Tauranga Property Investors' Association

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Juli Anne Tolley (President)

Juli has been investing in residential property for over 25 years both in New Zealand and California, US. Over the years, she was engaged in buying and selling of units, renovations, and the management of properties both personally and with the engagement of property management professionals – all while building a successful career in the IT sector with Oracle and raising a family. Juli is passionate about property investment and believes that it is one of the most secure forms of a retirement financial portfolio.


Juli moved to Tauranga in 2010 from California, and purchased the Quinovic Property Management – Tauranga franchise with her husband Cliff. She has enjoyed becoming a part of the community and area she has come to love, managing the Otumoetai College Motocross Team, and working with different organizations to assist with home placement and renter education. Juli was nominated to the TPIA committee in 2014 and is excited to be part of a growing organization with people who share her passion for property.


Phil Waylen (Vice President)

Phil has had an interest in property for the last 16 years. He became a landlord in 2002 when he went on his OE and kept his first house in Hamilton. Since returning from London in 2006 he has begun to build a portfolio believing property provides a good vehicle for financial independence. Phil owns his own business offering presentation expertise for MS Office documents, he also co-founded the 64Bit co-working space on Devonport Road. Phil joined the TPIA in 2012 and was the Landlord of the Year in 2014. He was nominated to the committee in 2015 and is excited to help the TPIA to continue to provide knowledge and support to new and existing members who share an interest in property.


Dawn Witheford (Treasurer)

Dawn is a manager in KPMG's private enterprise division. She has over ten years experience as a qualified Chartered Accountant, and twenty years of professional services experience in accounting compliance and advisory services in both big four and smaller firms.


She has worked with a wide range of clients including property investors and developers, professional firms, accommodation providers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Dawn has experience in advising clients on accounting, financial and tax issues in relation to businesses, property investments, trusts, structuring and assisting clients with their day to day queries.


Guy Dobson

Guy joined the TPIA in 2011, following his arrival in New Zealand from his native Ireland, and was elected to the committee in 2012. Guy is a Chartered Building Surveyor by profession working primarily with commercial buildings within the Bay of Plenty region.


Paul Dow

Born in Wales, educated in Scotland, I had a 20+ Year Corporate career with Microsoft, Vodafone, Hewlett Packard but decided I wanted a change of pace and direction so decided to work for myself and become a Mortgage Broker. I have my own company Paul Dow Mortgages and work with the Majesty Mortgage Broker Team in Tauranga. I have owned over a dozen residential properties over the years I've always had an interest in all things property so becoming a mortgage broker seemed the perfect blend of combining my personal interests with my business and commerce experience.


I am a husband and Dad to three young children. I am a Trustee on the Otumoetai Intermediate Board of Trustees, am involved in several property network groups and have previously been a Trustee of Matua School and a National Board Member of the Institute of IT Professionals.


When I'm not helping people with their mortgage needs you can usually find me fishing, skiing, heading out on a family bike ride or catching up with family or friends round the BBQ with a cold beer or two!!


David Porter

David Porter, the new owner and editor of UP – the Ultimate Property magazine, has recently joined the TPIA committee. David, who is also the editor of the Bay of Plenty Business News, has a substantive understanding of the region's business environment. He has reported extensively on investment, trade, business and political issues in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He relocated to Tauranga from Hong Kong in December 2010 for family reasons after several years working mostly in Asia and Europe as a communications consultant, editor and foreign correspondent. His career highlights include serving as:

  • A special advisor to the late Mike Moore during the final part of his term as Director General of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.
  • Spokesman for the World Health Organisation's non-communicable diseases group in Geneva.
  • The Asia Communications Consultant to a global New York-headquartered law firm, advising on communications for the firm's four Asian offices, based in Hong Kong.
  • Account director for Consultus/Acumen Group PR in New Zealand.


Michelle Igasan

Michelle is the committee's most newly minted member, having joined the committee in 2020. Michelle is an Associate Lawyer at Harris Tate Lawyers, where she works predominantly in the commercial, property, and trust law space advising clients on a wide range of transactions and issues, including property investors and developers. Michelle always has a finger on the pulse when it comes to the property market which she tracks with keen interest, both here and in Australia so that she can give her clients the most up-to-date advice on market conditions. Michelle is always keen to chat about property and is an avid investor herself, appreciating that New Zealand property is very unique in terms of stability when compared to other world markets. Outside of work, Michelle is kept busy with two young children who like to play lots of sports so downtime is rare, but she wouldn't have it any other way.


Diane Hansan

Diane has been a property investor since 2013 when she brought her first investment property, an apartment in Auckland. Since then she has built up her property portfolio in Tauranga to include a mix of one, two & three bedroom properties and apartments. Diane has worked at ASB Bank for the last 17 years, and loves working with her clients to help them purchase their first home or build their investment/property portfolios. Diane joined the TPIA Committee in 2020 and currently holds the position of Secretary.


Garth Cumming

Garth has achieved financial independence with the use of property and is a committed full time property investor. He has been a member of the TPIA since 2007, has a long term approach to investing, building both a multi regional long term hold residential portfolio since 2002 and a commercial portfolio since 2018.

In 2018 property investment afforded Garth, his wife Emma and their three children, five months overseas enjoying a European summer.

He has a background as an automotive tradesperson and then 16 years as an Insurance Loss Adjuster. He is also on the Board of Trustees of a local School.


Phillip Armstrong 

Phillip Armstrong grew up in Doubtless Bay, Northland. He went through Waikato University and started a career in the IT Sector in 1992. In 1997 he spent 5 years in the UK with his wife Kate, during which time they rented their house in Hamilton, and travelled extensively. On moving back to raise a family in 2002, they started buying more property mainly in Hamilton, but some in other centers like Palmerston North and Gisborne. Phil has also started investing in some commercial syndicates. He is a buy and hold investor, not really doing anything special, but does leverage equity gains to increase his portfolio if the yield is right. He has self managed most of his own properties in the past, but now enjoys leaving the inspections and tenant finding to the experts. Phil currently works for Trustpower as his day job, having moved to Tauranga in 2016 from Hamilton.


Sonia Sui

Sonia started her property investment journey in 2009 in Sydney, Australia. With a background in financial planning and real estate, she believes property investment is a great way to achieve financial freedom. Sonia has successfully renovated many properties and has a fond love of older, classic houses and has managed multiple projects herself - transforming older houses to a modern comfortable home while often remaining sympathetic to the original building style.


Since Sonia moved to New Zealand in 2020, she and her husband have extended their purchasing to Tauranga and can't wait to see what the beautiful city has to offer. Now working at Westpac as part of the home lending team - Sonia is excited to meet more like-minded people and help the community with their financial wellbeing.

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