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 December 2020

Seasons Greetings Property Kiwis

Welcome to the December edition of our KIP newsletter. Some might say 2020 has been a year to forget, topped off by the recently announced Christmas lockdown, but on the bright side the vaccine is now rolling out so there is hope for better times to come.

From a KIP perspective we couldn't host our usual breakfast gatherings but we managed to adapt to the times with a some great speaker webinars including a couple broadcast from NZ.  If you missed any you can catch them via the recordings on our website video library.

In 2021 we will continue our webinar speaker programme, beginning in January with Anna Fifield, the new Editor of the Wellington Dominion Post. For February, we have gathered an expert Kiwi panel to give us an update on the UK property market and in March we have renowned Kiwi speaker Brian Sweeney beaming in all the way from New York City. 

This month, our member profile comes from Jeremy Chin-Fatt of Orega Serviced Offices. Originally from Palmerston North. Jeremy has been in London 12 years and his idea of heaven would be enjoying a delicious Tip-Top amidst the stunning scenery of Curious Cove in the Marlborough Sounds.

I will finish the year with a pic in homage to the Christmas Jumper Party that we didn't get to hold. Have a great Christmas all, I look forward to eventually seeing everyone in 2021.

Stay well


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Upcoming Events

Thursday 14th January 2021 - Breakfast webinar with Anna Fifield, Editor of The Dominion Post (Wellington) and Stuff (Wellington) - 8am GMT / 9pm NZ

Anna Fifield became the editor of the Wellington Dominion Post and the Wellington editor for Stuff in October, returning to New Zealand after 20 years abroad. She was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and the Washington Post during those years, posted to Seoul, Tehran, Beirut, Washington DC, Tokyo and, most recently, Beijing. She was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University in 2013-14 and was awarded Stanford University's Shorenstein Prize in 2018 for her reporting on Asia.

Register here: https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-anna-fifield-january-2021

Thursday 18th February 2021 - UK Commercial Property Market Update - a Kiwi perspective - 8am GMT / 9pm NZ

What is the state of the UK property market as we emerge into a post-COVID/post Brexit world? Where are the opportunities? Where are the potential pitfalls? What does the future hold? Hear from a panel of five fellow Kiwis who have been in the UK property game for many years and can give us five different sector perspectives:

Register here: https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-uk-market-update-feb-2021

Thursday 18th March 2021 - "Winning the world from the edge" - In conversation with Brian Sweeney, Chairman of Sweeney Vesty NYC - 7pm GMT / 8am NZ

Brian Sweeney has been a New York New Zealander for 18 years. He is co-founder with Jane Vesty in Wellington in 1987 of SweeneyVesty, a global strategic communications consultancy. Brian is a writer, publisher and film producer. Since 2000 he has produced nzedge.com which first identified the million or so diaspora of New Zealanders, and which publishes stories of New Zealand achievement around the world.

Register here: 

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


KIP Speaker Video Library - Recent Events
Our most recent speaker talks - Emma Loisel of Volcano Coffee (Nov) and Tony Martin of NZTE (Dec) are both now available to view for paid KIP subscribers via our speaker video library:

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

Amelia Gilbert-Milne – Civil Engineer seeking development/project management role

Natalie Brown – Corporate Real Estate Lawyer

Raunaq (Ron) Malhotra – Structural Engineer

Sanghee (Claire) Woo – Marketing & Customer Relations
Sanghee Woo | LinkedIn 

 Job Vacancies - NZ

Project Managers returning home – The Building Intelligence Group (known locally as TBIG) want to talk to you! They are a 100% kiwi owned and operated consultancy, based across 9 NZ locations. With an impressive and diverse project portfolio, they are keen to connect with PM talent returning to NZ to support their growth. They can often work with you to meet your preferred timing and location.  

Here’s a selection of current vacancies:

  • Project Director
  • Senior Project Controls Manager
  • Senior Project Manager (Infrastructure focus)
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Project Director
Napier: - Project Manager/Senior Project Manager

Invercargill: - Project Manager

Click here http://bit.ly/NZreturn to find out more and get in touch. They’d love to hear from you.

If you have vacancy 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 - Jeremy Chin-Fatt

Name  - Jeremy Chin-Fatt
NZ hometown  - Palmerston North
Company  - Orega Serviced Offices
Role  - Director of Central Sales

What is your connection with the property sector?

I work for Orega, a serviced office provider that manages space on behalf of our landlord partners. We are a UK owned and operated company which started in 2001 and currently manage 18 locations across the UK. I manage our phone-based sales team who bring in business across our three products – serviced offices, meeting rooms and virtual offices.

How long have you been in the UK?
Coming up 12 years.
What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?

Don’t come during a pandemic (joke!). London has everything you could want - food, travel, partying, fantastic job opportunities and more so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions of people, to find out what is good and what suits you. Use your connections and networks to find a great job, and if you want to stay long term, look into visa options early to make your life easier later.

What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
Really hard to condense my answer as there are so many things I am proud of, being a kiwi. The crux of it though is we are pretty relaxed yet work hard, play hard and rarely complain. As a country, we punch well above our weight on the world stage.
How can other KIP members help you?

If anyone needs office space, meeting rooms or a virtual address in the UK feel free to reach out. We also have a referral scheme if you know anyone else searching. We are always keen to speak to new landlord partners who may need us to manage their space for them so we welcome introductions.
How can you help other KIP members?

If anyone is keen to know more about the serviced office industry, let me know. I’ve been in it for just over 10 years, and it’s a fun, dynamic area of the property sector. I believe it will do very well when everything returns to normal due to its flexibility and turn-key solution offering.  
Kiwi fun facts

Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
Richie McCaw – just seems like a typical kiwi bloke but has clearly achieved amazing things by being dedicated to his craft.
Favourite NZ beach?

Not really a beach but by the sea - Curious Cove, Marlborough Sounds. My kiwi grandparents have a bach there and I spent many a summer there fishing, hiking and watching the ferry go past. A great way to get away from civilization and reconnect with nature, as its only accessible by water taxi.
NZ food you miss most?

Tip Top ice cream. Can’t beat it on hot summer days in NZ. Oh and decent sushi.

Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
Jacinda. We all know she’s a bit of a legend, but I’d really want to know her side of the story being Prime Minister and going through the things she has so far. What’s her take on everything that is happening in the world at the moment.

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

Social Media

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