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.
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 email@example.com
Want to impress your American friends this 4th of July? How about baking them an American Flag Ice Cream cake? Piece of cake……right?
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.
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
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
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/y8xhmth6 – has 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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:
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before May 19th
“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.
“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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling Without Bags
“ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE IN NYC – (REMINDER)”
DATE: Wednesday, 25th April 2018
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.
RSVP: No RSVP required, service is open to the public.
NOTE: Weather forecast for Wednesday is not good. Wear appropriate clothing.
AN ANZAC DAY EXPERIENCE – (By Robyn Drysdale) on the 100th anniversary
“We slept under the stars that cool April night… fifteen thousand of us, tossing and turning amongst the ghosts of so many fallen soldiers. The dry grassy slopes above Anzac Cove were obscured by a multitude of figures huddled in sleeping bags, awaiting the dawn. It came ever so slowly – a bare hint of grey over the clear, calm waters – a lifting of the blackness. An incredible calm permeated the air – a warmth of spirit – this was truly a place of rest.
The dawn service began at just the time the first troops would have been splashing their way up the beach eighty nine years ago, vulnerable to fire from the Turks entrenched in the steep bluffs and crags above.
The haunting sound of a horn playing the Last Post was perhaps the most poignant moment during the hour-long ceremony. When it stopped, the hush of so much humanity was overwhelming. Young and old alike took time to whisper a private prayer, wiping tears quietly or letting them stream down their faces, unashamed, as the morning sun rose, bright and clear.
Each person had their own reason for coming, and most were shocked with the strength of feeling that this place drew forth, tapping into a deep well of hidden emotion.
The previous day, on the 24th of April, we had travelled through the Dardanelles to Anzac Cove. There a huge plaque rises above the sands and crystal clear waters, standing sentry in that historic place. The great Turkish leader, Mustafa Kemel Ataturk, had placed it there in honour of the dead from both sides of the conflict.
As the mid-morning sun beat down, I began to read aloud:
“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…
You are now lying in soil of a friendly country.
There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us
Where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…”.
The beauty of those words squeezed my throat and I couldn’t read on.
Large green eyes stared up at me, reflecting my daughter’s confusion. “What’s wrong Mummy?” she asked. My husband picked her up, and as I ran down to the water’s edge with tears streaming, he read on for me:
“You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
Ataturk’s compassion for his enemy was a remarkable thing. Taking a tour of the national park, with its 33 cemeteries of fallen foreign soldiers, we learnt that the Turks did not seem to feel enmity towards the ANZACs, and indeed heroic deeds and acts of compassion on both sides saw a mutual respect develop between them. Even today, walking through the dusty bazaars of Istanbul, the traders love to learn that you’re a Kiwi or an Aussie. The people have genuine warmth about them and share a fellowship of spirit that you do not often find in the world today.
This year, on April 25th, it will be the 100th anniversary of the first day of the campaign that helped to forge the spirit of Australia and New Zealand as ANZAC brother nations. Those who do make the pilgrimage will never forget the experience. Gallipoli will be etched upon their souls forever.
Lest We Forget
“CALLING ALL UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO ALUMNI” – You are invited to join other Otago Alumni for (more) coffee and ANZAC biscuits immediately following the Dawn Service at Vietnam War Memorial. Please feel free to pass this info onto other Otago Alum we don’t reach with this newsletter and Otago Alumni emails.
WHERE: – Ground Central (GC) Coffee Co. #3 – 2 Coenties Slip, NY 10004 – which is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Vietnam Memorial.
WHEN: – 6.30am Wednesday April 25th immediately following the Dawn Service.
FOR MORE INFO: – Please contact Jacinta Calverley email@example.com or at 908-391-7128.
“CONVERSATION STARTER” – The Afghan Biscuit – Still, the origin of this crispy chocolate delight remains a mystery. The authors of Edmonds Cookery Book may have been the first to chronicle Afghan biscuits in the 1940s, without mention of credit or history. Likewise, the recipe’s name is of unknown origin, though speculation points to several rather unbecoming possibilities. The most harmless of suggestions likens the cookie’s texture to the landscape of Afghanistan, with the crushed cereal representing sand and the piled frosting and walnut symbolizing mountains. Others tie the biscuit’s inspiration to Britain’s involvement in the Anglo-Afghan Wars, which began in 1839. Afghan biscuits may have been invented for wartime care packages, or to represent “eating” the enemy. Indeed, there are mentions of the cookie as representation of an Afghan male, wearing a symbolic walnut turban.
“R.I.P CONNIE LAWN” – Constance Ellen Lawn ONZM (May 14, 1944 – April 2, 2018) was an American independent broadcast journalist. Lawn had a brief career in politics, working for a congressman and the 1968 Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign before entering journalism. She reported from Washington for several international clients and was appointed an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 in recognition of her services to New Zealand – United States relations. This included writing articles for the US market promoting tourism to New Zealand and its ski resorts. Lawn also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Press Club of New Zealand and had a champion race-horse named after her in New Zealand. At the time of her death she was the longest-serving White House correspondent.
“NANNY/AU PAIR NEEDED” – Candice Somerville lives in Montclair NJ and is looking for a Nanny/Au Pair (fellow NZer preferred) for her two children a two year old boy and a one year old girl. Please contact Candice at
“SITUATIONS WANTED” – INTRODUCING TAYLOR DUNCAN
Taylor was Head Girl at Orewa College and recipient of the Principals Award before graduating from AUT (Vice Chancellors Scholar) with a Bachelor of Communications in Advertising Creativity. She was an International Internship recipient, an AUT Student Ambassador and a member of AUT Scholar’s Society.
She has a naturally inquisitive nature with a genuine desire to understand behavior, unlock insight and utilize her skills at connecting with people. She is passionate about the creative process and is looking for a position within a company where these talents along with her ability at solving problems and collaborating with clients/creatives is the norm.
If you are looking for a fellow NZer with these traits, please contact Taylor at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 571-287-1003
“CONGRATULATIONS JAKE MILLAR” – New York-based, Greymouth-born entrepreneur Jake Millar (Co-Founder & CEO, Unfiltered) has been appointed to the Global Advisory Board for DocuSign by Chairman and former CEO, Keith Krach. Keith is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Ariba (acquired by SAP for $4.3 billion) and the Chairman of DocuSign. In 2011, Keith took on the role as CEO of DocuSign, leading it to 120x growth and over 200 million unique users in 188 countries. DocuSign is currently gearing up for an IPO in the United States and is privately valued at over US$3 billion.
The DocuSign Advisory Board has some phenomenal entrepreneurs, executives and investors on it, including, Kevin Leary (Shark Tank; Chairman, O’Shares Investments), Don Thompson (former CEO, McDonald’s), Rick Wagoner (former Chairman & CEO, General Motors), Jerry Yang (Co-Founder, Yahoo!), Dan Goldin (former Administrator, NASA), Chris O’Neil (CEO, Evernote), Adi Ignatius (Editor-in-Chief, The Harvard Business Review), Kathleen Lynch (COO, EBS) and Cody Sanford (COO, T-Mobile). Jake interviewed Keith for Unfiltered who shortly after invited Jake to join his Board.
“HOW KIWI CHANGED THE FOOD INDUSTRY”
Kiwi was the gateway drug. Native to southern China, where it was known as mihoutao, or monkey peach, the hairy fruit with the chlorophyll-rich, jade-green interior first started coming in bulk to the U.S. via New Zealand in the 1950s under the name “Chinese gooseberry.” It made little headway — perhaps due to Cold War-era fears of Communist China — before it was rechristened in honor of the equally fuzzy kiwi bird. But not until the early ’80s did it begin appearing with merciless persistence at restaurants across Manhattan, in tart after tart, fruit salads, compotes and even savory dishes, lending an algal tinge to beurre blanc. By 1983, it was stocked in every supermarket and featured in recipes on the back of cake-mix boxes. The New York Times declared it passé.
Complete story here – https://tinyurl.com/yalpb4ee
“SITUATIONS WANTED” – INTRODUCING ADAM CRISCILLO
Another Kapiti coaster, Adam graduated from Victoria University before heading to London where he began the first of 14 years with Viacom. Adam moved to NYC to lead Content Operations at Viacom International for their MTV brands. Here, he built and led client focused teams, implemented systems, and brought logical solutions to day-to-day global workflows. He took an opportunity to move to LA to further learn the domestic US side of business and consult for media companies looking to expand their digital strategy.
A millennial advertising startup focused on new digital media channels brought him back to Brooklyn. Here, he doubled company revenue by improving operations and developing business priorities to support structured growth. He led the accounts team and project managed systems implementations.
Adam has excelled in leading teams and driving business strategy and growth. He is looking at client services and/or operations opportunities within growing ad agencies or operations roles in the Entertainment Media world.
His LinkedIn profile can be viewed at https://www.linkedin.com/in/a-criscillo-clientservices-ops/
You can contact him directly at Adam.Criscillo@gmail.com
“SITUATIONS VACANT”- Intern / Office Assistant
High-end residential interior design firm in Manhattan seeks an Intern/ Office Assistant – 2 or 3 days a week to help with various office and administrative tasks.
We are a small team and this is an excellent opportunity for the right person to learn the day to day operation of a design firm.
Please send a resume via email to Jason Fischer : Jason@nunnerley.com
ALUMNI FOR ALUMNI
WHEN: – Thu 3 May 2018
TIME: – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Coca-Cola office, 16th Floor
711 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022
EVENT: – Come along and here BA/BCom graduate Shane Grant as he shares his own story from Taranaki to the Big Apple. Shae is currently based in New York where he heads up Coca-Cola North America’s Canada business unit.
On the night, Shane will offer insights into the international heavyweight brand as well as discuss his own progression through the company. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from fellow Auckland University alumni who are doing wonderful things out in the world.
NOTE: NZ wines and Pies will be served.
Kia Ora folk’s, the next news bulletin goes out Monday April 23rd. If you have anything you would like other NZer’s to know about, please let me know before April 22nd.
In the meantime, please note – If you live in metro NY the “2018 ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE” takes place on Wednesday April 25 at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza 55, Water Street in NYC. Please arrive by 5:30am for a 5:45am start.
Military dress – service dress or equivalent with medals.
Civilian dress – respectful attire.
Please come prepared for cold or inclement weather.
No RSVP required, service is open to the public as space is not limited.
“INTRODUCING JOHN ROYAL” – My name is John Maori Royal and I moved to Long Island NY, after marrying New York attorney Cara Morsello in 1993. Like many of us Kiwi kids, I grew up on our 300 acre farm which also includes a half mile of coast line. A small coastal fishing and farming village called Kaiaua, located 50 miles south east of Auckland. It is so rural even today the nearest general store is still 3 miles north and 10 miles south of the farm. As most of you already know, a farm kid’s life begins around 6am with the daily round up of cows for milking. At about 7:30am after my morning chores, I would change my farm clothes and walk a half mile down our private road to the main road to catch the bus at 8am for the 10 mile ride to Kaiaua school. Before I caught the bus each morning, I would hang my gumboots upside down on a fence post to keep them dry. Most kids went barefoot to school even in winter. My free time was spent playing backyard rugby, tramping in the bush and harvesting or digging clams (pipi & tuatau) mussels, oysters and sea urchin. Fishing for snapper, whitebait and eels on a balmy summer afternoon was the life for a country kid. Those were indeed the happiest of times.
Fast forward to 2018, I have 3 American born kids or A-Maori-Cans as I call them. Franesca is a economics and a Public Policy major at Hunter College in NYC and Nicky is an art student at FIT and Gian is a junior in high school. I am in ground operations (30 years) and the only New Zealander working at any of the New York City Airports. After retiring from club rugby, I got the itch to give back to the game and I started the first youth rugby program on Long Island in 2003. Hundreds of kids have gone through my program and one player made it all the way as an All American player for the USA u16’s team. My youth rugby team is called the Long Island Colts, open to all kids and ages.
My latest rugby coaching project is with Long Island University Post. I was attracted to the coaching job because women’s rugby is an official NCAA sport and it shows how much rugby has grown in the USA. As head coach I am responsible for all aspects of the women’s rugby program, including: rugby scholarships and recruitment of qualified student-athletes. My latest prospective recruit is a female rugby player from Southland in 2019, stay tuned…
John can be contacted at JMRoyal@msn.com
“CONVERSATION STARTER” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake is being baked at the Violet Bakery in East London’s Hackney. The shop is owned by Californian pastry chef Claire Ptak and the head baker is Izaak Adams who hails from Timaru.
“ANZAC DAY 2018” – PLEASE NOTE – The dawn service will be held at the Vietnam War Memorial – 55 Water St, New York, NY 10041 on Wednesday April 25th. It is also worth noting that the 12th of October 1917 was New Zealand’s darkest day when 846 young New Zealander’s were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, with many more to die over the coming days from the wounds received on this one day. By the end of the day the total number of casualties, the wounded, the dead and the missing was 2,740. It took two and a half days to clear the battlefield of the dead and injured.
The Passchendaele Society is now proud to announce the release of our Video Documentary of the story of Nga pua mahara – the Passchendaele Centennial Memorial & Garden from conception through to completion and opening on 12th October 2017. Please click on the link below to view the documentary.
“CONGRATULATIONS FELLOW NZer ANDREW BRITT” – Originally from Christchurch Andrew is an assistant coach of New York’s first professional rugby team (Rugby United New York – RUNY) and helped guide them to a convincing win over Boston on Saturday night at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. The team had great crowd support with over 1000 attendees including many fellow NZer’s and their children. Roll on next year when RUNY will be part of the Major League Rugby competition. More information here –http://www.rugbyunitedny.com/
“THE NEW ALLBIRDS SNEAKER…..TREE” – This new sneaker called Tree, which is woven largely out of fibre made from eucalyptus pulp. The ‘Tree’ shoe has laces made from recycled plastic bottles, an insole derived from castor beans, and eyelets based on plant starch. To create the eucalyptus fabric, wood pulp is dissolved in a nontoxic bath that turns it into tufts of downy fibre, called Tencel. For more information, check out this story from the latest New Yorker magazine. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/26/when-your-shoes-are-made-of-wood-pulp
If you have anything you’d like included in upcoming news bulletin’s, please let me know.
Born in London to kiwi parents, grew up on the Kapiti Coast from the age of 2.
Studied political science at Victoria University, graduated 2001.
Went on to work in some of the world’s leading political consulting firms – for Labour parties in NZ and Australia with UMR Research, and then moved to the US in 2003 to work for Democrats and UK Labour with Stan Greenberg and James Carville at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Democracy Corps in Washington, DC. In 2007 moved to New York to work in PR and strategic communications with reputation management giants Rubenstein Communications. In 2010, joined Huge, at the time a small digital design studio, and led communications and marketing for the company, helping to turn it into a 1500 person agency driving digital transformation efforts for many of the largest companies across North and South America, the UK, and APAC.
In mid 2017, moved from NY to Minneapolis for family reasons. I currently provide strategic communications services as a consultant but I am also launching two startup ventures:
1: an agile think tank called AI Policy Labs focused on increasing policymaker literacy in AI and creating ongoing dialogue between the AI research and federal, state, and local policymaking communities in order to to get ahead of the enormous changes AI will create for society and the economy in the coming years.
2: A strategic leadership consultancy called Ends Inc, focused on creating more Elon Musks by helping people with the means to drive change define their vision and build the products and organizations necessary to achieve them.
Hobbies: twin eight year olds keep me too busy for real hobbies these days, but when I was in NYC I trained regularly at Krav Maga Federation with Rhon Mizrachi – recommended for anyone interested in personal development, self defence, or a good workout. These days I try to swim regularly and am cooking my way through the Momofuku Cookbook
KIWI CLUB OF NEW YORK, INC., ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on March 29th at a time and location TBA. If you are interested in being a Board member please email the President at email@example.com as soon as possible
RIP Alfred “Bunty” Preece – The last surviving commissioned officer of the Māori Battalion has died. Alfred “Bunty” Preece, who was in his late 90s, died on Friday, his biographer Tom O’Connor said. His funeral was held on Sunday in Chatham Islands, where he was from.
Introducing Fellow NZer Jared Broad and his company QuantConnect (from the Financial Times 2018)
Jared Broad was a teenager when he learnt a painful, but valuable, lesson: humans are imperfect traders, and emotionless machines are the future of financial markets.
The 15-year old had sold some old dusty computers from a library he was working at in New Plymouth, New Zealand and ploughed the proceeds into a penny stock. His delight as it tripled turned to horror as it quickly crashed to zero.
Mr Broad, 33, is now founder and head of QuantConnect, one of several new platforms attempting to harness the skills of freelance computer wizards and data scientists who would rather code an automated trading algorithm than invest directly in the markets themselves. This month QuantConnect took a step out of the shadows, opening up for outside hedge funds to “subscribe” to the algorithms coded by its users.
“It feels like it’s becoming mainstream,” he says. “Computing power is going up, the price of data are going down, and you can find talent around the world. There’s very real progress now.”
Yet QuantConnect faces a daunting challenge, with better-funded rivals and widespread scepticism that a “crowdsourced” approach can master one of the most complicated corners of finance. Even Quantopian, one of the highest-profile companies in the field, has struggled to get its crowdpowered hedge fund turning a profit.
The setbacks have solidified the view of many established quants that these upstarts and their Silicon Valley-tinged, fantastical visions of “democratising” investing will inevitably end in failure. While their platforms might be useful for quant dilettantes — some of which have managed to code
Equities QuantConnect platform jostles in crowded ﬁeld of DIY quants
New Zealand founder is unbowed by the scepticism over freelance coders ability to beat markets
Some algorithms that have made money — scaling this up to a lucrative business model will be tough, the sceptics say.
Mr Broad acknowledges the obstacles, and the fact that several of its rivals are better-financed and more established. But he remains optimistic that QuantConnect’s model will triumph. “They are the hare and we are the tortoise,” he says of rivals.
It has certainly been a circuitous, tortoise-like journey to the world of finance for the biomedical engineer from New Zealand. After working a few years as an engineer in Auckland, he sold all his belongings, paid off his student loans, and went travelling around Asia, and eventually ended up at NGOs working on humanitarian projects in places like Myanmar, Haiti and Chile.
It was in Chile, after working on the clean-up of the country’s 2010 earthquake, when he finally started designing what became QuantConnect, helped by a $40,000 grant from the Latin American country’s start-up incubator. By early 2016 he and a Chilean co-worker had decamped for an office in downtown Brooklyn so small they nicknamed it “The Cupboard”.
Money is a little easier nowadays. QuantConnect raised $1m in January 2016, and some of its coders pay $20 a month for its full package that allows users to design, test and unleash trading algorithms on stocks, currencies, options and futures. This October it added cryptocurrencies to its platform.
The company this month launched what it calls “Alpha Streams”, where hedge funds can subscribe to follow the signals generated by the 45,000 freelance coders on its platform. So far the only signup is Tibra, an Australian firm, but Mr Broad says he expects to bring more hedge funds on to QuantConnect in 2018, offering them a way to both find new talent and to tap into the collective insight generated by its users.
This is a different business model from the two best-known platforms for aspiring DIY quant traders, Quantopian in Boston and Numerai in San Francisco, generally viewed as the leaders in the very niche but crowded field, which run embryonic hedge funds powered by their members’ efforts.
Both have big-name backing from the worlds of finance and technology, with Point72 Steven Cohen and Andreessen Horowitz invested in Quantopian, and Paul Tudor Jones, FirstRound’s Howard Morgan and Union Square Ventures invested in Numerai.
Numerai’s Silicon Valley sensibilities permeate its model. Its users download free but encrypted financial data, using artificial intelligence to sniff out patterns that can lead to predictions. They submit these predictions to Numerai, which rewards the best ones with its own cryptocurrency (Numeraire) and uses them for its own hedge fund.
How successful this has been is unclear, with Numerai declining to comment on its performance. Quantopian’s hedge fund this summer began to take in some external investment, but the $52m vehicle has lost about 3 per cent since launching, according to people familiar with the matter, and this autumn let its investment chief go.
John Fawcett, Quantopian’s founder, insists that its 160,000-plus members are producing enough good working material in the form of profitable algorithms, but the challenge has been picking the right mix for its hedge fund’s portfolio. He shrugs off the crows of the sceptics.
“There are things we definitely need to worry about, but what people think is not one of them,” he says. “The first thing we can do to change minds is to improve the performance.”
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