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Rob Bird | Colliers | Auckland CBD

Rob Bird


National Director | Office Leasing

License # 10007779 | Licensed under the REAA 2008

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Professional Summary

Rob has over 25 years commercial property experience specialising in Office Leasing, Commercial Property, Financial Analysis and Valuation. He is the National Director of Commercial Leasing. In a prior role he was responsible for the National Property Management business. His current focus covers Office Leasing and Tenant Representation nationwide, particualrly in the Auckland CBD. Prior to working for Colliers International, Rob held positions in Wellington and Auckland with a major international fund manager. His roles included work in property valuation, leasing, purchase and sales.


Rob has negotiated office leases with multinational and national tenants including: ANZ, Southern Cross, Vodafone, Ricoh, Bell Gully, Russell McVeagh, Simpson Grierson, Deloitte, Fonterra, KPMG, Fairfax, ATEED, Kiwirail, Willis Insurance, Marsh, NZTE, SKM, Air New Zealand, McKinsey & Co, Maersk, Pfizer, New Zealand Post, Telecom, Otis, United Technologies, Grant Thornton and Westpac.


B.SC (Valuation)

Diploma in Business Studies

Green Star NZ Accredited Professional (GSNZAP)

Memberships & Involvements



ANZ, Vodafone, Southern Cross, RICOH, APN, ASB, Auckland Airport, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Auckland University, Auckland Waterfront Development Agency, BDO, BNZ, Vodafone Limited


ANZ, Vodafone, Southern Cross, Bell Gully, Ricoh


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Featured Research

23 Mar 2022

Colliers Essentials | Auckland CBD Office Report | First Half 2022

Changes in work habits, a growing focus on collaboration and work culture and the challenges of recruiting and retaining key staff in a low unemployment environment is driving a flight to quality. This has resulted in a divergence in the vacancy trends in prime and secondary grade space.
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5 Oct 2021

Colliers Essentials | Auckland CBD Office Report | Second Half 2021

Vacancy rates trended upwards in the six months to June 2021, but the rate of change has slowed since early 2020. This reflects the resilience of businesses and desirability of CBD space, a feature of the market set to continue despite latest lockdown disruptions. Overall vacancy increased to 10.4% in June from 8.4% six months earlier, with prime grade vacancy rising to 7.5%, primarily driven by occupiers decanting to new space. There remains a preference for quality office space as businesses become more staff-centric and battle to attract and retain staff in a constrained labour market. Deloitte and BNZ are two of the latest major leasing examples showcasing not only quality as a key feature of decision-making, but also the importance of location, opting for space within the CBD core in high quality refurbished/redevelopment premises.
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24 Mar 2021

Colliers Essentials | Auckland CBD Office Report | First Half 2021

Auckland CBD’s overall vacancy rate increased to 8.8% in December 2020, up from the record-low 4.7% registered just 12-months prior. The increase reflects a combination of the impact of COVID-19 and the addition of over 54,000 sqm of new prime graded stock. The latter primarily responsible for prime grade vacancy almost doubling to sit at 6.8%, up from 3.5% recorded in June 2020, whilst secondary grade vacancy increased from 8.5% in June 2020 to 10.6%.
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Featured News

3 Feb 2020

New Zealand office property market review for 2019 and forecast for 2020

Positive economic conditions driven by population gains and high employment rates have delivered another year of solid activity in the office property sector. This is forecast to continue.
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11 Sep 2019

Flexibility and efficiency the key office trends

Occupiers are demanding ever-greater levels of flexibility and efficiency from their workspaces, which is creating both challenges and opportunities for companies in the development, engineering, architecture, building and construction sectors.
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