Pat Turley at Keirunga Woodland. Photo: Tom Allan

Pat Turley was a man who understood the value of things, both professionally and in life.

The BayBuzz team were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Pat Turley last week. His regular contributions to BayBuzz magazine over the period of 2018 to 2020 provided readers with intelligent insights into commercial-industrial property trends in Hawke’s Bay, based on over 30 years’ experience in property consultancy and valuation.

Pat and his wife Sue created Hawke’s Bay property analyst and valuation firm Turley & Co in 1998, building it into a successful practice working on major projects locally and New Zealand-wide.

Pat was passionate about his Hawke’s Bay community and our environment. As recent chairman and long-serving volunteer trustee of Maraetōtara Tree Trust river restoration project since 2009, his drive and commitment was unwavering.

Maraetōtara Tree Trust observed on social media: “Pat was taken from us while riding on Te Mata Peak. This is an area that has reaped the benefits of the bird corridor that is being created by the planting of the Maraetōtara River. It is perhaps appropriate that he left us amongst the trees and birds he so loved.”

Pat was also a Cranford Hospice Trust trustee and board member. As the building executive chair, he has been instrumental in the campaign to build a new $15m home for Cranford at Chesterhope in Pakowhai.

Many people and organisations, including the BayBuzz ‘family’, will sorely miss Pat’s hard work, leadership and robust conversations about the things he cared so much about.

Pat’s BayBuzz articles can be read here:
The Renaissance of Paharakeke/ Flaxmere, 2020
Coastal Property Values Reflect Climate Change, 2019
The Value of Urban Trees, 2019
The Value of Trees, 2019
CBDs Are Social Centres, 2018
Property Values in 2028 … An Economic Barometer, 2018
The Ruataniwha Roars, 2018

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