Gary Stocker

Gary Stocker(Nelson)


Commercial Team

The saying, ‘life is too short to drink cheap wine” is probably Gary’s mantra and backed up by a very impressive wine cellar and indepth knowledge of New Zealand and Australian wines. At the other end of the spectrum, Gary is also a European car enthusiast and owner of a Citroen 2CV Charlston – the perfect car for visiting vineyards mid-summer no doubt!

Gary is a true Knappsappien having joined the firm as a graduate back in 1979. He is regarded as one of Nelson’s more senior commercial lawyers and these skills are complemented by numerous involvement in business organisations outside of Knapps. The fact that he has practiced in Nelson since the age of 26, has also given him years of inside knowledge about doing business in Nelson.

Gary has had a long association with Rotary and the Automobile Association (AA).  He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Nelson West but has been past president of his club twice and served as District Governor for 3 years.  With regard to the AA, Gary is a Nelson District Councillor and currently National President of the NZAA.  He is Chairman of Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) Charitable Trust.

Gary has also had a long working relationship with the Chamber of Commerce having been a judge for the business awards for several years.  He is currently Chairman of the Infrastructure Subcommittee and the Chamber’s representative on Progress Nelson Tasman.

Gary’s strong financial and strategic skills has seen him hold the role of Managing Partner for over 20 years and without a doubt, his abilities in these two areas has contributed significantly to the success of Knapps as a business.  Gary recently retired from the role of Managing Partner in April 2020.