New Zealand Newsletter Friday July 13, 2018

THANK YOU JULIE FRY – Fellow NZer Julie Fry is a consulting economist and author who divides her time between New York and a family kūmara farm near Motueka.

Her latest project, AmbitionNZ, explores how ambition features in the national character and conversation of New Zealanders. The project is designed to encourage more New Zealanders to be more ambitious about more things: sport and business; family and community life; music and the arts; science, technology, education and the future; our environment, culture, and heritage; and our wider wellbeing.

The AmbitionNZ team would love to find out whether Kiwis who have moved away think differently from those at home in terms of how ambitious we are, what we’re ambitious about, and what we think about ambitious people. 

You can fill out the survey at https://ambition.nz/#survey and find out more about the project while you’re there. Please share the link! 

The survey results will be used in a book coming out later this year. The website will also host short video interviews about ambition with New Zealanders from all walks of life – if you’re interested in being interviewed, drop Julie an email: julie@ambition.nz.

Shout out: the ambition.nz site and branding are the work of another NYC-based Motueka export, Ronnie Peters, and his team at 360 Design.

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APARTMENT FOR RENT IN BROOKLYN: – Top floor of a Victorian house, one minute from the Q train stop, 35 minutes to midtown Manhattan. Fully furnished and equipped, with a large main room with open kitchen, one large and one small bedroom (could become an office), bathroom with shower. One block from shopping street with several excellent restaurants and coffee bars, organic food market, supermarket, dry cleaner, pharmacies, library, Sunday Farmers’ Market. Cats welcome but no dogs. A quiet, sunny space. WiFi, TV all utilities included. Available early September. Monthly rent $2000. Call 718 469 2767.

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SITUATIONS WANTED: – Rosel Labone is here on a 12 month J1 Visa and is looking for workhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rosellabone/  She has over 14 years administration experience, including EA work as a Legal Secretary at DLA Piper (accounts, billing, software, scheduling, and international travel) and is experienced in database and data analyst roles across government departments, and as a minute taker and transcriptionist for hearing and visually impaired students and lawyers at the Supreme Court of Melbourne. Her other background includes culture and communications, as a journalist and grant writer, and she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music, and a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. For her resume and more information, please contact Rosel at rosellabone@hotmail.com
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SPALK ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED IN NYC: – Ben Reynolds and Michael Prendergast started Spalk after growing frustrated with Justin Marshall’s commentary on Super Rugby back home in New Zealand. They started doing their own audio only commentary and soon built an audience of tens of thousands who were muting their TVs and listening to their commentary instead of Justin Marshall & Nisbo. BUT, they received a lot of complaints that their commentary was out of time with the live video on TV.

So they built Spalk. Spalk’s Virtual Sportscasting Studio allows broadcasters, sports leagues and teams to offer hundreds of different commentary options on their existing live coverage. Commentators can call games, without having to travel, from a laptop anywhere in the world and Spalk’s technology ensures lip-sync perfect synchronisation between the alternate commentary and live video stream. This means broadcasters can offer multi-lingual, comedic and influencer commentators and fans can get commentary customised to suit their preferences.

Spalk works with broadcasters and sports organisations like Māori Television, FIBA & World Rugby to power commentary for thousands of the world’s biggest sporting events. Ben has recently relocated to NYC as they increase their focus on the North American market – particularly college athletics. With a team of 8 split across the US and NZ, Ben is eager to meet Kiwi’s in the sports and broadcast industries and get involved in the expat community up here in the city.

You can reach Ben at ben@spalk.co, +1 646-659-6509 or +64 21-101-4896

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 INTRODUCING GEORGETTE POLLOCK-JOHNSTON: Georgette has recently arrived in NYC on the J1 visa (one year after graduation can work anywhere visa), and is looking for work in the fashion industry and more importantly looking for accommodation. She and another NZ friend are looking for an apartment for 2 people for a year or maybe joining an existing roommate.

 For Georgette’s resume and other information, please contact her directly at georgettepollockjohnston@gmail.com

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT DEPT: – Some of you might remember Michael Hobbs who spent time in NYC some years ago and who recently graduated from Stamford with an MBA. Michael (son of the late former All Black Captain and NZRU board Chairman Jock Hobbs) is currently living in California and is on the team helping change the face of the Kibera slums in Kenya through education with the construction of the Blessed Hope Primary School being the first step in the journey. www.blessedhopeproject.com

 

Michael’s work is so important despite becoming collateral damage in the NFL protests last year as this story in the NY Times explains –  https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/opinion/nfl-protests-football-trump.html


And this story from Rebecca Wright of TVNZ – 
https://m.facebook.com/SundayTVNZ/


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SITUATIONS VACANT – VINEYARD (in NZ) GENERAL MANAGER WANTED: – Stonyridge Vineyard is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries, located on beautiful Waiheke Island, which has been described as NZ’s answer to the Hamptons or Byron Bay.

Responsibilities – The General Manager will be responsible for both the strategic planning of the business and the operations of the winery and restaurant, with a key focus on demonstrating excellent leadership to our management team. The GM will be accountable for both the employee and guest experience, financial leadership including optimising profitability and revenue generation, as well as developing strong relationships with our loyal clients. The Location:  Stonyridge Vineyard is located at 36 degrees 47 S (the same latitude as Sicily and San Luis Obisbo), on Waiheke Island just one kilometre from white sand Onetangi Beach. Regular hourly ferries (half hour in summer) take just 35 minutes to arrive to/from downtown Auckland or you can choose to take a ten-minute helicopter ride, should you have one!  Waiheke is the Byron Bay of New Zealand, sophisticated yet still spiritual, surrounded by beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline and a climate that is warmer and dryer than most of New Zealand. It’s a paradise … a paradise that grows really great red wine!

 Applicants should please email them a covering letter and resume to blanco@stonyridge.com  The Selection team will include the owner and directors.

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KEN GRIFFEN EXHIBITION: – Ken Griffen grew up in Auckland. In 2006 he was awarded a University Scholarship for Visual Arts and went on to graduate with excellence from AUT (Auckland University of Technology) in 2009.  Since his graduation, Griffen has done two artist-in-residency programs in Berlin and LA, and has held several solo exhibitions.

His latest exhibition is 4 Eyes – 12 Months opened in Brooklyn (RSOAA Gallery 400b S 2nd St Brooklyn NY 11221) on July 13th and goes through until July 31st.

Viewings are by appointment (phone 347-673-3383) or by contacting him directly at enquire@kengriffen.com.

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OOPS DEPT: – Young NZ friend visiting NYC arrived wearing a shirt with “very” large MAGA letters on the front……

ME: – “Kevin, you OK wearing that T shirt?”
KEVIN: – “Sure, why?”
ME: – “I just don’t want you to get abused or yelled at”
KEVIN: – “I’ll be fine, why would I get abused”
ME: -“The letters….M A G A… are a sensitive issue these days, especially in NYC. It’s quite a political statement”
KEVIN: – “What, you’re kidding. People in NYC don’t even know where Auckland is let alone anything about the MOUNT ALBERT GRAMMAR ALUMNI”
ME: – “Would you like a cuppa tea?”


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CONGRATULATIONS JAN BROOK – On Co-Founding  the Koha Konnection.  The Koha Konnection is made up of 7 fabulous Kiwi Committee Members and is currently in the process of setting up as a nonprofit to help send fellow US ex-pat Kiwis home in time of immediate Family Need. 

Jan and her team recently published a cook book “BRING A PLATE” of typical New Zealand recipes adapted with American ingredients and measurements with current and former Prime Ministers, and other NZ celebrities contributing with their favorite recipes.  The info about the Koha and their mission is in the cookbook! They still have cookbooks available for sale for $25/book, just PM or email Jan at janbrook303@gmail.com for more information – proceeds go to the Koha Konnection.

The “Koha” mission is to ‘give with no expectation of repayment’ and to find out more, please contact Jan directly at kiwikohausa@gmail.com

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INTRODUCING SYLVIA VARHAM O’REGAN, a New Zealand freelance journalist based in New York.

Sylvia grew up in Wellington and attended Wellington Girls’ College.

She moved to New York in 2016 to study a Master’s Degree at Columbia Journalism School after five years working for a public broadcaster in Australia. This July, she published a story in The New York Times, examining the high rate of New Zealander’s being deported from Australia. He work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, VICE, Toronto Star and more.

 

To connect with Sylvia, email her at s.varnham.oregan@gmail.com.


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ATTN OTAGO UNIVERSITY ALUMNI: – Calling all University of Otago graduates: save the date for an Alumni function on the evening of Tuesday 30th October 2018.  More to come.  Questions? Contact jacinta@nzcalverley.com

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MAORI LESSONS IN NYC: – “Kia ora! A group of New Zealanders in NYC are aiming to set up regular Te Reo Maori lessons in the city. The idea is still in it’s infancy so if you have anything to help out in terms of a venue, or if you are interested in being a part of this then please either join the ‘Learn Te Reo Maori in NYC’ Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/678629282481891/) or if not on Facebook then email Hayden@haydenwithers.co.nz.”

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NEW ZEALAND’S “BROKEN SHED” VODKA: – Currently available in NJ, CT, MI, RI, KY and CA,  and adding MA, WI, DC, DE, MD, NV and expanding distribution in CA over the next few months with more US markets to come.  Broken Shed is the clean, crisp vodka crafted from whey and blended with water from the north and south islands to create the perfect vodka. Check the locator
http://www.brokenshed.com/locator/ to find an establishment carrying this fine vodka.

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WHO’D HAVE THUNK? – Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem that the official Wimbledon website is .com and not .net?

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SITUATIONS WANTED – Rose Hewetson is here on a J1 – Visa and looking for work in the food media/sustainable food and food distribution industry.

Originally from Wanaka and Auckland Rose attended St Cuthbert’s College and King’s College and has worked as a design atelier in Stockholm. She has also lived in France, volunteered in Jaipur and India. She completed her BA majoring in English literature, philosophy and French and completed her final year at Sciences Po in Paris

After graduating she returned to Melbourne and worked for a social enterprise, The Social Food Project, founded with the intent to connect people living in urban environments with local, regenerative farmers. She also started a supper club, Scotch & Rose, and hosted pop-up dinners at various locations around Melbourne, and recently co-authored a cookbook with my mother, Annabel Langbein, that will be coming out in September.

For more information please contact Rose directly at rose.hewetson@gmail.com

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Cheers

RIP Graeme Lindsay

Dear fellow New Zealanders and friends of NZ. It is with great sadness I advise the passing of New Zealander Graeme Lindsay today. Originally from Oamaru Graeme attended St Kevin’s College, and went on to become a Fulbright scholar and graduate from Massey University.

He moved to the US in 1974 with the NZ Meat Board and went onto run the NZ Lamb Co. in North America. Graeme was a pioneer of things NZ in NY City and beyond, such as founding the NZ picnic, co founding the Kiwi Club of NY, sitting on the BOD of Kea North America and the American New Zealand Association where he was instrumental in raising nearly a million dollars to support school Christchurch children after the devastating earthquake.

Behind the scenes he quietly helped many NZ companies enter the US market. He also helped individuals work through various issues always holding confidentiality. He was the go to guy for many including non New Zealanders. He will be missed by, oh ,so many.
Graeme’s wonderful life partner Nancy Hart will advise of funeral details and I will forward accordingly.

RIP Graeme Lindsay

New Zealand News Bulletin June 22, 2018

DENVER, CO: – If anyone is in Denver for this weekend’s New Zealand vs England rugby ‘league’ test match, please note that there are a number of fellow NZer’s attending and a get together has been arranged by the good folks at Kia Ora Kiwis. Check out their website at www.kiaorausakiwis.com for more details.

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 SITUATIONS WANTED: – Originally from London (an American citizen born overseas) and having spent the last twelve years living in New Zealand, Dani Larimer is seeking a new adventure, to live and work in New York. Inspired by the arts, in all shapes and forms, she enjoys looking at the world from different perspectives. Unafraid to take the hard road, she thrives from a challenge and is a quick learner. She prides herself on her work ethic and ability to form strong lasting relationships and has a Bachelor of Design (BDes) Double Major: Fashion Design & Communications Massey University. If you would like to know more about Dani, please email her directly at d.larimer@live.com

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DUB PIES: – If any of your neighborhood restaurants/pubs/bars are looking for a top quality pie they may want to consider the selection of pies from DUB

And not only do DUB supply the pies, they also supply ovens, warmers and freezers to get things going. Check their website at https://www.dubpies.com/

Or call Gareth Hughes at 718-974-1683


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CONVERSATION STARTER: – “In a bid to tackle climate change, scientists have teamed up with New Zealand farmers to try and make sheep a little less gassy,” writes Joe Pinkstone in an article for the Daily Mail. “Sheep, much like cows, produce large amounts of methane over the course of their lifetime through flatulence and burping. The greenhouse gas is one of the leading causes of global warming, making up around 16 per cent of all emissions worldwide.” “Livestock emissions are the leading cause of greenhouse gases in New Zealand.”

Check out more on this story at www.nzedge.com

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THIS DAY IN NZ HISTORY: – June 22nd, 1954 – Armed with a brick in a stocking, 16-year-old Pauline Parker and her best friend Juliet Hulme, 15, became two of New Zealand’s most notorious murderers when they killed Pauline’s mother, Honora, in Victoria Park, Christchurch.

The girls’ trial was a sensation. Much of the evidence presented by witnesses focused on the close relationship between Parker and Hulme, their absorption with one another, and their fantasies about becoming famous novelists. When their parents, concerned that the girls’ friendship had become obsessive and co-dependent, threatened to separate them, they had reacted violently.

Parker and Hulme were found guilty, sentenced to indefinite imprisonment, and ordered never to contact each other again.

The case remains one of New Zealand’s most infamous murders and lives on in popular culture, having inspired a play, Michaelanne Forster’s Daughters of heaven, and Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-nominated film Heavenly creatures.

The two young women were released after serving about five years in prison. Juliet Hulme later changed her name to Anne Perry and became a successful writer. Both she and Parker now live in the United Kingdom.

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INTRODUCING LUCY COLE AND DECLAN McKEEFREY: – Lucy and Declan are fellow NZer’s having recently arrived in NYC from Wellington after winning the green card lottery.

Both are loving life in the city so far and have been making the most of all the fantastic bars, restaurants, and entertainment the city has to offer.

They have made the move with the goal of building successful careers in Finance in NYC.

Originally from the Hawkes Bay, Lucy attended Woodford House in Havelock North before moving to Wellington to study Finance, Economics and Accounting at Victoria University. After graduating, Lucy spent three years in the Corporate Finance Team at Deloitte working on company valuations and financial modelling for public and private projects, due diligence and general financial advisory engagements. In this time, she also completed all three levels of the CFA program and is now looking to use her transferrable skills in investment markets, wealth management or corporate FP&A and strategy.

Lucy is passionate about health and fitness (she even worked at a gym part-time through University) and staying active whether through running, competing at CrossFit or taking circuit class. She has an active interest in property investing, as well as personal finance/investing and Fintech. Lucy was on the Dean’s List for Excellence at Victoria University, an AYUSA world representative and is a Duke of Edinburgh Gold award recipient.

Declan attended Wanganui Collegiate School, where he was Head Prefect, before studying for his Bachelors at Victoria University of Wellington. After graduating, Declan spent three years at Russell Investments in Wellington looking after their New Zealand client-base and selling mutual funds to retail and institutional investors. Following this, he spent two years at Wellington-based boutique Harbour Asset Management performing investment analysis, trade implementation and portfolio management support of the Fixed Income desk. Declan is also a CFA Charterholder and is looking to continue in investment markets either in research and analysis or client strategy.

Rugby and Cricket were Declan’s main passions growing up, where he represented both Wellington and Central Districts in age-group cricket and Wellington at Rugby. Declan was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cricket side in 2007 alongside current BlackCaps Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson and Tom Latham. Declan remains heavily active and interested in sports as well as personal investing, Fintech and small businesses. He also represented New Zealand at the Pacific Rim International Camp for Young Leaders in Nagano, Japan.

Both Lucy and Declan are interested in connecting with fellow Kiwis in Finance in NYC and any opportunities in this space. Lucy can be reached at lucyrcole@outlook.com and Declan at declanmckeefry@gmail.com

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SITUATIONS WANTED: – Gemma Keay is a fellow NZer  living here in the big apple. She moved over on a scholarship internship and is now in the job hunt market. She has experience in a wide range of industries and has completed a Bachelor of Business with honours in International Business and Management. Gemma is here on a J1-Visa and if anyone knows of any entry-level job opportunities in New York, please contact her directly at gemmaannekeay@gmail.com. Resume upon request.’ 

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 AH RATS!! – And how infested is your neighborhood?  Check out the Rat Map here
https://nypost.com/2018/06/06/the-most-rat-infested-neighborhoods-in-new-york-city/

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NZ News Bulletin

Kia Ora folks, I plan on sending out a news bulletin next week. If you have anything you would like included, – situations wanted – situations vacant – company news – introductions – pet sitting services – upcoming events – apartments to rent/sell/buy – etc. etc., please email me by Tuesday June 19th.

Cheers

New Zealand News Bulletin May 29, 2018

INTRODUCING CHRIS SPENCER – originally from Auckland Chris moved to NYC in January 1977.

Prior to his move to NYC he attended Kings College in Auckland as a boarder before graduating from NYU with a BA in Urban Design (Town Planning)

During his time in NYC was the Creative Director for Comedy Central before joining HBO where he ended up as an Executive Vice President. Part of the responsibilities as EVP included launching the HBO GO channel and developing strategies and launch materials for key International ventures with SKY Atlantic, HBO Nordic, HBO Asia and HBO Eastern Europe.

Prior to his position of EVP at HBO he was the creative lead in the in-house Marketing team at HBO where he worked on the launch of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six feet Under, The Wire, Deadwood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones and other well-known HBO series.

He is now based in Washington DC where he is the Executive Vice President of Marketing Creative for National Geographic Partners with a focus on the TV channels (Nat Geo, Wild and Kids), but he also works for the National Geographic Society. (The Society is 138 years old!)

When he’s not working Chris and his wife Kim are dedicated outdoor types and enjoy snowboarding, road cycling, mountain biking and scuba diving.

PS – Chris tells me he has no formal television qualifications – He got into TV completely by accident. While at NYU he worked as a liquor store delivery boy and some of the clients worked in production and got him a few gigs as a freelance Production Assistant.

Chris can be contacted at cbspencer58@gmail.com

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Want to impress your American friends this 4th of July? How about baking them an American Flag Ice Cream cake? Piece of cake……right?

https://food52.com/recipes/71568-american-flag-ice-cream-cake

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HENRY WONG DOE – Famed NZ pianist Henry Wong Doe is performing with his friend Julliard colleague Eugenia Choi Yamaha Artist Services New York, June 28, 7:00pm. The program will include Beethoven’s great Kreutzer sonata, alongside the charming, folk-inspired Sonata No. 2 by Grieg.

Prior to this, he will be giving the world premiere of composer Daniel Temkin’s work Dreamed Landscapes for the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Conference on June 8,

Henry has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Sydney Opera House in Australia, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, London, U.K., Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay Singapore, and Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has been a featured artist at the Busoni International Piano Festival in Bolzano, Italy, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, USA and the Brussels Piano Festival in Belgium.

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CONVERSATION STARTER (NUMBER 1) –On this day (May 29, 1953) Hillary and Tenzing reach summit of Everest. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/edmund-hillary-and-tensing-norgay-reach-summit-of-everest

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YIKES!! – It must have been a ghoulish sight. At the slaughter yards of Frankton Junction, near Hamilton, New Zealand, in October 1886, workers found a sheep picked clean to the bones. Some creature, they reported, had taken the carcass from the hook where it hung, eaten its flesh, and then departed, leaving only a strange trail of footprints unlike any other they had seen. Men gathered their guns and revolvers and kept watch for its return.

More Info here – https://tinyurl.com/ya5v332d

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CONGRATULATIONS ADAM JENKINS – Art meets entertainment meets information in this ambitious new project from Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore. Adam Jenkins, fellow NZer and Executive Producer at Framestore
https://tinyurl.com/y8xhmth6has architected a joint venture partnership with Hudson Yards, the largest private development in US history, to help develop the future of smart, urban environments. The interconnected digital displays will transform information, advertisements, data and entertainment into art, using unparalleled technology.

 Set to debut May 2019 the programmatic, real-time and personalized content will connect behavioral, shopping, location and social data from Hudson Yards visitors and residents to glamorously stylized displays. The project is the first of its kind—scaling bespoke advertising, news and entertainment content to thousands of people.

Adam can be contacted at 4adamjenkins@gmail.com

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 INTRODUCING DEAN (JACK OF ALL TRADES) WALKER – Originally from Blenheim Dean arrived in NYC in 1998.

He is the son of a Maori father (Joe) who was a shearer, and mother (Joan) of Irish ancestry who was a receptionist.  His dad worked for and eventually took over the shearing business of All Black Alan Sutherland.

Dean was bought up in a time when Marlborough rugby was at its strongest and the sport had a major influence on his life. He represented Marlborough in all age groups with his crowning achievement being selected for the South Island under 16 team and the New Zealand under 17 squad.

He attended Marlborough Boys College and represented them in rugby, athletics, softball and golf.

After college he moved to Wellington (Petone) where he attended a Maori Affairs Trade Trainee course in carpentry. While in Wellington he represented the province in under 18 rugby and excelled at boxing where he won the New Zealand Light Heavyweight Novice Boxing title under the guidance of Alan Scaife and Bill Byrne.

In 1992 he served as volunteer member of Task-Force Green to help Rebuild Western Samoa after Cyclone Val’s devastation. This volunteer group rebuilt a Hospital in Tuasivi and a College in Avao, on the Island of Savaii. While there he played Rugby for the Village of Avao.

1993/94 he was sponsored for an H1B work visa in New York City as a Model/Actor and while here played rugby for the Village Lions and the New York Rugby Club. 

In 1995 he returned to NZ and worked part time as a Social Worker at Epuni Residential Center in Wellington and continued his boxing career.

In 1997 he represented New Zealand at boxing and won his fight as part of the 100th anniversary of the New Zealand vs Ireland match when Bob Fitzsimmons won the World Heavyweight Title

1998 he turned Professional as a Boxer in the USA

In 2000 he started working in personal security for a former New Zealand and British SAS agent and in 2001 worked as a volunteer for during the 9/11WTC emergency. 

Dean considers himself lucky to have loving family and friends who have given him strength and support throughout his life. He is still in the Private Security business with many different clients and companies however, due to confidentiality agreements he cannot go into any details.

Dean can be contacted at dhwalker19@gmail.com

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CONVERSATION STARTER (NUMBER 2) – Did you know? Fellow NZer Paul Lasike will be playing for the US Eagles rugby team when they take on New Zealand Maori in Chicago on November https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/soldier-field-rugby-2018-chicago-usa-eagles-maori-all-blacks/

Paul went to school in Utah where he played college football and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Chicago Bears in 2015/16. He now plays for the Utah Warriors team of Major League Rugby.
More info here at the Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-paul-lasike-rugby-20180515-story.html

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AND FINALLY, DON’T FORGET – If you have dual citizenship you can vote in the NY Primary on June 1st (https://ballotpedia.org/New_York_elections,_2018)

 

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NEW ZEALAND NEWS BULLETIN MAY 1, 2018

Thank you for the compliments and contributions to the last News Bulletin. I’m out of the country from May 1 through May 15 so the next one will go out on/or about May 21. If you have anything you would like included, please email me details at geoffandrews@gmail.com before May 19th

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“DID YOU KNOW” – The story of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in NYC – From Andrew Webber. “From where I stood it looked like there were over 200 people at the ANZAC Day dawn service in NYC last Wednesday. It was wet, cold and windy but not as bad as what our grandparents, great grandparents, and family friends endured 100 years ago.

Eleven years ago fellow New Zealander’s Cris Stephen and Geoff Andrews were discussing how unusual it was that New York City did not have an ANZAC Day Dawn Service. This was coupled with the increasing challenge presented by the small existing venue for commemoration at the Anzac Memorial Garden in the Rockefeller Center, which hosted an 11am service on the Sunday closest to ANZAC Day each year, but which could only accommodate limited numbers.  Wanting to ensure that a dawn event that was accessible to all was put in place, Cris, ex-NZ Army and currently serving at the UN, and Geoff, former RNZN rating, decided to do something about it.

They began looking for a military monument in NYC that incorporated the Australian and New Zealand flags and thanks to Ms. Jill Manelli of the NYC Parks Dept. found the Korean War Memorial in lower Manhattan. Geoff sought permission from the NYPD and the Parks Dept. to hold a service at the memorial and permission was granted.

They then started actively raising the proposal for the staging of an informal Dawn Service within the NZ and Australian community in NY, where it soon gained momentum. Thereupon, Geoff received a phone call from the then NZ Ambassador Roy Ferguson in Washington DC asking….”What the hell are you doing Geoffrey? You can’t hijack ANZAC Day”, to which Geoff responded ”We were not trying to hijack ANZAC Day, Ambassador. We simply thought that a city as important as New York should have a dawn service, and Cris and I are prepared to put it together.” The Ambassador paused before saying ”You’re right. Carry on and let me know how I can help.”

With this encouragement, soon combined with the formal support of the New Zealand and Australian Consulates, the planning was put in place and word spread, resulting in the first Dawn Service in New York being held at the Rockefeller Center in 2008, attracting over 100 people. The scale of attendees soon made it clear however that the Memorial Garden would not be able to host such an event going forward, particularly as interest rose, and the venue was shifted to the Korean War Memorial.

The Dawn Service was held in that area until Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, which saw the venue closed for repairs until further notice. A decision was then made to move the service to the Vietnam War Memorial at 55 Water Street where it has been held ever since, now attended by hundreds of Australian and New Zealanders, along with representatives of the international military community in New York, and the United States military. A decade on, the Dawn Service is now a fixture in the calendar for both communities, and is a fitting commemoration for those that have served.

Lest we forget.

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“TRAVELLING WITHOUT BAGS” – Resident invites New York based New Zealanders and our friends to ‘Travelling Without Bags’ — a month-long experiential installation in the heart of New York City opening this Tuesday, May 1. 

The Auckland-based furniture and lighting brand Resident represents designers including Jamie Mclellan (now senior designer at Allbirds shoes), Nat Cheshire, Simon James, and London-based Philippe Malouin, the winner of this year’s Wallpaper* Designer of the Year award. 

 Over the course of May this year, Resident’s first independent show will be open daily to the public, media and trade, in a 3000-square-foot gallery in Nolita designed by emerging interiors superstar, Rufus Knight

 There will be events at the space throughout the month, which will cross over with the NYCxDesign Festival (11 — 23 May). 

 On 4:30pm, Saturday 19 May there will be a designers’ talk and panel discussion with Jamie, Nat and Philippe, moderated by design writer Sam Eichblatt. We would like to extend this invitation to the NZ community and anyone on your list with an interest in contemporary design, architecture, and interiors. 

 For any further information on this, please feel free to get in touch with Sam, who is working with Resident to launch the project: sam@sameichblatt.com

 Additionally, if you would like to make a booking for a consultation and viewing through the space during the rest of the month, please email francesca@resident.co.nz

Traveling Without Bags