Meet the team

Our team are carefully chosen, highly skilled and meticulously trained.

Jonathan Liong

Financial Adviser

Jonathan Liong is a highly experienced Financial Adviser with a passion for helping clients achieve their financial goals. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Jonathan has a deep understanding of the home loan, insurance and business market and is committed to finding the best solutions for his clients.

Jonathan is known for his exceptional customer service and attention to detail. He takes the time to understand each client’s unique financial situation and tailors his advice to meet their specific needs. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to refinance, or investing in property, Jonathan will work with you every step of the way to ensure a successful outcome.

In addition to his expertise in the mortgage & insurance industry, Jonathan holds a degree in Political Science and has completed numerous industry certifications, including the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services (Residential Lending, Health & Life Insurance, KiwiSaver & Investments). This, combined with his extensive experience, enables Jonathan to provide his clients with the highest level of professional advice and service.

When he’s not helping clients with their financial needs, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, cooking all kinds of cuisine & travelling inside and outside of New Zealand. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys playing football, cooking and racing his Mazda RX7 in his free time.

If you are looking for a trusted mortgage and insurance adviser who will go above and beyond to help you achieve your financial goals, look no further than Jonathan Liong.

Mitch van der Weert

Financial Adviser

Mitch is a registered Financial Adviser. He began his finance career with 3 years of study at Canterbury University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Finance.

Shortly after he entered the banking industry with NZ’s largest bank working in the business banking department for 5 years (four of which as a business manager).

His experience ensures you receive professional and accurate advice from the start.
He is passionate about helping his customers and ensures he provides exceptional service and follow-up with every interaction.

In his spare time Mitch can be found racing around Ruapuna in his Honda Integra Racecar, riding his jetski, or socialising with friends.

Kate van der Weert

Assistant Manager

Kate is a registered Financial Adviser. Kate joined the 9 Yards team in early 2023 and prior to that has provided loan and administrative support to the team periodically across the last 3 years. She has worked as a home lender for two of the major banks with 5+ years’ experience in these roles.

She loves interacting with clients and helping them meet their home ownership goals and provides a friendly approach that puts her customers at ease.

Kate also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Marketing & Management from the University of Canterbury.

Out of the office, Kate loves going for a run or bike ride, enjoying downtime with her partner & two kittens, and getting creative in the kitchen.