Propellor Property Investments

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Propellor Story

Nikki Connors New Zealand’s Queen Of Property

Senior Property Strategist and Principal of Propellor Property Investments, Registered Financial Advisor

Known as the Queen of New Zealand property and author of the best-selling book A Fabulous Failure. Her career has spanned over 25 years as board member and Director of many multinational companies both in New Zealand and the UK. In 1999 Nikki was nominated for the Veuve Cliquot UK Businesswoman of the year and shortlisted for the UK Publishing Woman of the year; Finalist in the Next Magazine businesswoman of the year award 2016. A commentator within the property investment industry, Nikki has been interviewed numerous times by the NZ Herald, Sunday Star Times and Breakfast TV. Nikki has also been a guest speaker at various seminars and conferences including Women in Leadership and NZ Property Investors Federation and spoken alongside the ANZ's Chief Economist, Cameron Bagrie. Since Nikki's return to New Zealand she has been working with prospective purchasers to assess their financial and social position, their long term goals and then in conjunction with their legal and accounting advisers implementing property solutions to meet those goals.
Nikki Connors

Investing in real estate is not an undertaking for the inexperienced. Like any investment or large financial commitment, it is important that property investment is viewed as a business. When looking at property investment you need the right advice and the correct structures implemented.

The Director of Propellor Property Investments saw a need for a credible and truly independent company that could help New Zealanders secure a passive income through conservative property investment. We have been working with trusted professionals since 2006. The property investment model we use focuses on customer care and protection and has been very successful. In conjunction with our trusted advisers, Propellor Property Investments draws on this success and expertise, bringing professional property investment strategy into the New Zealand market.

When dealing with Propellor Property Investments, you will be supported by specialists. These specialists will act as your property 'business managers', as we begin the process.

We co-ordinate the entire process for you from working with our sister company Metropolis Real Estate to finding properties that meet your criteria and arranging due diligence reporting and sourcing professional independent services such as Accountants, Lawyers and Mortgage Brokers. As respected and knowledgeable specialists, the extended Propellor team are able to give you access to the most appropriate property investment stock from houses for sale throughout New Zealand.

We provide these services for both local and international purchasers.

Propellor's Senior Consultants

Keith Ward


Keith Ward’s background in business consultancy and management includes both success as an entrepreneurial investor and in real estate. Most recently, as the owner of a major central Auckland real estate franchise, he grew the branch from a staff of three to 39 within four years. Separately, Keith has held a number of private company directorships over four decades and provided strategic planning and business mentoring services for private clients and start-up angel investments. Keith assumed management of Propellor Property Investments in early 2018 as it undergoes a digital transformation that is changing for the better how the company connects with its market. He says, “I am pleased to be leading the introduction of a higher level of service and support for Propellor’s clients as we fine-tune our marketing strategy to align with the new intersection of media and property investment. We are constantly looking for ways to add value to our proposition for clients and to ensure a consistent service delivery across all our areas of expertise.”

Mike Hackett

Senior Property Consultant - Auckland

Mike has been a property investor for more than 25 years, originally purchasing 3 properties, one for each of his sons. At that time companies like Propellor were not around to give advice and support; consequently, he made many mistakes that ended up costing him money. He eventually got the correct structures in place. Mike has always had an infinity with Property Investment and had the opportunity to carry this through to a career path in 2001 when he was employed by a company that sold investment properties with Housing New Zealand leases attached. Mike has only worked for three companies over this seventeen year period and firmly believes that Propellor’s model is far superior to others and has far more benefits for the client.

Julia Rust

Senior Property Consultant - Auckland

Julia Rust has been helping people create strategies for their future for almost 10 years. Having seen the different changes to the market during this time, she has the experience to know that NOW is always a good time to buy and hold investment properties. She loves working with Propellor and offering tailored services that achieve the results you deserve. She possesses strong cross-cultural skills, empathy and a cheerful attitude. With these attributes, she will work as your strongest advocate to maximize your portfolio and streamline the process for you. Put your trust in Julia Rust!

Jon Clark

Sales & Marketing Coordinator - Auckland

Jon joined the Propellor team in 2016 as the Administrator/Receptionist quickly finding his feet in the company, Jon proved to be a vital part of the team and soon progressed up the ladder to the Sales & Marketing Coordinator. Jon is heavily involved in all aspects of the implementation of our marketing strategies and in the day to day dealings with developers specifically. Jon also liaises with the outside professionals that surround our clients, from Mortgage Brokers, Body Corporates, Property Managers to Solicitors.

Melanie Rouse

Senior Property Consultant - Hamilton

With extensive experience in the property investment field, both as an owner of investment properties and as an experienced property manager Melanie knows what is involved in getting the maximum return on your investment. 
She has been guest speaker at a number of NZ wide property management events and has been a guest at specialist international property management events.

Owner of one of the top 10 property management companies for Harcourts in NZ Melanie knows the investment market from the ground up. 
Let Melanie’s enthusiasm and dedication to the industry work in your favour and contact her today to get the most from your investments.

Krista Stokes

Administrator - Hamilton

Krista joined our Hamilton office with an extensive background in Business Development and Systems Operations. From working with an International non-government organisation to Apple Inc. she has developed a large profile of expertise. Her approachable character and dedicated work ethic helps her provide great service to all she works with. 
She is dedicated to making the Propellor experience a seamless process that caters to all.

Karen Devereux

General Manager - Christchurch

Karen has been a part of Propellor Property Investments for over six years. She is very experienced and has been part of this industry for nearly 20 years. Karen has investment properties of her own and her experience incorporates a strong understanding of Property Investment and the importance of utilising Professionals to make sure her investments works for her.

Trevor McGrath

Senior Property Consultant - Christchurch

Trevor joined Propellor Properties in 2011 when he returned to New Zealand after 30 years in Australia, where he worked as Sales Manager for a large property investment company. He also set up 3 Real Estate offices in Northern Brisbane before selling out to his business partner in order to return to New Zealand (just in time for the Christchurch Earthquakes). As a holder of Real Estate Licenses in Australia and New Zealand, his international experience in this industry is of immense value to Propellor clients.

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