30 March, 2020

PINZ Member Update

Dear member of the Property Institute of New Zealand,

The PINZ national support team do hope you are staying safe, observing the lockdown rules and public health guidelines. This is essential for us all so we avoid a continued lock down period.

As a responsible organisation we have taken a deliberately cautious approach to the current situation and we will continue to do so. As things change, and they will, we will continue to keep you updated.

We have issued a number of member updates, they are all available on the NEWS page of the PINZ website. This includes guidance for valuers following written confirmation from MBIE which has been double checked and verified.

This week
The Property Institute of New Zealand has a number of initiatives underway which kick off this week.
The first is our implementation of new technology that will allow us to share experiences, best practice, and help us get through.
We will be using the ZOOM video platform, if you are unfamiliar with the video conferencing software we will provide instructions on installation. We have chosen ZOOM because it also allows people to dial in from their phones to participate by way of audio conferencing. It will also allow you to interact and ask questions of the speaker. We plan to circulate some tips on ZOOM Etiquette with our registration material. 

If you are joining via audio, for moderation purposes, it won't be possible to ask questions, so we suggest downloading and installing the software.

Free webinars
The first test of this new software will come on Wednesday when the Property Managers Institute of New Zealand (PROMINZ) holds a panel discussion about what Alert Level 4 means for residential property managers, how they are allowed to operate, and what they can and can’t do.
This will be free to PROMINZ and PINZ members. We will be sending out separate information about this. As numbers for some of these events will be limited, we will require participants to register through our website. We will then provide links for access and instructions. This will also allow us to keep track of CPD points, because we are using ZOOM and can see registrations.
If you’re unable to register, or they reach capacity, we will be republishing the video conferences and will make them available to members.
We are working with our other professional community chairs to facilitate similar opportunities.

This is the first in a series of free events we have planned in the coming weeks. We are also planning to offer you a number of sessions with speakers booked for our now cancelled conference and we expect their presentations will be even more relevant and timely now.

Session with Sir John Key
We have been in communication with former Prime Minister Sir John Key and he has agreed to hold a free interactive video session with members. We are in the process of locking in a date.
We are navigating through unchartered waters and cautious, experienced and considered leadership is imperative during a crisis. Sir John Key needs no introduction in this regard - his valuable experiences such as Pike River, the aftermath of the earthquakes and leading NZ through the GFC - will all offer valuable insight and experience.

Other free webinars coming up

  • Withers Tsang Government Relief Package - Wednesday 1st April 11-12 noon
  • Marsh PI Insurance: Protecting Professionals in the current climate - Thursday April 2nd 11am -12 noon
  • Blair Edwards Employment Law Update - Tuesday 21st April 11am-12noon

Paid webinars:

  • Limited Titles and Survey Accuracy with Murray Black (his conference presentation) - Wednesday 15th April 11am -12noon
  • Capital Market Trends with Brent McGregor, CBRE - Tuesday 12th April 1-2pm

Online Learning Modules
All but one of our updated online learning modules are now also available. These have been through a significant process of modernisation in collaboration with our professional communities.
Members will need to be logged in to purchase the module. Each module is worth 4 CPD points. The PINZ ethics module is imminent. Online Modules are now available HERE. The content includes:

Standards Learning Module
Commercial Leasing Learning Module
Commercial Property Marketing Learning Module
Corporate Real Estate Learning Module
PROMINZ Ethics Learning Module

The latest issue of the Property Professional magazine has been put on hold.
It was at the printers ready to be printed and distributed when COVID-19 restrictions came into force.
This was to be a celebration of 20 years of PINZ, but of course things have changed, and we have been forced to make the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Property Conference. Had this magazine started turning up in your letterboxes at this time we suspect it would not have been received well. We also experienced significant difficulties in the printing process including a machine breakdown and the availability of paper. On that basis we have made the call to put the magazine on hold with a view to using that material online.
We have also made a decision to suspend printing hard copies of the magazine until further notice. These will now be produced in a .pdf format and free to download and enjoy at your convenience.

At the request of Branch Chairs the outstanding AGM’s have been deferred until things settle. Last week we hosted the Hawke’s Bay Branch AGM and it went extremely well. Members appreciated the opportunity to catch up and share their experiences, they also received a brief update from me and Jeff Alexander, NZIV President. Further AGMs will be held in the coming weeks on advice from the Branch Chairs and they will be listed on the EVENTS page of the PINZ website as they are locked in.

Conference 2021
As previously communicated, we have decided to hold Conference 2021 in Auckland at the Cordis Hotel, which was to have been the venue for this year’s event.
The dates will be July 14-16, 2021.
We have made this decision on the basis that we will be able to recycle some of the planning that had gone into this year and importantly transfer our deposit which otherwise would have been forfeit. It will also be a large enough venue to cater for a larger than normal crowd which will include international guests here for the IVSC-WAVO International Valuation Conference.
The Property Institute of New Zealand has won its bid to host this event next year and we are very excited by that opportunity.

Finally, I’d like to offer a huge thank-you to all members for their support and wisdom over these past few extraordinary weeks.
These have been immensely trying times for us all, and we appreciate the patience and understanding that you have extended to us.
We were well ahead of the game in terms of the new normal and made decisions to test and trial new ways of doing things well before the lockdown occurred.
The PINZ team are all now operating remotely and have been doing so seamlessly for over a week now. Calls to our free phone line are being diverted and it is business as usual to provide you with member assistance should it be required.

We are conscious your email inbox will be overloaded at this time and we plan to communicate with you on important aspects only while ensuring that we continue to deliver membership value and information as needed.

Warmest wishes at this time

On behalf of the PINZ national support team

Viv Gurrey
Chief Executive Officer
Property Institute of New Zealand