Patrick Desmond Foote 1969-2021

Obituary – Patrick Desmond Foote 
1969 - 2021          


Prior to providing a summary of Patrick’s professional career, including his service to NZIV and PINZ, I would comment that the most important celebration of Pat’s life, is remembering his warm, friendly and humorous personality which made him an extremely popular character.  Pat was also very principled and was not afraid to stand up for and argue in support of something he believed in. 

Patrick was a practising valuer in the Auckland urban market for 31 years, since 1990. 

Patrick was Auckland born and bred, having been raised and educated in East Auckland, with the family home in Glendowie.  Patrick spent his secondary years at Sacred Heart College in Glendowie, where he was a valued member of the First XV, and his rugby prowess was recognised with Auckland Representative selection. 

After secondary school, Patrick attended Auckland University and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Property

Patrick Foote (Right) receiving his PINZ & NZIV Fellowships in 2018

Administration, majoring in valuation.  From there, Patrick spent his formative years as a cadet working at the Housing Corporation up to registration, which he attained in 1994.  Soon after, Patrick moved into private practice with Seagar & Partners, undertaking stints in both the South Auckland and Central Auckland offices.  Throughout this time, he mainly covered Auckland’s residential markets and was recognised as a very organised, diligent and hard worker who had the fortitude and ability to complete to a high standard, a significant number of valuations per year. 

In 2003, Patrick joined the Central Auckland practice of Gribble Churton Taylor Limited.  Patrick’s strong work ethic and professionalism were recognised with him becoming a shareholder soon after, and then a director.  It was during this time up to the present, that Patrick displayed an ability to competently complete a wider range of valuations, including public work compensation assessments and a significant involvement in subdivisible and development land, together with undertaking over more recent years, a significant amount of work involving new apartment developments, including ascertaining there feasibility.  Patrick was a recognised expert in these areas, as well as undertaking industrial and commercial property valuations.  In summary, he was a professional, confident and well respected urban valuer whose advice in these areas was keenly sought, including for expert testimony for litigation and mediation.  Patrick’s expertise was also sought from financiers, and was almost exclusively used by a major second tier property funder.  Part of this confidence in Patrick, was gleaned from his depth of experience he gained from continual 31 years of working in a range of all markets.

Patrick made a significant contribution to the profession.  He was awarded associate status of NZIV in 1996, and became a senior member of PINZ shortly thereafter.  He graciously gave his time to the Auckland Branch Committee of both NZIV/PINZ where he was initially the Deputy Chair, and then the Chairman.  In 2018, Pat was awarded a Fellowship of both NVIZ and PINZ in recognition of the high status he was held by in his profession and his sterling service.  

Patrick further contributed to the local branch and the wider profession by way of delivering a number of presentations, including a webinar on conflict of interest, together with presenting on property matters to another professional organisation.  He was an annual guest lecturer at the University of Auckland covering residential properties. 

Since 2012, Patrick was a member of the Land Professionals Mutual Society (LPMS) Board.  LPMS is a risk management organisation for property professionals such as valuers, surveyors, quantity surveyors, etc.  Patrick published articles for members of the Society. 

Patrick was married to his school sweetheart, Diana for 27 years.  Patrick was devoted to their four children, Isla, Ben, Sam and Joseph.  Patrick enjoyed getting himself fit through a number of pursuits, including crossfit, and successfully completed the notoriously difficult “Tough Mudder” event.  He was an avid rugby supporter, frequenting Eden Park to watch the Blues and the All Blacks. 

First and foremost, Patrick was a family man and he will be sorely missed by them.  He will also be missed by his work family, Gribble Churton Taylor, and the wider community that he was involved with.  In recognition of Pat’s popularity and his friendly nature, was the significant amount of family and friends who attended his celebration of life ceremony.  He will be sorely missed.

Rest in Peace Pat.

Matthew Taylor   FNZIV  FPINZ
Registered Valuer

As a Branch and organisation we are deeply saddened by the passing of Patrick Foote. He devoted countless hours and vast amounts of energy to PINZ and NZIV activities. His devotion to the profession will be deeply missed.

On behalf of the Branch Committee and the organisation as a whole, we wish to thank Patrick for his work, and thank his family for lending him to us over the many years of his service.

Phil White PINZ & NZIV Auckland Branch Chair & Property Institute National Support Team

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