New Zealand News Bulletin May 29, 2018

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


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.


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.

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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 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


 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


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

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 (,_2018)