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Housing NZ awards scholarships

Housing NZ has awarded its annual scholarships to 2 Auckland University bachelor of property students to help foster talent & awareness of opportunities in the public housing sector.

The winning recipients, fourth-year student Belinda Kilian & third-year student Megh Shah, received $5000 each to offset their study fees.

Housing NZ asset development general manager Patrick Dougherty told the university property department’s annual dinner last Thursday: “Housing NZ wants to encourage young people with talent who wish to make their careers in the growing field of quality state housing provision.”

Ms Kilian intends to spend her final semester studying in Amsterdam and will be offered the opportunity to join a Housing NZ graduate programme in 2019. She has an interest in state housing and does voluntary work with intellectually impaired youth.

Ms Shah, who works with deaf & hearing-impaired people via government agency NZ Relay, said: “The people we work with are often Housing NZ clients. We’ve assisted them by securing homes for them and modified the houses to fit their needs. As a Kiwi, I’d love to use my skills & experience to contribute back to our community.”

The winning scholarship students will be offered paid part-time work at Housing NZ during their studies. After graduation they may have the opportunity to join a Housing NZ graduate programme which will provide a range of experience relating to property development & delivery. The graduate programme will also be open to applicants from all educational facilities.

Attribution: Housing NZ release.

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Online property courses relaunched as Think Sharp

Auckland University senior property lecturer Michael Rehm has rebranded the online short courses he developed in April, launching the new Think Sharp Property Education website last week.

The online business Dr Rehm set up with wife & colleague Olga Filippova has gained new courses on property finance & investment by Chris Farhi, and more short courses are planned for 2016 on financial modelling, development feasibility & GIS (geographic information systems).

Dr Rehm has co-ordinated the Bachelor of Property’s core paper on building construction for 10 years and helped develop the programme’s development feasibility capstone paper. He’s also prepared numerous commissioned reports and provided expert testimony for the High Court, Weathertight Homes Tribunal & Auckland unitary plan independent hearings panel.

Dr Rehm said revamping their university courses to deliver lectures that were solely online enabled them to offer the valuable knowledge contained in their core property courses to individuals who could neither attend on-campus lectures nor dedicate 3 years to pursue a Bachelor of Property degree.

Link: Think Sharp

Attribution: Company release.

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Property school awards decided

Blake Greenhalgh won the Auckland University Property School’s Property Student of the Year award last night after presentations by the 4 finalists.

Behind him were James Henry, Carter Gaze & Jeong-joo Hong.

The award, sponsored by KCL Property Ltd (which has just been taken over by Augusta Capital Ltd), is designed “to recognise exceptional property students studying for a Bachelor of Property, Bachelor of Property Conjoint or a Bachelor of Property (Hons) degree at the university and is based on academic performance, communication skills, service to the community and the motivation to succeed & make a difference in the property industry”.

They were interviewed, then gave a presentation on why they believed an understanding of property issues was vital to the prosperity of New Zealand.

Attribution: Awards night.

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Council agrees to fund startup for university chair in urban design

Published 2 December 2005

Auckland City Council has agreed to provide $90,000 spread over 3 years to fund a chair in urban design at Auckland University.

The money is top-up funding. The council’s acting group manger for city planning, Penny Pirrit, told the urban strategy & governance committee yesterday that after 3 years the course should be self-funding.

The idea of an urban design champion & university chair was advanced by the mayoral taskforce on urban design when it released its paper, Designing Auckland: a springboard for action, in June.

“The funding of a chair would signal the prestige of the postgraduate course in urban design (which commenced in 2005) and enable it to attract high-calibre students,” Ms Pirrit said.

She said the council could expect review & advice on policy initiatives from its urban champion, and that the university would undertake case studies & research projects that looked specifically at urban design issues facing the city.

Earlier stories:

3 June 2005: Council ushers in urban design details

1 June 2005: Enough of the appalling buildings, says Hubbard

1 June 2005: Public gets a role in advancing better urban design


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Auckland University to have property chair

Peter Dufaur scoops awards

Auckland University is to establish a chair in property and is looking internationally for the first professor to head the department. Associate professor Michael Pritchard, dean of the faculty of architecture, property, planning & fine arts, said the university would also set up a fund to endow the chair, and called for financial support from the property industry.

Top graduate Peter Dufaur scooped the department’s annual awards, winning the university’s senior property scholarship & annual prize, the Ernst & Young property project award, the Mainzeal Group studies prize, the Property Institute (Auckland branch) FER Noble memorial prize & the Property Institute award for student of the year.

Other prizewinners included Christopher White (Armstrong Jones scholarship in property), Nicole Roche (Paramount scholarship in property management), Leeane Hill (AmTrustPacific Ltd award), Robyn Jackson (senior prize & Real Estate Institute prize), Matthew Kemp (senior prize) and John Holmes (Squire Speedy prize in property).

Other graduates of the Bachelor of Property degree included retired Black Cap cricketer Chris Drum and Blues rugby player James Arlidge.

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