Our people

After more than 95 years selling real estate, Barfoot & Thompson is still a proudly family owned and managed business. Our current Directors - Peter Thompson and Kiri Barfoot - are the grandson and granddaughter of the original owners.

To find out more about our salespeople and property managers visit the find us section.

Peter Thompson, Managing Director

Barfoot & Thompson is much more than a business to Peter; it's quite literally part of his family. He started out in 1981 in the rental division at the Otahuhu branch and continued to move through a number of positions in the firm including sales, administration and management. He was made a Director in 1997, and ultimately became Managing Director in 2005.

Peter is the grandson of Maurice Thompson — the original Thompson in the Barfoot & Thompson team which started out in the early 1920s. 95 years on, those family links are still important to the company; his daughter Paula joined Peter in the firm as the first of the fourth generation, followed by her cousin Matthew.   

Peter takes care to balance all aspects of his life — time with his wife Fiona and daughters Paula and Lisa, his commitment to the family firm, and his passion for sport. An intensely loyal person, he leads a very supportive culture within Barfoot & Thompson while continuing to achieve impressive growth.

Giving back to the community is a major focus for Peter, who has a special interest in Starship Foundation, believing that New Zealand’s children are its next leaders and that it’s important to improve health standards across the country. He is also seen as a leading spokesperson for the real estate industry, with a passion to improve the image of real estate agents.

Peter has held several directorships over the years, including being on the Board of Auckland Rugby, and still is a current Board Member of realestate.co.nz, an industry web portal company.  He was awarded Life Membership of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand in 2011, and was made a Life Member of Auckland Rugby in December 2017. 




Kiri Barfoot, Director

Kiri Barfoot started her professional journey in 1991 in the accounts department, learning the family business from the ground up while studying for her commerce degree. Real estate is truly in her blood as she represents the third generation of the Barfoot family within the company. 

After travelling and gaining international work experience in places like the UK and Israel, Kiri returned to Auckland and has never looked back.  She made the purposeful decision to hold numerous positions within the company to gain a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of the business.

Before she became a salesperson at the Glenfield branch, Kiri worked in the telecommunications industry in New Zealand wanting to obtain business expertise outside of the realm of real estate. She later became the Branch Manager at the Waiuku office, before moving on to manage Otahuhu.  Never daunted by a challenge, during the early days of taking the reins in Otahuhu, she decided to start a family and is the proud mother of two. She later went onto the Highland Park offices, then stepping up as a regional manager. Kiri is a fellow of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), a property investor and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Kiri is eager to cultivate projects that promote environmental protection and sustainability. As Kiri looks to the future, she is committed to the development of greater diversity within the company’s leadership.  An avid participant of sport, Kiri wants to support community enhancements that encourage health, fitness and green transportation. 

As a Director, Kiri plays an important and strategic role in property management and is a savvy enthusiast of the tech industry always looking for new tools to drive the business forward.  She considers technology one of the cornerstones of Barfoot & Thompson’s future success.

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Chris Dobbie, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Dobbie has worked for Barfoot & Thompson since 1994. Initially starting as an assistant accountant, Chris then held the position of Chief Financial Officer for 17 years. 

As the company has evolved into what it is today, Chris and the company have experienced massive changes in size, technology and market share.

For Chris, it was a natural progression to move into the Chief Executive Officer role, and to work closely with the Directors on Barfoot & Thompson's continued quest for providing an outstanding service to our clients and customers. 

Communication with the internal managers, branch managers and external suppliers has provided a solid platform for Chris' sound decision making skills. His background and knowledge of the branch operating procedures and depth of experience in the industry is a perfect fit for this role, and he is committed to following the Barfoot & Thompson family values. 

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Clinton Hardy, Regional Manager

Clinton Hardy joined real estate in 1992 following a move to New Zealand. He held various roles including Salesperson, Manager and Franchise Owner of his own business. 

In 2000 he re-joined Barfoot & Thompson and has since held roles as Branch Manager, Business Development Manager and now Regional Manager.

Prior to working in real estate Clinton was a Detective Sergeant for the Metropolitan Police in London.

His role as Regional Manager gives Clinton the opportunity to explore new business avenues and support structures for Barfoot & Thompson’s managers and sales force. 

Clinton can be contacted by email on chardy@barfoot.co.nz or by phoning 021 275 4041.

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Vaughan Borcovsky, Regional Manager

Vaughan has been working in real estate since 2003 and during that time has filled many different management and operational roles, and was an auctioneer for six years.

Before he joined Barfoot & Thompson in 2013, Vaughan was the General Manager of NZ Realtors Network, and prior to that was the General Manager of Summit Real Estate in Nelson.

Vaughan’s range of real estate experience and connections gives him a great awareness and understanding of the New Zealand real estate industry and the property market.

In his role as Regional Manager, Vaughan works with our branches and salespeople, helping them to further develop and enhance the service they offer to our clients. Vaughan can be contacted by email on vborcovsky@barfoot.co.nz or by phone on 027 551 5977.

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