Last quarter 2022 sprint
Tēnā koutou katoa.
It's great to be back following a break in Europe, where the post-Covid landscape is quite different and life, by-and-large, is much back to a pre-Covid 'normal'.
Some of the problem's they're seeing, we are seeing too.
Strong cost of living increases, and a shortage of skilled and unskilled workers is impacting on their economies, just as it is our own. As we know the inflationary issues are likely to spur different challenges and while we have narrowly escaped recession this cant be ruled out with the contingent impact on the labour market in a very different way. The geopolitical climate can’t be either underestimated or ignored and we are seeing this reflect in NZ in many ways particularly in the supply chain and of course increasing and escalating costs.
But, despite the uncertainty and now significant threat of a war on their back door-step, and the challenge of further Covid-related disruptions as they move into winter - the northern hemisphere countries are rapidly moving on.
I quickly noticed the change on my journey there.
Through Australasia the pandemic hangover was obvious. At the airports closures and restrictions were in place but as we travelled further north, things changed. It was life as normal, even the forecasted travel disruptions came to naught . No masks and social distancing was non-existent, and people were just getting back to business.
It was a fascinating glimpse at how the rest of the world is moving forward.
Perhaps we should be concerned that New Zealand is not moving as fast as it should.
The ‘rest of the world’ has adopted a 'get going' approach and it was visible.
Perhaps New Zealand needs some of the 'get going' virus to spread here. Let’s help to make this a pandemic!
Shaping my view
I return to New Zealand feeling energised about the opportunities that lie ahead.
The Property Institute is ahead of the game as always and we have a number of substantive projects in train.
We've been busy planning our big 2023 Conference (story below) which will be an international property event and it is an event you won’t want to miss. I do know that our delegates and their firms are booking accommodation in the Garden City already. We're working with the International Standards Valuation Council (IVSC) and the World Association of Valuation Organisations (WAVO) to make this conference something very special.
And we are already back in business with our very successful face-to-face events, such as the Lincoln Mainland Seminar and Massey Spring Seminar.
We're determined that our education programme continues to grow, drawing on the versatility and experiences we've had over the past couple of years and getting our ground game back up to full speed. Initial survey results say we are achieving this.
Work is going on behind the scenes to set direction for our digital solutions for the coming years to improve the member experience and position PINZ as the home of property professionals for the 21st century. Alongside this you have heard us talk about our rules review with more on this incredibly important piece of work very soon. Our Branches are moving forward rapidly with site visits, social events, and in-person expert speakers with deep local knowledge.
We are proud to celebrate our members incredible careers and last Monday evening (10 October) it was our privilege to attend the Auckland Branch meeting followed by the presentation of our NZIV and PINZ Fellowship and Life Member membership advancements (Story below).
We are looking forward to bringing all of our branch chairs together and planning for the AGM series in 2023 is under way. We are also planning a branch chairs day for late March 2023 to bring all our branch chairs together for a “wash up” after the AGM series and to also highlight some important areas of focus for 2023 and beyond.
We are working on developing our Future Leaders programme and have a governance training session scheduled and, of course, 2023 will be a big year for our Future Leaders with many opportunities to contribute to the work of the Institutes, the national conference being the big ticket item.
The Property Institute will continue on its mission to be 'the home of property professionals' supporting incredible careers and putting members at the centre of everything we do.
As always, our members come first and I want to hear from you. Please contact me HERE if you'd like to discuss opportunities or share your thoughts.
Nga mihi nui
Chief Executive Officer
Property Institute of New Zealand