Sir Paul Adams, KNZM, the founding Chair of Accessible Properties, will be inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in August. Sir Paul chaired Accessible Properties, a 100-percent-owned IHC company and the second-largest social housing provider in New Zealand, from 2010 until 2018.
He is one of seven laureates announced by the Young Enterprise Trust. The others are property developer and businessman Ted Manson, ex-Telecom chief Theresa Gattung, former Auckland Business Chamber boss Michael Barnett, Ngāi Tahu tourism leader Wally Stone, dairy pioneer Kingi Smiler and Underwater World founder the late Kelly Tarlton.
A civil engineer, Sir Paul has involved his company, Carrus, in creating residential land subdivisions in Wellington, Palmerston North, Taupō, Rotorua, Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga. He has developed about 10,000 residential, commercial and industrial lots over the past 40 years.
In 2019 Sir Paul was made a knight in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to philanthropy and the community.
The New Zealand Business Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the country.
Each laureate has a story of enterprise, hard work and success, as well as having generously contributed to their communities. The awards also seek to hold them as role models for young entrepreneurs.