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Maat Group: Putting your investment dollar to work

Equity Investment Specialists, Maat Group, continues to bring value to the national commercial landscape and investors alike.

Metropol talks to Managing Director Neil Tuffin about how commercial property equity investment can make your dollar work harder for you.

What does the Maat Group offer and what does your name mean?
Maat Group is a commercial property equity investment company. Maat Group adopted the Egyptian goddess Maat as its symbol; she’s the goddess of truth, justice and balance.

What is commercial property equity investment?
It’s the purchase of commercial property as a direct property investment. By investing as a shareholder in a company formed for the purchase of an investment, the investor is able to purchase a larger property with a better yield than what is available if purchasing as an individual. The shareholder becomes a part owner in the property, along with other investors. The property is fully managed for investors including property management, financial management and general administrative duties.

How long do investors have to leave their money in the investment for?
Our equity investments don’t have any fixed time frame. Investors are encouraged to remain in the investment long term as this passive investment can provide capital gain over time. If circumstances arise that mean an investor has to exit, we can assist with this and facilitate the sale of these shares to the incoming investor. You can contact us for further clarification on our exit process at any time.

Do you charge any investment fees?
The company formed to purchase the investment property pays for the management for the property along with additional expenses such as accounting or audit fees. These are paid from the rental income of the property and don’t affect the distribution rate. The fee structure is set out in the product disclosure statement (PDS) which is available at the time of investment.

How often do investors receive distribution payments from you and is it taxed?
We distribute our returns on investments on the 20th day of each month. If you’re invested as an individual or as a joint partnership, we’re required to deduct your tax portion prior to your distribution payment each month. Our investments are run as a PIE investment with the tax rates of 10.5 percent, 17.5 percent and 28 percent. If you’re invested under a trust or company, you may elect a zero percent tax rate for your investment.

What is the minimum investment?
The minimum investment for our equity investments is $25,000. You can purchase multiple shares in each investment up to a maximum of 20 percent of the share parcels on offer.

Do investors earn capital gain?
The capital gain would be paid at the time of the sale of the property. Investors may receive a capital gain payment in addition to their original share price if the property is sold in excess of the original purchase price


It’s all in the details

Planning a conference this year and the list of options is overwhelming? Fancy treating your hard-working staff to a trip but you just don’t know where to start? What about trying to get your head around the logistics of organising a large overseas sporting event?



Often, this is when you need to enlist the help of the professionals and, in New Zealand, the HOT Events team is as experienced as they come.

Business Director Victoria Wales and her team have worked on projects during the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, international conferences, incentive (reward) trips and major events.

HOT Events is a division of House of Travel Christchurch City and operates within the best practice management of a TAANZ bonded travel agency.

Because they are IATA registered, it means they’re able to book air travel (group and FIT) for all clients, along with pre and post travel with specialist consultants.

So, whether you’re organising something locally, abroad, or you have international guests coming to visit, they’re more than happy to discuss ways to help.

“We love helping people no matter how big or small the project,” Victoria says.

“We arrange business travel and conferences, which can be an asset for a company if they don’t want to tie up their PA with all the bookings, we know the best suppliers, experiences and value, people can have. We know who to negotiate with and what will work.

“We can help out just with venue sourcing then leave it to you, or help book flights and accommodation.

It can be a little or a lot, even to the point where we can work with your marketing team to organise goals for the event, themes, programmes and guest speakers.”

Lately, the team’s been working on events taking place in Fiji, Australia, Hawaii, Cape Town, Canada, New York and Buenos Aires, but Victoria stresses they don’t only work offshore.

“We love hosting people who come here to New Zealand too, for conferences, incentives or sporting events. We’ll organise all the coaches, transport logistics… and we can’t wait to welcome people back to Christchurch.”

For this reason, they’re particularly excited about the opening of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre in October 2020, meaning a whole new range of possibilities for clients holding conferences and events.

Another boost is expected to be the announcement of direct flights into LA.

“For us to showcase our city to international clients and guests is brilliant,” Victoria says.

“It is a really good way of generating revenue for the city. They eat and drink in our restaurants, stay in accommodation and sometimes they make a family holiday out of it so they’re here for two to three nights and take part in activities and experiences.

“We’re putting Christchurch back on the map.”

For more, email or phone 03 371 6816.