About Duke and Cooke

When Duke met Cooke

 
Charles Duke
Peter Cooke


Valuing Nelson properties since 1944

Dunedin born, Charles Duke started his career as an architect in 1914. After he returned from the war, he became a qualified valuer in 1944 working in Nelson. In 1964, at age 76, Charles formed a partnership with Peter Cooke and Duke & Cooke was born.


Former ownership

From Duke & Cooke’s original formation as a partnership in 1964, to its transition to a company in 1991, the past ownership of Duke & Cooke has included Charles Duke, Peter Cooke, Lou Kolff, and Peter Noonan.

MEET THE DIRECTORS

Barry Rowe, Dick Bennison, Simon Charles and Murray Lauchlan

Duke & Cooke is now led by Barry Rowe (L) , Dick Bennison (CL), Simon Charles (CR) and Murray Lauchlan (R). Under their directorship, the company has become a Quality Assured valuation business through the Property Institute of New Zealand.


In 2012, Duke & Cooke became a member of ValGroup, a collective of valuation companies spread throughout New Zealand focused on growing business opportunities and advancing best business practices. Dick Bennison is now on the management board of ValGroup and is keen to help it develop further.



Meet the team

Barry Rowe

Barry Rowe

Director and Residential Team Leader

Barry is a Registered Valuer who specialises in residential and rural lifestyle properties.  He has 30 years' experience and maintains a detailed knowledge of current values and trends within these markets. Outside of work Barry's interests include football administration and is a team member of the local Urban Search and Rescue of Civil Defence.

Dick Bennison

Director and Rural Team Leader

Dick is a Registered Valuer and  our rural specialist with more than 30 years' experience in valuing all manner of rural property in the Nelson district. He thrives on sharing his knowledge and experience with his clients. Outside interests include open water swimming, tramping and family.


Murray Lauchlan

Murray Lauchlan

Director and Commercial Team Leader

Murray, a Registered Valuer with more than 30 years' experience, specialises in valuing commercial property in Nelson. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with his clients to assist them in their asset management and their future growth strategies. Outside of work Murray's interests are golf and mountain biking.

Simon Charles

Simon Charles

Director and Commercial Valuer

Simon is a Registered Valuer who has specialised in commercial property valuation since 2004. Simon has undertaken many valuation assignments throughout New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. He joined Duke & Cooke in 2011 and then became a Director in 2017.  Outside of work Simon’s interests include golf and share market investing.

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace

Residential and Commercial Valuer

Ian is a Registered residential and commercial valuer and has specialised in valuing industrial property in Nelson for the last five years. Ian also specialises in industrial self-storage units and childcare centre valuations. Outside of work Ian's interests are coaching football and tramping.

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Will Sommerville

Will sommerville

Rural Valuer

Will is a Registered Valuer who graduated from Lincoln University in 2012 . He joined Duke & Cooke in April 2013 and is currently working on the Rural Team with Dick Bennison. Will loves the outdoors and most weekends heads off into the bush hunting.

Melanie Russel

Melanie Russell

Residential Valuer

Melanie is a Registered Valuer who graduated from Lincoln University in 2011. After working in Christchurch, she joined Duke & Cooke in June 2014 and is currently working on the Residential Team with Barry Rowe. Melanie is passionate about property and is developing her own investment portfolio.

Nelson Born and bred

Duke & Cooke began trading in 1964 from first floor offices on Trafalgar Street.  Our business has come a long way since then, and we are still firmly in the heart of Nelson, based at 42 Halifax Street.


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