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Jan 2013 President's Report

Brian Hancock

The Waikato Property Investors’ Association and indeed the New Zealand rental industry lost a real asset with the passing of Brian Hancock shortly after the Waikato Conference last year.

Brian was a life member of the WPIA, which was a recognition richly deserved having spent more than 10 years as the Associations’ President.  In closing the Waikato Conference I congratulated the Association for putting on such a wonderful event and commented that Waikato had always been a strong, sound and successful association. It is no coincidence that these same attributes apply to Brian, as his personality and influence was clearly reflected in how the Waikato Association operated.

Brian was a great businessman who brought his business skills to the Association, while at the same time realising that it wasn’t a business. He was always there for his members and did everything he could to help them raise their professionalism. Many Waikato Property Investors’ owe a great deal of their success to Brian. One of the WPIA Committee members said at Conference that a key reason for joining the committee was to have more time with and learn more from Brian.

I have been in many meetings with Brian over the years, including association meetings, regional meetings and NZPIF communication meetings. Brian was extremely generous with his time and there were very few of these meetings that Brian did not attend. Brian was not overly vocal at these meetings, but when he spoke he did so with clarity, experience and wisdom. When Brian spoke everyone listened.

Brian also served nationally on the NZPIF and was the Northern Regional Rep for many years while also being WPIA President. He was clearly devoted to our industry.

Thanks for all you did Brian and on behalf of all Associations’ I would like to express our condolences to Gaye and the Waikato Association members.


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