About Us

The Local Authority Property Association is a specialist area of property management and property consultancy.

A relatively small number of operators in this niche industry collectively manage the country’s largest and highest-valued property portfolios, dealing with property risks that have some of the most major and widest-felt impacts. Yet the specialist skills needed to properly implement roles in this sector are only briefly taught in tertiary courses and not heavily supported by professional associations, due to the relatively small number of workers in this area. LAPA exists to meet these needs.

If you work in the field of Local Government Property at any level and in any role, you are important to us, and we are important to you. We have made it easy to join our association, so do give this worthwhile opportunity your consideration.

Our History

In 1991, six local government property employees met together in Palmerston North to exchange ideas and work experience. News of that meeting spread and so began an annual get-together of local government property employees.

Numbers grew, corporate sponsorship was offered for what had become known as ‘The Annual Local Government Property Conference’.

The Local Authority Property Association (Inc) was rectified and established at the 2005 Conference appropriately in Palmerston North where it all began.

LAPA was incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on June 13th 2006 | View Certificate of Incorporation