Finance and investment expert Peter Churchouse will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato this month.
Based in Hong Kong, Mr Churchouse is an authority on the real estate and investment industries and has more than 35 years' experience working in the Asian investment sector.
Mr Churchouse graduated from the University of Waikato in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics, and again in 1971 with a Master of Social Sciences.
After graduating and working for a stint in Johannesburg, Mr Churchouse drove to London with his wife Gabrielle (which took a year) and began a consulting partnership with Professor Nathaniel Lichfield at Lichfield and Partners. Professor Lichfield, coincidentally, wrote some of the texts Mr Churchouse studied at Waikato.
As part of that partnership Mr Churchouse worked on projects in Africa and the Middle East. He left London for a six-month stint in Hong Kong – a stint that would end up becoming 35 years.
Life in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, Mr Churchouse project managed the creation of the town Tin Shui Wai, which was planned to house more than half a million people.
Following a string of research jobs, Mr Churchouse set up Jones Lang Wooton's (now Jones Lang Lasalle) research department. In 1987, at the request of Morgan Stanley's senior partner Barton Biggs, he set up Morgan Stanley's first Asian office and worked there for 16 years as head of Asian real estate research, regional strategist and head of research.
In 2004 Mr Churchouse set up an investment fund with LIM Advisers, investing in physical property and real estate-related public securities. In 2006 it was named Best Real Estate Fund in Asia and was successfully wound down in 2009.
The Churchouse letter
Since 2009 Mr Churchouse has been writing "The Churchouse Letter", a monthly newsletter that provides investment advice, mostly stemming from his extensive experience in the Asian market. He shares his knowledge widely and is a frequent contributor on investment in Asia and appears often on TV, radio and in newspapers, with regular appearances on Bloomberg and CNBC.
Mr Churchouse is also an independent non-executive director of several property and investment companies and also provides funding for students to attend schools and universities around the world.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says Mr Churchouse's extensive achievements are an excellent reflection on the University.
"Peter has achieved highly, and consistently, in his career since graduating. He's climbed the ranks to become a senior authority on financial matters, yet still finds the time to give back to his peers and up-and-coming investment talent."
Mr Churchouse says the award comes as a surprise and a "deep honour".
"But I can say that the education I was fortunate to receive at Waikato has opened many doors to me and my family over many years. I am sure it continues to do so for many others too."
Distinguished Alumni Award
The University of Waikato's Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday 25 September at the Hamilton Gardens' Pavilion.
This year, three alumni will be recognised with Distinguished Alumni Awards. The other recipients are singer, songwriter and business founder Hinewehi Mohi and Olympic gold medallist and New Zealand's current Chef de Mission Rob Waddell.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate and honour University of Waikato alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and communities, taking into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors.
All recipients receive a limited edition cast-glass figure made exclusively by award-winning local artist Di Tocker.