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Our Financial Advisers

Our Authorised Financial Advisers specialise in client advisory services, which are designed to meet the specific and individual needs of each client.


Andrew Pearson, AFA, NZX Adviser, BCom , ACA

Andrew Pearson - Somerset Smith Partners

Andrew joined the firm in 1985 and was admitted as a partner in 1987 at the age of 27 years (at the time one of the youngest members to be admitted to the New Zealand Exchange). Andrew has been instrumental in the continued growth of the Portfolio Review Service, which forms the key link to successfully advising our clients on investment matters.

Andrew’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of  charge.


Anthony Sabiston, AFA, NZX Adviser, BCom, Dip NZX

Anthony Sabiston - Somerset Smith Partners

Leaving university in 1986 Anthony worked in the commercial property sector for Wellesley Resources, Cromwell Corporation and latterly Bayleys Property Management division where he administered the Auckland Regional Council/City Council ground lease portfolio.

Anthony joined Somerset Smith Partners in 1993, and gained membership of the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 1996. Since this time he has been providing investment advisory services to clients. His clients are predominately retail clients within which there is a diverse range of investor types, from risk averse income reliant investors to active share traders and speculators. He is also adviser to a number of trusts and charitable organisations.

His extensive knowledge and experience allows him to advise on the full range of investment products and options.

Anthony became a Partner of the firm in 1997 and in 2007 was appointed Managing Partner.

Outside of the office Anthony is kept busy with his three teenage children and his outdoor interests of fishing, hunting, skiing, golf and tennis.

Anthony’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126
M: (021) 715 271

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge.


Martyn Lee, AFA, NZX Adviser, Dip NZX

Martyn Lee - Somerset Smith PartnersMartyn joined the firm in 1994 and having passed the necessary NZX examinations and attained the required experience and expertise, was admitted as a member of the New Zealand Exchange in 2001. As well as providing advice to a substantial client base, Martyn is the partner responsible for overseeing all operations and dealings.

Martyn’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge.


Financial Advisers

Jackie Little, AFA, NZX Adviser

Jackie Little - Somerset Smith PartnersJackie returned to New Zealand in 1998, having spent the previous 11 years working in finance internationally with three large US Investment Banks specialising in fixed interest investment portfolios for European and Middle Eastern institutions.

In 1998 Jackie joined JB Were in Wellington as a financial adviser, working with retail clients on their fixed interest and equity investment portfolios as well as a number of trusts. She worked with JB Were for 6 years.

Jackie relocated to Hawke’s Bay to live in 2006 with another NZX firm before joining Somerset Smith Partners in 2010 in their new offices in Havelock North.

In 2011 Jackie qualified as an Authorised Financial Advisor (AFA).

Outside the office Jackie enjoys the Hawkes Bay outdoor lifestyle living at the beach. Having trained as a chef in London Jackie has a passion for food and wine and enjoys entertaining family and friends and has a keen interest in well being and keeping fit.

Jackie’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126
M: (021) 709 559

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge.

Stephen Eaton, AFA, NZX Adviser, LLB (Hons)

After graduating from Canterbury University in 1979 with a LLB (Hons) Stephen worked as a solicitor before joining Perpetual Trust  Stephen Eaton - Somerset Smith Partners in 1980 as a solicitor and adviser. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1986 a role he held for seventeen years until 2003, during which time the company increased funds under management from $150m to $12b.

He has also been Chief Executive of two NZX listed forestry funds Opio and Nuhaka and served two terms as Chief Executive of the Trustee Corporations Association.

Stephen relocated to Hawke’s Bay in 2004 with another NZX firm to use his experience in investment advice to advise a range of retail clients, as well as advising a range of companies regarding capital market activities. He joined Somerset Smith Partners Havelock North office in 2010 and qualified as an AFA in 2011.

Stephen has extensive experience to draw on enabling him to provide advice on a wide range of domestic and international investment options in both fixed interest securities and equities.

Stephen has two daughters ( 20 and 17). He has a lifelong interest in sport particularly rugby. He is also keen on music, reading, food and wine and some exercise to keep fit.

Stephen’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126
M:(027) 437 0239

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge.


Michael Kaye, AFA, NZX Adviser, Dip NZX

Mike joined Somerset Smith Partners in 1992. He completed his NZSE Diploma in 1996 and was admitted as a Member Mike Kaye - Somerset Smith Partnersof the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 1997. Mike subsequently became a Foundation NZX Adviser in 2003.

During this period, Mike was involved with the implementation of both the portfolio review service and custodial service. He was also involved in the development of the portfolio system from a part manual, part computerised system to a fully computerised system.

Mike was also responsible for the firms operating and dealing functions whilst at the same time, building a solid client base of which he provided advisory services too.

In 2004, Mike took up the position as Operations/Events Manager at Pettigrew Green Arena where he was responsible for many large-scale events including the UB40 concert (at the time the largest indoor concert to occur in Hawkes Bay) as well as Netball and Basketball Test Matches.

Mike joined the New Zealand Police in 2007. He spent the last 3 ½ years on the Neighbourhood Policing Team stationed at Flaxmere. While in Flaxmere, he set up the highly successful C.A.C.T.U.S programme in Flaxmere College. This programme delivers positive change to young people in Flaxmere with the programme’s objectives to grow self-discipline and strength of character, encourage physical and mental development and wellbeing, reinforce positive social skills and attitudes, and develop an ability to break through personal limitations and achieve goals.

Mike was honoured by the Flaxmere community in 2016 by being selected to appear in the 2017 Flaxmere Heroes Calendar.

Mike rejoined Somerset Smith Partners in November 2016 and subsequently became an Authorised Financial Adviser in October 2017 and NZX Adviser in June 2018.

As well as providing investment advice to his own clients, Mike also oversees the firm’s operating and dealing functions.

Outside of work, Mike has a lifelong interest in sport, in particular athletics. He is currently a trustee of the Alan and Sylvia Potts Charitable Trust, which organises the annual Potts Classic Track and Field meeting.

Michael’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of  charge.


Stephen Dinsdale, AFA, NZX Adviser, Dip Bus

Stephen (Steve) joined Somerset Smith Partners in 2017 reactivating his AFA status which he qualified for in 2011 and in Stephen Dinsdale - Somerset Smith Partners2018 he achieved his designation as an NZX Adviser.

Steve’s career in relationship management and investment started in banking, working at ANZ Bank for 10 years, first in the branches throughout Hawkes Bay and finishing in the Business Banking departments in 2001. For the next 16 years he worked for The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited (Perpetual Guardian) as a Client Manager .In this role Steve established new Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Trusts whilst providing advice on financial services to existing and new clients.

Steve is Hawkes Bay born and bred and resides in the lovely city of Napier. Outside of work Steve enjoys spending time with his family, supports the arts and is a committee member of the Hastings Choral Society, he also enjoys motorsport, travel, walking, music and reading.

Stephen’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge.


Matt Doole, AFA, NZX Adviser, BCom, Dip NZX

Matt Doole - Somerset Smith PartnersAfter graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Matt joined ASB Securities where he worked as a share broker. During this time, he obtained the NZX Diploma and received NZX Adviser designation.

Following one year working in London, Matt moved to Hong Kong where he worked within the Global Banking and Markets division for Citibank initially, then HSBC. Work highlights included drafting proposals for Asia-region custodial solutions, including the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect – a facility which saw China’s capital markets further opened to overseas investors.

After returning to his home town of Napier in 2017, Matt joined Somerset Smith Partners and is qualified as an Authorised Financial Adviser as well as NZX Adviser. With broad NZ and international financial experience, Matt enjoys providing clients with tailored investment advice across a wide range of asset classes.

Outside of work, Matt makes the most of Hawkes Bay’s outdoor activities including hiking and enjoying the cycle trails.

Matt’s Contact Details:

P: (06) 835 3126

A disclosure statement is available on request and free of  charge.


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