A former president and life member of the NZ Institute of Valuers, valuer and arbitator Iain William Gribble, 65, has died suddenly.
He was returning from a month-long world trip when he died suddenly in Japan on December 29. Funeral details have not yet been announced.
Matthew Taylor, a fellow partner in Mr Gribble’s firm, Gribble Churton Taylor, says the valuation industry has been shocked by the news.
“Ian was one of New Zealand’s most highly respected valuers. He gave of himself unselfishly for a long period of time. He was highly respected and universally liked – a larger than life character,” Mr Taylor says.
Born and bred in Parnell, Auckland, Mr Gribble joined the Valuation Department as a cadet and rose to senior positions around the country: “He made friends all over New Zealand – he was a big man, happy, friendly but very, very sharp,” Mr Taylor says.
Mr Gribble went into private practice in 1987 and specialised in valuation work relating to the Public Works Act for central and local government. He was an arbitrator as well as a valuer.
“I don’t think there would be anyone who conducted as many arbitrations in the property industry as he did,” Mr Taylor says. “He took on a lot of difficult work and he worked hard this last year including the Ngati Whatua ground rent at Quay Park arbitration.”
NZ Arbitrator’s and Mediators’ Institute president Ranald Gordon, himself a valuer and arbitrator, says he has lost a kindred spirit in Mr Gribble.
“There are so few people who have dual skills in the property industry and in dispute resolution. Iain was highly respected both as a valuer and an arbitrator. He was very personable and he got the confidence of people involved in disputes very quickly.
“He was a valued friend and colleague and he had a very good sense of humour, which I will miss.
“He will be a big loss to the valuation and property industry and dispute resolution.”
Mr Gordon notes that few arbitrators have a Mr Gribble's specialist ability, particularly in rental disputes at a high level. He was also a life member of the NZ Property Institute. Mr Gribble is survived by his wife Heather, four sons (Rod, Callum, Dave and Robbie) and a daughter, Anne-Marie.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Top lawyer on gardening leave after 22 years at Russell McVeagh
- Aussie Rich List – where are the Kiwis?
- How much taxpayers are giving to parties for political ads
- Orion Health falls another 10% to new post-IPO low
- Briefcase: Anderson Lloyd visit The Factory (again) while Colin Craig haunts the High Court (again)
Most listened to
- It’s "odd" StuffMe applicants are "so sensitive about anonymous submissions," says competition lawyer Andy Glenie
- Andrew Little, James Shaw, Steven Joyce and Bill English all weigh in on how good the budget was for Kiwi businesses
- Rob Hosking does not think it's good enough the Budget has left out reduced taxation on savings
- Lawyers are playing musical chairs in this week's Briefcase with John Bowie
- NBR Radio: best of the week ended May 26, with Grant Walker