Testimonials

Pat Portas and Bevan Pickett
Rural Sales Consultants

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 ...VIEW MORE

Pat Portas

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.

Bevan Pickett

Capability and capacity to achieve results for you

Bevan joined us following a successful career as a rural property valuer and works in our specialist rural sales team in Central Hawke’s Bay.  He brings a wealth of specialist property knowledge having had experience with a vast range of property types while working for over 16 years as a property valuer in Hawke’s Bay.

Bevan grew up on the family sheep and beef farm in Wairoa, which enabled him to “shear” his way through a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from Massey University majoring in Agriculture and Rural Valuation & Management.

He then moved on to work as a Registered Valuer, briefly in Gisborne and then based in Hawke’s Bay valuing a broad range of rural property from throughout Central Hawke’s Bay up to the East Coast.  He has been involved with valuing most types of property and has gained a deep understanding of what drives property values and people when they are buying or selling.

After 17 years in the valuation profession he made the move to join property brokers and is excited and enthused about helping people with their property transaction and enabling them to move into the next stage of their life, whether they be buying or selling.

He lives in Otane with Annemarie who is currently juggling being at home with their young family with living and breathing netball having coached Otane to 12 HB club titles over the past 15 years.

Along with family, Bevan is interested in any sports, rugby, any outdoor pursuits, and anything to do with farming and property.

Bevan is teamed up with Pat Portas, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and they combine to make an exceptional partnership, enabling you to realise your property goals.

Call him today!

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