Dunedin-based rural valuer David Paterson has been
recognised for his ''outstanding service'' to the valuation
Mr Paterson, who has been a valuer for more than 30 years and
is national manager for Rural Value, was presented with the
New Zealand Institute of Valuers' premier award, the John M.
Harcourt Memorial Award, at the institute's recent conference
Receiving the award was a highlight in terms of his
professional career, he told those at the conference.
Mr Paterson has been involved with the institute since 1985,
holding various positions in the Southland and Otago
branches, and as Southland branch councillor and southern
He is the institute's representative on the professional
practices committee, which was set up to consider complaints
about valuer members on behalf of the NZIV and other members
on behalf of the Property Institute of New Zealand.
Mr Paterson said the industry needed to focus on attracting
more young people to the profession.
He had found it a varied, interesting and rewarding career
and there were opportunities, particularly for rural valuers,
around the country, he said.