New Zealand News Bulletin April 23, 2018


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 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



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 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.​


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 –



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

You can contact him directly at


“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 :



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.



Geoff Andrews

Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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