NZIA appoints new chief executive

The New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) has appointed Teena Hale-Pennington, formerly Wellington City Council’s director of strategy, planning and urban design, as its new chief executive.

The New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) has appointed Teena Hale-Pennington, formerly Wellington City Council’s director of strategy, planning and urban design, as its new chief executive.

NZIA president David Sheppard said Hale-Pennington’s background in local government and resource planning would be invaluable in assisting the architectural profession meet its current challenges.

She was educated at Griffith and Wollongong Universities in Australia, has held strategic planning and project management positions in the private sector and in the New South Wales public service and  prepared Auckland Council’s submission to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance.

“Public awareness of the importance of architecture has never been stronger,” Hale-Pennington said, “and the challenges architects confront have seldom been more complex.”

“The rebuild of Christchurch, housing affordability and the related debate about more intensive urban development, and the regulatory environment affecting the construction industry are some of the issues facing New Zealand’s architects.”

Predecessor Beverley McRae was the NZIA’s chief executive for 14 years.

Hale-Pennington takes up her position on April 2.