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BA (Social Sciences) (University of Otago)
Construction Management, Diploma (partially completed) (Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)
Development Planning & Commercialisation
Having worked with some of Asia's largest and most dynamic development companies Matt understands and has worked across the entirety of the development process in, from master planning, commercialisation and sourcing of financial partners through to the development of sales and marketing materials and of course the all-important phase of handover and fit out to end user. He understands the complexities that arise in development projects and is experienced at working through those with the client, investors and regulators.
Matt's experience in the construction industry in a number of countries means he has practical experience of working with a number of contractual arrangements. He is experienced in matching the contract structure to the unique situation and culture of each project. Matt understands that establishing clear and concise contracts provides the foundation to the success of every project.
Stakeholder Relationship Management
Matt's experience of working on a number of international projects involving multiple stakeholders from different countries means Matt has experience of working across territories and cultures. He brings a clear understanding of the international communication process which assists mitigating potential areas of conflict and allows the project lifecycle to continue unobstructed.
In Previous Lives
For the last four years Matt has been involved in heading up a boutique project management firm located in a winter resort on Japan's northern most islands of Hokkaido. During that time he developed and oversaw some of the cornerstone projects of the resort including the largest serviced apartment development in the area and the resort's only gated community.
Prior to this he was located in Europe and worked in France and Switzerland
Matt is a returning Kiwi who with his family is keen to contribute to the rebuild of Christchurch.
Shiki Apartment Complex, Niseko
Working with the Low Yat Group, one of Malaysia's biggest developers, the Shiki project was a multi-use snow resort development in close proximity to one of Japan's northern snow facilities. Matt oversaw the project from the tender process through to fit out and handover. The project consists of 68 serviced apartments, mixed use food & beverage facilities and one of the most technologically advanced snow management systems in Hokkaido. The project team and consultants was truly international working from bases in Australia, China, Malaysia and Japan. Matt project managed the team through the life of the project reporting directly to the Board of Low Yat Group.
The Chalets at Country Resort
Working with Niseko Resorts Group from Hong Kong, Matt's role was to head the team to manage the construction of 33 luxury chalets. Critical roles included helping to source appropriate sites, developing the master plan for the community, and overseeing the development consent process with the central government. Crucial to the success of this project was the management of the large volumes of variation orders and the tracking and communication of these to relevant parties.
Working with a French developer Matt oversaw the construction of the largest and most opulent private residence in the resort village of Hirafu. The building utilized the latest geothermal heat pump technology to heat the building and hot water and 52 Kyocera solar panels to supplement the electrical supply. Essentially a showcase for leading environmental technologies, ECO 260 was conceptualised as demonstrating leadership in bespoke environmental solutions while capturing the very essence of luxury. This 932sqm six-storey mansion is unique and truly iconic in this alpine environment.
Why I Love What I Do
For Matt it is about the relationships developed throughout the
process and the people aspects of the construction process.
"The critical deliverable for me is the satisfaction and happiness of all relevant stakeholders at the end of a project. Although budget and scheduling are of critical importance, ongoing relationships are the cornerstone to any successful Project Manager's portfolio."