New South Island General Manager: Peter Harris

The Property Group Limited (TPG) welcomes Peter Harris as our new South Island General Manager. He has a broad and extensive consultancy and management career to date which will significantly enhance our South Island presence and client offering.

I remember bumping into TPG over 10 years ago when they were advising a client on certain planning matters. Since then, I have often heard or come across members of the team through friends and contacts. Most recently, I worked beside Stuart Bagley from the Auckland Office on the due diligence for a social housing transaction.

My career began over 25 years ago in Bristol, UK as a graduate building surveyor, inspecting and writing up building condition and due diligence reports for a major Property Consultancy, Chesterton International. After six years and having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, I joined Watts Plc as their South West Regional Manager growing a small building surveying and project consultancy business. I also acted as Employer’s Agent on a range of large property developments for funds and tenants.

It was the Christmas of 1997-98 that I arrived in New Zealand as a tourist in Oakura, Taranaki, and by June 1998 I had joined Arrow International in Christchurch as their first specialist Development Planner working across the South Island. I later shifted into a Business Development role in 1999, assisting with the establishment of their Nelson office, and subsequently moving on to set up my own Management and Business Development Consultancy business in 2001.

From there, with a passion for business strategy, mentoring, marketing and governance, I enjoyed a range of roles; from strategic planning for a building society and community nursing organisation, to acting as Project Director on Air New Zealand’s new ‘world first’ customer journey and acting as the Independent Chair overseeing the split of Telecom on behalf of the Minister of Telecommunications.

I have held a number of independent directorships and established a successful Building Consultancy business following a move to Auckland in 2007. In 2013, I moved to AECOM to set up a national advisory business, focusing on facilities management and 'whole of life' consultancy and acting as Project Director on several major commissions for Sydney Trains, IAG, the MOE and Auckland Council. I was then asked to return to Christchurch to help develop the business early in 2014.

I am privileged to be taking on this leadership role with TPG. The Canterbury region is now transitioning from earthquake rebuild back to more 'business as usual' economic activity, which is a positive step in the sustainable growth of the South Island economy and people of the region.

The regional markets for high quality professional property consultancy services throughout the South Island are dynamic and growing across multiple sectors and in my opinion, no other Property Consultancy firm can service the ‘Mainland’ as well as TPG. I am excited about the professionalism, breadth and depth of the TPG team and our ability to develop and expand our successful track record, client base and service offering.