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Board Members

Peter Woodberg started his career as the accountant of a large retail chain in Durban, South Africa. At the age of 28 he went into business for himself. During his years of owning businesses, he owned over 45 companies but his main passion is property.

When Woodberg came to New Zealand he started working with Signature Homes as a new home consultant, then joined Bayleys and later Barfoot & Thompson as a commercial broker on the North Shore. 

In 2005 he bought North Shore Immigration Services in Albany with two other Directors but is now the sole director.Woodberg studied at Massey University getting his Diploma in Immigration Law & Practice and later a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, majoring in Real Estate. 

Peter has over 35 years experience in Real Estate and now operates as an independent agent specialising in selling investment property & operates as Corporate Real Estate.Over the years he has been very involved in The South African community, was on the SANZ executive committee, started the South African biz network, organised the South African social evenings and is committed to the New Arrivals meetings for new immigrants.

Peter owns the South African Magazine which is now in its sixth year of publication. Recently The South African magazine partnered with one of the largest websites,, to create even more awareness for South Africans in New Zealand.

I have been in the insurance and investment business since 1991 of which 14 years have been in New Zealand. Changing occupation from mechanical engineering to insurance I initially started with Liberty Life in South Africa. I left them to join Colin Cooper & Associates (CC&A Insurance Brokers) and worked in the Life and Employee Benefits division. I was a Director at CC&A when we decided to leave SA.Originally from Durban I came to New Zealand in June 1999 with my wife and 4 boys.

I am an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) – FSP10261 and run my own business based in Albany, Auckland.We have many years’ experience in the insurance industry and we have enhanced our relationship with our providers over this period.We can assist across individuals and groups for insurance, medical and investment (including KiwiSaver) products.

It has always been our intention to build HWP into the best provider to the SME industry in the voluntary group market i.e. which allows Companies to pass on our rates to their staff.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Higher Diploma in Education, Gary taught high school students for three years before joining the Standard Bank of South Africa in their Accelerated Training Programme.  After a couple of years, he was promoted to Regional Property Finance Manager, before moving off to head up the Property Finance Team at Syfrets/NedcorGary immigrated to New Zealand in 2001, and joined one of the Finance Companies as Finance Manager.After 2 years there, he was offered the opportunity to run the Commercial Division of People Ltd/Mortgage People, where he has been since.We offer a comprehensive range of services in the areas of Property and Finance

  • Residential mortgages / building loans
  • Business Finance
  • Commercial and Industrial Properties
  • Capital Raising / Structuring
  • Project / Development Funding
  • Underwrites and Take Outs

Tim Symons

B.Com (Hons), CAIB (SA)

After completing a B.Com (Hons) degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Tim worked in a managerial capacity for both retail and investment banks in South Africa for 15 years before moving to New Zealand in 1997.

After arriving in New Zealand Tim set up a number of mortgag securitization vehicles in joint venture with the Bank of New Zealand and established and ran a private financial administration services company for 3 years. In April 2001 he joined Macquarie Bank as Country Head of Macquarie Capital (NZ) Limited.

In this role Tim had overall responsibility for sourcing and developing new investments for the business. This covered Macquarie investing in and financing assets, infrastructure and businesses in New Zealand. Seven years ago Tim and another director of Macquarie Parking Infrastructure carried out a management buy-out of the business and established MPI Projects Limited.

Tim also operates a capital raising and investment management business, Symons Securities Limited, which has equity stakes in a number of private entities.

Chris Perry

Originally from the Wairarapa in New Zealand, I grew up on a sheep and beef farm. This was followed with a successful career in the NZ Army serving in Fiji, Singapore, and Malaysia with NZ Forces South East Asia. During my service I obtained an Advanced Trade Certificate in Automotive Engineering, won the award of being the best soldier in the corps of the Royal New Zealand Electrical Engineers and also the inaugural Lee’s Award for the most outstanding, all round soldier. I completed my military service after 12.5 years as a Lieutenant in RNZEME.

I was fortunate to have represented the Army and Combined Services in tennis, rugby, squash and badminton.

Following my military career I became the Industrial Relations Manager for the Dunlop Industrial Division in Woolston, Christchurch, and was then appointed to the role of Industrial & Personnel Manager for South Pacific Tires in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

Since those early days I consider myself to have been very fortunate to hold a number of senior executive roles in multinational direct selling companies, and gained experience in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, New Zealand and Singapore. Currently I am the Country Manager and International Direct Selling Business Development Manager for New Image International a New Zealand company and residing in Cape Town, South Africa. My responsibilities include spearheading the development of our business in South Africa leading into Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, and European markets.

I have always had a keen interest in residential property investment having owned a number of rental properties, and also have experience within the property development sector in New Zealand.

Hugh Cronwright

Hugh Cronwright has around 25 years experience in international trade, covering many Asian and Middle East countries, most of the Pacific Islands , Eastern Europe , USA , Canada and Peru as well. Continues to provide support to exporters through his Company, Export Associates Ltd.

In the past 5 years has become involved in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate, now specializing in the North Shore with Barfoot & Thompson Ltd in Residential sales. Served as Convenor of Judges for the Export Awards program of Export New Zealand for a number of years, and is now honoured to be involved in the Westpac Auckland North Business Awards run by ATEED. A division of Auckland Council

Errol Rudman

Errol started his career in the audit profession and from there moved into the financial services arena with Norwich Union in 1987. He spent most of his career in the financial services environment and after Norwich Union joined Standard Bank where he started off in the retail banking division before moving to the corporate and commercial division in Cape Town.Errol also spent time as marketing manager for the accident and health division of AIG, a multi-national Fortune 500 insurance company, whereafter he was Sales and Marketing Director for an Investment company in the RMB Corvest stable. He then went on to successfully run his own company, FSG business and commercial property brokers, based in Knysna, South Africa, but operating nationally, before emigrating to New Zealand.

Errol has recently taken up a position with AMP, Australasia’s largest wealth manager (Non banking) as financial adviser after spending time with another financial advisory company in Auckland. Being a Certified Financial Planner ™ practitioner (RSA), Errol is in the process of finalising the formalities which will allow him to use this designation in New Zealand. He has a passion for business and financial advice uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each client. Succession planning and business continuity is of utmost importance according to Errol. Although he admits to not always having all the answers, he surrounds himself with other professionals whom he can refer to when required.