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Why choose us?

There has never been a good time to make poor decisions about your property or business

With constantly ever changing economic conditions, being able to get an accurate valuation for your property or business can be very difficult. Without a reliable and well formed opinion or valuation, it is challenging to be able make informed decisions required for your business or property.

Reasons to choose Alexander Hayward Limited Partnership

  • Registered Valuers, Registered Plant & Machinery Valuers and qualified Arbitrators

  • Property Advisers with more than 40 years experience in the Marlborough region

  • Staff are Members of Property Institute/Valuers Institute, Farm Management Institute, Arbitrators & Mediators Institute by examination

  • Hold Annual Practicing Certificates

  • Specialised expertise in Viticulture- throughout all main vineyard areas of NZ

  • Specialised expertise in Aquaculture – throughout all regions of NZ

  • 5 Valuers to complete work in a timely fashion

  • 2 Support Staff assist Valuers to deal with clients

  • Valgroup access to nationwide expertise if required

  • Valuers all complete ongoing professional development

  • Compliance with Professional Ethics

  • Compliance with International Practice Standards

  • Past and present Chairman & Committee Members of PINZ/NZIV

  • Modern professional offices with all access to the most up to date information

  • Advice on all types of property 

  • Advice on all types of property interests

A bad decision could cost you dearly


The key to selecting the right Valuer and property consultant for you is knowing whose opinion you can best trust.  


At Alexander Hayward,  we are trusted by business and property owners, as well as leading banks, insurers and local authorities, to provide appraisals, valuations and property expertise for the Marlborough region for almost 40 years.


This is a proven track record and reputation that we are very proud of, and we strive to work hard to maintain.


We are aware that we can't afford to rest on our laurels.  And, this is why we have created this site to help you, as a business or property owner, make the right choices when it comes to selecting a valuer or property consultant. 


We know your success relies upon it

Our Team

Our Team

Alexander (Lex) Hayward

FNZIV, FPINZ, Director

Lex has a wealth of property valuation knowledge stemming from a career which began in the Valuation Department and then moved into private practice, culminating in the establishment of his own valuation firm, Alexander Hayward, in 1982. 


He has been a Valuer based in Marlborough since 1976, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the local property market including commercial, industrial, tourist accommodation and viticultural interests in the region. Lex specialises in appraisal of unique property types such as fractional interests, going concerns, aquaculture farms, transmitter sites, infrastructural assets and Marlborough Sounds properties, which sees him in demand throughout the Marlborough region.


Lex is a:

  • Registered Public Valuer, holding an Annual Practising Certificate 

  • Registered Plant & Machinery Valuer

  • Fellow Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers

  • Property Consultant holding "Fellow" Membership of the Property Institute of New Zealand 

  • Qualified Arbitrator & Mediator

  • Associate of the Arbitrators & Mediator’s Institute for New Zealand

  • Member of the Land Valuation Tribunal appointed by the Minister of Justice 


His qualifications include:

  • Diploma in Agriculture 

  • Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management (Lincoln University)


With all this experience and expertise, Lex doesn't have a lot of spare time. He and his wife, Sylvia operate Ben Morven Estate, their vineyard in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. When Lex does get time to unwind, he enjoys boating, fishing and travelling with his family.


Bridget Steele

BBS (Valuation and Property Management), ANZIV, SPINZ, Senior Registered Property Valuer

Blenheim, Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds and Greater Marlborough are Bridget’s areas where she specialises in residential, rural, lifestyle, commercial and retail property valuations. She has been valuing properties in Marlborough since 1990 and in 2000 brought her expertise to Alexander Hayward.


Bridget is a:

  • Registered Public Valuer holding an Annual Practising Certificate

  • Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers 

  • Senior Member of the Property Institute of New Zealand


Bridget’s qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Business Studies, specialising in Valuation and Property Management, with additional papers in finance towards a Post Graduate Diploma


In her spare time, Bridget enjoys skiing in winter and mucking about in boats, whether it is kayaking or pursuing a giant snapper in the Kenepuru. Through her love of tramping, Bridget is ticking off New Zealand’s great walks. She is currently involved as a Volunteer with the Red Cross for Pathways to Settlement Programme and also for the Department of Conservation.

Hadley Hayward

B.Com, GD Val, MPINZ, Registered Property Valuer

Hadley joined the Alexander Hayward Team in 2013 after attending both Otago and Lincoln Universities and briefly travelling overseas. Having been brought up in Marlborough and introduced to Valuation from an early age, his specialist areas include residential properties, Marlborough Sounds properties, viticulture, lifestyle and commercial property.


Hadley is a:

  • Registered Public Valuer holding an Annual Practising Certificate

  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers

  • Member of the Property Institute of New Zealand

  • Secretary of the Nelson/Marlborough Branch of the Property Institute of New Zealand 

Hadley’s qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Economics, Finance, Business Law and Management (Otago University)

  • Graduate Diploma specialising in Property Valuation (Lincoln University)


In his spare time Hadley enjoys fishing, scuba and free diving in the Marlborough Sounds, snowboarding in the winter months, cooking, brewing and travel.


Blair Harvey

B.Com (VPM), ANZIV, MPINZ, MRICS Registered Property Valuer

Blair believes in being the best, and enjoys working with clients that are not simply looking for a valuation, but superior, practical and honest advice.  A sixth generation Marlburian, Blair has a unique understanding of the Marlborough region and views himself as a strategic partner working with you for all your valuation needs. 


Blair’s specialist areas include commercial, retail, industrial, rentals, worker accommodation, viticulture and residential.


Blair is a:

  • Registered Public Valuer holding an Annual Practising Certificate

  • Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers (ANZIV)

  • Member of the Property Institute of New Zealand (MPINZ)

  • Chairperson of the Nelson/Marlborough Branch of the Property Institute of New Zealand 

  • Chartered Valuation Surveyor holding Professional Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)


Blair's qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Valuation and Property Management with additional papers in statistics, finance and management (Lincoln University)


Outside work, Blair's interests include sport (tennis and rugby), skiing, fishing, diving and anything else Marlborough has to offer.

Michelle Jin

Graduate Valuer

​Alexander Hayward welcomed Michelle to the firm in January 2023 after completing a Graduate Diploma in valuation at Lincoln University in 2022 and previously obtaining an Undergraduate Degree overseas before travelling around the world working within the hospitality industry.

Michelle embraces diversity, is a keen problem solver and whilst assisting and learning from our team of Valuers, will work towards becoming a Registered Property Valuer.

Michelle’s qualifications include:
-Bachelor’s degree in International Tourism Management (with Honours)
-Graduate Diploma in Property Valuation (Lincoln University)


Michelle is enjoying Marlborough’s lifestyle, enjoys strolling and hiking (is a big foliage fan!) as well as handcrafting, reading and cooking. She is looking forward to exploring all of Marlborough and its surrounds as well as sampling food, wine and sunshine, everything bright and beautiful!

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Elaine Ward

Executive Assistant

Elaine joined Alexander Hayward in 2002 and her knowledge, experience and professional capabilities are paramount to the day to day management of the office and also with providing secretarial support to the AHL team.


She enjoys being part of a close knit team who are passionate about building great relationships with their clients whilst continuously working hard to achieve the best possible outcome for them and feels having a sense of humour and ‘can do’ attitude goes a long way.


Outside of the office, you’ll find Elaine enjoying life whether it be travelling, gardening, walking or just relaxing in the local restaurants and wineries in the area

Pauline Troon

Reception / Administration 

Pauline joined Alexander Hayward in March 2021 and brings experience and knowledge in office administration, reception and property management to the firm.


More than likely Pauline will be your first point of contact and you will be greeted with her warm friendly disposition and great sense of humour. She enjoys meeting with clients and forming relationships and has a ‘can do’ attitude.


Pauline provides reception and administration support to her colleagues as well as the occasional baking treats – more often than not! 


In her spare time Pauline enjoys tennis, walking, gardening, family time and  getting out there to enjoy as much of what beautiful Marlborough has to offer.  

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