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 May 2022

Hello Property Kiwis 

Firstly, big thanks to Padraig (Paddy) Brown, head of Real Estate, Pacific region for global fund advisers Mercer, for a very interesting webinar interview earlier this month. Paddy works with a number of large Australian funds on significant deals across the Pacific region and shared some of his deal experiences and thoughts on the future state of the Australian and NZ property investment markets. If you missed it the full recording is available in our online video library to subscribed KIP members.

Coming up on the 23rd June we have the big event of the KIP social calendar, our Summer drinks and pies night at the Secret Goldmine Cafe in Bermondsey. The wearing of Hawaiian shirts is encouraged  (prizes to be won!) and this year we are excited to welcome back the UK's only Flight of the Conchords tribute band. Grab your ticket now on our website.

Finally this month's member profile is from Tom Dixon, Global Transaction lead for AstraZeneca at CBRE. Tom has worked in London for four years is a big Chris Cairns fan and enjoys a visit to Rangiputa beach in Northland whenever he gets home.

Enjoy, 

Bryce

[email protected]
 


Upcoming Events

23rd June - Kiwis in Property Summer Drinks & Pies 



Join us at The Secret Goldmine Cafe in Bermondsey for a few cold beers in the summer sun and Kiwi made pies from The Pie Cart. As usual, the wearing of Hawaiian shirts is actively encouraged (there will be prizes) and don't forget your dancing jandals. For those who remember the epic BBQ of 2018 we have managed to entice back the UK's only Flight of the Conchords tribute band so plenty of crazy catchy tunes to enjoy! Ticket include first beer and a pie

Register here:
23rd June 2022 - Kiwis in Property Summer Drinks & Pies - ***FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS TRIBUTE BAND***
 


20th & 21st November - Kiwis in Property comes home to NZ 



 Kiwis in Property founder Bryce Check will be visiting  NZ in late November and will be giving after work talks about KIP in Wellington (20th Nov) and Auckland (21st Nov). These presentations will be of interest to jobseekers heading to the UK and to NZ employers looking to hire UK returnees. We will also be reaching out to KIP NZ based alumni to share their London experience and tips so please get in touch if you would like to be involved.

FREE Registration for the Wellington event on 20th November here
20th November 2022 - Kiwis in Property Wellington presentation & networking drinks

FREE Registration for the Auckland event on 21st November here
21st November 2022 - Kiwis in Property Auckland presentation & networking drinks (introduced by Kent Gardner, CEO of Evans Randall Investors)


See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2022:
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/


Check out our Video Library


Our speaker talks are recorded and available to view for paid KIP subscribers via our speaker video library:  https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/speaker-videos 

The latest addition is our May 2022 webinar interview with Padraig Brown Head of Real Estate, Pacific Region for global fund advisers Mercer giving a round up of the current state of play of the Australian and NZ commercial property investment markets. Check it out!

 

New KIP Members this month



A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community this month:
  • Dominic Furkert - Du Val Group - Developer – (NZ Hometown) Auckland
  • Hannah Bradley - Re-Leased - PropTech – Westport
  • Sol Cooper - TOA Haka Masterclasses - Consultant – Napier
  • Sam Thyne - Fenwick Elliott - Legal – Wellington
  • Sophie Craig - New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Government/Public Sector - Alexandra / Nelson
  • Daniel Sagar - Signature Kauri Ltd - Supplier – Whangarei
  • Vanessa-Lee Jones - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP - Legal - Auckland


Investment Opportunity  - SIRE Properties



KIP Partner, SIRE Properties Social Infrastructure – Sire Properties  is now sourcing operational real estate opportunities for a commercial ground lease fund that is backed by a FTSE 100 pension fund. If you are an owner operator of freehold operational real estate (e.g. Hotels, PBSA, Pubs, PRS, Care homes, Retirement, Dental, Self-Storage, Office etc) you could benefit from this low cost of capital mechanism.

Benefits: Low cost of capital, Flexibility for leaseholder, Retained ownership, Covenant light, Removes refinancing risk, retained Long-leasehold value.

How it works.
The ground lease funder will acquire the freehold (or long leasehold) interest in the property and lease it back the tenant for a period of 100+ years at a very low level of rent. In return, the funder will pay up to 45% of the value of the property to the owner on day 1. The Owner will be left with a long leasehold interest, which is fully financeable and worth up to 80% of the properties freehold value prior to undertaking the ground lease sale, adding considerable value (45% + 80% = 125%).

The fund doesn’t simply look at commercial real estate on a traditional rent and yield basis, they instead work to understand a businesses operating fundamentals to underwrite the asset’s cash flows           
Lot Size: The fund will consider £5m to £100m (single assets) and £10m to £250m (portfolios)

For more detail please contact Patrick Ryan on 07960 277 722 or at [email protected]
 

 



Kiwi Jobseekers

Our jobseekers page is actively in use. Kiwis In Property

Please support any new arrivals whenever you can. We all remember what it was like being new to London and how helpful it was to grab a coffee with another kiwi who could give us a steer in the right direction. You can contact Kiwis seeking work by visiting our Jobseekers page or connecting through Linkedin.
 

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 London Kiwi network.
 

Situations Vacant - UK - Store Designer - Foodco



Foodco, owners of Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue coffee shops with 80 stores in the UK are looking for a store designer. Must be able to use Revit program.. Flexibility on location..

CONTACT Mike Johnson for more details [email protected]  or 07967 641827 for a full description..
 

Situations Vacant - NZ - Project Management - The Building Intelligence Group
 

Whangarei or Queenstown?  You choose!
 
We’ve created 2 unique new regional leadership roles, could this convince you on a return to NZ?
 

Career doesn’t have to come second to location – ongoing growth means we can offer you both, in one of these world-class lifestyle locations. You can step out the door onto the beautiful beaches of Whangarei, or click on the skis and hit the slopes in Queenstown! 
 
If you have aspirations to lead and grow a team, this is an opportunity you won’t want to overlook.
 

 
We have an established footprint and active projects in both the Northland and Queenstown markets, and we’re now looking to deepen our commitment in both regions with these key appointments.

As a Project Director and Regional Leader at TBIG you’ll be providing branch and project leadership and direction, acting as a trusted advisor to your clients, and working closely with your teams, empowering the next generation of PM talent. 
 
With a diverse project portfolio focused on large vertical construction projects, we’re delivering projects which are making a big impact in our local communities. We love to see kiwis returning from offshore and bringing fresh experience back home to Aotearoa. If you have significant experience leading projects and people in a consultancy or client side, we can quickly get you up to speed with NZS3910 and NZ building regulations.
 
Come back to enjoy the endless far north summer or immerse yourself in the outdoor paradise of Queenstown - we’ll even contribute towards the cost of your relocation. Unsure? Reach out – we’d love to talk to you about joining our team!

Click here, https://bit.ly/TBIGrelocate to find out more, including other opportunities with TBIG, or to enquire email Talent Acquisition Manager, Kathryn Granger - [email protected]
 
 

ARE YOU HIRING?


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

 



Transferring UK Pensions to NZ



What should you do with your UK pension when you're back in NZ?
Hang on a minute! Hold fire until you understand all the alternatives.
 
GBPensions - qualified, specialist advice for your UK pension transfer options
From UK: +64 (0) 414 2089 | In NZ: 0800 427 693 (GBP NZD)
[email protected] | gbpensions.co.nz 
 

Currency Exchange

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


Member Profile
60 Seconds with..... Tom Dixon



NZ hometown: Auckland

Company: CBRE
Role: Global transaction Lead for AstraZeneca
  • What is your connection with the property sector?
    • Very loose – I actually did a finance degree at Vic in Wellington and fell into a summer internship at Centuria Capital in Sydney. After that I decided commercial property was right for me and started as a broker at JLL in Auckland.
  • How long have you been in the UK?
    • I’m coming up on 4 years and I have no idea how that’s come about so fast….
  • What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
    • Meet as many people as you can for coffees/beers. Even if they can’t directly refer you into their company, I’ve seen so many friends of friends end up doing so.
  • What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
    • Replays of RWC 2011 & 2015 highlights at 2am on a Saturday
  • How can other KIP members help you?
    • Well I had a really good referral bonus scheme going on with CBRE pre-Covid so if anyone’s looking for a new role…. 
  • How can you help other KIP members?
    • Happy to connect you with anyone in my network where possible.
Kiwi fun facts
  • Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
    • Chris Cairns – forever a legend.
  • Favourite NZ beach?
    • Rangiputa in Northland.
  • NZ food you miss most?
    • I just miss the ease of getting good sushi from somewhere like St. Pierre’s
  • Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
    • Elon Musk because that means we’re flying private and I’ve finally made it!


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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