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 March 2021

Happy Easter Property Kiwis

The UK weather has taken a turn for the better just as we are allowed to meet up in gardens and parks and more freedom beckons in April and May. You can probably tell from the jobseekers section that net migration is still moving  in a southerly direction. Adapting back into life and work in NZ has its own challenges and we are planning to run a panel event later this year involving a few KIP alumni who have recently returned home to share their experiences and tips.

Earlier this month we hosted a fascinating conversation with Brian Sweeney an iconic Kiwi speaker now based in New York City. We covered a diverse range of subjects including the recovery of the US economy, post pandemic and the comparative affordability of the US and NZ housing markets If you missed it first time round it is well worth a catch up on our website video library which is available to all paid KIP subscribers.


Next up on Thursday 22nd April we have a breakfast webinar with Tony Alexander, an economics commentator and former Chief Economist of the BNZ. Those of you who have been with us long enough may recall that Tony was the very first KIP speaker 6 years ago. Tony is an irreverent and highly entertaining speaker and will no doubt have some strong views on the performance of the current Labour government particularly with respect to the recent changes to housing policy.  

This month, our member profile comes from  Lan Stringer, Investor Relations Manager at UK listed property company Landsec. Lan has lived in London 9 years but is currently working from NZ during the pandemic. Lan's perfect day would be munching on a Kiwi pie on Kaiteriteri beach and being entertained by popular British comedian Michael McIntyre!

Enjoy your marshmallow Easter eggs if you have managed to get hold of them!

Bryce

[email protected]



 



Upcoming Events


Thursday 22nd April 2021 - Breakfast with Tony Alexander, Economics Commentator and former Chief Economist of the BNZ (8am GMT)

Tony Alexander was employed as Chief Economist with the BNZ for 25 years and left at the end of 2019 to become an independent economist. His focus is on explaining what is happening in the economy in layman’s terms, providing people with information they can use for planning business growth and understanding factors affecting the housing market. He produces a free weekly publication called Tony’s View Tony's Thoughts (tonyalexander.nz), conducts regular surveys of his 16,000 subscribers, and produces a range of bespoke publications and columns.

Register here: 
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-tony-alexander-q2-2021


Thursday 20th May 2021 - Breakfast with The Property Institute of NZ (PINZ) - 8am GMT



What are the opportunities and challenges in the current NZ commercial property market. Hear the views of PINZ in this interview with CEO Viv Gurrey and Chief of Engagement Scott McLew. Scott has relocated from the UK to NZ in the past year so will also be able to contrast his experiences in both markets as well as the transition experience of returning home.

Register here: 
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-pinz-may-2021



See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2021:
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/

 



New KIP Members this month

A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community in March
  • Amrita Lal - Ferrero - Media & Marketing (hometown Auckland)
  • Vanessa Lennie - Lloyds Banking Group - Banking (Hawera)
  • Claire Woo - Allianz - Insurance (Auckland)
  • Steve Gawne - Pillar Technology - Investor/Developer (Auckland)
  • Su de Alwis - CAANZ - Banking/Finance (Wellington)
  • James Leggatt - seeking London opportunities- Legal (Auckland)
  • Stephanie Woolett - Marsh - Insurance (Westport)
  • Owen Gibson - People's Energy - Accountant/Tax (Wellington)
  • James Speight - Pret a Manger - Corporate Occupier (Auckland)
  • Jessica Triganza - CBRE - Recruitment (Auckland)

Keen to find out who else is in the group?

Easy! - just join our LinkedIn group Kiwis in Property (UK) | Groups | LinkedIn

 



KIP Speaker Video Library - UK Commercial Property Update
                    

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

New this month is our evening in conversation with Brian Sweeney, Co-Founder of Sweeney Vesty and  joining us all the way from New York City. Brian covered a lot of fascinating ground including his journey from road manager to the Topp Twins to managing PR messaging for some of the biggest corporations in the world. We also got some great insights into the US economy and property market post pandemic. 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 bry[email protected]
 



Changed jobs or moved back to NZ?
Don't forget to update your 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 and shout if we can help with introductions.

For those returning to NZ wanting some insight into the associated challenges and opportunities we encourage you to take a look at this panel discussion organised by Kea and Kerridge & Partners Leveraging Global Kiwis for Aotearoa New Zealand — Kerridge & Partners



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

A big congrats to Claire Woo who has landed a marketing role at Allianz insurance after a few months of persistence during lockdown!

 
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.
Job Vacancies - UK


Sales role in Real Estate insurance

I am looking for someone to join our real estate insurance new business team in a junior to mid level role. The insurance part we can teach but property experience, passion and a network of contacts in the sector would be an advantage. We need someone with an outgoing attitude, persistence, adaptability and super organisational skills. If you think that is you or you know someone suitable get in touch at [email protected] 
 

Job Vacancies - NZ  



Are you a registered Valuer returning home to NZ?

CBRE are looking for New Zealand Registered Valuers to join our Commercial Valuation team nationally.

We are looking for New Zealand Registered Valuers with ANZIV or aiming toward ANZIV with Commercial Valuation experience, that are highly organised, self-motivated with initiative.CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services is a well established and successful top tier business with high profile clients.   If working with the best in an exciting and rewarding team environment appeals to you, then please contact us!

Please send your resume to Jessica at [email protected]

If you have 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.
 

Member Profile -

60 Seconds with…
 
Name: Lan Stringer (think Lana)       
NZ hometown: Auckland
Company: Landsec  
Role: Investor Relations Manager    
 
  • What is your connection with the property sector? – I work for Landsec (Land Securities Group PLC) one of the leading real estate companies in the UK. Our £11.8 billion portfolio spans 24 million sq ft and we own and manage some of the most successful and memorable real estate in the UK such as the Piccadilly Lights!
 
  • How long have you been in the UK? Almost 9 years (although I am currently working from New Zealand due to a bereavement).
 
  • What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London? Try to expand your social circles and make some British pals! It’s hard seeing kiwi friends come and go who are only able to stay for a couple of years. Also, enjoy the cheaper groceries (especially cheese!).
 
  • What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?- Our can-do attitude, work ethic and our strong sense of community.
 
  • How can other KIP members help you? We recently launched our new strategy and one of our strategic priorities it to grow through urban opportunities. I’d love to hear form anyone who has experience in this area. To grow through urban opportunities is not about specific assets or sectors, but about bringing people together – communities, business, government, providers of capital – to envision and ultimately deliver the urban environments of the future.
 
  • How can you help other KIP members? I am always happy to have a chat and offer what I can from my experiences over the last 9 years so do reach out. There are some great people at Landsec (including a number of Kiwis) so am also happy to arrange a chat with a colleague if you are interested in a particular area. Unfortunately for now, Landsec does not offer UK visa sponsorship
Kiwi fun facts
  • Favourite NZ Sporting Personality? – Has to be Richie, how can it not be?! What. A. Guy.
  • Favourite NZ beach? - Kaiteriteri Beach
  • NZ food you miss most? Mince and cheese pies, although I’m getting my fill at the moment
  • Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why? – Michael McIntyre! It’s been a rough 12 months for everyone and I’m a big fan of his comedy.

 



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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