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Rising Stars – November

In this new monthly post, we highlight our Rising Star of the month, highlighting a little bit more about some of the awesome people that work at Kiwi Movers and what makes us a great London moving company.

 

Adrian Cook – Team Leader

 

1. Where are you from?

Born in Palmerston North but live in the Waikato’s in a little country town called Te Aroha

2. How long have you been with Kiwi?

Since February 28/2/16 2years 8 months

3. Your background (training, previous jobs)

Farmer from NZ of 15years

4. Your role?

Senior Team Leader aka formy or foreman

5. What you enjoy about the job?

Mixing and working with the boys and meeting new clients

6. Best moment/memory on the with Kiwi?

Moving Kit Harrington ( Jon Snow from Game of Thrones)

7. Most challenging situation and how you overcame it?

Getting a sofa in a house hoisting it up and over a balcony and the look on the clients face when we get it in the house safely

 

 

 

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Rising Stars – October

In this new monthly post, we highlight our Rising Star of the month, highlighting a little bit more about some of the awesome people that work at Kiwi Movers and what makes us a great London moving company.

 

Thomas Aires – Operations Manager

 

1. Where are you from?

Havelock North, Hawkes Bay and Wellington more recently.

2. How long have you been with Kiwi?

This December will be 2 years

3. Your background (training, previous jobs)

I have a BA in International Relations and Criminology as well as management experience in a number of bars and pubs. I have also contracted to the NZ Police previously.

4. Your role?

As the Operations Manager, I am responsible for the smooth running of all aspects of our operation, from basic truck maintenance and repairs to inducting and training new staff, through to responding to the day to day incidents that arise.

5. What you enjoy about the job?

Dealing with a variety of personalities, whether it be clients, suppliers or staff. I enjoy the interactions with people from all different backgrounds and the challenges this sometimes brings.

6. Best moment/memory on the with Kiwi?

Too many to choose from, delivering to parts of the UK I would never normally get to see as well as meeting some really interesting people along the way

7. Most challenging situation and how you overcame it?

Breakdowns are the most challenging situations to deal with. While rare, they require creative and reactive thinking to organise recovery and minimise delays and costs.

 

 

 

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Rising Stars – September

In this new monthly post, we highlight our Rising Star of the month, highlighting a little bit more about some of the awesome people that work at Kiwi Movers and what makes us a great London moving company.

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Sam Goodwin – Team Leader

 

1. Where are you from?

The Waikato Region, NZ

2. How long have you been with Kiwi?

Since March 2015

3. Your background (training, previous jobs)

Back in NZ I was mainly at a dairy factory, along with dipping in and out of the music industry.

4. Your role?

Senior Team Leader, however when the crew gets together and the days mahi (diffciult) everyone’s ideas and inputs are taken on board.

5. What you enjoy about the job?

We’re here for travel, and to explore the lands of Europe and the U.K, so any job for Kiwi that takes you out of London are always enjoyable. Margate to Cornwall, Brighton to Manchester. We are lucky enough to get around a lot!

6. Best moment/memory on the with Kiwi?

Not sure if I can throw names out there but I’ve been lucky enough to help move a couple of idols and become (temporary) friends with them haha.

Again with the travel thing, seeing the English coast and small country villages are always memorable!

7. Most challenging situation and how you overcame it?

Driving past all the amazing coffee shops London has on offer.. and over coming it by leaving my card at home!

 

 

 

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Rising Stars – August

In this new monthly post, we highlight our Rising Star of the month, highlighting a little bit more about some of the awesome people that work at Kiwi Movers and what makes us a great London moving company.

Hayley Court – Office Manager

1. Where are you from?

Christchurch, NZ

2. How long have you been with Kiwi?

Just over 1 year

3. Your background (training, previous jobs)

Bachelor of Commerce in Mgmt & Mgmt Science.
Worked for 8 years with Countdown Supermarkets in NZ in variety of roles, most recently as Store Manager

4. Your role?

Office Manager. My job involves fielding inbound calls, booking surveys and jobs, quoting over email and phone for removals and shipping, preparing shipping paperwork, invoicing for all jobs, arranging parking suspensions. There’s plenty of variety day to day and keeps me busy!

5. What you enjoy about the job?

Keeps me busy & great team and environment to work in

6. Best moment/memory on the with Kiwi?

Getting to talk to Jon Snow (Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones) on the phone!

7. Most challenging situation and how you overcame it?

Balancing all the different aspects of my role when it’s busy to make sure everything gets dealt with in time. Prioritising and making lists (using lots of post it notes) helps keep me organised.

 

 

 

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London Movers – July Mover of the Month

The latest in our monthly London movers mover of the month giving a bit more of an insight into our staff and what makes Kiwi Movers a great company.

1) Date you joined Kiwi Movers?
Back in April 2013

2) Full Name?
Christopher Stewart Bone

3) Nickname?
Bono

4) Place of Birth?
Auckland, NZ

5) What is the most interesting London movers work you have done at Kiwi Movers?
We did job for a record label for artists such as The Prodigy , Basement Jaxx, The Cure and a whole bunch of other huge artists. We moved original tapes from their Wandsworth storage facility (a house stuffed from floor to ceiling with these tapes) into a storage unit.

6) Interesting Fact About Yourself?
Grew up in Singapore as well as New Zealand

7) In 5 years time, where do you see yourself?
I’m sure I’ll be a millionaire by then!

8) Favourite office person and why?
Regan! Because he’s the man. Obvs!

9) What do you enjoy the most about working for Kiwi Movers?
The flexible hours, plus over the last few years I’ve been able to come and go when needed. There’s always a friendly operations guy happy to give me work!

10) Best place in Europe you’ve been to so far?
It’s sorta Europe but not quite, but Turkey is my favourite so far!

11) Any advice for the new guys?
Lift like a pro and soak in as much of London as possible!

12) Why work for Kiwi?
The bonuses are the flexible work hours, seeing different parts of London and England as well as all the weird and wonderful people you encounter.

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London Mover of the Month – June

1) Date you joined Kiwi Movers? March 2016
2) Full Name? Adrian Cook
3) Nickname? Cookie or Whitey
4) Place of Birth? Palmerston North, NZ
5) What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers? A pop star!
6) Interesting Fact About Yourself? I am a dairy farmer manager in NZ. I enjoy going hunting, and travelling

7) In 5 years time where do you see yourself?  Hopefully back in Waikato NZ, milking cows and hopefully have brought a house

8) Favourite Office person and why? I have two favourites; Issac and Robyn.
Issac is fair and friendly and Robyn is nice to talk to and does a good job

9) What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers? Awesome workmates

10) Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe? Cologne, Germany
11) Any advice to the new guys moving in London? Work hard ,listen and have fun!

12) Why work for Kiwi? Good team to work with

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Mover of the Month – April

  1. Date you joined Kiwi Movers? February 2015

    2. Full Name? Matthew Owen Toomey

    3. Nickname? I always end up being called Toomey over Matt. Tombstone’s a variation sometimes

    4. Place of Birth? Dunedin, born and bred.

    5. What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers? Moving two 18.5T truck and trailers over 4 days to a dilapidated mansion was probably both. Some crazy items including a cannon and suits of armour.

    6. Interesting Fact About Yourself? Pretty obsessed with squirrels

    7. Hobbies? Was absolutely mad about poker before moving over, haven’t had much of a chance to keep up with it but definitely keen to get back into it.

    8. Favourite Office person and why? Kiri will be gone by the time this comes out so she’s the safe bet. She never reads the newsletter anyway…

    9. What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers? I love knowing my way around London. Makes it so much easier to appreciate how different it is from where I come from.

    10. Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe? Spain, Portugal or Croatia

    11. Any advice to the new guys? Watch the old guys and don’t panic. We all had no idea what we were getting into but we’re all doing fine now. For the most part. I think.

    12. Holden or Ford? So the choice is a V8 sedan or a V8 sedan?

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Mover of the Month – December 15

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Name: Mitesh Prema

Nickname: Mitz

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers: Every move is pretty interesting, would probably have to be a move that sends you out to the country side to a big mansion.

Interesting fact about yourself: Don’t really have an interesting fact..

In 5 years time where do you see yourself: Hopefully living the dream in either New Zealand or Australia.

Favourite Office person and why: Adam, gets quotes bang on..

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers: Get to see London and all the suburbs which is pretty cool. And enjoy the long drives out to the country side.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe: Would have to say Greece. 10 days around the Greek Islands is definitely a story and a half.

Any advice to the new guys: Listen to the guys that have been working longer than you. Ask questions if you are not sure.

Why work for Kiwi: Great bunch of guys to work with.

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Mover of the Month – October

Well done to our Mover of the Month, Sam Goodwin!

Date you joined Kiwi Movers? Mid May sometime, 2015. Been a busy and physical 5 months!

Full Name? Samuel Brian Goodwin.

Nickname? Had a couple, old mates called me Bones back in the day.

Place of Birth? Hamilton, New Zealand. Chiefs baby!

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers?  To be honest most days are different which keep it interesting and fun, from moving top night club entrepreneurs into mansions to American students into small lane ways that were used on Harry Potter it’s all got great twists and turns!

Interesting Fact About Yourself? Not really sure on this one – shameless self promotion however I’m a beat maker/producer in the evenings and days off so if you want a little something for an event or film clip hollaaahh!

In 5 years time where do you see yourself?  More experienced at Kiwi than Darcy haha. If that fails then hopefully back in the Waikato, living in Raglan and down on the beach for BBQs and good times every night.

Favourite Office person and why?  What a question! Can I say Toomey? He’s good at setting up social outings for when the All Black games are on.

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers?  Met a great bunch of guys with plenty of laughs, getting to see the city of London above ground is pretty cool. Had a good run of coastal jobs too this summer gone, lunch on the beach in Bournemouth was definitely a highlight.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe?  I’ve just got back from Italy so my mind is still lost in Venice, however I was blown away from the great outdoors of Sweden and Norway last year – Berlin, Germany still takes number one spot for me. Music/people/vibes are on point everyday.

Any advice to the new guys?  Listen to the veterans! Davidson usually has all the answers, but if it’s not correct, it’ll have you in stitches anyway.

Who will win Rugby World Cup 2015? A lot of hype about Japan floating about! But I’m filling this out in the car to Newcastle for the NZ v Tonga match, so I’ll have to say All Blacks. Kia ora!

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Mover of the Month – May

We have a super great team at Kiwi Movers, so here’s a profile on our mover of the month.

Date you joined Kiwi Movers: November 2014.

Full Name: Matthew Jarrod Long.

Nickname: Casper.

Place of Birth: Pahiatua, New Zealand (middle of the lower North Island).

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers: Any move I get to do with Willi.

In 5 years time where do you see yourself: 5 years time strength and conditioning coach for pro rugby team or full time karaoke singer.

Favourite Office person and why: No office person has bribed me enough to answer this yet…

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers: Good group of people at Kiwi.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe: Croatia best place in Europe so far.

Any advice to the new guys: New guys just listen to Reece Gutsell and he will sort you out.

Why work for Kiwi: Good team to be apart of and flexible for travel and other commitments.

Matt Long at Oktoberfest

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Staff Profile – Operations Manager

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Name: Dalena Dennison
Home town: Auckland, New Zealand.
When did you start with Kiwi: October 2014.
What was your previous job: Elite Personal Trainer at Enhance HQ in Brisbane, Australia.
What have you found most challenging about your job: Dealing with the maintenance for the Trucks and Transit Vans. This is an area that was new to me. I would usually take my car to my dad and he would sort it out for me! Now though, I have a pretty good understanding about them and we have great a great support team. It helps having a fleet of pretty much brand new vehicles though!
What is the most rewarding part about your job: There are so many things I like about my role. I get to see different type of removals being done, and I get to work on the jobs with the guys and with a great bunch of great people. Most of all though, I get to see places in and around London that not many people get to see.
Most interesting thing you have done at Kiwi: Doing removals in London is always interesting and poses it’s own unique challenges. Being in charge of a team of 30+ is a little more than the normal rugby team I’m used to though.
What does your average day consist of: My days are always different and challenging which is why I enjoy it so much. There is never a day that is the same.
You are quite an accomplished sportswoman, tell us about your sporting achievements: Australian Women’s 7s and 15s Rugby Representative. Earlier last year I had the pleasure of Captaining my side on a tour to NZ which then lead me to Represent Australia at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. In previous years I played State Basketball and was awarded a Golf Scholarship at the age of 14.
Best place travelled: I love travelling and I have seen so many beautiful places but “home is where the heart is!”.
Interesting Fact: I have two cousins who have/currently represent Australia in Rugby and Basketball. My father is one of 18 and my mother is one of six. I am yet to meet all of my extended family.
Any advice: Have an open mindset and take time to reflect on everything you do.
Why work for Kiwi: Great bunch of people, flexibility to travel and as a female it is very rewarding knowing you can keep up with the boys when you need to :-)

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New Office Manager – Dani Miller

We welcome a new Office Manager to Kiwi, Dani Miller. It’s great to have Dani join the team, and here are a few brief facts about Dani.
Home Town: Born in Durban South Africa, but lived most of my life on the east coast of Australia in Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre (Drama Queen)
Interesting fact about yourself: I toured Australia performing Shakespeare shows in 2014 for a Brisbane based Theatre company called Shake and Stir.
Favourite Place: Anywhere with a beautiful blue ocean (What am I doing in London?)
Favourite Sport/s: Netball and touch football, I also love dancing.

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Mover of the Month – March

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Name: Reece Gutsell.

Place of Birth: Gore, New Zealand.

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers: Moving stuff around the flat that Jimmy Hendrix lived in.

Interesting fact about yourself: Once met Sir David Attenborough and have played a game of international rugby while I was in Antarctica.

In 5 years time where do you see yourself: Back in NZ probably back in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, but definitely firefighting.

Favourite office person and why: Emma, because she puts up us!

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers: The boys are a good laugh and plenty of freedom to travel.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe: Morocco and Salzburg

Any advice to the new guys: Watch and listen.

Why work for Kiwi: Freedom and the pay is better then bar work.

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Mover of the Month – December

Date you joined Kiwi Movers? Feb 2013

Full Name? Matthew Michael Henderson

Nickname? Hendo

Place of Birth? Lower Hutt, New Zealand

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers? Moved the CEO of one of the largest English Premier League clubs, really nice guy and shared some really interesting information about the Premiership etc. Great for me as I’m football mad.

Interesting Fact About Yourself? I’d only been outside of New Zealand once before me and my wife decided to move to London at the age of 26.
In 5 years time where do you see yourself? In a mirror.Favourite Office person and why? Gibbo, loves details!

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers? Getting to work with a great bunch of guys who make each day interesting with all the hilarious banter that gets thrown around.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe? Croatia, sailed the islands from Split-Dubrovnik, stunning beaches, scenery and getting to jump off the yacht  into the ocean for a swim every morning was amazing.

Any advice to the new guys? Watch and learn and don’t get upset if one of the senior staff members ask you to do something! You’ll get your turn to boss other people around if you hang around for long enough! Above all use common sense!

Famous last words? Theodore Roosevelt quote, a favourite of mine.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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Mover of the Month

This month we say goodbye to a top man and one of the most professional team members we have ever had at Kiwi. To sign off he topped the charts (again) last month and here are a few parting thoughts:

Date you joined Kiwi Movers?  January 2013

Full Name?  Simon Blayne de Vries

Nickname? At kiwi! Tahi 

Place of Birth?  Invercargill

What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers?  Moving the CEO of Arsenal was interesting. Also moved a movie prop from war of the worlds which only just fitted in truck.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?  I’m from a place in NZ’s southwest corner making me further from London than almost anyone your likely to meet. I also own an award winning sheep dog.

Hobbies?  Almost all sports. Rugby, cricket are among my favourites. I also enjoy reading and cinema


Which Rugby team do you support?  Waiau Star,Wasps, Stags, Highlanders, All Black’s’s and anyone playing Aussie.

What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers?  Travelling about London and the home counties are good but the crew you work with on the jobs and in the office are second to none.

Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe?  So hard, the Netherlands and Turkey were massively special. Croatia probably gets the nod for a fun time.

Any advice to the new guys? Ask questions, listen and watch the experienced guys. Also take your time so as not to damage anything.

Famous last words?  Thanks to all that made my time at Kiwi the great experience it was. Blast off team rocket.

Ka kite ano

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Mover of the Month – August

Name: Hami Tangiora
When did you start with Kiwi? June 2013
Nickname? Hotcakes McFlurry
Where are you from? Christchurch, NZ
Interesting fact about yourself? I once had to tell a joke to Ricky Gervais on the Graeme Norton Show, it didn’t go well.
What you enjoy most about working at Kiwi? Seeing a new part of London every day
Favourite sport and team? Tennis
Favourite place travelled to? Iceland
Most interesting move? Any move that takes me outside the M25

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Mover of the Month – July

Name? Chris Hutch
When did you start with Kiwi? I started kiwi in April.

Nickname? My nickname given to me by Hami is McMassive.

Where are you from? I was born in London but my parents are from Ghana.

Interesting fact about yourself? Interesting facts I have competed in body building competitions, I can also play the drums.

What you enjoy most about working at Kiwi?  – The best thing about working for kiwi is the craic I have with the boys/Emma and getting to show off the guns!

Favourite sport and team? My favourite sport has to be strongman competitions.

Favourite place travelled to? The best place I have travelled to is Switzerland, I highly recommend it.

Most interesting move? The most interesting move I have done so far has to be for a rock star.

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London Mover of the Month, Darcy Vanhinsbergh

Yes, this is an actor’s head shot! Our london mover of the month is in fact an up and coming actor – Darcy Vanhinsbergh
Between parts, Darcy keeps fit by working at Kiwi Movers and will be playing the part of Laertes in Hamlet to be performed at the Riverside Studio between the 28th May and 22nd June. You can check out times and dates here.
Here are a few facts about Darcy:
Date you joined Kiwi Movers? When big green trucks were the things dreams were made of…..2010
 
Place of Birth? Penzance
 
What is the most interesting move you have done at Kiwi Movers? Just outside Greenwich…Horses and ladies of the night everywhere. 
 
Interesting Fact About Yourself? I was born with one eye shut for two weeks
 
Hobbies? Surfing / climbing
 
Which Rugby team do you support? Cornish Pirates….Because they arrrrrre the best 
 
What do you enjoy most about working for Kiwi Movers? The great guys I have the pleasure of working with on a regular basis.
 
How would you rate the English Summer? The best in the world. Fact (hasn’t travelled much…yet)
 
Best place you’ve travelled to so far in Europe? Basingstoke (see above)
Don’t forget to get us tickets to the BAFTA’s Darcy!
 

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New Foreman

A big welcome to our new Foreman, Nathan Fazer. 
Nathan is originally from Auckland and has more recently worked in Perth, Australia. Nathan has a back ground in Removals, Logistics and also a Team Leader in the Mining Industry. 
It’s great to have Nathan join Team Kiwi!

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Mover of the Month – January

Name: Glen Pearless

Date joined Kiwi:  August 2014

Nickname: George Clooney (G.C)

Home Town:  Nelson, New Zealand

Most Memorable Job at Kiwi: Driving to Bristol in hurricane force winds

Interesting Fact: Held the junior world record for 100m breath stroke in high school

Interest: Football, Travel

Rugby Team: Tasman Makos and anyone playing Australia!

What do you enjoy about working at Kiwi? The great bunch of lads, work place banter and getting to see different sites in London every day.


Favourite place visited? Belgium. I like eating waffles for breakfast.
Sports Played: Nothing at the moment as I am afraid of mud but I do enjoy playing football when I can.

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