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Advocacy — your voice on the big issues

Whether it’s RPM regulation, AML or tax reform, 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

REINZ Briefing for Incoming Ministers

14 February 2024

Prior to Christmas, the team submitted a Briefing to the Incoming Ministers to inform the new officials of REINZ on what we do, our position on policies and what the opportunities are to work with us.   

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Residential Property Managers Bill passed its First Reading in Parliament

11th October 2023

On 11 October 2023, REINZ filed submissions in support of the Residential Property Managers Bill to regulate residential property managers and residential property management organisations.


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AML/CFT Amendment Regulations - timing of Customer Due Diligence

28th April 2023

REINZ wrote to the Ministry of Justice reporting on the further feedback we received from the real estate professions and industry leaders on our initial submissions.


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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.

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

Senior consultant for Residential 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

Senior Legal Advisor

Responsible for monitoring legal and regulatory reform, particularly in the residential property management and compliance space.

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

Nikki Sim

Senior Legal Counsel

Responsible for monitoring legal reform, drafting submissions and providing advocacy updates to members.