About Us

Kiwis in Property (KIP) is a professional networking group promoting business and career opportunities for New Zealanders connected with the commercial property sector in the UK, Europe and globally.

KIP began in 2014 when three kiwis met in a Spitalfields pub and decided to start a club where they could talk about big buildings, jandals and chilly bins in the same sentence. Today our mailing list reaches over 800 property kiwis in London, back home in NZ and across the world.

Our membership includes property investors, developers, corporate occupiers, agents, lawyers, architects and many other professions associated with the commercial property sector. We actively connect our members so they can do business together and we help new arrivals to find work in the property sector and settle into London life. On the social side we also enjoy the odd NZ craft beer and occasionally dressing up in silly outfits!

Group membership and events are open to all NZ passport holders with connections to commercial property. Wherever you are in the world you can sign up to our mailing list for free. If you are UK based we encourage you to also subscribe as a KIP member for only £49 per annum. Membership entitles you to free entry to the majority of our London networking events and discounted rates for social events. KIP members are also eligible to list themselves in our “Find a Kiwi” directory – promote your expertise and get noticed!

You can view highlight videos of our breakfast speaker events here. Become a paid KIP member to access our full video library of speaker talks.

Latest Newsletter
Kiwis in Property Newsletter October 2020 - 19 NOVEMBER EVENT DATE CORRECTION

Hi Property Kiwis

Welcome to the October edition of our KIP newsletter. Trust everyone is doing okay as we enter a month of UK national lockdown. Fingers crossed a COVID vaccine is on the horizon so we can one day get back to the normality everyone back in NZ currently enjoys .

At KIP we have continued our mission of keeping Kiwis connected in these challenging times with our series of online talks. Last month we learned about the challenges of arranging childcare in London and the impact of the pandemic on children's mental health from Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids. If you missed it you can view the recording of Rachel's talk in our speaker video library.


Coming up this month  we have Emma Loisel, Chairwoman of Volcano Coffee sharing her views on which businesses will emerge as winners from  2020 and why. To round the year out in December we have Tony Martin, Regional Director for NZTE, discussing the impact COVID has had on NZ's international trade and what strategies the country might take to recover lost ground quickly. Sign up to any of these talks via our website www.kiwisinproperty.com.

This month, our member profile comes from Kate Bevin who is a Senior Project Manager at The Office Group. Originally from Taupo, Kate has been in London three years, misses Mrs Mac's Kiwi pies and would like to spend her next flight home sitting next to Jacinda Ardern.

Enjoy  and stay well 

Bryce

[email protected]


Upcoming Events

Thursday 19th November 2020 - Breakfast webinar with Emma Loisel - "Which businesses will emerge as the winners out of 2020?"- 8am GMT / 9pm NZ


Emma is a business leader and Board Director, encompassing blue chips, start-ups and high growth tech companies. Her career includes the leadership, scaling and successful exits of three businesses, plus angel investment in a variety of companies. Until early 2017, Emma was a founding member and COO of The Exchange Lab, an Ad Tech Company that built disruptive programmatic media technologies, the business was acquired by WPP, the largest Global Advertising Group, in 2015. Emma is currently engaged in her lead angel investment that she co-founded, Volcano Coffee Works.
Register here: 
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-emma-loisel

 
Emma Loisel, Co-Founder of Volcano Coffee gives an introduction to her talk on 19 November

Thursday 10th December 2020 - Breakfast webinar with Tony Martin of NZTE - “Diversify or Double-down: the post-COVID recovery conundrum for NZ exporters" 8am GMT / 9pm NZ
   As the New Zealand economy finds it way through the early days of post-Covid recovery many exporters are re-evaluating their export market mix and re-considering where to place their time and energy. New Zealand Trade & Enterprise is New Zealand’s trade promotion agency and is currently working with exporters in New Zealand and across the globe to assist in re-energising international trade and economic recovery for these companies and the country. Join us to hear from Tony Martin, NZTE’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia to hear about how some of these markets are faring and where New Zealand exporters are choosing to focus and invest.  Register here:
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-tony-martin-august-2020

See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2020/21: https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/
 


Recent events

22nd October 2020 -  Breakfast with Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids

Rachel gave us a fascinating talk about her career journey which eventually led her to start Koru Kids in response to the difficulties working parents face in arranging childcare in London. We also discussed the impact of the current pandemic on children's mental health, the differences between raising children in the UK and back in NZ and whether there really is a "kiwi way" to bring up your kids! Check it out the interview in our speaker video library.
 



KIP Speaker Video Library

We try to record most of our breakfast talks and webinars.  If you are a paid KIP member, you can view any talks you missed via our speaker video library:
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/speaker-videos
 

Kiwi deal-flow club

As a natural extension of our Kiwi property network we have started a “deal flow club” for KIP members who work for active property investment companies including asset and investment management companies, family offices, banks, funds, etc.  We are identifying member investment asset appetite, building a database and accessing the KIP network and beyond to identify suitable opportunities. Patrick Ryan of Sire Properties is working with KIP to develop the deal-flow club and we already have a couple of off market deals on the table. If you would like to get involved  please get in touch with Bryce at [email protected] or Patrick at [email protected]
    


Become a KIP financial supporter 
Help us to keep going and growing and become a paid KIP subscriber. An annual  membership sub of  just £49.00 entitles you to free entry to all our speaker events and webinars, discount access to social events, access to our speaker video library and the ability to post your profile in our KIP membership director. Just log in, go to your profile dashboard and press subscribe - easy as that! A big thanks to all our subscribed members for their ongoing support to help make this a great kiwi community. We are always happy to have a chat about corporate sponsorship opportunities too - just get in contact with [email protected]
 



Changed jobs or moved back to NZ?
Don't forget to update your details so we stay in touch! Paid KIP members are entitled to list their details in our online members directory - a great way to get your business and personal brand in front of fellow property kiwis. Lets face it, we would rather do business with fellow Kiwis if we can!
 



Kiwi Jobseekers
Our jobseekers page is actively in use. Please support any new arrivals with a (virtual) coffee and guidance whenever you can. We all remember what it was like being new to London and how good it was to grab a (virtual) flat white with another kiwi who could give us a steer in the right direction.

You can contact the following Kiwis seeking work by visiting our Jobseekers page or connecting through Linkedin:

Andrew Sowry– Real Estate Investments/Acquisitions
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-sowry-mrics-77312955/

Amelia Gilbert-Milne – Civil Engineer seeking development/project management role
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-gilbert-milne-96621410b/

Natalie Brown – Corporate Real Estate Lawyer
https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-brown-25949747/

Raunaq (Ron) Malhotra – Structural Engineer
https://www.linkedin.com/in/r-malhotra/

 
Congrats to the following Kiwis who have secured work in these challenging times:
  • Michael O'Connor - CBRE (thanks to fellow Kiwi Richard Beban)
  • Mariota Smutz - FairHeat (thanks to fellow Kiwi and MD Gareth Jones)
 

Currency Exchange

KIP have  partnered with Halo Financial to allow our members to access discounted exchange rates for Kiwi dollars – contact Geraldine Collett on +44 (0)20 7350 5470 or [email protected] and let her know KIP sent you to access the best deal.
 

 

Member Profile - Kate Bevin

Name  - Kate Bevin
NZ hometown  - Taupo
Company  - The Office Group
Role  - Senior Project Manager

What is your connection with the property sector?
I work for the British co-working company The Office Group in their Projects/Development team. Last year I opened three new buildings in central London – freehold property York House in Kings Cross, Scott House at Waterloo Station which is part of our joint-venture portfolio with Network Rail, and Orion House in the West End. I am currently in the design and early construction stages for three buildings opening in 2021/22 including TOG’s first new-build project, an incredible CLT structure building on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Prior to TOG, I worked for the JLL Projects & Development team and Smart Buildings team both here and in New York.
 
How long have you been in the UK?
I arrived in August 2017 so just over 3 years.
 
What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
Join KIP! Honestly, it’s such a great network of people and I’ve always loved attending their events.
 
What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
As tiring as COVID-related conversations have become, Jacinda’s handling of the pandemic has been a standout and has really put NZ on the map and in the headlines for all the right reasons.
 
How can other KIP members help you?
Our team is always looking for new building opportunities and consultant teams/suppliers to help us with our projects. Developers, agents, engineers, architects, cost managers, FF&E suppliers – please get in touch!
 
How can you help other KIP members?
Do you need somewhere to host meetings, workshops, or locations for team offsites? We have lots of beautiful spaces and I’m always happy to sweet-talk my friends in the Sales team for KIP members.
 
Kiwi fun facts
Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
I’m going to be biased on this one and say my brother, Patrick Bevin, who is a professional cyclist and has just signed on with a new UCI team Israel Start-Up Nation to ride alongside Chris Froome next year.
 
Favourite NZ beach?
Our family farm is just outside of Kinloch Bay on Lake Taupo and I make sure to visit every time I am home.
 
NZ food you miss most?
To be honest, the London food scene is incredible and there isn’t much you can’t get here. But I do miss meat pies. Not the fancy kind, but the kind you pick up at the dairy or your local. There’s nothing quite like an over-the-counter Mrs Macs Chilli Beef & Cheese pie paired with a carton of Nippy’s chocolate milk.
 
Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
Cindy, of course! There’s nothing more empowering for young women than seeing a young woman excelling in a powerful position. What a legend.

 


Discounts for KIP members

Volcano Coffee

Volcano Coffee are kindly offering discount code for KIP members – “KIAORA” will give the KIP community 25% off Volcano coffee online https://volcanocoffeeworks.com/

Yeastie Boys Beers
Members can get a 10% discount on the web store - use the code "Bach" or use this link for the discount to be applied automatically: https://yeastieboysuk.myshopify.com/discount/Bach
 


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