About Us

We’re a multi-disciplinary property company specializing in property consultancy services, corporate real estate, asset management and commercial, industrial and retail sales, leasing and investment.

If you own or lease, buy or sell commercial property, we have the insight, experience, and know-how to get you the best deal. Whether you’re operating as an individual or as part of a larger organisation, Wilson Hurst has the scale and depth to service all your strategic commercial real estate needs.

With offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we have the local market knowledge to provide you with expert advice and assistance no matter where in New Zealand your business takes you. 

Our Values

Upfront + Honest

We take a ‘no surprises’ approach, believe in being open and honest, and build great relationships with our clients.

Dynamic + Innovative

We're nimble and fast, insightful and resourceful. We look for better ways to do things and we implement new ideas quickly.

Work hard + Play Hard

We get things done. We’re dedicated, professional and we work to some pretty tight deadlines. So we like to let off some steam after hours.

Our Team

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Finn Chr. Hurst

Principal and Director

mobile. +64 27 688 8970
email. finn@wilsonhurst.co.nz

With a strong background in property management, investment, development, sales and leasing – Finn has a very broad skill set and manages the wider Wilson Hurst group in the northern half of the North Island.

After completing a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Property Management and Development, Finn set up a property management company for an Auckland Real Estate Company, before shifting to London to live for five years. There, Finn worked as an Acquisition Manager for a Property Investment Firm before returning to New Zealand in 2007 to join Telecom’s property team, where he was charged with rolling out their 3G network. After three years in various roles with Telecom, Finn left to join forces with Vaughan Wilson and Wilson Hurst was formed.

Outside of the office, Finn is a keen family man but can be found in his spare time either fishing, diving, surfing,  playing football (soccer) or participating in anything that represents a good challenge or for a good cause. In 2013 Finn climbed Mt Cook to raise money for the Cancer Foundation.

 

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Massey University - Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in Property Management and Developmen

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Peter Rogan

Principal and Director

mobile. +64 22 376 2865
email. peter@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Peter has been a Director of Wilson Hurst since October 2013.  Peter oversees and develops operations in the South Island from their Christchurch office.  With over 20 years within the property market, Peter has a breadth of knowledge and experience associated with portfolio developments and property management.  He has helped manage the successful rollout and upgrade of several telecommunications projects in Europe for companies includingEricsson, Vodafone and Hutchison.  More recently he had been involved in obtaining property rights for various clients in the South Island.  

Originally from Wales, Peter has lived in New Zealand for 10 years and takes full advantage of the countryside on his doorstep, which his dog fully appreciates. Other hobbies include skiing, dirt biking and reading history books. 



Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

BSc (Hons) in Surveying

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Vaughan Wilson

Principal and Director

mobile. +64 27 477 4393
email. vaughan@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Vaughan manages the Wellington office of Wilson Hurst along with business development and client liaison.

Vaughan is also involved in mobile phone site acquisition, tenancy searches for clients and wind farm turnover analysis and rental provisioning for Meridian Energy.

2015 marks Vaughan’s 20th year in the property industry beginning initially as a Real Estate Agent in Commercial Sales and Leasing, moving to a role as Valuer before locating at Telecom and overseeing its freehold entities.

Vaughan has since 2002 been working as a property consultant for a wide variety of corporate occupiers and government departments.

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Chris Batchelor

Director

mobile. +64 21 217 7026
email. chris@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Chris joins Wilson Hurst with a proven background in residential real estate.  As a consistent top performer for Barfoot & Thompson, Chris achieved over $220 million in sales over a five year period. Chris is organised, tenacious and hard working - fundamental strengths a salesperson should have. 

Chris’ passion for working with people, his easy ability to build relationships and his strong negotiation skills meant that a career in real estate was a natural progression for him. Prior to his successful career at Barfoot & Thompson, Chris’ experience spanned ski seasons as a chef in Switzerland and Queenstown; from selling art for the art estates of John Lennon, Ronnie Wood, Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis; to working as an estate manager in the Cotswolds, England. 

Chris prides himself on being adaptable in any market conditions and is committed to real estate for the long term. ‘I love how this job offers something different every day.  Moving to commercial is a new and exciting challenge for me and I’m keen to embrace this fast-paced side of the industry’. 

Qualifications & Professional accreditations

Licensed Salesperson under REAA 2008

Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby Salesperson of the Year, Ponsonby Office 2013/2014, 2014/2015

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Gemma Karalus

Director

mobile. +64 22 069 5545
email. gemma@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Gemma has dabbled in many industries in NZ, Australia and the UK before settling on working in property with Wilson Hurst.   She started with Wilson Hurst in it’s infancy on legacy easement work for Chorus, within site acquisition with the various mobile network providers and is now the Regional Team Lead for the Chorus consenting special project.

Gemma’s varied experience in working across many industries has given her an operational understanding of what is required to make a business tick and the ability to relate to people on all levels.
 
Outside of the office Gemma loves spending time at the beach, music, arts and sports events. Gemma loves international and NZ wide travel.

 

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Bachelor of Science

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Paul Kinghan

Commercial Broker

mobile. +64 22 160 6442
email. paul.k@wilsonhurst.co.nz











Julia Ryall

Property Consultant

mobile. +64 21 029 85371
email. julia.r@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Julia has worked in the property industry in both NZ and the UK for the past 16 years. Since graduating from Lincoln University she has worked across a broad variety of industries and clients.

She has worked on contracts for the Property Institute of NZ, Transit NZ, BNZ, Vodafone, NZ Post, Fletchers, Spark, Chorus and Auckland City Council to name a few.  She prides herself on developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and still keeps in contact with many of her previous clients.

Her specific skills are focussed on acquisitions, fit-outs, facilities management, lease reviews, portfolio management, lease & property analysis along with telecommunication work in both property acquisition manager roles.  Currently she is working with Spark in a property consultancy role, she is also working for Chorus on the UFB roll out along with using her skills for other projects such as property feasibility studies.

Outside of work Julia is kept busy with family life raising three wee girls, they have a love of camping in the summer months and in winter can be found up the mountain trying to train the girls to keep up on their skis!

 

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Lincoln BCOMM VPM

Auckland University of Technology - Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Property Management & Land Valuation (graduated 2000)

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Lucy Costello

mobile. +64 27 740 9483
email. lucy.c@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Lucy brings a wealth of business experiences with a career spanning property acquisition and management, restaurant ownership and property law. Lucy has solidified her passion for property by completing a Diploma in Conveyancing to become a Registered Conveyancer, a new profession in New Zealand. Lucy has also completed studies in English Literature and Law.

Her extensive business management experience includes; negotiation and dispute resolution, an excellent knowledge of all facets of property management including residential and commercial leasing, residential building project management, financial management and the Sale and Purchase of land and the registration of interests.

Lucy has confirmed her commitment to Health and Safety in the workplace by providing Wilson Hurst’s companywide Health and Safety Policies and Plan, and undertaking the training requirements under the new legislation that came into force in April 2016. As the Health and Safety Representative for Wilson Hurst, Lucy is well versed in all the legal requirements outlined in the new legislation and the compliance requirements for small to medium businesses.

Lucy is also an excellent communicator and relationship manager which has ensured her success in all of the diverse fields that she has inhabited over the last twenty years, and since joining Wilson Hurst over four years ago she has continued to expand her skill set working with the Department of Corrections, MBIE, Chorus, Dilworth Trust Board and most recently a new venture offering conveyancing services for Dewhirst Law.

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Diploma of Conveyancing – Registered Conveyancer – Member of the Society of Conveyancers

Bachelor of Arts- English Literature

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Brenna Fisher

mobile. +64 27 740 9483
email. brenna.f@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Working primarily on behalf of the larger telecommunications companies in New Zealand, Brenna’s role at Wilson Hurst has seen her act in a number of different capacities ranging from site scoping and contractor management through to lease negotiation, drafting and reporting. Strengths include contract negotiations, driving projects to tight timelines and problem management, skills which have proved useful through the duration of various projects as well as throughout a wide range of lease management activity.

During this time Brenna has worked closely with Wilson Hurst’s clients forming strong relationships at both Spark and Aurecon New Zealand as in house Acquisition Project Manager using the opportunities to continue to grow her professional working network. 

Outside of the office Brenna enjoys following her passion for rugby locally, nationwide and internationally. After heading to the UK for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and a further 2 months of travel through Europe she has gained an appreciation for travel and adventure, which she hopes to add to this year a bit closer to home.

 

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Massey University Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management)

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Sarah Wallis

Senior Acquisitions Manager

mobile. +64 27 477 4393
email. sarah.w@wilsonhurst.co.nz

Sarah has been working with Wilson Hurst since 2014 and in that time has progressed through the ranks by demonstrating an exemplary work ethic combined with a collaborative team focus and results driven processes to tight timeframes. Sarah is now the senior acquisitions manager on the nationwide ultra-fast broadband roll out and leads a team of 14 in Wellington. With a design background, and hailing from the UK, and Wilson Hurst have been very lucky to claim her as one of their own when she decided to finish her travelling by settling in NZ.

Sarah has a busy life in the Wairarapa, when she is not taking care of the needs of her team and customers nationwide, with house renovations and her two much loved dogs.

Qualifications & Professional Accreditations

Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology

 Finn Hurst  Principal and Director  Auckland  See Bio

Finn Hurst

Principal and Director

Auckland

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 Peter Rogan  Principal and Director  Christchurch  See Bio

Peter Rogan

Principal and Director

Christchurch

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 Gemma Karalus  Director  Auckland See Bio

Gemma Karalus

Director

Auckland
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 Brenna Fisher  Property Consultant  Wellington  See Bio

Brenna Fisher

Property Consultant

Wellington

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 Vaughan Wilson  Principal and Director  Wellington  See Bio

Vaughan Wilson

Principal and Director

Wellington

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 Paul Kinghan  Commercial Broker  See Bio

Paul Kinghan

Commercial Broker

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 Lucy Costello  Property Consultant  Wellington  See Bio

Lucy Costello

Property Consultant

Wellington

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 Sarah Wallis  Senior Acquisitions Manager  Wairarapa See Bio

Sarah Wallis

Senior Acquisitions Manager

Wairarapa
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