Pat has been living and breathing farming in Central Hawke’s Bay for over 40 years. Having sold rural real estate in the region for over 21 of those years, there are few that can match his knowledge and experience.
A graduate of the iconic Smedley Station cadet programme, Pat followed this up with a Diploma of Agriculture at Massey University before settling back in Central Hawke’s Bay. Shepherding and shearing created the platform to purchase the family farm on Snee Road in 1981 where he and Joy, his wife of thirty three years, still live.
This 100 hectare property was the perfect environment to bring up their four children, all who have strong connections to the land; Kristy lives with her partner and two boys on a large farm in Australia, Nicholas is contract milking a 600 cow dairy farm in Tokoroa, Kurt and his wife are managing an 800 hectare farm in the Wairarapa, while Sarah is currently on her OE in Australia.
In 1991, Pat commenced a career in rural real estate in Central Hawke’s Bay starting with the Professionals in Waipukurau - a business that was sold to Property Brokers in 1998.
This was an inspired decision, as Property Brokers were considered a developing competitor to the traditional real estate firms of that time; Property Brokers now hold the largest market share of both the rural and residential markets across the whole Lower North Island.
This success has resulted in Pat consistently having 40-60% of the local market and being recognized by local and national rural professionals as someone qualified to make comment on the Rural Real Estate market.
Over the years, Pat has seen immense change in the rural market and land use in Central Hawke’s Bay. He believes the proposed irrigation dam and alternative land uses bodes well for the continued successful farming in Central Hawke’s Bay, one of the best areas in New Zealand to live in.
Keen to “put back” into the local community, Pat is a member of the Waipukurau Rotary Club, where he is the Walk Director, for the Sea, Sky and Bush Walk which is the club’s annual fundraising activity, normally raising around $20,000.
Pat is the Chairman and member of the board of the 5000 hectare Smedley Station. Considered to be the premium training farm in NZ, this self-funding farm situated at Tikokino, takes on eleven cadets a year for a two year cadetship.
Apart from his family, Pat’s other interest is sport, mainly cricket, rugby and trout fishing on Lake Taupo.
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