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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 1300 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.

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Kiwis in Property Newsletter May 2024

Hello Property Kiwis !

Welcome to our May 2024 Newsletter.

April was an action packed month with a gathering of our Auckland alumni, a tour of the iconic Lloyds of London building and a record turnout for our Anzac Day drinks together with the Property Aussies. A few pics included below if you missed these events.

This month we kick off with our ever popular Tour of Parliament on 23rd May (limited places) We then have a collaboration drinks event at the Obo furniture showroom in Clerkenwell on 30th May and round off with another social drinks get together with our Aussie Property cousins to enjoy the incredible views from the sunny riverside deck at Unispace on 13th June.

This month's member profile comes from Martin Aitchison who is an Investment Director with NZ Trade & Enterprise. Martin been living in London on and off since 1997. He is a big fan of Andrew Mehrtens and Tata Beach on Golden Bay and misses good ole "Fush 'n Chups" from home.


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Anzac Drinks April 2024                   Auckland Drinks April 2024

Lloyds of London Tour April 2024

Newsletter contents this month

  • Upcoming events 
  • New Members
  • Kiwi Jobseekers
  • Member Profile - Martin Aitchison NZTE

Upcoming Events

23rd May 2024 - Tour of Parliament - LIMITED TO 30 PLACES

An insider's view of these iconic buildings including some fascinating insights into the workings of UK government. Andrew Rosindell is MP for Romford and co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Australia and New Zealand which is charged with furthering UK Government relationships with NZ and Australia. Andrew's team's Parliament tours are both educational and entertaining and we will follow with drinks at a venue nearby. Please note that whilst the Tour of Parliament itself is free of charge the ticket cost covers post tour drinks and our admin costs.

23rd May 2024 - Tour of Houses of Parliament - LIMITED TO 30 PLACES (

30th May 2024 - Networking Drinks at the Obo Showroom in Clerkenwell

Join us for a visit to the obo studio, showcasing the iconic NZ made noho collection set within a portfolio of ground-breaking and award-winning design-led furniture and systems for home and the workplace.

30th May 2024 - Networking Drinks at Obo Life Showroom (

13th June 2024 - ANZAC Drinks, Unispace

Join us for a few drinks and some Trans-Tasman property networking with our Aussie Property cousins in the Summer sunshine, We will be out on the deck of Unispace with incredible views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. Entry is free for paid KIP members but capacity is limited so book your place now. Kindly sponsored by Unispace.

13th June 2024 - ANZAC Property Drinks at Unispace (

See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2024

If you are planning to attend multiple KIP events during the year, you should consider taking out annual KIP membership which is only £49 per annum and grants members free or discounted entry to most events as well as additional benefits such as listing on our member profile page and access to our online speaker video library.

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New KIP Members this month

A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community this month.

  • Maria Tam - Make Architects - Architect (NZ Hometown - Palmerston North)
  • Kathryn Palmer - seeking work - Legal (Palmerston North)
  • Emily Hu - seeking work - Legal (Wellington)
  • Alex Sear - ADP - Consultant (Auckland)
  • Nick Karton - seeking work (Hamilton)
  • Fraser Gemmell - Pepper Advantage - Consultant (Auckland)
  • Alice Liu - NH Valuers - Valuer (Auckland)
  • Tasmyn Harris - ATD Developments - Construction (Hamiliton)
  • James Duanmu - Silverfin Capital - Investor (Auckland)
  • Leo English - seeking work ex ANZ - Banking (Wellington)
  • Shivneel Lingham - seeking work - Project Management (Auckland)
  • Mark Tenhagen - Parkable - Proptech (Rotorua)
  • James Bragg - New Ground Capital - Developer (Auckland)
  • Nikki Sturt-Brown - seeking work - Insurance (Auckland)
  • Sarah L'Amie - Beca - Valuer (Auckland)
  • Jackie Rooke - Addleshaw Goddard - Legal (Nelson)
  • Jane Watson - XY Sense - Proptech (Melbourne)
  • Jack Galliven - Health NZ - Property Manager (Auckland)
  • Andre McNamara -seeking work - Investment  (Auckland)
  • Rommel Layco - Kaingaroa - Developer (Manurewa)
  • Hunter Casey - Ingenious - Banking/Finance (Auckland)

Kiwi Jobseekers

Please support any new kiwi 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 connect you with our extensive London Kiwi network.

The following newly arrived Kiwis are currently seeking roles. See our jobseekers page at Kiwis In Property for more detail.

Andre McNamara - 6 years NZ  agency experience with Savills, Commercial Realty & Colliers - seeking a role in transaction management and/or global occupier services. Andre is also interested in commercial and industrial sales and leasing opportunities
(73) Andre McNamara | LinkedIn
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Angus Swale - 5 years valuation experience with CBRE NZ and open to next property opportunity in London
(13) Angus Swale | LinkedIn
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Izzy Gibson - a Development Project Manager with 4 years experience at Kiwirail  arriving London early August 2024.
(15) Isabella Gibson | LinkedIn

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Chris Thompson - seeking a senior operational or consultancy role - significant COO and consultancy experience in NZ
(21) Christopher Thompson | LinkedIn
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Lesa Davidson - seeking a Development Manager role after 17 years experience with Kainga Ora.
(21) Lesa Davidson | LinkedIn
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Marcus Bolli - seeking development management role - preferable client side - 3 years NZ experience delivering residential, commercial and industrial projects.
(34) Marcus Bolli | LinkedIn
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Are you planning to head to the UK to work this year?

Join Kiwis in Property and we can help you get the best UK working experience!

Our annual membership fee of just £49 includes the following benefits for new arrivals:

  • Free profile on our website jobseekers directory
  • Republished in our monthly newsletter read by over 1000 UK  based property Kiwis
  • Shout outs on social media including LinkedIn reaching a property audience of 5000 plus
  • Ability to make direct contact with London based Kiwis via our members directory
  • Personal introductions to Kiwis already working in relevant sectors
  • Free or discounted entry to KIP networking and social events (KIP membership generally pays for itself after 2-3 events).
Signing up is easy just login to , go to your dashboard and upgrade your subscription. You can then add your profile to the jobseekers directory and/or the general members directory. If you need help or have any questions send us a message to [email protected] and we can set up a zoom chat before you arrive.



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]

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.

Kiwis in Property Member Profile

60 Seconds with…Martin Aitchison

NZ hometown: Christchurch
Company: New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Role: Investment Director
What is your connection with the property sector?  I own a property, I did one Property management paper at Lincoln
How long have you been in the UK? This is my second tour of duty, September 2021, prior to that 1997 to 2004
What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?  Network, Network, Network, don’t rely on social media (ie LinkedIn) to find a job
What is your number one London recommendation? Don’t stop being a tourist, so many things to see and do. A big fan of the West end
What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?  Where do I start? We punch above out weight in all spheres of life including sport and business.
How can other KIP members help you? I am always looking to grow my investor network as my job is attracting Investment into New Zealand.

How can you help other KIP members? Happy to leverage my network for introductions.

Kiwi fun facts
Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?   Andrew Mehrtens
Favourite beach?  Tata Beach, Golden Bay
NZ food you miss most?   Fish & Chups
Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?   Chris Luxon to provide my views on how to make NZ an attractive investment destination, which in turn raises Kiwi’s standard of living  




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