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Immigration Increases Challenges Of Urban Growth

Wednesday 7July 2004

Increased Immigration Increases The Challenges Of Urban Growth And Renewal - International Perspectives To Be Given At The Property Institute Conference

Two eminent speakers, Professor Larry Murphy and Trevor Reddacliff, from Ireland and Australia respectively, will offer their experiences and perspectives of urban renewal, "the myth and the reality" at the upcoming Property Institute Conference being held in Queenstown on July 22-23.

New Zealand Property Institute CEO, Conor English said today, "Today the Government announced an increase in the number of immigrants allowed to come into New Zealand. As population grows we must meet the challenges of providing living, work and recreation spaces for our communities along with appropriate infrastructure to ensure reasonable productivity levels and quality of life. While we may be a smaller country, right now New Zealand faces such challenges in a number of geographical regions such as Auckland and Queenstown.

"Our speakers will take a look at projects from Europe and both sides of the Tasman, and examine the lessons learnt. They will examine how urban growth is managed, planned and the challenges for central & local government, private developers and the community.

"We hope that our two eminent international speakers can add to the debate and wealth of knowledge as we attempt to find solutions for New Zealand," Mr English said.

Trevor Reddacliff is an Australian. He has more than 38 years in the public and private sectors of the property industry. Among other things, Trevor is currently chair of the Brisbane Renewal Task Force, Queensland. He is responsible for the planning, development, finance and administration of major property developments in Australia and overseas. His developments in Australia include the 1982 Commonwealth Games Village, the Brisbane, Townsville and Maryborough urban renewals and the Spencer Street Railway Station in Melbourne. Mr Reddacliff has also been responsible for the master plan of the Shanghai CBD Waterfront and the replanning of Yichang City.

Associate Professor Laurence Murphy is an Irishman. He has held lecturing posts in Australia and the United Kingdom. His works have been published in international journals on a range of topics including: housing policy, mortgage finance, office development and property-led urban regeneration. He has recently completed a Royal Society Marsden Fund project that examined the impact of globalisation in Auckland focusing on consumption practices, property processes and ethnic change. He is the newly appointed Head of the Property Department at Auckland University.

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