New Zealand Newsletter September, 2018

INTRODUCING CHEF MARK SIMMONS: – Born and raised on a small sheep farm on the outskirts of Invercargill, which he calls the most underrated city in the world, Mark was the class clown at Southland Boys High School. At the age of 16 he left school and entered the business of deconstructing sheep and lamb at Makarewa Freezing Works.  A couple of years later, he traveled to Brisbane for a month’s holiday during the off season and never looked back.

 He circumnavigated Australia in a Ford Cortina over the course of seven years and picked up odd jobs such as picking flowers and trapping goats, but mostly washing dishes. He was very curious and intrigued by cooking and after asking too many questions the chef threw him on the hot line to cook during service.

In the early 2000s he decided to live and work in Japan for two years. He learned a lot about food and work ethic in Japan: work, late-night sushi, karaoke, Tsukiji fish market, sleep in the restaurant, and repeat.

 Curiosity led him to come to the States and by the time he arrived in NYC he had $200, unseasonal clothes and a chef’s knife. With no contacts, job offers or any real prospects, he worked for free at a restaurant so he would have something to eat. At the end of the two weeks and just before he was headed to JFK airport, Public restaurant offered to sponsor his visa. He was so happy and exhausted he cried.

With the intention of spending only one year working in Manhattan, his life changed dramatically when he noticed a cute girl dancing rather well from across a crowded dance floor of his local dive bar. In August of 2007 at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, he proposed to her. They now live in Park Slope in Brooklyn, not far from the restaurant he opened in 2011, Kiwiana.

 His objective at Kiwiana restaurant is to evoke nostalgia to anyone who has been to or lived in New Zealand. A meal there might start with smoked and pickled green lip mussels, rack of N.Z. lamb, washed down with a glass of Felton Road Pinot Noir, followed by pavlova.  The art on display is all produced by New Zealand artists and they typically have New Zealand beats playing on the sound system.   

Mark loves expats so if you plan to dine at Kiwiana, please make sure they know so they can take extra special care of you and your guests.

 Mark can be contacted at and more info on him can be found here


NEW ZEALAND ARTIST NATASHA WRIGHT: – In May 2017 Natasha earned her Masters of Fine Arts, (Painting) from The New York Studio School. She was awarded The New York Studio School Scholarship, The Jane Chace Carroll Merit Award and the LCU Award and in 2017 she co-founded JMN Artists, a curatorial collaboration and artist’s initiative. She has curated shows in both Brooklyn and Manhattan and has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and The United States. Her work has been included in Harper’s Bazaar, Art Critical, The New Zealand Artist Magazine, The Denizen and The New Zealand Herald and some of her work is also held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States.

Natasha’s work combines figuration and abstraction from a feminine perspective and is having her first solo show opening on September 19th

She would love to meet fellow NZer’s and hopes you can attend her show.

Natasha Wright

Show dates: 19-23th September, Open daily, 11-7pm

Opening reception: Friday September 21st, 6 – 9pm

61 Hester St, New York, 10002 // @NatashaWrightStudio

Contact: // 929 232 5632


ARMISTICE DAY COIN: – On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent along the Western Front. The First World War had effectively ended. Though not formally surrender, the signing of the Armistice marked a victory for the allies and a defeat for Germany.

Now 100 years on, the Reserve Bank of NZ will release a circulating 50 cent coin to commemorate this event and to honor the men and women who served then, and those who serve today.

Pre orders will open to the NZ public on September 3rd, with the majority of the coins to be released as change through retailers from October 1st. While a number of coins will be available to order directly through the website, the intention is that every New Zealander will have the chance to find one of these special coins. To allow for this, the Reserve Bank of NZ has requested that New Zealand Post limit the number of coins available via the website to one roll per customer from September 3rd.

For more information, please check this website




“Kea welcomes Ryan Mulcock to its World Class NZ team, as newly appointed Regional Director of North America, based in New York.

 Ryan has lived in New York for 9 years and has built his career developing top tier brand partnerships. His extensive network in the US has evolved from his experience in producing large scale events and high profile campaigns for an assortment of arts and entertainment companies, from Lionsgate Entertainment to Sony Music.

 With > 30% of NZ Firms looking for “connection” to expand into the US, Kea is excited to be investing in the region. Our initial focus is on refining Kea’s US strategy, enhancing co-ordination and leveraging the many NZ Groups/Clubs/Networks in North America.

 Ryan has hit the ground running, working alongside NZTE with a view to deepening partnerships and nurturing engagement with our World Class NZers in North America.

NOTE: – Craig Donaldson (Kea’s CEO) & Susan Glasgow (WCNZ Director) will also be in NYC Sept 24th – 27th & are keen to meet Kiwi’s in NYC that are keen to be involved with Kea & passionate about helping / supporting NZ firms connect into North America.”


REMINDER: – Between Two Worlds: Jeremiah Moss in conversation with Cheryl Pearl Sucher (PRINCE STREET)

Since Cheryl Pearl Sucher married a New Zealander in 1999, she has been living between two worlds: the Greater New York City area and the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand, two places that are about as far apart on the planet as one can travel. Though she has often felt torn between her very different lives, she has also felt that her life experience and artistic vision has been enhanced by living as both an insider and an outsider in such different but extraordinary places. This interview series is born out her experience between these worlds, and as a published fiction writer, bookseller, journalist, memoirist and avocational musical traveler. 

In this edition, Cheryl talks to Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York, an unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York, adapted from the popular blogPropelled by Moss’ hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary “urban renewal” and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world.

Jeremiah Moss, creator of the award-winning blog Vanishing New York, is the pen name of Griffin Hansbury. His writing on the city has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and online for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. As Hansbury, he is the author of The Nostalgist, a novel, and works as a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.

Cheryl Pearl Sucher is an award-winning journalist, essayist, reviewer and fiction writer who lives between Cranbury, New Jersey and the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Ka Hua E Wha: The Southernmost Jewish Community in the World, her contribution to Jewish Lives in New Zealand was published in 2012 by Random House NZ and she has been a frequent contributing book reviewer and feature writer for The NZ Sunday Star-Times and The NZ Listener.  Her first novel, The Rescue of Memory, was published by Scribner so long ago she has forgotten the exact date and an excerpt from her second novel in progress, Lost Cities, was published in 2013 in Printer’s Row, the Chicago Tribune‘s literary supplement. From July 2013 to April 2016 she was one of four presenter/interviewers for New Zealand Hawkes Bay Television’s half hour interview program CHATROOM.  

Event date: Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 7:00pm

Event address: 52 Prince Street – New York, NY 10012


CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY TUPU AND MAX GIMBLETT (a.k.aKongo Hitsu Kaku Shin): With her Polynesian heritage and love for all things bright and bold, coupled with Max’s artistic talent Lucy has just launched her first collaboration. 

Drawn to Max’s colorful paintings and deep roots in the NZ/NYC art scene, Lucy approached his studio in order to create a collection of rugs inspired by his artwork; namely his lesser known inks on paper. The goal was to transform his iconic works into textural pieces.

Max paints with the mantra ‘all mind no mind’. A mere deep brush and a mark on paper and his work comes together in an instant. It takes many months to create a hand-knotted rug; this itself gives a new meaning to the artwork, creating a piece that is intrinsically Max yet incorporating an art form that relies on patience and time.

More information here –


DON’T FORGET THE KIA ORA DC KIWIS HANGI: – September 22nd noon – 7:30pm in Spencerville, Maryland. For more info and tickets please see website:


MAKE E1/E2 VISAS WORK FOR YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS COLLEAGUES BACK HOME: – Rob Muldoon once criticized those who bemoaned the “brain drain” of New Zealanders crossing the Tasman. Instead, he believed that the outflow of Kiwis would improve the average IQ of both countries. Not so with the US. On 2nd August 2018 the US President signed the Kiwi Act into law which opens up to Kiwi nationals two additional and very useful visa categories – the Treaty Trader E1 Visa and the Treaty Investor E2 Visa. New Zealand gets to retain its entrepreneurs. 

Quid pro quo the US allows them extended periods in this country to run their businesses and investments. The E visa also allows visa-holders to stay indefinitely on a two-yearly renewable basis provided the eligibility criteria is satisfied at commencement, between and at the time of each renewal. This will be particularly relevant to any Kiwis who are here on a non-immigrant visa such as an H1-B, L1-A or O visa because there is the ability to transfer (at the sole discretion of USCIS) to the E visa category and expand the end-date of your current stay.

For more info go to

Stu Webster Attorney at Law + 1 310-767-6491


CONVERSATION STARTER: – New research into the migration habits of New Zealand’s Tawaki penguins has revealed an absolutely marathon trek in which these aquatic birds travel upwards of 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) from home, sometimes swimming as much as 50 miles (80 kilometers) per day to reach their feeding sites.


THIS DAY IN NZ HISTORY: – September 3, 1939 New Zealand declares war on Germany. Alongside Britain and Australia, New Zealand was one of the first countries to become involved in the global conflict precipitated by Germany’s invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. More information here

September 3, 1958: – First open heart surgery. Pioneering heart surgeon Brian Barratt-Boyes performed the surgery using a heart-lung bypass machine. The procedure, at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, was carried out on an 11-year-old girl with a hole in her heart. More information here


NO MORE MEOWY IN OMAUI – from the New York Times – “Omaui, an idyllic coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand that overflows with rare bird species, is home to just 35 people and seven or eight much-loved cats.

But a new proposal to phase out felines to preserve native wildlife susceptible to predators has raised the hackles of some cat-loving residents. Among other things, they worry rodents will breed out of control.”


Save the Date!

 Kiwi Leadership Network USA 

Official Launch Event and Leadership Speaker Evening

November 10, 2018 at 6pm

Official New Zealand Residence in Los Angeles

Guest speaker: Chris Lewis 

Chris is one New Zealand greatest tennis player and sportsman as former world junior number 1, Wimbledon Finalist in 1983 at John McEnroe and was New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in 1983. He has coached the top tennis players in the world including Ivan Lendl, world number 1 and Carl Uwe-Steeb number 14. Chris is the co-founder of the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy in Irvine, CA.

 Top New Zealand Speakers

New Zealand Food and Beverages

Great Networking and Development Opportunity

 Vision/Mission: The Kiwi Leadership Network USA is a 501c3 non profit set up to help New Zealanders in the United States succeed and reach their potential. The Kiwi Leadership Network USA purpose is to inspire, assist and support the growth of New Zealanders in the United States through educational, social and cultural activities and opportunities.

 For further information or email Xaviour Walker