PINZ announces new award/scholarship on International Women’s Day

On this, International Women’s Day, the Property Institute of New Zealand is proud to be able to announce two new initiatives to recognise and promote the role of women in our industry.

The PINZ Board has identified the need for greater gender diversity in the property sector and in recent years has actively promoted the participation and engagement of more women in leadership roles and the decisions that we make.

There are encouraging signs that more women are making the decision to take part in a property career but PINZ wants to give that momentum a further push.

Firstly, today we are pleased to highlight a recent Board decision to create a ‘Women In Property’ award category for our upcoming awards.

While some other organisations have had these for a while, we’re pleased to be able to do this for the first time in 2019 – knowing full well that there are a number of very capable members who’ve made a strong contribution over the years - including the now Property Council Chief Executive Leonie Freeman, who picked up our Supreme Award in 2017 and our Young Property Professional of the Year title being awarded to current Board Member Suzie Penrose in 2018.

The second announcement is a PINZ sponsorship agreement with the Keystone Trust.

At its December meeting the Board made a decision to support the Keystone Trust as part of the efforts to develop diversity and inclusion within PINZ.

The plan is to offer sponsorship of a student in 2020. Initially it is proposed the Institute focus on providing support to a female student in year 2 or 3, with a valuation focus, who plans to stay in NZ, and comes from a family with a valuation background.

The chosen student could come from either Auckland, Massey or Lincoln.