INTRODUCING MICHAEL-JOHN (MJ) STEVENSON: – M-J Stevenson is a New Zealander who will have been living in NYC for four years this August. 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spending a few years in the U.K as a child, M-J arrived in Auckland, New Zealand at seven years’ old, and after a brief stint in Huia, he grew up in the Botany Downs area of Auckland City. He attended Botany Downs Secondary College as a teenager, before moving into the CBD at age 17 to study a B.Bus in Management and Information Systems at Auckland University of Technology. 

M-J started in telesales whilst studying, and upon completion of his degree, began to work in IT Recruitment Consulting, specializing particularly in software engineering.  

His first visit to NYC was in August 2012, on a three week vacation – he traveled to NYC more on a whim than anything else, wanting to experience something totally different to life in Auckland City – he quickly fell in love with the pace of the city, and returned for another vacation in the winter of 2013/14.  

After vacationing twice in New York, M-J wanted to find a way to immigrate to the USA.  As a New Zealand Citizen, there were few options available at the time – however, using his UK Citizenship, M-J was able to identify the E-2 Visa, and set about interviewing with British Recruitment firms operating in New York, that were willing to sponsor an E-2 Employee Visa.  He was successful in securing a role, and retained the services of a London based Immigration Attorney to assist in the visa process (all while still in Auckland City!). The case was somewhat unusual, as the US Embassy in New Zealand rarely processes E-2 Visas (in fact, New Zealand Citizens have only just been granted the ability to apply for them After a long interview at the Auckland US Consulate, M-J’s visa was approved in August 2014, and he arrived shortly after. 

M-J settled down quickly in New York, finding an apartment and adjusting to the pace of recruitment consulting in a very different environment to New Zealand.   Presently, M-J has moved from the agency side of recruitment to managing the Talent Acquisition internally, working for ORS Partners – a consulting services firm which supports organisations in growth and hiring strategy. 

M-J is married to Richard Lowe, a fashion designer whom he met here in New York City, marrying last year in May.  They live in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan and can be found enjoying the local restaurants and bars in the weekends (bottomless brunch can be a competitive sport!). 

M-J can be contacted at  – he’s very happy to share his experiences with the E-2 Visa and changing status to permanent residence, recruiting/Talent Acquisition or just a friendly chat!


AMBITION SURVEY: – Thanks to everyone who filled out the AmbitionNZ survey shared in last month’s newsletter. If you haven’t done it already, and you have ten minutes to spare, give it a go – and if you have, please consider sharing the link with Kiwi friends, whānau and your networks both in NZ and oversesas. Feel free to post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.  

 You can fill out the survey at and find out find out what the results so far look like when you’re done. 


 ROOMMATE WANTED: – Note from Sam Eichblatt. “After three years of happy co-habitation, my lovely roommate and good friend Mark is moving on to pastures new (aka Bed-Stuy), and I’m looking for someone awesome to fill his shoes in my two-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, near McGolrick Park. 

The room is the larger of the two and comes with its own private balcony and lots of storage. As well as the downstairs living area there’s a large upstairs mezzanine, so we effectively have two living spaces, which is great for guests and allows us to not be in each other’s faces. Apartment is furnished, room is not. We also have a basement with washer/dryer + bike storage. 

My ideal person works outside the apartment and is positive, tidy, good at communicating, cat-friendly and drama free. Otherwise open to peeps of any background or orientation. 

You’ll be sharing with a female professional writer, journalist and strategist (i.e. me), a big dopey cat called Larry and a ton of plants. 

The rent is $1600 + bills, and you’ll be on the lease, which we’re re-signing 1 Sept. Move-in date negotiable for the right person.

The landlord needs proof of income.
Please feel free to pass on to other friends in your network, or get in touch if you’re interested, have questions or want to chat!


DISCOUNTED AIR FARES – Cook Travel is currently offering discounted airfares on International business class and/or Premium Economy to the South Pacific and Europe? Please contact fellow NZer Katrina Roberts at – – (cell) 646-469-7425.


INTRODUCING SALLY ROWE – Originally from Hunterville (in the Rangitikei district of the North Island) Sally moved to NYC in 1996.

Prior to her move to here she crewed on sail boats in the South Pacific ending up on a boat in Phuket Thailand. Always having an interest in film an old friend who worked for the Bangkok Post mentioned there was some film work if she was interested….

Finding work as an apprentice editor Sally moved with the films post production team to LA, a total culture shock! On completion of the film Sally moved to NY and enrolled at NYU for their summer film program and stayed…..She crewed on numerous films and commercials as a script supervisor and Comedy Central’s Emmy nominated “Chapelle’s Show” which was her last scripty hurrah before embarking on her own documentaries.

Her Emmy-nominated documentary “A Matter of Taste” serving up Paul Liebrandt about the famed Chef won a James Beard award and screened at numerous festivals, including SXSW, Tribeca, and Full Frame, and aired on HBO, BBC’s Storyville and Arte France. 

Her second feature documentary “Old Dog” about retired New Zealand farmer and dog trainer Paul Sorenson will be available on iTunes Sept 25th.2018. For a quick look at this film check out the 2 ½ minute trailer here –


SITUATIONS VACANT: – Small consulting business requires the services of a USA based accountant for tax purposes and compliance/filing of annual returns. New Zealand Green Card holder based between the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.  Please contact me ( and I will forward your details.


CRICKET PLAYERS WANTED : For the annual NZ vs AUSTRALIA Chappell/Hadlee cricket match August 25.
Venue: Amwell Valley Cricket Club, New Jersey.
Time: 11am start
Series is locked at 3-3.
Please contact Nikhil Puri at


SITUATIONS VACANT: – Registered Nurse with the UN Medical Service in NYC. Applicant needs to have permit to work in USA (and mention this on cover letter). Registered Nurse with current registration in their home country and 5 years post graduate experience.

Preferred experience in occupational health/public health or travel health.

Applications close 18th August.  Applications can only be done via the UN employment site :

Vacancy listed under: Nurse.
Job Opening number: 18-Medical-DM-100620-R-New York (O)


GISBORNE BOYS HIGH SCHOOL – great story about the school on the front page of the NY Times Sports Section on Monday August 6th



NZ early education software startup, Educa has a part-time social media person who they want to keep, but are looking to share hours with another firm, so looking for 10-20 hours a week of social media work.  Era just moved to NYC from Albany, with experience at Hearst Media and a variety of other companies, most comfortable in consumer and education. For more info, contact Geoff at


ON THIS DAY IN NZ HISTORY: – August 9th, 1908. Sixteen American battleships arrived in New Zealand with much pomp and ceremony. A feature of the six-day ‘fleet week’ stopover was a civic reception attended by most of the New Zealand Parliament, who had travelled north from Wellington aboard the ‘Parliament Special’ – the first train to traverse the whole length of the still-unfinished main trunk railway.

August 9th, 1930 – George Nepia plays his last All Blacks teat match – The 19-year-old fullback Nepia was one of the stars of the 1924–5 All Blacks, dubbed the ‘Invincibles’. He played in all 32 matches on the team’s tour of the British Isles, France and Canada. Still only 25, he appeared in his last test match in 1930, the final game of the home series against the British Lions. The All Blacks won the match 22–8 to clinch the series 3–1.


SITUATIONS WANTED: – Elise Le Compte has a J1 Visa and recently graduated from Lincoln University in Canterbury.

Elise is an ambitious individual seeking opportunities across the United States, with a particular interest in New York City. With a Bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management and Global Business, and a Masters in Business Management and Global Marketing, she is ready to put to use the extensive knowledge and skill set she has developed over the past four years, and join a company focused on optimizing their supply chain and sustainability.

With significant experience in logistics, administration, sales and hospitality; Elise is open to all opportunities. She is happy to provide a resume on request, and can be contacted at or via LinkedIn:


MONTHLY CONVERSATION SERIES: – Each month fellow NZer Cheryl Pearl Sucher hosts an author conversation series called “Between two Worlds”

It’s called ‘Between Two Worlds’ because Cheryl lives between the US and New Zealand.  

The conversations are not necessarily about New Zealand, but about the peculiar challenge of negotiating an artistic life across the hemispheres. Most writers live between many worlds – the lives of their families, the life of their paid employ, the unique life of their creative universe, and Cheryl’s conversations reflect the nature of the book being discussed.

The next conversation takes place on August 30th and is with Dawn Raffel about her book “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney” and how a mysterious European Showman saved thousands of American babies. 

The event starts at 7.00pm and is held at McNally Jackson,52 Prince Street, NY NY 10012.

 For more information please check the following link or contact Cheryl directly at


CONGRATULATIONS MARK D’ARCY (fellow NZer living in NYC): – on being named Facebook VP Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer. (

“Mark D’Arcy has been promoted to VP of global business marketing and chief creative officer, a role that oversees Facebook’s team of creative strategists and its more traditional marketing function,” writes Lauren Johnson in an article in the Business Insider.

“Facebook needs a plan to fit more advertising into its already massive network of services — including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp — in addition to the flagship social app,” writes Johnson.

“Facebook’s newsfeed is reaching a maximum ad load and the company is eyeing new formats like full-screen Stories and sponsored posts within Messenger. That’s where D’Arcy will likely focus his attention.”

“Under his new role, he’s responsible for the company’s creative efforts across Creative Shop and Facebook’s global marketing business team.”

“He will co-lead both groups with Carolyn Everson, also VP of global marketing solutions, and will report to David Fischer, Facebook’s VP of business and marketing partnerships.”

“The role is a natural progression of what I love to do – helping businesses tell great stories,” said D’Arcy in a statement.

“It’s an exciting challenge to develop new marketing programs and tools for all businesses from the world’s most established brands to small businesses and entrepreneurs that use our platforms to grow.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching him transform Facebook’s role in the creative community over the last seven years,” said Fischer in a statement.

“He’s a proven leader and talented storyteller who will bring a vital perspective to our business marketing programs.”

“D’Arcy has worked at Facebook since 2011 and created Facebook’s creative council in 2012, encompassing a group of agency creatives who regularly meet with Facebook to talk about new opportunities and challenges on the platform. Previous to Facebook, D’Arcy worked at Time Warner, holding the roles of senior VP as well as president and chief creative officer.” He is a graduate of Auckland University of Technology and attended Waitakere College.