Outstanding Māori Business Leaders Award 2008

For outstanding business leadership developing mixed-use communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.


Peter Cooper

Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Kahu

Peter is the founder of Cooper and Company and is actively involved in the direction and leadership of all the company’s activities.

Since 1989 he has been based in California, where he has been involved in a wide range of investment activities including property development and private and public company investments. In addition to Southlake Town Square in Texas, his real estate developments have included several other large-format mixed-use retail developments in Washington State and Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, Texas.

Before moving to the US, Peter was executive director of Lion Nathan, chief executive of LD Nathan & Co and joint managing director of Mace Development Corporation. He began his career as a lawyer and partner at Auckland law firm Russell McVeagh, where he specialised in commercial and property law. Today he is also a director of several private companies and a trustee of Georgetown University in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours from the University of Auckland.

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