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 2021

Hi Property Kiwis

Good bye summer, hello Autumn!, the UK nights are drawing in, the coats are coming on and Christmas party planning has already begun. The West End and the City have become noticeably busier in recent weeks and the reappearance of queueing at the tube station is reassuringly London! 

This month  we have an online interview with Jane Patterson the COO of FIFA NZ who is responsible for organising the third largest sporting event in the world, The FIFA Women's World Cup, to be co-hosted by NZ and Australia in 2023. This is a free event so spread the word and register your place.

The date has now been set for our famous Xmas Jumper Drinks to be held on 9th December at the Secret Goldmine Cafe - the home of the best Kiwi made pies in London! Tickets are limited to 50 people so don't miss out, book now!

Finally this month we have another from our "Exit Interview" series talking to Kiwis who have recently returned to NZ. This month we speak to Natasha Sarkar of CBRE NZ who works in the emerging NZ build to rent sector and managed to buy a house in Auckland the day lockdown began!



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Upcoming Events

Breakfast with Jane Patterson MNZM, Chief Operating Officer of FIFA NZ 
Wednesday 27th October 2021

Jane is the Chief Operating Officer FIFA NZ and is responsible for organising  the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 which is the largest women’s sporting event and the third largest sporting event in the world.
Time: 8am UK (8pm NZ)
Register here:
27th October 2021 - Breakfast with Jane Patterson MNZM, Chief Operating Officer of FIFA NZ (kiwisinproperty.com)

KIP Xmas Jumper Drinks
Thursday 9th Dec 2021 

Dig out that crazy Xmas jumper to see in the season with style! NZ Craft beers & pies, kiwi tunes and good company. There will be spot prizes for ugliest, most kiwi jumper etc.  Ticket price includes first drink and a delicious pie. 
Time: 6pm to 10pm 
Venue: The Secret Goldmine Cafe, Bermondsey
Register Here:

Breakfast with Bede Corry, NZ High Commissioner to the UK 
Thursday 24th Feb 2022 

In August 2020 Bede Corry commenced as New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom after a distinguished diplomatic career. This in-person event will be a great way to meet him and learn more about NZ government and trade activity with the UK.
Time: 8-10am 
Venue: Central London TBC
Register here:

See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2021:

New KIP Members this month

A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community over the past month
  • Konrad Kelling - Barclays - Wellington - Banking/Finance
  • Peter Rose - Forbury - Auckland - PropTech
  • Paige Lane - Allen & Overy LLP - Timaru - Legal

How do I find out who else is in the group?

Two options, you can check out our website membership directory Find a Kiwi (kiwisinproperty.com)- paid KIP members have the option of posting their own personal profile to promote their skills and businesses to the community. And/or you can join our LinkedIn group Kiwis in Property (UK) | Groups | LinkedIn 

KIP Speaker Video Library 

Our speaker talks are recorded and available to view for paid KIP subscribers via our speaker video library:

Check it out!

Kiwi deal-flow club

After many Zoom calls in 2020 we are delighted to say that the KIP deal-flow club is expanding exponentially, not only from within the Kiwi community but also to our non-Kiwi friends through quality introductions from the network.  We are pleased at the engagement and the transaction breadth we are covering, but most of all we are delighted that we have been able to get great deals to active investors. If you have property you would like to look at selling discreetly, or your buying requirements have been updated, please let us know so we can assist. You can get in touch with Bryce at [email protected] or Patrick  Ryan 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 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 directory and vacancies to the KIP jobs board for free. 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 profile details so we stay in touch. If you have decided to head back to NZ don't forget the KIP network back home. Check out the KIP LinkedIn group for NZ based members you can get in touch with and shout if we can help with introductions.

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 flat white with another kiwi who could give us a steer in the right direction

If you have recently arrived in London (or NZ) and are looking for work in the property or insurance sectors get in touch with [email protected] and we can put you touch with our extensive network.

HIRING?? If you have job vacancy in the UK, NZ or anywhere else that  you would like to advertise to our 1000 strong Kiwi property professional readership please get in touch  [email protected]

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.

Returning to NZ: Interview with KIP Alumnus Natasha Sarkar of CBRE NZ

•    How long were you in the UK? Three years, out of NZ five years.  

•    What work were you doing in London? Residential development and investment (build to rent) valuations and advisory at JLL London.

•    When did you return to NZ? February 2020 – not Covid induced luckily.

•    How was your experience of moving home in the pandemic environment? .I moved back just before lockdown and managed to buy a house they day of lockdown, so I’ve had a lot of good luck on my side to make things pretty seamless. 2021 is proving pretty optimistic in terms of work, so it feels we are out of the woods somewhat now.

•    Anything you wish you knew before you left the UK?  That shipping to NZ isn’t wildly expensive – I wish I’d bought more trinkets and house stuff, no easy amazon in NZ!

•    What work are you doing now in NZ? I am the Director of Structured Transactions & Advisory Services at CBRE, where I’m establishing a Build-to-Rent valuations and advisory capability.

•    How was the job-hunting experience? Any tips for others? 
  • When you do visit NZ for a holiday, I think it’s worth catching up with a few people in your property network for coffee’s. I’d mentioned to my old employer that I might look to move back in the next year or so, so let me know if any roles are coming up etc.
  • I toyed with working in Hong Kong or Singapore for a few years on my way back. So I made my most recent visits to NZ to layover in both cities for a working day and I meet with people for informal interviews. The same could be said for Australia.

•    What are your initial impressions of the NZ economy and property sector? 
  • The sector has really advanced I think. A lot more global business, a lot more cross-over with Aus. More sophisticated investment and products e.g. syndication and various funds are much more established, and they are across sectors.
  • So less of the asset specific listed fund and syndicators - more mixed-used and diversified funds.
•    What are the biggest challenges working in the NZ environment compared to UK?  
  • Sometimes stuck in the mentality we are just a population of 5 million.
•    Where do you think the future opportunities lie in NZ? 
  • You don’t have to settle in Auckland - clients and colleagues collaborate so well across the country now.
  • Interest in alternative asset classes and funding - particularly in the living sector and syndications. Alternative being - residential, retirement, mixed-use.
  • Growth hopefully in ESG /sustainability in real estate as offshore capital demands this.

•    What aspect of NZ life have you most enjoyed coming back to? 
  • Work seems more fruitful in terms of the energy you put into clients and business development. You know at some stage it will pay dividends.
    • It’s also a pretty nice feeling being able to buy a home and feel settled.

•    Anything you miss about London? 
  • Having endless new places to explore both in the UK and abroad.
  • Also, the beautiful architecture and history.

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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