Experts in Development Finance
Development Finance NZ was established in 2017 because we believe that getting your projects funded should be a quick and simple process.
If the banks have said “no”, if you’ve got few or no pre-sales or if you’re planning to self-build then all it takes is a phone call to us and you’ll receive a clear set of finance options tailored to your project and situation.
Owners Kingsley Turner, Ian Laywood and Blair Brooks have a century of financial experience and know how to remove the typical hurdles and obstacles preventing you from progressing your plans.
DFNZ operates solely in the construction funding market for small to medium size loans $500k to $10m and will often get 100% of your project funded.
We believe that progress shouldn’t be burdened with rules and policies designed as a catch-all so when you get in touch you’ll know your development projects are safe in our hands.
Your Expert Team
Originating from the South Island, Kingsley Turner completed an LLB at Canterbury University before embarking on a career in finance with Marac Finance. Lending management roles in Auckland, with several NZ bank and non bank lenders, followed before he established GTF Capital in 2000. With GTF Capital, Kingsley set-up and ran various lending businesses and structured funding for a wide range of property projects and investments. Following the sale of GTF Capital, Kingsley began Property Finance NZ with Blair Brooks and Ian Laywood.
Kingsley is married with two children attending Otago University. He lives in Auckland enjoying all that it’s coastline has to offer but still makes time to head back to the South Island for some skiing, mountain biking and shooting.
In the mid 1970’s Ian Laywood began his banking and finance career with The National Bank of New Zealand, thereafter spending forty years working for several financial services companies. Ian consults to Property Finance NZ and is a founding director of Development Finance NZ. Ian specialises in construction and development finance and has advised on many projects throughout New Zealand including commercial, retail, apartment, marinas, low rise residential, subdivisions and hotel projects. Ian has acquired a vast and diverse amount of experience working with trading banks and second-tier lenders on projects from two to three unit townhouse developments to multi-million dollar hotel and apartment projects.
Ian is married with two grown up children and one grandchild. He enjoys motorcycle adventure touring, cycling, and snow skiing.
After attaining a Bachelor of Management Studies with honours from Waikato University, Blair Brooks began his finance career with Ford Credit and then Bank of New Zealand before joining GTF Capital and meeting Kingsley Turner. With twenty two years spent funding a wide range of properties including residential, commercial and industrial investments, multi-unit residential and commercial developments as well as large-scale land development and subdivisions Blair has the extensive experience needed to deliver tailored funding solutions for your projects.
Blair enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding with his wife and two daughters.
Construction & property development expert Robert Neil established Safari Group in 1996. Specialising in mixed use hotel-based developments, Safari Group has completed dozens of multi-million-dollar developments throughout New Zealand. Originally from Weymouth in South Auckland, Robert attended James Cook High School in Manurewa before completing his building apprenticeship. With over forty years expertise, he delivers significant value to DFNZ customers from an equity perspective, ensuring deals are strong, solid and viable.
Robert is married with two grown up boys who work in the construction industry. He is enthusiastic about providing advantages and opportunities to youth in the community and dedicates most of his spare time to Pakuranga Rugby Club where he is the chair.