Meet our team

Canterbury Property Investors' Association is a not-for-profit administrated by an executive committee. Elections are held annually in July.

Nigel Barker


Nigel purchased his first investment property 20 years ago and joined the committee in 2021. His background is in Export Sales and Marketing and he returned home to Canterbury within the past few years. Nigel wants to make the most of his opportunities with the CPIA by engaging with other members and in particular supporting private landlords in an ever complex
environment. He believes in the rights of property owners to manage and maintain their own properties whilst providing a necessary accommodation option in this country.

Kit Hoeben

Vice President

Kit is an active investor in residential property. He believes real estate is not only a great investment to get ahead in life, it’s also exciting and fun. Kit enjoys learning from other investor experiences and likewise loves to inspire and inform others on their journey.  No better place to do so amongst a network of like-minded people – if you own rental property joining your local association is a must. Even more so in recent and changing times, in which a regular review of one’s portfolio and adapting your strategy accordingly is important.

Shirley Berryman

Past President

Shirley and her husband Kent have invested in property since the mid-1990s. They have developed several properties in Rolleston themselves, and enjoy having less maintenance with newer properties.

Shirley has a thriving business that she runs from home, which offers her the flexibility to assist with managing their property portfolio. Kent and Shirley plan to add to their portfolio with select purchases to support a retirement lifestyle on their own terms.

Tosh Prodanov


Tosh came to Christchurch in the early 1990’s for a scholarship at an I.T. company, and started helping his father run three rent-by-the-room properties in the inner city. After his home was red-zoned following the earthquakes, he bought and remediated some as-is-where-is properties, and currently lives in one.

A member of CPIA since the mid 1990’s, Tosh has run the monthly breakfast meetings for the last several years, and has recently been appointed to the Guardians Committee. In these changing times Tosh looks forward to working with the committee to advance and promote the interests of members.

Lydia Au

Committee Member

Originally from Wellington, Lydia and her husband Chieu saw the opportunity to become property investors and began the journey of purchasing houses that needed renovating and then being tenanted longterm. In 2015 they started their own electrical business which has been invaluable with ongoing maintenance of property and compliance with Healthy Homes standards. Lydia loves networking and gaining insight and learnings from other investors within the Association, and her mission is to assist the Association by providing first-class events, speakers and opportunities for our members to connect.

John Cassidy

Executive committee member

John has been a member of the CPIA on and off for the last twelve years.

In that time as an investor John and his wife have bought, renovated and sold a couple of properties. They have also bought a couple of buy and hold properties in Christchurch and Lower Hutt.

As a committee member John would like to contribute to shaping the future of CPIA and its members.

Jacky Li

Committee Member

Jacky and his wife are the first home buyers and joined CPIA in 2022. After the COVID-19 economic downturn they realised the importance of financial education, and their learning journey began with reading books and attending courses. Out of the many choices of investment vehicles they have learnt that real estate investing fits their financial goals well. Jacky comes from a Android app development background, and belives his IT knowledge can help CPIA improve internal processes and the CPIA members to get the most our of their membership.