The NZ Institute of Valuers is three-quarters of the way towards its hope of getting 350 participants in the Pan Pacific Congress to be held in Auckland from 2-5 April, about half of the 260 so far enrolled coming from overseas.
The conference, at the Sheraton Hotel, will open strongly with a keynote address by ASB Bank managing director Ralph Norris, outspoken recently in his demands on government direction. Mr Norris played a significant role in boosting the bank’s position as a computerised and internet leader (before e-commerce was invented), and an important role again in the success of the business leaders’ session which ran alongside last year’s Apec conference.
He will speak on the future business environment, followed by Ove Arup’s NZ managing principal, Fulbrook, on the impact this environment will have on property.
The conference will be held under the auspices of the NZIV, although that organisation formally joined forces with the Property & Land Economy Institute at the start of this year. Organisation of the conference was well under way before the merger.