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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 April 2024

Hello Property Kiwis 

Welcome to our April edition.

We have three great events coming up this month including our Auckland Chapter drinks at The Fox on 18th April, a sold out tour of the iconic Lloyds of London building also on 18th April and culminating with a combined drinks with the Australian property group on 25th April - ANZAC day. We also have the ever popular tour of Parliament coming up on 23rd May so best book now for that one.

This month's member profile comes from Emmett Peters who is a partner at Addleshaw Goddard Lawyers and has been living in London for the past 25 years. Emmett is a big fan of Jonah Lomu and Oneroa beach on Waiheke and misses whitebait fritters from home.


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PS I caught up with fellow Kiwi Toby Kidman this week. Toby manages the Pacific Tavern PACIFIC TAVERN - PACIFIC TAVERN in Surrey Quays (Nearest tube stop Canada Water). We had a beer and a pie and plotted out a potential KIP event later in the Summer. The Pacific Tavern puts on great food and  live bands during the weekend so be sure to check it out!


Newsletter contents this month

  • Upcoming events 
  • New Members
  • Kiwi Jobseekers
  • Congrats to the new hires
  • NZ Job Vacancies - The Building Intelligence Group
  • GB Pensions - what is the 4 year rule?
  • Member Profile - Emmett Peters - Addleshaw Goddard

Upcoming Events

18th April 2024 - KIP Auckland Chapter Drinks (Auckland NZ) ***PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE***

An opportunity to reconnect with London returners to Auckland and for those thinking of making the move to the UK to speak with those who have been there and bought the tee shirt! FREE EVENT 
18th April 2024 - Kiwis in Property Auckland NZ Chapter - networking drinks - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

18th April 2024 - Site Visit - Tour of Lloyds of London - SORRY SOLD OUT - contact [email protected] to join the wait list

An insiders view of this iconic building and the centre of the London insurance industry. This event is in collaboration with Kiwis & Insurance and ticket price includes a drink after the tour. 

18th April 2024 Tour of Lloyds of London Building - EVENT SOLD OUT - email [email protected] to join the waitlist

25th April 2024 - ANZAC Drinks, The Carlton Tavern, London

Our Trans-Tasman property drinks get together. Welcome drink and bar snacks kindly sponsored by 4Site Recruitment. LIMITED NUMBERS - BOOK NOW

25th April 2024 - Kiwis & Aussies in Property ANZAC Day Drinks at The Carlton Tavern - Sponsored by 4Site Recruitment (

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.

  • Ben Reeves - NRP - Consultant (Auckland - NZ hometown)
  • Mena Singh - RBC - Banking (Hamilton)
  • Josh Ackers - Business Critical Solutions- Consultant (Whangarei)
  • Izzy Gibson - Seeking Work - Project Management (Christchurch)
  • Meghana Gaddam - Student - Auckland Uni (Auckland)
  • Angus Swale - Seeking Work - Valuation (Gore)
  • Judge Williams - Fabrix - Investor (Christchurch)
  • Thomas Gill - Beca - Valuation (Auckland)
  • Briar Dick - Beca - Project Management (Auckland)
  • Alli Hayman - SEC Newgate - Media/Comms (Melbourne)
  • Grace O'Donnell - Parkable - Proptech (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.

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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Kiwi new hires

Congrats to the following Kiwis who have recently successfully secured employment:

  • John Murphy - Flexioffices
  • Jordan Cole - Tideway Property Managers
  • Ben Watson - Thincats

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.

NZ Job Vacancies - The Building Intelligence Group

At TBIG we’re delivering projects which are making a big impact in our local communities. From Whangārei to Waihōpai, we have most of regional NZ covered! Our portfolio of work is diverse, centered on large vertical construction projects.

We’re always excited to hear from kiwis returning from offshore and bringing expertise back home to Aotearoa.
Let us know when a return is on your radar, we’d love to talk to you about joining our team! We’ll even contribute towards the cost of your relocation.
If you have experience leading projects and people in a consultancy or client side, we can support a return to your favourite part of NZ, in a role you’ll be proud to come home to.
Click here, to find out more and register your interest, or email Talent Acquisition Manager, Kathryn Granger -  [email protected]


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.

UK to NZ Pension Transfers 

How could the ‘four-year window’ affect your UK pension transfer to NZ?

There are numerous factors to weigh-up before deciding to transfer your pension, including potential tax implications. Read more about why timing is important. You can also download our free guide, ‘Understanding your UK to NZ pension transfer options’. Tony Chamberlain and the team at GBPensions will be happy to answer any queries you may have.


Kiwis in Property Member Profile

60 Seconds with…Emmett Peters

NZ hometown: Wellington
Company: Addleshaw Goddard
Role: Partner (Real Estate group)
Contact email address: [email protected]
What is your connection with the property sector?
I am in the real estate group of a law firm. We mainly undertake  commercial real estate work acting for developers, investors, funders, owners , landlords and occupiers of all types of real estate assets.
How long have you been in the UK?
August 1999 so coming up to 25 years
What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
Nothing too original in terms of advice. Usually the biggest challenge for someone new to London is finding work in their chosen field unless they have been fortunate to have something lined up before arriving in London. So my advice in that regard is get as much preparation done and enquires made before you arrive – CV all sorted (naturally)  and if possible to have contacted recruiters before you land. Speak to contacts in NZ who may have recently returned from the UK and friends etc who are still living here. Plan and expect for a bit of a lead in time 2 or 3 months (possibly more) before you get work in your field and be prepared to do some part time or other type of work which will get you out and about, meeting people and naturally bring some cash in. My niece arrived last May and worked in a coffee shop whilst applying for full time roles for a professional services firm – that work got her out and about and some cash.
What is your number one London recommendation?
So many but Hyde Park and the surrounding areas are hard to beat. Likewise getting to Twickenham to see the ABs play. Also I have never objected to spending a couple of hours in a London pub either!
What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
In terms of pride - I am still amazed at the heights so many Kiwis achieve on a worldwide level be that arts and entertainment, sport and commerce and we cant forget the roles that the likes of Helen Clarke performed at the United Nations. The expression “punches above their weight” certainly comes to mind. In terms of pride for us "kiwis" generally I think generally whole  we are pretty calm and easy going,  typically positive and don’t mind some hard graft.
How can other KIP members help you?  How can you help other KIP members?
I think the best help I can both give and receive from Kiwis in Property  member is keeping in contact, attending the events  and continuing the network.
In terms of giving I am always happy to meet or have a phone call people to discuss things.
Kiwi fun facts
Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
I think "favourites" change from time to time  but I think Jonah Lomu is the one for me – people outside of both NZ and rugby still talk about him and  not only about his prowess on the field but his genuine approachability (especially for kids) off the field. In terms of a sportsperson I admire I would say Wynton Rufer, who not too long out of Rongotai College (my old secondary school), played a major part in getting the All Whites to their first ever World Cup in Spain in 1982. 
Favourite NZ beach?
Oneroa beach on Waiheke Island where my parents retired to in 1999. Where  I grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Wellington,  Scorching Bay was hard to beat (on a good day!).
NZ food you miss most?
There are plenty of great NZ dishes/foods that can (sort of) be had over here - roast lamb, pavlova, muscles, oysters,  fish’n’ chips  and even  pineapple lumps but nowhere (as far as I know) has whitebait like we do in New Zealand-so it has to be whitebait fritters.
Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
Another hard one.  I am going to have to say Richie (McCaw) but in case he happens to be flying us home I will go for (Sir) John Kirwan who I think would be pretty good company-I met him quite, briefly, many years ago and found him to be a very pleasant and modest guy given all that he had achieved in sport and brought to our attention in respect of mental health.


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