New Zealand Newsletter, June 2019

The June New Zealand Newsletter goes out in the first week of June. If you have anything you would like included, please contact me by Friday May 31st

HOW ZAT?? – The annual Kiwis v Aussies cricket game happens in New York on June 1 and the Kiwis are looking for anyone with a cricketing background to play. You don’t have to have played serious level, just some club cricket experience is fine. Please contact Nikhil Puri at ASAP



THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE IT HAPPEN – CHRISTCHURCH FUNDRAISER RESULT– (from Angus Vail) “We have been tallying up the numbers for our East Coast “You Are US / Aroha Nui” fundraiser, and we’re hugely pleased to announce that YOU raised over US $25,000 !  

Not only did you turn out on the night and buy tickets and tshirts, but we were extremely fortunate that many of the usual expenses for a show like this were waived, the t-shirts were donated (thanks to Green Distribution) and other production costs were picked up by generous contributors, which means we can send the total raised on to the Christchurch Foundation’s “Our People, Our City Fund”, which is 100% dedicated to the needs of the terror attack’s victims, families and community. 

 Christchurch Foundation – Our City – Our Fund 

Not only did we raise money, but we showed the victims in Christchurch that we care about and support them. Some people who couldn’t attend on the night generously donated tickets, and the tickets were used by people from the local Muslim and Jewish community in Jersey City to attend the event and show solidarity with us. Among these guests was a Somali immigrant family, who were amazed at the Kapa Haka group and the range of incredible talent that performed on the night. 

Once again: THANKS to all those that made it happen! 


THINKING ABOUT A VISIT TO BUENOS AIRES FOR A SUPER RUGBY COMPETITION GAME? – Fellow NZer’s John Royal and Simon Leeming just did a 72 hour visit and here’s how it panned out.

“Buenos Aires is a great city, huge, great wide avenues with trees and parks, and barrios too, with a people of great hospitality and kindness. For us the rugby, being the only NZers in the stands surrounded by enthusiastic Jagueres fans. It was a great match with the score going back and forth until the Chiefs went ahead 30-27 in the last minute. A lot of deflated people there but so friendly to us. And as we stayed at the Chief’s hotel we go to mix and mingle, even being able to attend their afternoon practice before the game. And yes the team appreciated us being there.”

Here’s how they did it.

Itinerary:  72 hour trip from New York to Buenos Aires  

United from Newark 10pm arrive Buenos Aires 10am Saturday game day. Approx. $30 USD taxi to Emperrado Hotel which is the Chiefs Hotel

Informal meet and greet players and coaches in hotel lobby Lunch:  Great Argentine steaks available in hotel restaurant approx. $10.00 for lunch

2pm -230pm: 

As the only New Zealand fans in the hotel we were given permission by  Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper to attend light drills and games with team and coaches  5 min walk from hotel.

4pm taxi to Jaguars and Pumas home stadium  Estadio de Vélez Sarsfield 30 min drive from hotel.

Enjoyed local hospitality tent and events at stadium. 

640pm kick off 70 degree weather

Hard fought seesawing win  30 -27

Night time entertainment: Plaza Dorrego (Spanish: Dorrego Square) is a square located in the heart of San Telmo, in Buenos Aires.  Street performers, including street tango and music.

8am Sunday morning:  Steak and eggs at hotel restaurant congratulate Chiefs coaches and players over breakfast.

10am:  Plaza Francia  10 minute walk from hotel located right beside the famous Recoleta cemetery, the Recoleta Cultural Centre and the Buenos Aires Design centre. This market is the haunt of craftsmen who sell their handmade goods here, and is one of the best for jewelry in the city, as well as ceramics and textiles.

1pm steak lunch at hotel Emperador.  Enjoy the tranquility of the hotel grounds and garden.

3pm taxi back to airport via city sights. The most successful Argentine team Boca soccer stadium and The Casa Rosada  the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina.

Fly to the USA 9pm.

John can be contacted at
Simon can be contacted at


HUGH JACKMAN – loves DUB Pies. DUB Pies


INTRODUCING JOE SHEPPARD – Joe is a Kiwi archaeologist and historian now based in New York, where he recently finished a doctorate in Classical Studies at Columbia University on a J1 visa. He is looking for work in the education, cultural heritage, or publishing sectors — broadly defined — while he keeps himself busy preparing for publication many of the still undocumented antiquities held in local collections. Before moving to the US on a Fulbright scholarship, Joe received BA and MA degrees at Victoria University of Wellington and worked on correspondence and governance for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Joe’s interest in the Fulbright mission of intercultural communication has only grown during his time abroad, and as a Kiwi Muslim he has worked in recent weeks to bring more closely together the Islamic and New Zealand communities in New York. During the northern summer Joe supervises excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage site Hadrian’s Villa in Italy (Tivoli), where his team has unearthed a large residential complex for the functionaries who accompanied the Roman Emperor. He has also excavated at Pompeii and studied in Germany, Greece, and Turkey. In his spare time, Joe enjoys keeping fit with his local Harlem Run crew and rock-climbing.

You can reach Joe at or 347-949-0606.


KIWI LEADERSHIP EVENT: – Kiwi Leadership Network USA – NYC Speaking Event – May 18th 5-8pm

The Kiwi Leadership Network USA with support of KEA North America will be having an inspiring evening with top New Zealand speakers and a chance to meet new and old friends. 

Date: May 18th 5-8pm

Venue: 150 Nassau St PH, NYC


  • Craig Nevill-Manning,Head of Engineering at Sidewalk Labs, Former Engineering Director at Google New York City
  • Helen Klisser During,International Art curator, Advisor, and Photojournalist
  • Julie FryConsulting Economist, Co-Founder and CEO AmbitionNZ

Tickets are limited and available here 

About Kiwi Leadership Network USA:

The Kiwi Leadership Network USA is a 501c3 non-profit whose purpose is to inspire, assist and support the growth of New Zealanders in the United States through educational, social and cultural activities and opportunities. You can join for free on our website, follow on Facebook and join us on Linkedin


INTRODUCING GRACE NG – Grace recently moved to Orange County with her American partner and is looking for work in-house at banks, fund managers or professional service firms in Compliance or Operations. Grace is a qualified lawyer in New Zealand (6 years’ experience in Regulatory Compliance/Investment Funds) and previously worked in the Financial Services Team at Minter Ellison. She also worked at Westpac Bank in Compliance and the Financial Markets Authority. Grace graduated from University of Canterbury in 2009 with a LLB and a B.Com (Accounting). Grace can be contacted at or 424-362-6990. 



A seasoned strategist, writer and founder of a global, boutique brand consultancy, Megan Sheerin operates at the intersection of brand, business innovation and culture. 

Her work has helped entrepreneurs, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies to launch new brands, redefine existing ones, tap fresh trends and markets—and win awards. Having worked in New York for the past seven years, Megan is now keen to establish herself in L.A. and transition into a permanent strategic leadership role for a successful company or communication/cultural insights agency.

 With experience at Ogilvy and other A-list agencies and brands in the U.S.A., U.K., Australia and New Zealand, Megan is adept at cracking complex business problems that span categories, geographies and genres. Client-side roles and working with small businesses mean she’s equally skilled in leading and crafting the content and experiences that inspire people to embrace a brand, commit to it—and create value.

If your brand or agency has a suitable opportunity available (or you know of one), Megan would love to hear from you. She can be reached at: +64 27 222 3837



Front Of House Service Team!
You’ll be responsible for providing a naturally friendly, helpful, and responsive, level of service to all our guests.

Check out the Hoxton – The Hoxton

Open roles –
Cocktail Servers
Bussers / Runners

About You:
You have 2 years of experience in the New York City world
You execute. You get things done.
You’re a natural entertainer and host and service is at the heart of what you do
You have an interest in creating experiences
You are humble. There are no egos, and no drama.
You have an eye for detail
You’re a team player
Keen to take ownership of and pride in your work, a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to seeing work through and delivering results
You have the ability to learn quickly and adapt to new environments

Send along your resume and we’ll give you a shout if we think it’s a match! 

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WELCOME BACK VICTORIA: – Victoria Brownlee is looking for work with a high-growth New Zealand business wanting to take New York by storm.

Originally from West Auckland Victoria was the first New Zealand woman to intern with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, where she worked on security issues such as the North Korean nuclear crisis. She became the University of Auckland’s sole representative in NYC at age 23 after pitching a Special Project Lead role.

Victoria’s experience spans across Kea New Zealand, United Nations Youth and the US-NZ Youth Council. She has degrees in Law, Politics and International Relations. Transitioning into the business world is her next big goal.

Victoria can be contacted at or through LinkedIn.  


INTRODUCING ISAAC CERECKE:Originally from Auckland Isaac has studied at the University of Sydney and graduated with a degree in History.

He is now living in NYC and seeking employment in the advertising industry. 

He has worked with creative agencies and in his last position was head of new business development helping the agency Special Group win a number of high profile local and global brands such as Uber, Uber Eats and Tourism NZ.

He has a deep interest in the intersection of commerce and creativity and emerging technology. 

Outside of work he’s big on travel – with a trip always on the horizon. Please contact Isaac at 


FROM THE DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS TEAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO:The latest issue of the University of Otago Magazine is now available online.

Within this issue the University of Otago recognises 150 alumni heroes as the 2019 sesquicentennial celebrations continue. Read about Dr Ali Clarke and her recently released book, Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University, along with memories and photographs shared by alumni from their times at Otago.

We also invite you to take a look at the 150th anniversary calendar, and to register your interest for the Queen’s Birthday weekend events.

We do hope you enjoy it.


RESTAURANT REVIEW (by Kiwi Kitty Kat) : – Tao Midtown – Tao Restaurant has been one of my favorite go to places in the 15 years I have lived in NYC. It’s a great place to take friends visiting from overseas, the vibe, ambience and decor are well worth it. (NOTE – it can be very loud at times)

It’s a little pricey but if you share a bunch of the dishes it helps with the bill, Tao will only seat you once all dinners are present and even if you have a reservation say ay 9 pm more than likely you will not be seated for 15 minutes to half an hour, they have a Loungy bar that if you’re not careful while waiting for table can break the bank .

My loves

Lychee martinis 

Lobster and black bean sauce 

The fortune cookie on the desert menu, the fortunes inside are always a good laugh and great way to end the night.

You may even get lucky at dinner and sit next to Jon Bon Jovi as I once did .



Volkswagen Sausages




From Hayden Withers (driving force behind the auction)

Kia ora Whanau! You have less than 24 hours to place your bids! There are some CRACKING deals including flights to NZ which a currently below market value, tickets to Frozen at almost half price, tickets to Shakespeare in the park without having to wait in line. A signed all blacks jersey that we can ship anywhere in the US or NZ (So share this info with your rugby mad friends at home: this is a real deal here) some amazing art which we can also ship to the US or NZ and much much more! If you have been hesitating, now is the time to make your bid ! DO NOT MISS OUT


ORA GALLERY OPENING – On Wednesday April 24th Giarna Te Kanawa is resurrecting ORA Gallery for one week. An amazing group of wahine are over from Aotearoa for the Indigenous Women and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations. They will present their work He Tirohanga Ki Tai, Views from the Pacific Shoreline, Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. Please join Giarna for this artists talk and presentation, and feel free to share and invite others, all are welcome.

Nga Mihi



ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand military forces during World War One. The first ANZAC commemoration services were held in 1916, in towns and cities across both countries, and overseas in London and at the Australian Army Camp in Egypt. Following this tradition, every year at daybreak on the 25th April, Australians and New Zealanders gather around the world to commemorate and pay tribute to all of those who have served in our militaries. We remember those who never returned, those who returned injured and impacted from battle, and those who maintained the home front. We acknowledge those who are currently serving around the world, and reflect on the commitment of both countries to peace and security.

In 2019 the Australian and New Zealand Consulates in New York will co-host the Dawn Service, which is free and open to the public.

ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019 Time: 5:30am arrival for a 5:45am start
Venue: Vietnam Veterans Plaza  55 Water Street, New York City
Dress: Military – service dress or equivalent with medals.
Civilian – respectful attire, please come prepared for cold or inclement weather

RSVP: No RSVP required, service is open to the public as space is not limited

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From Hayden Withers –

Good morning everyone. Happy to report that 350+ people of all different communities got together in what can only be called something akin to the tv show ‘mucking in’  instead of a garden renovation we put on a concert. We gathered to raise funds for the families of those affected in Christchurch and to also show that we as people are united in not allowing this to happen again. What an amazing concert in Jersey City on Wednesday night. Potentially one of the largest gatherings of kiwis in the northeast in recent history- a particular highlight was the en mass chorus of kiwis singing along to Poi E with Ngā Ānahera Māori performing poi on stage.

More good news – tickets to “Shakespeare in the Park” have been added to the auction and you still have 4 more days to check out the You are us auction!

There’s an incredible collection of prizes to bid on – you could pick up an absolute bargain. All proceeds to the Our People, Our City Fund created by Christchurch Foundation to support the victims of the Christchurch attacks. 

Happy Easter to you all, and I hope the Easter bunny strikes with a vengeance.

DO not miss out