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Advocacy — your voice on the big issues

Whether it’s a hot topic like AML or medium density housing standards, we’re here to ensure real estate and property management have a strong and consistent voice, and your interests are fairly represented.

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Industry updates

What makes you 'fit and proper' to be a real estate agent?

15th June 2022

Should minor disclosure oversights or physical disabilities be potential stumbling blocks when it comes to the REA’s ‘fit and proper’ person guidelines?

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Should property managers be regulated - and what might that involve?

19th April 2022

We support a regulated property management industry, with licensing for individuals and agencies. See where we agree with HUD, and where we think changes are needed.


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Growing NZ's housing supply - without compromising our communities

16th November 2021

It’s great to build more houses in our major cities, but not without making sure the infrastructure is there to support thriving communities.


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Making a difference for our members

Our approach

We go in to bat for our members on a range of issues affecting the real estate and property management profession, from housing supply to compliance, to vaccine mandates. Whenever there’s a potential change, we’re there to represent our people on the front line.

REINZ stays up-to-date with policy and upcoming reform, and works hard to keep you informed. We engage across our membership, with industry leaders and stakeholders, and harness their collective might to influence Government policies.

To ensure our voice is heard, we make forceful submissions and lobby Ministers. REINZ also takes a proactive approach to media, representing our members’ views in a wide range of forums.

REINZ ensures you always know about proposed legal and regulatory changes and industry issues and understand what you can do to prepare before changes take effect.

Pushing back on excessive AML requirements

When the Government suggested real estate professionals should do due diligence on buyers/prospective buyers as well as their vendors, REINZ made strong written and oral submissions on behalf of our members in opposition.

Such a move would change the way property is transacted in New Zealand and introduce uncertainty and delays in every sale — impacting buyers and sellers.

We worked closely with the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Internal Affairs throughout, facilitating feedback from our members directly.

Our collective voice was heard and there is to be an analysis of where in the transaction the risk lies before there is any change to the status quo.

“REINZ ensured key industry players were actively involved in helping to educate our government bodies as to why the AML proposal was unworkable and would have had an adverse effect on the way property is transacted in this country.”

Graham Crews, Real Estate Agency Management Consultant

Have your say

Make your voice heard by participating in our feedback process. We’ll let you know when there’s an opportunity to get involved. Look out for updates in our e-newsletter In the Know. Your feedback will be reflected in our submissions.

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Your advocates

Jen Baird

Chief Executive

Responsible for developing and delivering on REINZ’s advocacy strategy in conjunction with our General Counsel.

Jen leads government relations for REINZ. Jen works closely with industry leaders and key stakeholders to influence Government policy and represents REINZ in the media.

Melisa Beight

General Counsel

Responsible for developing and delivering on REINZ’s advocacy strategy alongside our Chief Executive.

Melisa liaises with members, crafts submissions and works closely with government regulators.

Joanne Rae

Head of Property Management

Responsible for ensuring the property management sector is fairly represented to policymakers.

Jo's current focus is on ensuring proposed legislation is workable and fair for the residential property management profession.

Laura Wilmot

Head of Communications and Engagement

Responsible for media relations and ensuring members have a voice on key issues.

Laura is the key contact for news and media. She also supports REINZ’s advocacy agenda by ensuring fair and accurate representation across topical issues.

Janine Tan

Legal Advisor

Responsible for monitoring proposed legislative changes that could impact the industry and members.

Janine collates member feedback, drafts written submissions and educates members on reform affecting them.