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Colliers Rural Valuation supports Kiwi Reserve

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Colliers Rural Valuation are providing the Eight Hundred Trust – Kiwi Reserve market valuation services free of charge due to the environmental benefits and increases in native birdlife that the Trust’s activities deliver. 

The Eight Hundred Trust owns land at the edge of New Zealand’s Matemateāonga Range, Eastern Taranaki with two native bush blocks at the head of this valley being home to kiwi and other native birdlife. The Trust is planning to extend the bush corridor for the native wildlife and to improve the water quality.

Blue Hancock, Director of Rural Valuation at Colliers, says the preservation of New Zealand’s native birdlife is a worthy cause.

“It is something I am proud that Colliers Rural Valuation could contribute to.”

The Eight Hundred Trust has made significant progress in recent years to preserve and enhance the natural environment. The Trust has been active in pest control utilising two full-time rangers which has seen bird-friendly native bush flourish and birdlife increase.

Operation Nest Egg, where depleted bird species eggs are incubated and rehomed to areas including Taupō and the Wairarapa, has seen 40 eggs donated to date.

The Trust has other initiatives they are investigating, including developing a technology that can compare birdsong between years to determine whether birdlife is increasing annually through these projects.

The Eight Hundred Trust is part of the Trees That Count programme where donated or gifted native trees are matched with restoration groups across Aotearoa to be planted and cared for. To date 10,500 trees have been donated which will help to remove approximately 24,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 50 years, based on Tāne's Tree Trust National Carbon Calculator.


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Blue Hancock

Director | Rural Valuation

Richmond (Rural Valuation)

Blue has over 40 years valuation experience encompassing rural and resource interests, specialised agriculture  assets, public sector property (especially forest interests), expert evidence and management. His prior work in senior roles with both Valuation New Zealand and Quotable Value has given him broad property knowledge – with a particular emphasis in the forestry sector.

His client work has traversed a range of property types and issues including; forestry land valuations (lessor and lessee interests), Emission Trading Scheme issues, specialised assets, agribusiness, lifestyle subdivisions, valuations for financing, tax compliance, trust formation, relationship property disputes, Maori land issues, aesthetic land and compensation. In addition he has provided expert evidence and acted as an arbitrator in a number of judicial contexts. He has given evidence in the Valuation Tribunal, High Court, and Enviroment Court.

Blue’s work previously encompassed managing the rating revaluation and roll maintenance programmes for six local authorities in the South Island, giving an in-depth understanding of rating issues and the valuation of exotic forest land and national parks, and acting as Principal Consultant (Rural and Forestry) for Quotable Value. Blue’s more recent large-scale engagements have included the valuation of forest assets in Otago, Nelson, Marlborough, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Northland for due diligence, financial planing or reporting and Treaty of Waitangi settlement purposes, as well as Crown Forestry License rent reviews. .

Blue’s personal involvement in agribusiness extends to ownership of a West Coast pine plantation and membership of the New Zealand Institue of Forestry and Farm Forestry Association. As past President of the Property Institute of New Zealand and former President of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, Blue is highly regarded by both his clients and peers in the profession. He is based in our Nelson office and plays a key role in our agricultural and forestry sector practices and in our dairy pastoral and horticulture valuation teams..

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