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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 June 2024

Hello Property Kiwis !

Welcome to our June 2024 Newsletter.

This month we kick off with another social drinks get together on 13th June with our Aussie Property cousins to enjoy the incredible views of Tower Bridge and the Thames from the sunny riverside deck at Unispace. The last Anzac property drinks was a sell out do don't miss out, register your place now.

On 11th July we have our ever popular Summer Party at The Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale. The wearing of Hawaiian Shirts is actively encouraged (there will be prizes!) and your ticket includes first drink and a kiwi burger.

Finally I am heading back to NZ next month and on 30th July I will be speaking  at JLL's Auckland office about how our London group can help new arrivals. I will also be answering questions about life in London assisted by a panel of KIP returned alumni. If you know anyone thinking of heading to London to work do let them know about this talk.

Enjoy


Bryce
[email protected]

 


Newsletter contents this month

  • Upcoming events 
  • New Members
  • Kiwi Jobseekers
  • UK to NZ Pension transfers - managing the exchange rate


Upcoming Events



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 (kiwisinproperty.com)
 


11th July 2024 - Kiwis in Property Summer Party


Join us at for a few cold beers in the summer sun at the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale. As usual, the wearing of Hawaiian shirts is actively encouraged (there will be prizes) and don't forget your dancing jandals! Ticket includes welcome drink and a burger.

11th July 2024 - Kiwis in Property Summer Party
 

30th July 2024 - Kiwis in Property Auckland Presentation and Networking Drinks



Kiwis in Property UK comes home to Auckland. If you are thinking of moving to the UK to work in the commercial property sector come along to hear how we could help. Our founder Bryce Check will be talking about the group's activities in London and how we help new arrivals to settle in. Bryce will be supported by a panel of recently returned KIP alumni who can help answer any questions you might have about living and working in the UK. This event might also be of interest to NZ employers looking to connect with returning Kiwi property talent as we can help with that too.

30th July 2024 - Kiwis in Property Auckland presentation & networking drinks
 



See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2024
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/


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.


New KIP Members this month


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

  • Anthony Leighs - Portus Properties - Developer (NZ Hometown - Christchurch)
  • Taylor Bond - Mileway - Investor (Hamilton)
  • Veronica Cassim - Self Employed - Architect (Auckland)
  • Guy Turner - Grafton London - Developer (Lower Hutt)
  • Emily McFarlane - WSP - Accountant (Wellington)
  • Hannah Lee-Darboe - NZTE - Government (Wellington)
  • Sam Davies - Todd Corporation - Accountant (Wellington)
  • Sophie Hemus - Bayleys - Marketing (Auckland)
  • George Aitken - ASB Bank - Banking (Christchurch)
  • Kathryn Turner - Lands Improvement Holdings - Investor/Developer (Auckland)
  • Tom Adams - ex ANZ seeking work- Banking (Clevedon)
  • Nisha Taylor - Seeking Work - Marketing/Project Management (Auckland)
  • Anna McCrossan - Consentium - Construction (Christchurch)
  • Ben Sachdeva - WSP - Consultant (Christchurch)
  • Christopher Mahan - Simply Energy - Project Management (Wellington)
  • Kris Sakamuri - University of West London - Education (Auckland)
  • Lucy Bull - ex Ray White - Personal Assistant (Taupo)
  • Shani Annan-Baron - Mace - Construction (Havelock North)
  • Matt Maynard - Wealthbuilders - Banking (Christchurch)
  • Fergus Murray - Seeking Work - Banking/Finance (Nelson)
  • Jakob Zohs - Cumming Group - Construction (Rotorua)
  • Hetu Shah - CBRE - Agency (Auckland)
  • Alphonso Sales - DAC Beachcroft - Legal (Wellington)
  • Rama Hilton - ex ANZ - Banking (Auckland)
  • Sam Chevin - Commerce Commission - Government (Auckland)
  • James Woods - Gleeds - Developer (Auckland)
  • Rebekah Foote - Self Employed - Marketing (Auckland)
  • Stew Whitehead - Oritain - Consultant (Christchurch)


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 on the market or CV tips. 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.



Tom Adams - 5 years Private Banking experience with the ANZ and open to opportunity
(99+) Thomas Adams | LinkedIn
[email protected]



Sophie Hemus - 3 years marketing experience with Bayleys promoting residential developments and open to opportunity. Sophie arrives in London late July.
(99+) Sophie Hemus | LinkedIn
[email protected]



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
[email protected]



Angus Swale - 5 years valuation experience with CBRE NZ and open to next property opportunity in London
(13) Angus Swale | LinkedIn
[email protected]



Izzy Gibson - a Development Project Manager with 4 years experience at Kiwirail  arriving London early August 2024.
(15) Isabella Gibson | LinkedIn

[email protected]



Chris Thompson - seeking a senior operational or consultancy role - significant COO and consultancy experience in NZ
(21) Christopher Thompson | LinkedIn
[email protected]
 



Kiwi new hires



Congrats to the following Kiwis who have recently successfully secured employment:
  • Marcuc Bolli - The Cumming Group
  • Chris Swanson - Shawbrook Bank
  • Ethan Harrison - Royal Haskoning DHV
  • James Woods - Gleeds
  • Shivneel Lingham - Inchcape 


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 www.kiwisinproperty.com , 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.

 



ARE YOU HIRING?


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

‘The exchange rate between the NZ dollar and the GB pound isn’t great. Should I delay my pension transfer until it improves?’

We hear this question a lot, but actually it’s a bit of a red herring as you can “park” your transferred funds in sterling until you feel the time is right to convert to your chosen currency. A more important consideration should be the potential tax implications. Download GBPensions’ free guide, ‘Understanding your UK to NZ pension transfer options’. Tony Chamberlain and the team will be happy to answer any queries you may have.




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