Joe Blakiston has been with PGG Wrightson since 1984, having spent time as a livestock representative in St Andrews and Fairlie before moving to the finance division at the Timaru branch in 1992.
His involvement in real estate began with managing the South Canterbury urban and rural sales force for Pyne Gould Guinness in 1993 and he was appointed Blenheim branch manager in 1997. He filled the dual role of district manager and real estate sales manager until 2010. Joe then focused on Marlborough real estate sales while retaining responsibility for the Kaikoura market and managing sales in the Nelson region.
As well as being one of five PGG Wrightson Real Estate Accredited Auctioneers, Joe is an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.
The Marlborough region is quite distinct from the traditional PGG Wrightson area of operation, having a mix of rural property types sold, ranging from high-value viticultural land to traditional pastoral units, high country, dairy farms and lifestyle blocks.
Outside of work, Joe has a family of four who enjoy camping, tramping and all sports. Joe has refereed rugby to provincial level, and continues to referee at a high level locally. He is currently vice president of the local referees association and president of the Cuddon Road Cycling Club.