INTRODUCING MICHAEL-JOHN (MJ) STEVENSON: – M-J Stevenson is a New Zealander who will have been living in NYC for four years this August. 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spending a few years in the U.K as a child, M-J arrived in Auckland, New Zealand at seven years’ old, and after a brief stint in Huia, he grew up in the Botany Downs area of Auckland City. He attended Botany Downs Secondary College as a teenager, before moving into the CBD at age 17 to study a B.Bus in Management and Information Systems at Auckland University of Technology. 

M-J started in telesales whilst studying, and upon completion of his degree, began to work in IT Recruitment Consulting, specializing particularly in software engineering.  

His first visit to NYC was in August 2012, on a three week vacation – he traveled to NYC more on a whim than anything else, wanting to experience something totally different to life in Auckland City – he quickly fell in love with the pace of the city, and returned for another vacation in the winter of 2013/14.  

After vacationing twice in New York, M-J wanted to find a way to immigrate to the USA.  As a New Zealand Citizen, there were few options available at the time – however, using his UK Citizenship, M-J was able to identify the E-2 Visa, and set about interviewing with British Recruitment firms operating in New York, that were willing to sponsor an E-2 Employee Visa.  He was successful in securing a role, and retained the services of a London based Immigration Attorney to assist in the visa process (all while still in Auckland City!). The case was somewhat unusual, as the US Embassy in New Zealand rarely processes E-2 Visas (in fact, New Zealand Citizens have only just been granted the ability to apply for them After a long interview at the Auckland US Consulate, M-J’s visa was approved in August 2014, and he arrived shortly after. 

M-J settled down quickly in New York, finding an apartment and adjusting to the pace of recruitment consulting in a very different environment to New Zealand.   Presently, M-J has moved from the agency side of recruitment to managing the Talent Acquisition internally, working for ORS Partners – a consulting services firm which supports organisations in growth and hiring strategy. 

M-J is married to Richard Lowe, a fashion designer whom he met here in New York City, marrying last year in May.  They live in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan and can be found enjoying the local restaurants and bars in the weekends (bottomless brunch can be a competitive sport!). 

M-J can be contacted at  – he’s very happy to share his experiences with the E-2 Visa and changing status to permanent residence, recruiting/Talent Acquisition or just a friendly chat!


AMBITION SURVEY: – Thanks to everyone who filled out the AmbitionNZ survey shared in last month’s newsletter. If you haven’t done it already, and you have ten minutes to spare, give it a go – and if you have, please consider sharing the link with Kiwi friends, whānau and your networks both in NZ and oversesas. Feel free to post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.  

 You can fill out the survey at and find out find out what the results so far look like when you’re done. 


 ROOMMATE WANTED: – Note from Sam Eichblatt. “After three years of happy co-habitation, my lovely roommate and good friend Mark is moving on to pastures new (aka Bed-Stuy), and I’m looking for someone awesome to fill his shoes in my two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, near McGolrick Park. 

The room is the larger of the two and comes with its own private balcony and lots of storage. As well as the downstairs living area there’s a large upstairs mezzanine, so we effectively have two living spaces, which is great for guests and allows us to not be in each other’s faces. Apartment is furnished, room is not. We also have a basement with washer/dryer + bike storage. 

My ideal person works outside the apartment and is positive, tidy, good at communicating, cat-friendly and drama free. Otherwise open to peeps of any background or orientation. 

You’ll be sharing with a female professional writer, journalist and strategist (i.e. me), a big dopey cat called Larry and a ton of plants. 

The rent is $1600 + bills, and you’ll be on the lease, which we’re re-signing 1 Sept. Move-in date negotiable for the right person.

The landlord needs proof of income.
Please feel free to pass on to other friends in your network, or get in touch if you’re interested, have questions or want to chat!


DISCOUNTED AIR FARES – Cook Travel is currently offering discounted airfares on International business class and/or Premium Economy to the South Pacific and Europe? Please contact fellow NZer Katrina Roberts at – – (cell) 646-469-7425.


INTRODUCING SALLY ROWE – Originally from Hunterville (in the Rangitikei district of the North Island) Sally moved to NYC in 1996.

Prior to her move to here she crewed on sail boats in the South Pacific ending up on a boat in Phuket Thailand. Always having an interest in film an old friend who worked for the Bangkok Post mentioned there was some film work if she was interested….

Finding work as an apprentice editor Sally moved with the films post production team to LA, a total culture shock! On completion of the film Sally moved to NY and enrolled at NYU for their summer film program and stayed…..She crewed on numerous films and commercials as a script supervisor and Comedy Central’s Emmy nominated “Chapelle’s Show” which was her last scripty hurrah before embarking on her own documentaries.

Her Emmy-nominated documentary “A Matter of Taste” serving up Paul Liebrandt about the famed Chef won a James Beard award and screened at numerous festivals, including SXSW, Tribeca, and Full Frame, and aired on HBO, BBC’s Storyville and Arte France. 

Her second feature documentary “Old Dog” about retired New Zealand farmer and dog trainer Paul Sorenson will be available on iTunes Sept 25th.2018. For a quick look at this film check out the 2 ½ minute trailer here –


SITUATIONS VACANT: – Small consulting business requires the services of a USA based accountant for tax purposes and compliance/filing of annual returns. New Zealand Green Card holder based between the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.  Please contact me ( and I will forward your details.


CRICKET PLAYERS WANTED : For the annual NZ vs AUSTRALIA Chappell/Hadlee cricket match August 25.
Venue: Amwell Valley Cricket Club, New Jersey.
Time: 11am start
Series is locked at 3-3.
Please contact Nikhil Puri at


SITUATIONS VACANT: – Registered Nurse with the UN Medical Service in NYC. Applicant needs to have permit to work in USA (and mention this on cover letter). Registered Nurse with current registration in their home country and 5 years post graduate experience.

Preferred experience in occupational health/public health or travel health.

Applications close 18th August.  Applications can only be done via the UN employment site :

Vacancy listed under: Nurse.
Job Opening number: 18-Medical-DM-100620-R-New York (O)


GISBORNE BOYS HIGH SCHOOL – great story about the school on the front page of the NY Times Sports Section on Monday August 6th



NZ early education software startup, Educa has a part-time social media person who they want to keep, but are looking to share hours with another firm, so looking for 10-20 hours a week of social media work.  Era just moved to NYC from Albany, with experience at Hearst Media and a variety of other companies, most comfortable in consumer and education. For more info, contact Geoff at


ON THIS DAY IN NZ HISTORY: – August 9th, 1908. Sixteen American battleships arrived in New Zealand with much pomp and ceremony. A feature of the six-day ‘fleet week’ stopover was a civic reception attended by most of the New Zealand Parliament, who had travelled north from Wellington aboard the ‘Parliament Special’ – the first train to traverse the whole length of the still-unfinished main trunk railway.

August 9th, 1930 – George Nepia plays his last All Blacks teat match – The 19-year-old fullback Nepia was one of the stars of the 1924–5 All Blacks, dubbed the ‘Invincibles’. He played in all 32 matches on the team’s tour of the British Isles, France and Canada. Still only 25, he appeared in his last test match in 1930, the final game of the home series against the British Lions. The All Blacks won the match 22–8 to clinch the series 3–1.


SITUATIONS WANTED: – Elise Le Compte has a J1 Visa and recently graduated from Lincoln University in Canterbury.

Elise is an ambitious individual seeking opportunities across the United States, with a particular interest in New York City. With a Bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management and Global Business, and a Masters in Business Management and Global Marketing, she is ready to put to use the extensive knowledge and skill set she has developed over the past four years, and join a company focused on optimizing their supply chain and sustainability.

With significant experience in logistics, administration, sales and hospitality; Elise is open to all opportunities. She is happy to provide a resume on request, and can be contacted at or via LinkedIn:


MONTHLY CONVERSATION SERIES: – Each month fellow NZer Cheryl Pearl Sucher hosts an author conversation series called “Between two Worlds”

It’s called ‘Between Two Worlds’ because Cheryl lives between the US and New Zealand.  

The conversations are not necessarily about New Zealand, but about the peculiar challenge of negotiating an artistic life across the hemispheres. Most writers live between many worlds – the lives of their families, the life of their paid employ, the unique life of their creative universe, and Cheryl’s conversations reflect the nature of the book being discussed.

The next conversation takes place on August 30th and is with Dawn Raffel about her book “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney” and how a mysterious European Showman saved thousands of American babies. 

The event starts at 7.00pm and is held at McNally Jackson,52 Prince Street, NY NY 10012.

 For more information please check the following link or contact Cheryl directly at


CONGRATULATIONS MARK D’ARCY (fellow NZer living in NYC): – on being named Facebook VP Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer. (

“Mark D’Arcy has been promoted to VP of global business marketing and chief creative officer, a role that oversees Facebook’s team of creative strategists and its more traditional marketing function,” writes Lauren Johnson in an article in the Business Insider.

“Facebook needs a plan to fit more advertising into its already massive network of services — including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp — in addition to the flagship social app,” writes Johnson.

“Facebook’s newsfeed is reaching a maximum ad load and the company is eyeing new formats like full-screen Stories and sponsored posts within Messenger. That’s where D’Arcy will likely focus his attention.”

“Under his new role, he’s responsible for the company’s creative efforts across Creative Shop and Facebook’s global marketing business team.”

“He will co-lead both groups with Carolyn Everson, also VP of global marketing solutions, and will report to David Fischer, Facebook’s VP of business and marketing partnerships.”

“The role is a natural progression of what I love to do – helping businesses tell great stories,” said D’Arcy in a statement.

“It’s an exciting challenge to develop new marketing programs and tools for all businesses from the world’s most established brands to small businesses and entrepreneurs that use our platforms to grow.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching him transform Facebook’s role in the creative community over the last seven years,” said Fischer in a statement.

“He’s a proven leader and talented storyteller who will bring a vital perspective to our business marketing programs.”

“D’Arcy has worked at Facebook since 2011 and created Facebook’s creative council in 2012, encompassing a group of agency creatives who regularly meet with Facebook to talk about new opportunities and challenges on the platform. Previous to Facebook, D’Arcy worked at Time Warner, holding the roles of senior VP as well as president and chief creative officer.” He is a graduate of Auckland University of Technology and attended Waitakere College.

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 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:

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


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.


SITUATIONS WANTED: – Rosel Labone is here on a 12 month J1 Visa and is looking for work  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

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, +1 646-659-6509 or +64 21-101-4896


 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


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.


Michael’s work is so important despite becoming collateral damage in the NFL protests last year as this story in the NY Times explains –

And this story from Rebecca Wright of TVNZ –


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  The Selection team will include the owner and directors.


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


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?”


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 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


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


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


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 ( or if not on Facebook then email”


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 to find an establishment carrying this fine vodka.


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?


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



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 for more details.


 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


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

Or call Gareth Hughes at 718-974-1683


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


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.


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 and Declan at

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 Resume upon request.’ 


 AH RATS!! – And how infested is your neighborhood?  Check out the Rat Map here




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.