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 April 2021

Hi Property Kiwis

I hope everyone based in the UK is having a nice Bank Holiday weekend. The weather has been typically British but at last we are now released to meet up with friends, get a haircut and enjoy an outdoors pint. I know a few people are starting to return to the office and the streets of London are beginning to buzz again so I am hopeful that we can all get together for a KIP social drink over the summer.

Our online programme of events continues and last week we had the pleasure of the company of Tony Alexander, NZ Economic Commentator and former Chief Economist of the BNZ. In a wide ranging and typically entertaining conversation we covered NZ's response to the COVID pandemic and why the economy bounced back relatively well. We also discussed the impact of returning Kiwis and the opening of the Trans Tasman bubble. NZ housing unaffordability was a big talking point and Tony foresees a housing construction boom in the near term to try and narrow the gap though Government immigration policy may inadvertently create labour shortages. If you missed Tony's talk first time round you can catch up on our website video library which is available to all paid KIP subscribers.


Next up on Thursday 20th May we are speaking to Viv Gurrey and Scott McLew of the Property Institute of NZ (PINZ). We will take this opportunity to dig a little deeper into the trends and challenges facing the NZ commercial property market as well as examining the health of the property  job market for returning Kiwis.

This month, our member profile comes from Suzanne Machray, Marketing Director for the Cushman & Wakefield Flexible Workspace Division. Suzanne has lived in London for 15 years and her perfect day would be sharing some delicious feijoas with her family on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Enjoy 

Bryce

[email protected]
 


Upcoming Events

Thursday 20th May 2021 - Breakfast with The Property Institute of NZ (PINZ) - 8am UK (7pm NZ)

          
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 he will be able to contrast his experiences in both Uk & NZ markets as well share his transition experience of returning home.
Register here: 
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/event/kiwis-in-property-breakfast-with-pinz-may-2021



Thursday 17th June 2021 - Breakfast with Jarrod Kerr, Chief Economist of Kiwibank - 8am GMT (7pm NZ)


Jarrod Kerr is Kiwibank’s Chief Economist. Jarrod has a passion for the environment, financial markets, and everything economics. Although born and schooled in New Zealand, he cut his teeth in US, Swiss, and Australian banks, and has spent most of his career overseas.
Register here: 
17th June 2021 - Breakfast with Jarrod Kerr - Kiwibank Chief Economist - 8am UK Time (7pm NZ Time) (kiwisinproperty.com)

 



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

 


New KIP Members this month
(Total KIP membership currently stands at 966 including 611 UK based members and 280 NZ based members)



A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community in April (KIP member directory profiles in bold)
  • Laura Stewart - JLL NZ - Recruitment (NZ hometown Auckland)
  • Kelly Rewi - Unibail Rodamco - Accountant (Auckland)
  • Debbie Hepplestone - Swift (Belgium) - Banking (Wellington)
  • Andrew Delugar - KBR - Engineering (Auckland) - Chairman of NZ Engineers UK
  • Tharacka Munidasa - seeking work - Project Management (Auckland)
  • Martin Swaffield - Arup - Consultant (Christchurch)
  • Anna Woodward - Network Rail - Town Planning (Whangarei)
  • Adrienne Booth - Aon - Insurance (Wellington)
  • Paul Holmes - Jonatech - Banking (Auckland)
  • Rupert Horrocks - Kaupthing - Banking/Investment (Christchurch)
  • Toby Littin - Parkable - Proptech - (Auckland)
  • Andrew Smith - Northern Horizon - Investor (Queenstown)
  • David Williams - Guild Living - Accountant (Whanganui)
  • Russel Fielding - Mosaic - Consultant (Orewa)
  • Jennifer Rex - Allianz - Insurance (Tauranga)
  • Andy Taylor - Kubo Homes - Developer (Auckland)
  • Andrew Duffus - Infinium - Propetch/Investor (Auckland)
  • Amrita Lal - Ferrero - Media/Marketing (Auckland)
  • Vanessa Lennie - Lloyds - Banking (Hawera)

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 - new recording - Tony Alexander

                    

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 recorded interview with Tony Alexander, NZ Economy Guru and former Chief Economist of the BNZ. In a very entertaining hour Tony covers off the resilience of the NZ economy in the face of the pandemic, the reasons behind NZ's high levels of housing unaffordability and what can be done about it. Tony also touched on trans-Tasman migration, the pandemic induced "brain gain", potential future booms and busts in housing construction and likely future labour shortages. 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 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.

Thinking about returning to NZ?

We are hosting a free online panel event with a group of fellow Property Kiwis who have returned home over the past 18 months. What was the experience like? how is the jobs market? what do they wish they had known before they left? Register your free place at 

14th July 2021 - Returning to live & work in NZ - the pros and cons discussed by a panel of recently returned Kiwis - FREE EVENT - 8am UK Time (7pm NZ Time) (kiwisinproperty.com)
 



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.
 

Job Vacancies - UK


Sales role in Real Estate insurance

We are 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 or Broker returning home to NZ?

JLL is looking for New Zealand Registered Valuers and Brokers to join our teams in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

We are looking for New Zealand Registered Valuers with plant or commercial Valuation experience, and Brokers with retail, industrial and office leasing experience that are highly organised and self-motivated. Join us, a global market leader, to develop your strengths and enjoy a fulfilling career full of varied experiences.

Please send your CV to Taytum 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: Suzanne Machray
NZ hometown: Invercargill
Company Cushman and Wakefield
Role Marketing Director, Flexible Workspace EMEA

  • What is your connection with the property sector?
    • I worked as part of the INDEGO Team at Cushman & Wakefield. Establishing and operating Flexible workspaces on behalf of Landlords
  • How long have you been in the UK?
    • 15 Years
  • What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
    • Take advantage of networks like this and contacts that you already have in the UK. Coming to London can be pretty overwhelming for most people, so having some friendly faces and/or connections that can give you tips about areas to live, job-hunting etc can make those first months a lot easier to navigate.
  • What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
    • The ability most Kiwis have to be agile and adaptable and to be generally open and honest people.
  • How can other KIP members help you?
    • If you have any clients considering flexible workspace as part of their portfolio, send them my way. We can offer a consultancy service to help them determine the right proposition and implementation.
  • How can you help other KIP members?
    • Happy to give advice to anyone who is looking for a property marketing role in London or anyone who wants to talk about market trends in the Flexible Workspace world.
Kiwi fun facts
  • Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
    • Stretching back far and scandals aside, I would say Chris Cairns.  Cricket was a big part of our family activities growing up in NZ, and we were big Canterbury supporters
  • Favourite NZ beach?
    • Not really a beach but the Queenstown bay at Lake Wakatipu. Lots of happy memories meeting up with friends and family there
  • NZ food you miss most?
    • Feijoas – It’s the one thing you just can’t get here.
  • Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
    • My family! I’ve only had the chance to take my daughter to NZ once when she was much younger, and I would love to take her back again.
 


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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