Tony Sewell is the Chief Executive of Ngai Tahu Property Ltd and has been since its establishment in 1994. Tony has been on the Board of CECC since 2006.
Tony has a background in quantity surveying, project management, property development and investment.
Since 1994, Tony has led Ngai Tahu Property, a privately owned family business, through negotiation with the Crown for the Settlement of the Ngai Tahu Claim and grown it from humble beginnings, with an asset base of $2 million, to become the South Island’s strongest property company with an asset base of $460 million, specialising in property investment, property development and property trading.
With a staff of 22 property professionals, the company is now expanding its portfolio from commercial property, retail property and infrastructure property to include a major investment in agriculture in Canterbury and a joint venture with the Christchurch City Council to develop and own the new Christchurch Civic building.
Tony is passionate about Canterbury’s future. He believes key drivers for a successful Canterbury are investment in business success and the development of forward thinking urban and regional plans that encourage progress and enterprise.
In 2004 Tony was the recipient of the NZ Property Institute Award, which recognises an individual who in a public or private capacity has demonstrated the qualities of leadership and vision and/or positively impacted on the property sector; economy and/or community.
Tony’s interests outside of the business include rugby, rowing and fishing. Tony is married to Margaret and has three daughters: Rebecca, Rose and Annie (aged 27 to 20).