Creating spaces for Aucklanders needs a team of dedicated and passionate people, we have a team that encompasses these traits and share a vision for Auckland’s future.
The team at Panuku cover a broad range of backgrounds and skill sets. Our team covers property managers through to urban designers and a bit of everything in between. One thing that unites us is our desire to make Auckland a better place to live and our vision to shape spaces for Aucklanders to love.
Victoria is Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Ltd a consultancy company specialising in property development on Maori, Crown and Treaty Settlement land.
As a legal practitioner Victoria has practised in the areas of Resource Management, Maori land law and Treaty settlements. She was a Treaty Settlement negotiator for Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust, Tauranga, culminating in the signing of their Deed of Settlement with the Crown in 2013. Victoria recently assisted in the design and launch of the first Iwi Home Ownership Shared Equity scheme, launched in Tauranga mid 2018 to assist whanau into quality affordable home ownership.
Her tribal affiliations are Nga Potiki a Tamapahore (Tauranga); Ngati Uenukukopako (Rotorua); Ngai Tahu (South Island); Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahugnunu (East Coast).
John Coop is the Managing Director of Warren and Mahoney.
John is considered a pivotal player in developing thought leadership in the wider New Zealand architecture industry.
With close to 20 years’ experience working across the built environment, John is a member of the Auckland Civil Defense Built Environment Recovery Task Group and the Auckland branch of the Property Council, a past president of Auckland Architecture Association, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), and has been a significant contributor to the NZIA Graduate Development Programme.
David has significant experience in the property and entertainment industries. He is currently Chief Executive of Ngāi Tahu Property, the property development and investment arm of Ngāi Tahu Group.
David has held previous executive roles including CEO at the Eden Park Trust, GM roles at SKYCITY Entertainment Group, CEO of St Lukes Group/Westfield NZ and property development roles with Fletcher Construction/Challenge Properties.
Previous governance roles include chairing the Auckland Central Community Response Forum, Counties Manukau Sport and Sportnet NZ, board member of Ngāi Tahu Property and of Force Corporation.
Richard Leggat brings to the board 30 years of experience across manufacturing, sales, marketing and financial management in a range of industries.
For the past seven years Richard has been a full-time director with positions on a range of public, private and sporting organisations. Richard is currently a Director of Warren and Mahoney Chair of Kiwis for Kiwi, Chair of the NZ Cycle Trail, Director of Winter Games NZ and Director of SnowSports NZ.
Paul is a senior partner at Atkins Holm Majurey, having practised law for nearly 35 years.
Paul has extensive governance experience. He chairs several statutory entities and companies and is a director on many company boards. He also has extensive experience chairing three separate iwi/hapū collectives comprising 30 iwi/hapū.
Adrienne Young-Cooper’s past and present governance roles span large infrastructure projects, housing and urban growth and transport.
She has a 40-year long career in town planning and property development. She has been the chair and deputy chair of Housing NZ, chair and director of Homes, Land and Communities (HLC), was the deputy chair of Waterfront Auckland - the urban development agency for Auckland’s waterfront replaced by Panuku Development Auckland, deputy chair of Auckland Regional Transport Authority which became Auckland Transport, and sat on the board of the New Zealand Transport Agency until the end of 2018. She also sits on the board of directors of Queenstown Airport, and is a Chair of Cornwall Park Trust. Adrienne also chairs the Auckland Transport board.
Adrienne’s driving passion as a professional director is to support the creation of enduring, sustainable, beautiful, integrated and diverse communities throughout New Zealand, well connected by transport links. In her governance roles she has led out the New Zealand government’s most significant home building campaign in over 40 years with a focus on state housing and affordable housing.
As Director People and Culture, Monica leads strategic people initiatives designed to build Panuku’s capacity, capability and culture. This includes leveraging Auckland Council’s shared services to deliver cost-effective people services to the Panuku team.
Monica has a wealth of senior HR experience, specialising in leadership, culture, coaching, talent, training and organisational development. She has worked in a range of different sectors, including telecommunications, health and insurance. She joined Auckland Council in 2013 and began working with Panuku in 2016 as a strategic business partner, stepping into the newly created Director People and Culture role early in 2018.
She greatly enjoys the challenges of building the workforce who will shape spaces for Aucklanders to love.
Gyles has a background in landscape architecture with extensive experience in strategic planning, project management, master-planning, urban development and all facets of public realm design and development.
The Design and Place directorate is responsible for the delivery of quality urban design with an integrated place-led approach to regeneration. The team works across the organisation and extensively with the wider council family, mana whenua and local communities.
Gyles is highly proficient in local government including legislation, operational requirements and the political landscape.
During his time at Auckland Council he prepared the City Centre Masterplan and was heavily involved in a range of projects that supported the transformation of the city centre to realise its vision. This included being Auckland Council’s lead on Te Ara I Whiti – Light Path, which was a bold and collaborative project between NZTA, Auckland Transport and council.
Gyles believes that Panuku has a great opportunity and privilege as a regeneration agency to work closely with communities to create a better quality of life and to realise Panuku’s vision of creating spaces that Aucklanders love.
Jenni’s role has a dual focus. As Executive Officer Jenni works closely with our Chief Executive, progressing action items, leading cross-organisation projects and keeping a watching brief on issues that are of key interest to the CE.
As Company Secretary, Jenni manages the board, board committee and subsidiary meeting processes. As well as coordinating compliance activities (such as interest and gift declarations, legislative compliance etc.)
Jenni has worked in advisory and project management roles in both the private sector and local government in New Zealand and Australia. This has been in a variety of roles including working with the Fonterra board of directors and at Local Board Services Auckland Council where she led the improvement of local board work programmes.
She has a deep understanding of governance and the processes that support it along with significant experience in supporting boards, committees and management teams.
Angelika has worked in public relations and senior executive roles in both the private sector and local government in New Zealand and Singapore. This has been in a variety of roles, most recently as General Manager Strategy for Waterfront Auckland. She has broad experience in corporate strategy, strategic communications and stakeholder relations, crisis management, internal communications and project management.
As Director Corporate Affairs, Angelika is focused on how the organisation can work with key partners from Central Government and the private sector, locally and internationally to generate urban regeneration at speed and at scale. Angelika believes the biggest challenge for Panuku is to strike a balance between achieving commercial outcomes for the benefit of its shareholder (Auckland Council), while ensuring that Panuku realises its vision of creating spaces that Aucklanders love.
The Corporate Services directorate ensures that Panuku has effective and efficient internal control mechanisms, processes and systems to support the safe delivery of projects and business functions.
Carl Gosbee has over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management for property, regeneration and housing companies.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and has held executive financial roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Carl has extensive experience leading high performance teams within the back office, property investment and customer service arenas.
Carl joined Waterfront Auckland in early 2012. In September 2015 Carl was appointed his current role as Director of Corporate Services.
The strategy directorate identifies opportunities for Panuku to add value to Auckland Council’s property assets, shapes these opportunities into robust project plans, and brings stakeholders and the public on the journey with best practice communication and engagement. David Rankin’s team helps to articulate the vision for the organisation and progress our goals and objectives through a strategic framework.
David was previously the Chief Executive of Auckland Council Property Limited, a subsidiary of the Auckland Council formed on 1 November 2010.
Prior to the restructure of Local Government in Auckland David Rankin was Chief Executive of the former Auckland City Council, previously the largest Council in New Zealand. Mr Rankin started with the Auckland City Council in 1989 and held a wide variety of roles including Industrial Relations Manager and Finance Director. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2005. A graduate in Law from Auckland University, David has been a resident of Auckland almost all his life.
As Director Strategy, Brenna leads a small team focused on setting the strategic direction of the organisation including our corporate responsibility, through business planning and strategy and ensuring that the plans are in place to enable the urban regeneration of town centres.
Brenna has worked in local government for many years and has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, housing and intensification, sustainability, urban design, urban regeneration, stakeholder engagement and communication. As Manager of Strategic Planning at Waterfront Auckland, Brenna led development of the Sustainable Development Framework 2013 and provided significant input to the development of Wynyard Quarter. At the Auckland Regional Council, Brenna led a wide range of projects including reform of the Unit Titles Act and evaluation of the Regional Growth Strategy 1999 (the precursor to the Auckland Plan). In London Brenna was involved in the spatial planning for the South East of England, waste management and airport development.
Brenna believes that Panuku has an opportunity to provide leadership as the council’s urban regeneration agency. Facilitating new housing choices, including affordable housing and responding to the climate crisis are key areas of focus.
Marian is responsible for managing Auckland Council’s non service property portfolio including land, buildings and marinas. Marian has wide-ranging experience in both property management and property development in New Zealand and Ireland, including over 15 years’ experience leading teams in local government.
At Panuku, Marian has been responsible for identifying new business opportunities and providing strategic commercial property advice. She sets the strategic direction of the property portfolio in order to optimise returns while building and maintaining it to deliver long term value. She also facilitates development and investment in our urban regeneration neighbourhoods.
Marian utilises her comprehensive knowledge of Panuku’s property portfolio, strong commercial acumen and strategic thinking to realise Panuku’s vision of creating spaces for Aucklanders to love.
Ian Wheeler leads a diverse team with extensive property expertise. The Portfolio Management directorate is responsible for the management and performance of the Panuku property portfolio including land, buildings, marina and place assets and the provision of a range of property services and advice including asset development and renewal, statutory processes, acquisitions and disposals.
Prior to joining Panuku Ian held senior property management and development roles at Auckland Council and Housing New Zealand Corporation. At Auckland Council, his role as general manager property covered the management of a large and diverse multi-billion dollar property portfolio including office, recreational, community and residential assets. Prior to working in New Zealand, Ian was the Chief Executive of an affordable housing company in South Africa, Durban.
Ian has been involved in various industry bodies including the Construction Clients Group and the New Zealand Green Building Council. He has 25 years’ experience in the property industry covering management and governance roles within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand and abroad.
Allan Young’s team is responsible for directing the successful delivery of development projects. The team works right across the organisation and with partners and stakeholders, throughout the lifecycle of a project.
Allan has vast private sector experience within the property investment and development industry, specialising in commercial design/build projects and residential development.
His career in these fields has spanned more than 20 years.
Joining Local Government in 2008, Allan was the Manager of Manukau City Council’s Property Investment and Development unit until the amalgamation in 2010. Allan lead the Development team at Auckland Council Property Limited before the establishment of Panuku.
Kate is responsible for leading the urban regeneration of Takapuna, Northcote and Hobsonville Point in Auckland’s north for Panuku Development Auckland. Kate’s passion for the North Shore stems from her growing up in the area. She still lives there with her family today.
Kate has over 10 years’ experience in property and urban regeneration. She previously led the urban regeneration of Takapuna and has held several other development roles within Auckland Council. She is passionate about bringing to life projects that stimulate revitalisation and help neighbourhoods to grow and prosper.
She holds both a Bachelor of Property and Bachelor of Science from the University of Auckland and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Kate joined Auckland Council in 2013.
Richard leads the urban regeneration of south Auckland for Panuku. His team supports the revitalisation of town centres including Manukau, Old Papatoetoe, Pukekohe and Ormiston.
Richard has worked with Panuku Development Auckland for over four years and brings a wealth of expertise in urban planning and design, project management and team leadership.
Before working for Panuku, Richard was Lead Master Planner Urban Planning and Design for Auckland Council.
For Richard, “collaborating with communities to imagine, refine, plan and practically deliver their future-visions for their places is a great feeling. When we have all shared the development journey together and have pride in the outputs and out comes, we are all successful.”
Richard has received the Best Practice in District and Regional Planning award, the Nancy Northcroft Supreme Planning Practice Award and from the New Zealand Planning Institute Awards, 2016.
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua tōku waka
Ko Panguru tōku maunga
Ko Hokianga tōku awa
Ko Mitimiti tōku awa
Ko Te Rarawa tōku iwi
Ko Waiariki, Ngāti Manawa, rāua ko Kaitutai ōku hapū
Ko Ngāti Manawa rāua ko Waipuna ōku marae
Ko Daniel Rewi Haines tōku ingoa
Daniel's bones are the Hokianga, but his heart is in Tāmaki Makaurau.
On behalf of Panuku, Daniel leads the Māori Outcomes team and holds the Treaty partnership with the 19 iwi and hapū in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Panuku supports the Crown to meet their obligations under the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This gives us a considerable mandate and opportunity to partner with iwi and hapū to uplift the mana and mauri of Māori living in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Tāmaki Makaurau is the biggest Māori city in the world, and Daniel believes Panuku has significant influence in shaping our spaces to become a reflection of Māori culture and identity.
Previously, Daniel has supported mana whenua to exercise their role as kaitiaki on the infrastructure build for the 2021 America’s Cup. Daniel has also worked across several teams at Auckland Council working on Treaty settlements, advising the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, advisory panels, and the Governance Framework Review (which reviewed the Auckland Council governance arrangements).
Jessica heads up our strategy team who work across all our neighbourhoods. The team is at the forefront of shaping urban regeneration programme strategy and setting up strategic projects for successful delivery.
Jessica brings over ten years of experience in strategic planning, urban regeneration, and project delivery in both the public and private development sectors.
She joined Panuku in 2017 and most recently was the Project Director for Panmure Town Centre and Haumaru Housing regeneration programmes.
For Jessica, “reimagining with communities to achieve new standards of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic prosperity in our neighbourhoods is extremely rewarding. Together with love and passion, we are nurturing a successful future for our Tāmaki Makaurau.”
Jessica has a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture. She’s received New Zealand Planning Institute Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Awards for Auckland City Liveable Arterials (2009) and Growing Marlborough a district-wide strategy for sustainable growth (2011).
Tessa Meyer is a Corporate Responsibility Advisor. She joined Panuku through our graduate programme and quickly became indispensable to the Corporate Responsibility team.
She looks after internal sustainability projects, including Green Star - Communities ratings and reducing our organisational carbon emissions.
Tessa has a Master of Urban Resilience and Renewal (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Science. She’s passionate about sustainability and was shortlisted for the Young Achiever of the Year category at the 2017 Auckland Property People Awards.
Tessa says, “Working for an inclusive, values driven organisation has helped me deliver projects I care deeply about. I’ve been given opportunities to upskill, from project management training through to becoming a Green Star Accredited Professional – and I’m excited to use these skills to continue our work for Auckland’s communities.”
Lydia is a marketing and communications expert who is passionate about strategic urban planning and the difference it can make people’s lives.
She has over 12 years’ experience in communications including journalism, publicity, digital, communications and marketing across architecture, the arts, tourism and flagship retail brands. Her career highlights include working on the opening of the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth and The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai on Queens Wharf in Auckland.
She has been at Auckland Council for four years, including two and a half years at Panuku.
Lydia says, “internationally, regeneration agencies grapple with creating a connection between short-term or immediate projects and how they contribute to the long-term vision for a city.
“My approach includes an open, honest and frank attitude to explaining the multifaceted and sometimes difficult journey we must go on to create a rich living experience, strong communities and good urban environments.”
Frith heads up our team of placemakers at Panuku, a role she describes as the job of a lifetime.
Frith began her placemaking journey in 2011 for Waterfront Auckland with the redevelopment of the waterfront, a 20 plus year regeneration project.
Frith and her team now “sprinkle their magic” in many neighbourhoods throughout the city for Panuku
As a placemaker she understands that the people, stories and needs of an area are crucial to create successful places. Panuku has a vital role to play in making places where people feel a strong relationship with their communities and a commitment to make things better.
Frith is one the NZ representatives for the global network Placemaking X and an advocate for the UN ratified New Urban Agenda. She’s an enthusiastic supporter of the difference a healthy public realm can make in terms of creating liveable cities for all.