So long 2021 - Roll on 2022
Well, 2021 has certainly been a challenge. From the personal perspective as head of a valuation firm, as President of NZIV, and as a member of this great profession of ours, the last year has brought with it a multitude of obstacles to negotiate, mostly around the pandemic and the rules and requirements which we’ve had to operate under.
A large proportion of our profession has spent the second half of this year significantly restricted, and unable in many cases to undertake property inspections, with almost no chance to cross the border, and at Council level we have been repeatedly rebuffed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment in trying to get our profession classed as an essential service.
Now that the traffic Light System is in place, hopefully the profession will be able to regain some normality.
2021 was not all doom and gloom though. I hope that members will agree that July’s Conference in Auckland was one of the best in years, and we must thank Viv Gurrey and her great team at the PINZ National Support Office for their great work.
Notwithstanding the pandemic, many local property markets around New Zealand have been buzzing over the last 12 months, and many firms have had very strong years indeed. Long may that continue.
I am looking forward to getting around the country in 2022 to meet as many members as possible and hopefully COVID-19 will oblige us in that regard.
In the meantime, your Councillors and I would like to wish every member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers a very happy Christmas and new year. Get a good rest – with any luck next year will be a big one.
New Zealand Institute of Valuers