Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
20th Annual Conference, January 19th - 22nd  2014, Lincoln, Christchurch, New Zealand


Commerce Building, Lincoln University
Ellesmere Junction Road/Springs Road, Lincoln, Canterbury,
New Zealand

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Resilient Communities: Providing for the Future

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Conference Review

 The 20th Anniversary of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) was hosted by the Faculty of Commerce’s Property Group from 19 to 22 January 2014 at Lincoln University Campus. The conference was co-branded with the International Real Estate Society (IRES). Professor Sandy Bond was the Conference Chair and is the President of IRES and reports that the conference was a great success, with 97 delegates from 11 countries. The Welcome function was in the Christchurch Civic Building, one of the greenest buildings in NZ with a Six Star Green star rating. Deputy Mayor Vicki Buck gave a well-received address on the city rebuild, with a particular focus on affordable housing provision.


The conference theme was Resilient Communities: Providing for the Future, with the Canterbury region providing a unique stage for property professionals and academics from around the world to see first-hand the challenges and opportunities available as we recover. Many delegates reported being shocked and saddened by the level of destruction in the CBD, but were thankful for the opportunity to witness this first hand, especially as many were staying in the Novotel hotel right in the heart of the City next to the Cathedral.


The conference was opened by Lincoln’s Chancellor Tom Lambie and the keynote speakers included the first Lincoln University Professor of Property, John Baen (now at the University of North Texas). John was instrumental in establishing PRRES back in 1990 before it became a society. His paper titled “Catastrophic Interruptions of Normal Property Cycles: The Path to Recovery through Persistence, Collective Individual Spirits and Actions”, caught media attention as seen in this newspaper article


Other keynotes were Dr Terence Boyd, another former LU Professor of Property, presenting on Property market analysis: the key to looking forward”; and Neil Crosby, Professor of Real Estate, University of Reading, presenting on “What have property valuations ever done for us?”


The conference also included a postgraduate student-only day on the Sunday, and an International Case Competition for undergraduate students using Estate Master Software. The formal dinner was to be a Garden Party but due to inclement weather was hosted in the Landscape building and included over twenty award presentations. Overall the feedback has been very positive with many saying how relaxed and friendly it was.


Conference chair:

Professor Sandy Bond
Faculty of Commerce, Lincoln University