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 July 2022

Hello Property Kiwis 

We got a warm night for the annual KIP Summer party the other week and plenty of cold beers and hot pies were consumed. Congrats to our loud shirt winners Craig Daniel and Rosemary Lewis and thanks to everyone who got into the spirit of tragic fashion. Keep an eye out for our Xmas Jumper party in early December where we do it all again with mulled wine and we are hoping to lure the Flight of the Conchords tribute band back again!

A few pics from the night below and more can be found here https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/6Gri517af2

This month's member profile is from James Henry,  from the Deal Origination team at Maslow Capital. James has worked in London for four years, is a big Kane Williamson fan and can't go past a Mince & Cheese pie (although we suggest you check out Secret Goldmine Cafe James!)

The editor takes a much needed break in August so the next newsletter will be in September and hope to see a few of you at our next breakfast talk on 20th October - sign up on our website.

Enjoy, 

Bryce

[email protected]


Newsletter contents this month

  • Upcoming events
  • New Members
  • Kiwi Jobseekers
  • Job Vacancies
  • Member Profile - James Henry



Upcoming Events

20th October - Breakfast with David Gregson, Phoenix Equity Partners



David will be speaking to the topic of "Leadership" and is well qualified to do so.  Over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of thirty companies or charities. Most recently, David has been Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, which is responsible for tennis in Britain; Chairman of CGL, the UK's largest social and health care charity; and a Director of LLDC, which is transforming East London following the 2012 Olympic Games.

Register here:
20th October 2022 - Breakfast with David Gregson, Phoenix Equity Partners. (kiwisinproperty.com)
 



20th & 21st November - Kiwis in Property comes home to NZ 



Kiwis in Property founder Bryce Check will be visiting NZ in late November and will be giving after work talks about KIP in Wellington (20th Nov) and Auckland (21st Nov). These presentations will be of interest to jobseekers heading to the UK and to NZ employers looking to hire UK returnees. We will also be reaching out to KIP NZ based alumni to share their London experience and tips so please get in touch if you would like to be involved.

FREE Registration for the Wellington event on 21st November here
21st November 2022 - Kiwis in Property Wellington presentation & networking drinks

FREE Registration for the Auckland event on 22nd November here 
22nd November 2022 - Kiwis in Property Auckland presentation & networking drinks (introduced by Kent Gardner, CEO of Evans Randall Investors)


See our website for a full list of forthcoming webinars and events in 2022:
https://www.kiwisinproperty.com/


New KIP Members this month



A warm welcome to the following new KIP members who joined our community this month:
  • Angus Fraser - MMC Homebuilding - Construction (NZ Hometown - Auckland)
  • Kassandra Menzies - MJ Mapp - Property Manager Auckland
  • Franklin L'Estrange - ASB Bank - Banking/Finance (Wellington)
  • Helen Crawford - Avison Young - Project Management (Auckland)
  • Jack Hammond - Re-Leased - Proptech (Christchurch)
  • David Hill - Lawyer seeking work - Legal (Wellington)
  • Thomas Smeed - Colliers - Valuer (Auckland)
  • Andrew Bragg - JLL - Valuer (Auckland)
  • Gary Stevens - Credit Suisse - Banking/Finance (Balfour)
  • Tim Carnachan - Lawyer seeking work - Legal (Auckland)
  • Lachlan McGuinness - Willis Bond - Developer - Wellington
  • Sheryl Hargreaves - Harcham - Developer (Auckland)
  • Louis Justice - Great Portland Estates - Accounting/Finance (Palmerston North)
  • Patrick O'Shaunessy - seeking work - Investor/Developer (Napier

 

 



Kiwi Jobseekers

Our jobseekers page is actively in use. Kiwis In Property

The following newly arrived Kiwis are currently seeking roles:



Patrick (Paddy) O'Shaunessy - seeking an Analyst role
(99+) Patrick O'Shaughnessy | LinkedIn
[email protected]


Connor Adams - seeking an Account Exec/relationship manger role in Financial Services, Fintech, Insurance
(99+) Connor Adams | LinkedIn
 [email protected]


George Jenner - seeking role as an Analyst in Banking/Financial Services
(99+) George Jenner | LinkedIn
[email protected]


Nelson Greenwood - seeking entry level Property Development or Agency role
(99+) Nelson Greenwood | LinkedIn
[email protected]


Please support any new 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 put you touch with our extensive London Kiwi network.
 


Situations Vacant - NZ - Oyster Property Group - Capital Partnerships (Auckland)




Oyster is a leading New Zealand commercial property and fund manager and is recognised as a market leader in sourcing and structuring property funds and capital raising. We also manage a range of retail, office and industrial assets throughout New Zealand. At Oyster we are committed to Transforming Property Investment Together and it is this vision that sits at the core of everything we do. Our Values are what guide our culture, our day-to-day interactions with our investors, tenants, contractors, each other and how we deliver on our vision – we are One Team, Leaders, Courageous and Ethical.

This newly-created Capital Partnerships role, based at our Auckland-based office, is a key appointment for Oyster as we continue on our growth trajectory. In this role you will lead and execute our acquisitions strategy related to the strengthening and diversification of our Capital Partnership relationships and ventures to hit and exceed our growth objectives. You will manage deal origination and structuring and will drive the successful acquisition and divestment of capital partnership assets, including ensuring execution of the due diligence process.

You’ll have over 10 years’ real estate experience, with specific experience in real estate investment, ideally in relation to establishing new joint ventures in order to acquire larger assets. You’ll have had exposure to joint ventures across private equity, institutional capital investors and family offices and adept in your understanding of deal structuring. You’re a people person, build great relationships and as a proven negotiator, you have strong self-drives for results. Adaptive to change and open-minded to opportunities that present, you’ll fit right into the Oyster Investment Team.
 
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MAY BE, PLEASE CONTACT [email protected]

BambooHR
 

Situations Vacant - NZ - Project Management - The Building Intelligence Group
 

Project Managers…planning ahead towards your return to NZ? Keen on a back-to-back summer?
 
As a Project Manager at TBIG, you’ll get to experience projects in different phases, managing everything from design to construction and getting a project to the finish line – that magic day when people walk into their new building, or tamariki see their new school for the first time. 
 
We have 10 offices, giving us the largest footprint in Aotearoa – and the size and scale of nationally significant projects to match. Joining TBIG means getting your hands on a great range of project opportunities to grow your career. Perfect to learn, grow and upskill. 



Interested? Chances are you’ve googled us by now:
 
And here’s what you will have found …  The Building Intelligence Group (TBIG) is 100% New Zealand owned, by over a quarter of our 120+ people. We are proud to have worked alongside private, Government and Local Government clients for well over three decades – but most importantly, the reason we’ve stayed strong for so long is because we choose to seek to become better.  

If you want to be home for a kiwi Christmas and you’re thinking about your return, get in touch – we offer meaningful and interesting projects to work on, you’ll feel valued and backed, and the doors are wide open to working your way into more senior roles.
 
Go on – if you’ve read this far and you’re excited, take the next steps – we’ll even contribute towards the cost of your relocation back to NZ!

Click here,  https://bit.ly/TBIGrelocate to find out more, including other opportunities with TBIG, or to enquire email Talent Acquisition Manager, Kathryn Granger -  [email protected]
 

 

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]

 



Transferring UK Pensions to NZ



What should you do with your UK pension when you're back in NZ?
Hang on a minute! Hold fire until you understand all the alternatives.
 
GBPensions - qualified, specialist advice for your UK pension transfer options
From UK: +64 (0) 414 2089 | In NZ: 0800 427 693 (GBP NZD)
[email protected] | gbpensions.co.nz 
 

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.


Member Profile

60 seconds with..James Henry

NZ hometown Auckland
Company Maslow Capital LLP
Role Deal Origination

  • What is your connection with the property sector?
    • Extensive involvement within the UK’s real estate development market, across a variety of sectors, with my primary role the origination and structuring senior secured development finance on schemes throughout the country, with loans ranging from £5.0m - £300.0m. 
  • How long have you been in the UK?
    • Four years. 
  • What piece of advice would you give a fellow Kiwi new to London?
    • London may seem like a daunting market, but you’ll quickly find that it’s filled with a lot of familiar kiwi faces, that are always happy to help lend a hand, so don’t be shy about reaching out.  
  • What makes you proud to be a Kiwi?
    • Proud of our reputation that we punch well above our weight-class 
  • How can other KIP members help you?
    • Introductions to developers throughout the UK 
  • How can you help other KIP members?
    • Always happy to have a chat to those looking to enter the UK real-estate debt markets and share my experiences and advice. 
Kiwi fun facts
  • Favourite NZ Sporting Personality?
    • Kane Williamson 
  • Favourite NZ beach?
    • Whangapoua, Great Barrier 
  • NZ food you miss most?
    • Can’t beat a Mince & Cheese 
  • Who would you most like to sit beside on your next trip back to NZ and why?
    • Rhys Darby 


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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