Folks, my sincere apologies. I made a mistake in the post pertaining to Angus Vail’s Container Globe when I misspelled the link details. The correct link is……This is a major project for Angus and his team and I hope you’ll take a look at the correct link. Once again, my apologies for the mistake. Thanks


Fellow NZer Angus Vail (angus@the has started fabrication of containers for his new Container Globe project in Detroit, MI. If you would like more information and are interested n helping with this fascinating project please check out the crowdfunding campaign at The site has a range of photos and explains more about the project and why “kumara’s” are most welcome.


Fellow NZer Mark Staufer is writing mentor for screenplays, books, blogs, speeches, etc.
As Mark says…..”I believe EVERYONE has a story, is a story. And I’d love to help tell yours to the world.
Mark is a Hollywood screenwriter / script-doctor / author / consultant currently based on the East Coast of the US. He has worked with everyone from Russell Crowe, to entertainment companies like Universal, Disney and Turner. Maybe you’ve got the next Once Were Warriors, Wilderpeople, the Piano or Goodbye Pork Pie…Or perhaps you need help with an autobiography, speech, blog, or NYT’s bestseller. You might well be a business looking to launch into the US
Mark would love to discuss ideas and how he can assist your creative process, and bring your story to life! Please check out his website: or email him at


2 Room Studio Apartment East 54th St/2nd Ave – Location Location Location – $2,000 a month, available now!
Apartment has character – hardwood floors, decorative vintage fireplace and exposed brick, full eat-in kitchen. It is an amazing apartment and is in a wonderful location – Tree lined street convenient to transportation, restaurants, entertainment, stores, businesses, everything! The apt is in a well maintained vintage townhouse secured with cameras and a 2 door locked entrance, sorry no pets. Contact Brendan at 914-426-8193 (cell) 914-967-5790 or


Have a couple of events coming up in the US over the next month.

“This fall, the University of Auckland will be returning to the US with four exciting events. We’d love for you to join us in South Bay, San Francisco, New York or Boston! For more information and to register, click here:

South Bay Drinks: Director Mark Bentley will be hosting our first ever get-together in South Bay on Friday 29 September. Come along to Steins Beer Garden for casual drinks with alumni in the Bay Area.

Alumni for Alumni – San Francisco Stories: Join alumni volunteer Gia Punjabi in San Francisco’s CBD on Monday 2 October for the second event in our alumni speaker series. Kiwi alumna Elizabeth Iorns will be sharing her experiences as CEO of Science Exchange.

New York Alumni and Friends Reception: We will be holding an exclusive networking event for alumni and friends in New York on Wednesday 4 October. Professor Frank Bloomfield will be discussing the question: can we prevent disease before birth?

Alumni for Alumni – Boston Stories: Alumni volunteer Rob Tedesco is launching our alumni speaker series in Boston on Friday 6 October. Kiwi alumnus Simon Talbot will be reflecting on his journey as a pioneering hand and face transplant surgeon.”


On my visit to Auckland earlier in September I was lucky enough to meet Alex. An intermediate school lad he is also known as Creator Alex777.  Inspired by the gaming videos he was watching, and drawn to the  ‘anyone can create content’ ethos, he decided to create his own YouTube channel 2 years ago when he was at Primary School. Alex had used YouTube gaming videos to help him figure out how to play the difficult games he was attempting (Super Hexagon, VVVVVV, Geometry Dash) and could see how he could contribute to that culture online. He began his channel with a focus on the game Geometry Dash, sharing videos of himself playing both famous levels and levels he had created himself. He still creates Geometry Dash videos, but has branched out into Roblox and creates memes, humorous videos, and livestreams several times a week. His hilarious ‘Fingerdash but every click plays the Roblox death sound’ video connected with Roblox-obsessed youth and has been viewed over 400,000 times! If you have or know children in the 8-12 years age bracket, chances are they will find something to enjoy on Alex’s channel! 

He can be found at