Members of the business community have been the big winners in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, while those in politics have largely missed out. Many of these winners have distinguished careers in business and have put much back into the community through acts of philanthropy or other achievement, and Michael Friedlander is no exception to this rule.
Mr Friedlander, who received the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community, has contributed to many local businesses and organisations in the Auckland region for more than 40 years through the Friedlander Foundation, which he established in the 1960s. He has assisted and sponsored many organisations in the fields of tertiary education and research, youth development, and the arts, as well as the Jewish community.
Among the many to have benefited from his generosity are the Foundation for Youth Development, the Liggins Institute, the Business Roundtable, the Auckland Art Gallery, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the Erman Trust. Mr Friedlander has also been involved with the New Zealand Centre for Independent Studies for 20 years and contributed significantly to the Auckland Synagogue and the Kadimah School refurbishment programme.
Michael Friedlander, LLB, was previously a partner of Keegan Alexander, Barristers & Solicitors in the Auckland Central Business District, and now operates as a consultant for them. Michael’s extensive business, property, farming and investment interests enable him to bring a wealth of commercial knowledge to the firm and its clients. He is also a director of a number of substantial companies in Auckland.
As the new Ponsonby Central Development’s Andy Davies says,” Michael Friedlander remains a very big influence on my business model. He is one of the best developers there is.”
Michael Friedlander @ Scoop.co.nz