When Duke met Cooke
Valuing Nelson Properties Since 1944
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, Peter Noonan, Murray Lauchlan and Dick Bennison.
MEET THE DIRECTORS
Barry Rowe, Simon Charles and Lindsay Williams
Duke & Cooke is now led by Barry Rowe (L) , Simon Charles (C) and Lindsay Williams (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.
Meet the team
Director and Residential Team Leader – B.Com, (VPM), FNZIV, FPINZ
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.
Director and Rural Team Leader – B.Com, (VPM), MPINZ
Lindsay is a registered valuer specialising in rural property. Lindsay has wide-ranging experience in the valuation of horticultural properties, incorporating viticulture, pipfruit, hops, kiwifruit, berry fruit, market gardening, large-scale glasshouses, and a range of other specialty horticultural crops. He also has extensive experience in chicken broiler and egg units nationally and has over 18 years’ experience in compensation for land acquired by the Crown and Local Authorities, and transmission corridors. Outside of work Lindsay’s interests include family, cycling, tramping, and fishing.
Director and Commercial Team Leader – B.Com, (VPM), ANZIV, MPINZ
Residential Valuer – BBS, MNZIV, MPINZ
Sandy is a Registered Valuer with 32 years property related experience over a range of different property types but specialising in residential. She has lived and worked in various locations in the North Island as well as Geraldine, Christchurch, the UK, and in regional Victoria, Australia; but returned to Nelson in 2017. She has also worked as a Domestic Energy Assessor in the UK and as a Loss Adjustor for EQC after the Christchurch earthquakes. Outside of work Sandy’s interests include travelling, tramping, gardening and e-biking.
SAM AYERS - BBUS
Registered Valuer – BBus
Sam joined our Commercial Team after qualifying with a Bachelor of Business Studies (Property) from Massey University. After travelling overseas and playing representative soccer, Sam has now decided to settle with his wife in Nelson, his hometown.
Graduate Rural Valuer – BAgriBusiness
Karyn is originally from Wairoa in the Hawkes Bay and after gaining a Bachelor of Agri. Business (Rural Property Valuation) from Massey University has moved to Nelson to join the team as a graduate rural valuer. Outside of work Karyn enjoys horse riding, going to the beach and is a keen artist.
Graduate Valuer – Blpm, (VFM)
Reuben is a graduate valuer joining the rural team after completing a Bachelors Degree in Land and Property Management (Rural Major) with a primary production specialisation at Lincoln University in 2020. Prior to joining Duke & Cooke in early 2022 he carried out rural rating valuation work throughout the top of the South Island. Outside of the workplace his interests include sports, fishing, golf and socialising.