation that pays tribute to the doers, movers and shakers. That is how we will make Wellington the thriving hub that it should be."

About the winners:

Anna Harley, Wellington City Council

Anna's work on the Victoria Street Transformation and the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park impressed the judges. Her ability to deliver challenging projects and take on the lead role for these transformative projects for Wellington stood out and makes Anna a worthy recipient of the Young Achiever of the Year award.

Rosemary Bradford, Colliers International (retired)

Rosemary has been a key player in Wellington's commercial property sector for over 40 years. Throughout her career Rosemary was involved in numerous significant property deals for Wellington but also took the time to mentor and support fellow colleagues as demonstrated by establishing the highly successful Women in Property group. In addition to the contribution she has made to the property sector, she has also been a dedicated supporter of Wellington through being a Wellington City Council councillor, her work with the Wellington City Council Arts Committee and Victoria University.

John Persico, Jones Lang LaSalle

John has been a key identity in the commercial property sector for very many years. He has taken on difficult property assignments and helped structure innovative solutions that others wish they had thought of. Well respected throughout the industry for his longevity and professionalism, John typifies the consummate property professional. He respects and relates to his clients, his assignments and the broader community in equal measure as only an experienced dedicated professional can.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Pukeahu Park is a space that is not only fabulous to experience - but will no doubt have far wider influence in reinvigorating its wider surroundings. It is a shining example of what can be achieved when urban design and architecture combine so well.

15 Stout Street, Warren and Mahoney, McKee -Fehl Constructors Limited and Argosy Property No 1 Limited

The team of Warren and Mahoney, McKee -Fehl Constructors Limited and Argosy Property No 1 Limited demonstrated a strong working relationship throughout the development of 15 Stout Street. The success of the project in creating a modern office space within the category 2 Historic Places trust listed building within the timeframes driven by the requirements of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is testament to their teamwork. The 15 Stout St project stood out to the judges for the innovation, sustainability and design standards utilised that have given new life to this stunning heritage building.

Peter Dow, iD Property Partnership

Peter has shown vision throughout his career, and has pushed for changes in the property industry, at times in the face of adversity. He is well known for his role as an advisor to the Government and for advocating the re-balancing of the relationship between landlords and tenants. The judges were impressed by the leadership Peter has shown through his involvement in establishing key industry groups such as the Property Institute and the Green Building Council.

Rob Jury, Beca

In light of the increased focus on the risks associated with buildings and earthquakes throughout New Zealand and especially in Wellington, the property industry has looked for leadership to deal with complex and at times emotive issues. Rob has provided leadership and guidance in the area of seismic assessment of buildings and has contributed to ensuring Wellington ha safer and more resilient buildings. Rob's role in developing the IEP procedure that has allowed Wellington City Council to assess thousands of buildings in Wellington stood out to the judges and makes Rob a worthy recipient of his award. Mark Dunajtschik, Polo Properties

From humble beginnings to a very successful life in property. Mark started "small" - with a very hands on approach to his property interests. He is small no longer - but is still very hands on - he can still be seen up a ladder fixing this or that! Far from being criticised for his "sweeping the floor" he deserves to be congratulated for an incredible achievement in amassing one of Wellington’s best collections of commercial property. But more than this, he deserves recognition for the support he has shown others - both in property circles and in other community causes. He shuns the limelight - so most don’t know of his achievements. He deserves to be looked up to and admired for his modesty, success and commitment to Wellington and its people.

Updated on 18th September 2015