Hugh Pavletich resides in Riccarton, Christchurch, with wife Margaret and was bought up in Hakataramea, South Canterbury, New Zealand.
He commenced his working life as a farm worker and wool classer in 1967 and moved to Christchurch in 1980, where he started developing small factory units and has developed commercial and industrial property on freehold and Maori leasehold land, in other centres of the South Island as well.
Following the late 1980’s floods in Greymouth from 1992 through to mid 2004, he was responsible for much of the new commercial and industrial development on the Mawhera Incorporation land in Greymouth, where there were significant challenges getting developments in place.
His industry involvement commenced when he was elected President of the South Island Division of the Property Council of New Zealand (then Building Owners & Managers Association – BOMA) soon after its founding in 1991, which he led for four years.
He has had extensive involvement with public policy issues of local government financial management, land use regulation, land release and heritage. In 2005 he was elected a fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), for services to the industry.
Upon retiring from active development work in mid 2004, he felt there was a need for an international measure of housing affordability and teamed up with Wendell Cox, Principal of Demographia (www.demographia.com) to develop the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey (now in its 8th Annual Edition). This Annual Survey employs the Median Multiple (median house price divided by gross annual median household income). It assesses the 325 major urban markets of the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
He has been heavily involved in advocacy and research work both internationally and nationally on Local Government and housing issues these past seven years. Hugh’s articles, submissions and associated information are available on his archival website Performance Urban Planning
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