New Zealand Office

  • Bernie van der Merwe

    Business Development Manager, New Zealand

    Originally from South Africa, Bernie and his wife Lindy emigrated to New Zealand in 2010 and 2011 respectively, they are now both citizens of New Zealand. They have two adult married daughters, one in New Zealand and the other daughter still in South Africa.

    Bernie has personally been through the process of Financial Emigration and knows the frustrations. Bernie has been providing a personal service to his clients for the past 30 years as a Financial Adviser. He has been in the Financial Services world both in South Africa and New Zealand and is very experienced and innovative, he is all about crossing the “t” and dotting the” I”. He will glide you through the complete process from beginning to end.

    Bernie has dealt with all the insurance companies and banks in South Africa whilst assisting his clients, along with advising clients on their tax affairs and was trained as an Administrator of Estates.

    Bernie and Lindy relocated to the Manawatu area in December 2015 and have made this their home, the expats of the Manawatu are very special to him in that he understands what they are going thru being new to the area and to New Zealand. He has many contacts that he is able to introduce to all the new members of our society.

    He is now looking forward to his next chapter where he will specialise and be of total service to you, your family and friends in ensuring that your Financial Emigration will be as smooth and as effortless as possible.

    Bernie’s hobbies include gardening and woodworking in his garage, and now that his first grandson is on his way he will be making a lot of wooden toys.

  • Henrico Kotze

    Business Development Manager, New Zealand & Australia Offices

    From the early stages of Henrico’s career he found a deep interest in asset and risk management, and realised that customer service and peace of mind was captured in the guarantee that your risk is secure and protected at all times. His aim is to provide an excellent customised service to every single customer.

    When Henrico himself was faced with making the big move to New Zealand in 2015, he was challenged at his own game, and had to surrender his financial profile to The Rand Group, who managed the transfer of his personal funds and managed his financial migration process.

    Henrico was recognised and approached by Rudi Stander, the Global Managing Director and founder of the Rand Group and is currently employed as the Business Development Manager for New Zealand. He is also the franchise owner for Australia.


  • Lijlanie Stander

    New Zealand Office

    Lijlanie has obtained the degrees BComm and BProc at the University of South Africa. In South Africa she practised as Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer and has over 13 years of outstanding loyalty to legal practice. Upon arrival in New Zealand she worked alongside Fred Baker at Baker Law in Auckland.

    Lijlanie is Rand Rescue’s Marketing Manager and Events Co-ordinator and is an integral member of the team, with nearly 20 years’ experience in senior roles. As an immigrant to New Zealand, Lijlanie is aware of how stressful moving countries can be and understands how important it is for Rand Rescue’s clients to feel welcome and safe in their new country, and the same goes for their funds! Lijlanie is committed to successfully steer the Rand Rescue Marketing department in the right direction. Lijlanie continues to devote herself to further studies.

    Lijlanie is very experienced in her field and has organised many successful events, both in South Africa and New Zealand. Lijlanie continues to deal with the day to day marketing of the Rand Rescue business in Australasia, while facilitating events Rand Rescue supports. Her efficiency and professionalism allows Rand Rescue to grow fast and to support the South African community in New Zealand. Despite her hectic schedule, Lijlanie always manages to allocate time to the community. She is the founder of SA Kiwi Chicks, who devotes themselves to serving women and families in Auckland and the greater New Zealand. In her free time, she enjoys the New Zealand lifestyle and spending time with her husband and children.

  • Mandie Van Dyk

    New Zealand Office

    Mandie has 9 years of administrative and personal assistant experience working for NZ local government. She is an experienced administrator who takes the responsibilities as Personal Assistant and Office Manager for the New Zealand head office. She will liaise with the South African office, partners and providers to ensure clients can be re-united with their rands.