Incredible Careers: New Life member and five new Fellows
Congratulations to our new Life Member and the five new Fellows honoured at the 2023 PINZ and NZIV AGMS in Christchurch.
The Institutes thank-you for the work you do to help younger professionals get their start and your efforts to promote excellence in the industry.
Blue Hancock - FPINZ(Life) / FNZIV(Life)
Congratulations to Blue Hancock on his elevation to Life Member of both the Property Institute and the New Zealand Institute of Valuers at Annual General Meetings in Christchurch.
Born to a farming family, Blue has worked in valuation for more than 40 years.
Registered as a valuer in 1986, Blue became an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers in 1987 before advancing to Fellowship of the NZIV and the Property Institute of New Zealand.
When it comes to valuation, he has worked across the disciplines and now specialises in the rural sector where he provides expert evidence and acts as an arbitrator.
Blue has made a substantial contribution to both the Property Institute of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and is the only member to have presided over both Institutes as President. He currently serves in standards roles that continue to shape the property professions.
Blue is always available to assist members and has given outstanding service.
PINZ & NZIV Fellowships
Jeff Alexander – FPINZ/FNZIV
Most members will know Jeff well following his recent tenure as NZIV President and PINZ Board Member.
Valuing since 2007, Jeff gained Registration in May 2011, before going on to become an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, Branch Chair, and NZIV Councillor.
After becoming the Vice President of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, in July 2019 Jeff was elected as NZIV President, becoming one of the youngest ever heads of the valuation industry for New Zealand. He continues to be involved in several NZIV subcommittees and working groups, having recently led the review of the NZIV Code of Ethics.
Focused predominantly on commercial valuation work, Jeff has particular experience in the more specialised areas of ground lease negotiations and compensation assessments. He is a Director of the successful Silverton Alexander practice.
His achievements are numerous, with leadership during the COVID pandemic that was first class.
He has passionately instigated and executed meaningful change in the valuation and wider property community through advocacy at Government policy level.
Jeff has spent considerable time travelling the country and attended many Branch AGM’s and taking part in a number of presentations (both in person and online) in the upskilling of members.
His contribution to the institutes and the professions cannot be understated. Congratulations Jeff.
Victoria Murdoch – FPINZ/FNZIV
Victoria has 27 years’ experience in the property industry, primarily in the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential, and special purpose real estate.
She has considerable experience with Local Government issues and has acted on a number of assignments for local authorities and state-owned enterprises involving acquisitions, disposals, feasibility and financial analysis surrounding various portfolios.
The work Victoria does has also seen her undertake many assignments for EQC and various insurance companies which has been a developing field since the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2010. This has resulted in the requirement to act as an expert witness in a number of ensuing cases.
Appointed to the Valuers Registration Board (VRB) in 2017, Victoria recipient continues in this position to the present day where she has been very active in student education - as well as the annual certification of the NZ University property courses that lead to registration as a valuer.
She has a long involvement training graduate valuers through to registration and acts as a mentor NZ wide.
Jay Sorensen FPINZ/FNZIV
Registered as a Valuer since 2011 Jay is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Member of the Property Institute of New Zealand.
Serving on his Branch Committee, he has been involved in organising numerous events, and has contributed to a large number of initiatives and activities including the Foundation of a Young Professionals group.
Jay has become a well-respected and acknowledged property professional particularly in the areas of pastoral farming and carbon land under forestry – with a deep understanding of the dynamics of the primary sector within New Zealand.
In 2015, Jay was recognised as Young Property Professional of the Year and has presented events at both national and branch levels.
A mentor to young aspiring property professionals, Jay has also helped a number of graduate valuers through the registration process.
Steve. C. Bown – FPINZ
Steve will be well-known by many members.
Since 2005 he has completed valuations in NZ, Australia and the Pacific rising to the level of Senior Valuer.
He is part of a broader Australasian team advising private clients across all sectors, with particular experience in loan security, mergers and acquisitions, compulsory purchase and insolvency.
He also mentors younger valuers around market-based research and valuation techniques.
With more than 40 years’ experience, he has worked extensively in the private and public sectors across the United Kingdom and Europe.
He has also worked on some of the largest insolvency engagements around the world and has completed countless valuations for finance companies, receivers, and banks. He is recognised as having the most specialist insolvency valuation experience in this part of the world.
Steve has sat on the Plant and Machinery Valuers Institute Council for more than a decade and been a PINZ Board member for the past five years.
In these roles, Steve has made a significant contribution to the plant and machinery community and has been a champion for the consistency of the professional pathways for plant and machinery valuers.
Nikki Mazur – FPINZ
Graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management), Nikki became a Registered Valuer in 2001.
Her career has included the management of large central city buildings, redevelopments, and new builds, financial and ‘opex’ reviews and the establishment of global property management initiatives.
Now leading a team of eight that manages 25 sites across NZ, she also acts as Project Director.
Nikki has also served on the Auckland branch and our London branch.
While not currently practising as a registered valuer, it has provided a solid basis for her professional property career, that has extended over 25 years.
Extremely experienced and competent, Nikki has actively participated in the continuing professional development of the profession, mentoring numerous young professionals in their career in property and is known as a hard-working professional who will always go the extra mile and takes the time to support and take junior people along on the journey.
She continues to be a strong advocate for property providing a strong career path and recognises that the ongoing learning and professional development opportunities are critical.
The Property Institute of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Valuers thank you for your service to our professions and your generous contribution to excellence in our industries.