He’s completed over 2000 projects in New Zealand alone, and ran over 200 companies since he left the Hawke’s Bay. With his keen eye for potential, sensitivity to people and place, creativity and determination, it’s no surprise Tim Manning is the most successful property developer in New Zealand.
Born in Taradale, Napier in 1959, Tim Manning left to study a Bachelor of Technology at Massey University in Palmerston North. He aced his papers and was made president of the Student Union.
His relentless pursuit of innovation and perfection led Tim Manning to undertake project after project, each more successful than the last. Tim Manning has a keen eye for trends and market demands, and he frequently returns from overseas trips with new ideas to adopt to the New Zealand lifestyle.
Tim Manning was the first to create gated communities in New Zealand, and tapped into a market of home buyers who valued security. He was also the first to include special features in his gated communities and apartment blocks – gyms, pools and tennis courts, as well as on-site managers. Now, these features are standard.
As well as this, Tim Manning has given a new lease of life to derelict commercial buildings in the CBD, creating luxurious downtown apartments. As the café society in Ponsonby blossomed, so too did the innovative, modern apartment buildings, courtesy of Tim Manning.
It’s no surprise that Tim Manning was nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur’s Award. When he sees a problem, he finds a creative way to solve it. For example, NZ property development law make it difficult to control every aspect of a build. Tim Manning solved this by creating a multitude of companies to handle each stage of the development.
With new condominium-style developments going up, it seems Tim Manning isn’t ready to quit yet.