Meet the Team
The key to successful investing is employing experienced advisors. This approach extends to New Zealand Property Solutions. We only employ ethically minded professionals who share the same investment principles as our clients, and who give total commitment to everything they do.
Please contact us if you're thinking about investing in New Zealand. We believe the New Zealand property market offers many exciting opportunities and that New Zealand Property Solutions can save you not only time and money but also help you make a wise investment for your future.
Chris Swann BCom, CA (PP), MBA
Chris is a Chartered Accountant and is a Principal and Director of New Zealand Property Solutions Limited. Presently a Consultant for Deloitte he also has a number of private company Directorships and is Chairman of a publicly listed company on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
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Chris has extensive experience in advising on property investments and developments including investment analysis, taxation advice, how to structure these investments and the best possible way to financing property transactions.
From this experience Chris has a strong knowledge and understanding of the property market and a strong appreciation of issues confronting property investors. The focus of New Zealand Property Solutions is in addressing these issues for its clients.
As a Chartered Accountant, Chris is a member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Chris holds the highest ethical standards through these memberships of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Directors in New Zealand. These ethical standards are upheld within NZPS.
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Graham Smolenski LLB
A Principal and Director of New Zealand Property Solutions, Graham has over 35 years experience in the property industry in New Zealand and Australia having undertaken a number of commercial, residential and resort developments. From this experience Graham has gained considerable knowledge of the property market and a strong appreciation of the issues confronting property buyers in buying, selling and managing their real estate portfolios. He sees the focus of New Zealand Property solution as addressing these issues for its clients.
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Graham Smolenski, a trained lawyer and barrister, has a background in business start up; company management, corporate governance and strategic planning; corporate financing, property development and private equity investment.
He graduated with a Law Degree from Otago University in 1973 and after initial practice in Dunedin and Auckland he went overseas. Additional studies saw the completion of two years Post Graduate work at Melbourne University, Australia, specialising in resource management and local government law/administration. On finishing his studies in 1977 he stayed on at Melbourne University for a further two years lecturing in these courses.
His law career has seen a focus on commercial and corporate law/local government and resource management law in both New Zealand and Australia. In Australia he became a solicitor with Mallesons in Melbourne then, after reading for the bar, became a barrister specialising in these areas. He practiced as a barrister in Australia and New Zealand until 1986 when he gave up formal legal practice to pursue a career in business in his own right.
The change in 1986 to business saw Graham working with a Hong Kong based Private Equity investment and development company – specialising in business analysis, strategic planning, corporate structuring and analysing investment opportunities – over a period of five years. He was founder and CEO for 12 years of the award winning Millbrook Golf and Country Club resort development in Queenstown (which hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Retreat in 1995 and the US Presidential visit in 1999). Before that he was responsible for the development of the Nugget Point Hotel (Queenstown), also the winner of a number of tourism awards.
The development of the Nugget Point boutique apartment hotel in the late 1980’s was the first title based fractional ownership apartment scheme. This was followed in the 1990’s by the development of unit tilted hotel management arrangements for the hotel at Millbrook, together with the commercial property, land and housing packages associates with the development of the golf course resort. The activities gave a unique insight into the legal and management of key factors affecting developers and apartment hotels as well as a deep understanding of the economic factors underlying the respective operations.
Prior to these projects Graham has been involved in a diverse range of property projects from the subdivision and sale of land in Queenstown and Tauranga to the development of mountain ski lodges in Australia and New Zealand. Since Millbrook Graham has been involved in two apartment developments in New Zealand as well as two of his own personal housing projects.
These days Graham has turned his focus to being an investor in his own right and in the course of this activity is constantly viewing and researching property opportunities throughout the country. In this regard his interests are in line with those of the clients of New Zealand Property Solutions in which he is an enthusiastic participant.
Past corporate community activities include Queenstown Airport Corporation (Vice Chairman 13 years), Queenstown Promotion Board (Chairman 7 years), Waitaki Development Board (Director 6 years), 50k of Coronet Ltd (a ski event raising money for charity – Shareholder and Director 4 years), Queenstown Winter Marketing Group (Director 4 years) and Wakatipu High School Board Member.
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Chief Financial Officer
Jackie is a Chartered Accountant and is a current member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Jackie has a strong corporate accounting background from her years with Pricewaterhouse and Deloitte where she specialised in strategic financial consulting for companies. As a property investor herself, Jackie has an excellent understanding of the property industry and is able to advise on various structures and taxation implications related to investing in property in NZ.
Prior to her appointment as General Manager Narelle held a variety of roles within New Zealand Property Solutions. She came to us from a background of financial services; having been a self-employed mortgage broker 6 years prior. Narelle embodies the New Zealand Property Solutions ethos and has a broad understanding of the property market and the intricacies of investing in property in New Zealand.
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Narelle has experience in managing marketing and operations at both a regional and national level. With her strong dedication to our clients and passion for investing in property she is well placed to take this company to the next level.
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Auckland Apartment Specialist
With over 20 years’ experience in the Auckland property market, Mark’s focus is on identifying and assessing properties for our clients. A licensed Real Estate agent in his own right, Mark has been involved in the development and marketing of a wide range of property for New Zealand Property Solutions including lifestyle blocks, commercial and inner city development sites and apartments.
James has recently graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management and Management. He has joined the New Zealand Property Solutions team to develop new and existing marketing strategies.
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James looks forward to using his passion and knowledge of marketing to positively impact NZPS’s marketing developments, whilst furthering his understanding of the property investment sector.
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Ian Possenniskie BCA CA CPP
Chartered Accountant & Tax Advisor
Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant who holds a Certificate of Public Practice and is a registered tax agent with the Inland Revenue Department. Ian has in the past been Chief Financial Officer of a number of public companies (including New Zealand's largest property investment company) and prior to his becoming our recommended accountant was CFO of a large property developer. He now operates as a specialist in property accounting doing annual accounts and providing tax advice.
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He already acts for many of our clients, including those living overseas, with a number in Asia Pacific. Owning investment properties himself and working with owners committees means he has extensive knowledge of most property situations.
As Ian works on his own you deal with him on a one to one basis. You thus deal with someone at the senior level but because of low overheads his fees are completive when compared to other providers.
He is available for advice 24/7 and modern technology makes communication simple. Ian can provide accounting and tax advice from your initial enquiry through to doing annual accounts and your annual tax return.
He is a valuable member of our team.
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Registered Legal Executive
Rebecca has over 13 years’ experience as a legal executive, both internationally and within New Zealand. She has worked with a wide variety of clients in major law firms in New Zealand and has gained specific expertise in working with internationally-based clients during their purchase of New Zealand property.
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Rebecca works within Glaister Ennor’s property team and based on decades of experience they have developed systems to get transactions settled quickly and efficiently. Glaister Ennor review and comment on each agreement and have a good network of contacts when other skills are required. Rebecca is a Registered Legal Executive with the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives.
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Commercial and Real Estate Law Firm
Glaister Ennor is a full commercial and property service law firm, based in the heart of downtown Auckland and has assisted many New Zealand Property Solutions clients with their legal requirements.