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 - September 2020

Hi Property Kiwis

Welcome to the September edition of our KIP newsletter. Trust you are all doing okay and staying well despite everything the current pandemic throws at us. 

At  KIP we have continued with our series of online talks and last month we got an interesting insight into the impact of COVID on the NZ commercial property market from Paul Winstanley, Head of Research for JLL NZ. Paul's talk is available to view in our video library if you are a paid KIP member.

Coming up in October Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids will talk us through her inspirational kiwi business story as she deploys technology to build the best childcare service in the world. In November  we have Emma Loisel, Chairwoman of Volcano Coffee looking at which businesses will emerge best from the tumult of 2020. Finally 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, instead of our usual member profile, we have an exclusive "Quarantine Interview" with Matt Comery. Matt has recently permanently returned to NZ with his partner and kindly gave us some insight into the 14 days they spent in hotel quarantine which may prove helpful for those who are following in his footsteps.



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Upcoming Events

Thursday 22nd October 2020 - Breakfast with Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids 
- 8am GMT / 7pm NZ 

Rachel Carrell is the founder and CEO of Koru Kids, a fast-growing tech company dedicated to building the world’s best childcare service. Originally from Invercargill, Rachel holds a masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has received numerous awards including ‘Inspirational Mother’ and ‘Best Businesswoman in Tech’, and was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of her work. Rachel is also the mother of two young children. She was CEO of a multinational healthcare company when she had her first baby, experienced first hand how difficult and expensive it was to arrange childcare, and decided to found Koru Kids.

Register here
Rachel Carrell, CEO of Koru Kids gives an introduction to her talk on 22 Oct

Thursday 20th November 2020 - Breakfast webinar with Emma Loisel - "Which businesses will emerge as the winners out of 2020?"- 8am GMT / 7pm 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

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 / 7pm 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:

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


Recent events

Thursday 17th September 2020 - NZ Commercial Property Market Update - Breakfast with Paul Winstanley, Head of Research, JLL (NZ)

 Paul Winstanley, head of research at JLL (NZ) is an Englishman who worked in NZ for several years before returning to London then two years ago he emigrated with family to Auckland for good. Paul is in the unique position of having spent recent time in both NZ and UK property markets and was able to give us some good insights into the relative performance of certain NZ locations, asset classes and what trends we might seen in NZ property in future.

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:

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 £49 gets you 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 also always happy to have a chat about corporate sponsorship opportunities - just get in contact with [email protected]

Situations Vacant
Dorrington Plc – RICS qualified Residential Surveyor (London)
Dorrington Plc are active investors focusing on the residential and office markets in London and the South East with assets of in excess of £1.3bn. They are seeking an ambitious and well-rounded property professional to join the close-knit building surveying team of five working across the residential portfolio to provide the full range of building surveying and project management services and skills to the residential portfolio. More detail can be found on the KIP jobs board on our website. Contact [email protected]

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.

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

Natalie Brown – Corporate Real Estate Lawyer

Raunaq (Ron) Malhotra – Structural Engineer

Mariota Smutz – Strategy, Public Policy, Regulatory, Communications and Corporate Affairs 
Congrats to the following Kiwis who have secured work in these challenging times:
  • Alex Barnao - NHS Imperial Trust
  • Nick Francis - Civitas Investment Management

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.


Quarantine interview with Matt Comery – August 2020

Where are you right now?
At the time of writing this (6th September) my wife and I are in managed isolation in the Rydges Hotel, Auckland.

What made you decide to return to NZ?
Our time in the UK was always going to be finite and the emergence of COVID-19 focussed our minds on where we wanted to be and how we wanted to live. Living in a small, one bedroom flat in Angel wasn’t as attractive as it once was with future lockdowns a possibility, travel abroad more difficult and London culture largely paused. We decided on a different lifestyle and, while that could be achieved to a certain extent by moving out of London, we opted to move closer to friends and family in NZ.

Was there anything unusual or different about the flight home?
The flight home was a bit of a rollercoaster. Having had two Emirate flights cancelled (the second being just six days prior to our departure) we hastily did some research and booked a flight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. Just getting on flights to NZ is a challenge due to the Government restrictions on the number of returnees imposed on airlines to ensure that there is capacity in the quarantine hotels. That means that the cost of flights is extremely expensive (we paid $3,500 per person one way). There are cheaper options out there but it’s a roll of the dice - essentially, the less you pay, the more likely you are to be bumped off the flight.
Thankfully our Cathay Pacific flight went ahead without a hitch. Other than an uncomfortably long 11 hour transit in Hong Kong Airport (with all shops either shut or boarded up), our flights were near empty and we had loads of room to lay flat and sleep. The airline staff were incredibly helpful and both flights were the most comfortable we’ve ever done in economy.

What were your first impressions of the NZ quarantine process after landing?
Upon arrival in New Zealand you are greeted with a Ministry of Health official at the airport who asks you if you have any symptoms or if you have a temperature. The rest of the customs and baggage claim experience is as per normal until you come through to the arrivals hall and find it empty other than some security guards and a manned desk by the door where you find out where you will be sent for managed isolation for the next few weeks. The first impression that sticks in my mind was the greeting we got from everyone at the airport. While cliched, the friendliness of the boarder security staff and customs officers was a huge contrast to what we have experienced in the UK and other countries and made us feel extremely welcome and happy to be home.

What is the standard of accommodation?
We have been extremely lucky to have been put up in the Rydges in Auckland which seems to be one of the better hotels in many ways. The room is comfortable with great WiFi and sky sport channels which pretty much covers all needs. The hotel runs three supervised walks per day which involves getting on a bus to go down to the waterfront where you’re able to do laps of the wharf next to the “Cloud”. You can also get fresh air in the hotel forecourt and arrange time to visit the roof terrace.

What is the food like?
The food has been a mixed bag. Breakfast options have included eggs benedict, omelettes, pancakes, cereal and bagels. Lunch and dinner has been an array of curries, salads, burgers, pizza and pasta. While you won’t go hungry, a side of cake for every meal and copious calories means that you need to be careful what you eat!
If you’re interested in checking out more, I have set up an Instagram page (Tintin_Quarantino_NZ) to document our quarantine experience which has a particular focus on the food.

What contact do you have with other people?
We’ve had limited contact with reception staff and other quarantined guests in the hotel. Thankfully, the Rydges is relaxed about you talking with people outside quarantine through the fence on the hotel forecourt. We’ve had regular visits from family and friends and taken deliveries of food and useful bits and pieces. It’s worth noting that there are some restrictions on taking deliveries of alcohol and electrical appliances due to fire risk.

How are you relieving boredom?
I was advised by a ex-military friend that routine is the key to fighting boredom and that’s been successful thus far. Breakfast arrives at 7.30 so once we’ve picked our way through that (and thrown out the obligatory cake that arrives with every meal!) we catch up on daily news on our laptops/iPads for a few hours before doing some form of exercise. My wife has a subscription to an exercise app that puts us through our paces and has put my fitness to shame. We’re then in a state to tackle the lunch carbs and our afternoons have been filled with reading, seeing visitors in the forecourt, skyping and Netflix. In fact, we haven’t found it much different to lockdown in London.

What is the general mood in NZ about the pandemic generally and quarantine policy?
It’s difficult to say as our insight is limited to the media and what little we have gleaned from our visitors. I think there is still a lot of resentment towards paying for travellers to quarantine although the Government’s policy of charging certain people who choose to leave NZ or are visiting for less than 90 days has calmed the mob. I do get an impression of “pandemic fatigue” by which I mean that people are just sick of it and are keen to get on with everyday life.

What pieces of advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?
Get in touch with Kiwis that have done it before to chat through their experience. I’d highly recommend joining the “Kiwis Coming Home” and “New Zealand Hotel Quarantine” Facebook groups. There’s loads of helpful information sharing and the best tips on which airlines are flying, how to maximise your chances of getting home, what to expect at your quarantine hotel, etc. I’m also happy to field any direct questions or help in any way I can.

What’s the first thing you are going to do when you leave quarantine?
Go for a run to celebrate being able to roam freely and fire up the BBQ shortly afterwards.



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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