Award Programme

Award Programme

We know that corporate real estate professionals come up with some pretty amazing solutions, and we love to celebrate them.

CoreNet’s Proactive Property Award is all about acknowledging and celebrating the very best corporate real estate solutions created to solve business challenges - big or small. After the success of the award last year, we are again looking for corporate real estate professionals (teams, companies, groups of any sort) to send in submissions to showcase your real estate solutions to business problems. In the process, we’d like you to show us how you have generated significant value outcomes resulting from people making a proactive difference to their organisation through 1property.

Why submit?
Have you solved a business challenge with a corporate real estate solution? Have you generated value for your organisation through identifying an issue or challenge and then solving it through property?

If so, CoreNet’s Proactive Property Award could give your team and your organisation a real boost, along with the prize of a $1,000 dinner voucher to spend at the restaurant of your team’s choice. And we will profile the shortlist, finalists and winner across the CoreNet network and in the media.

The Process


  • Now - nominations open
  • Friday 9 August at 5pm – nominations close
  • Week of 12 August – judging
  • Week of 19 August – shortlist announced
  • Week of 9 September – shortlisted entries to present to the judges
  • Wednesday 25 September 5pm-7pm – Award winner announced.

Nominations must be sent to, received before 5pm on Friday 9
August 2019. Please use the provided form. Please download the form here

Criteria - what we want to see:
When writing your submission, please show:
                  - The challenge
                  - How you met it
                  - The value you generated for your organisation as a result.

Nominations will be assessed against three core criteria:

  1. Impact: demonstrated impacted on the business, cost versus benefit and overall realization of objectives
  2. Innovation: demonstrated use of new methods, new ideas or new technology
  3. Collaboration: demonstrated collaboration between real estate professionals, end users, and other stakeholders

Conditions of entry
Nominations can be made by the nominee or by a third party.

The subject of the submission must relate to a single project in the corporate sector that has been delivered over the 12 months to 1 July 2019.

Initial written submission should be made in PDF format and must comprise:

  • Main submission: written description of the solution and how it fulfils the judging criteria (maximum 500 words)
  • Summary submission: Short written summary of the solution (maximum 50 words).
  • Photo(s) – maximum 3: high resolution, professionally taken images.

Submissions should be made on the basis that shortlisted entries will be outlined in CoreNet communications and to awards event attendees using the summary submission text and photo.

Confidential information should be labelled ‘Confidential to the judging panel’.

The judges
We are privileged to have the following industry experts as our judging panel.

Gail_Calder.jpgGail Calder

General Manager - Property & Facilities

Gail has had over 30 years experience in New Zealand within a wide range of tenant, end user and retail companies. Her specific property experience has covered the development and implementation of property strategies, property valuation, end-to-end portfolio management (acquisition/divestment, lease management, facilities management, capital project programmes, risk and compliance including health and safety, sustainability and environment management), project directorship, and the leadership of corporate business units for companies such as Z Energy, NZ Post, ANZ, BNZ, and Coles Myer.

She is now General Manager, Property & Facilities at Fonterra.

Jane_Holland.jpgJane Holland

Jane Holland advises on all property-related matters, specialising in commercial leasing and development projects.  Recently Jane has provided comprehensive advice to a number of landlords and tenants in relation to all property issues arising in respect of earthquake prone properties, including advice on lease drafting.

Jo_Monaghan.pngJo Monaghan

Entrepreneur, architect and yoga teacher, Jo Monaghan is founder of The Flow Company, an energy-based design company designing for wellbeing in today's workplace.

With over 25 years’ experience in commercial design, fitout and transformational workplace change projects in both the UK and NZ, Jo is a thought leader in workplace design and delivery with a proven track record leading workplace transformation projects. She has a unique understanding of how workplaces are shaped and how they can influence productivity, staff engagement, wellbeing and satisfaction.

The Flow Company was created by Jo when she came to understand the benefits of combining Eastern wisdom with Western design philosophy. The two are woven together to create energy-based design, a philosophy which unites the energy of the people and the place. The Flow Company create and curate uplifting spaces and places to connect and inspire.

Rod_Aitken.pngRod Aitken
Head of Corporate Property

Rod Aitken has over 25 years’ experience working in senior roles in both the corporate property and manufacturing sectors. Rod specialises in client sided corporate property management with a special interest in portfolio optimisation, customer service, continuous improvement, and is passionate about championing the virtues of new ways of working.

Rod now leads Auckland Council’s Corporate Property team, responsible for 100,000m2 of office buildings, the 21 Local Board buildings, council’s storage space and office car parking. In this role, Rod’s focus areas include portfolio level optimisation and the transition to agile ways of working to deliver better out comes for council staff, customers and the community, and better value for money for ratepayers.