New Zealand Newsletter – October, 2018

INTRODUCING THE KEELING’S – From Alyson Eastman – “My husband Hayden, myself (Aly) and my son Corey have only been in New York for two weeks now.  We have urgently moved to New York to get our son lifesaving cancer treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

My husband is originally from New Zealand while I am an American that met him during my gap year back in 2010.  We live in Taranaki where my husband is a dairy farmer and I myself worked for TSB.   

In March 2018, our 19 month old son Corey was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma.  Up until two weeks ago we were living at the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland while our son was receiving treatment at Starship.  Since March Corey has completed six round of intensive chemotherapy and at the end of June had a very successful surgery where over 90% of his tumour was resected.  He had responded to initial treatment very well and we truly believed that we had this terrible disease under control. 

On September 4th a new MRI was done in preparation for Corey’s next phase of treatment.  A few hours later our family was once again knocked to our knees.  The MRI showed aggressive new growth at the primary tumour site, along with a new spot of concern on Corey’s brain.  Rather than preparing our son for the next phase of treatment we began prepping him for brain surgery.

 Corey had the brain tumour removed on September 11th, the pathology came back as neuroblastoma and is classified as a Central Nervous System (CNS) Relapse.  Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of two hospitals worldwide that have a protocol to treat a CNS Relapse.  Our son is luckily a dual US/NZ citizen and the past few weeks have been made rush to get him here.  We are lucky to be here and we have faith that the treatment will be successful for our boy. 

You can follow our New York journey here:”

Aly would love to hear from folks and can be contacted at


MAJOR US ACCELORATOR BACK BLINDER: – One of the leading sports and entertainment accelerators in the US has selected a New Zealand company in their latest cohort.

 After receiving hundreds of applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures has chosen five start-ups to work with this Fall including Blinder, which is a call scheduling and recording application PR managers use to promote and protect their ‘talent’. Using Blinder, the likes of pro athletes and entertainers can be made easily accessible by phone – to the media, fans and sponsors – without exchanging any personal contact details. The system respects privacy and time, while call recordings generate content and preserve the integrity of conversations.

 The founders of Blinder are a couple of old high school mates from South Auckland. Ross McConnell went on to head organisations such as the Kiwi Expats Association (KEA), while Caley Wilson ran communications for the New Zealand rugby league team, which is where the idea for Blinder came about.

 Blinder is already used by Olympic champions, Grammy winners, and teams from the NCAA to the Premier League of English football. Stadia has invested in Blinder and connected the company with advisers who work with the likes of the rapper Nelly and Mark Cuban.


INTRODUCING JENNY CARPENTER: – Originally from Taradale in the Hawkes Bay where she developed a love of horses and the outdoors, Jenny now lives in Rhinebeck, NY where she is the farm manager of Buttonwood Farm – which is a 180 acre property and where she takes care of about 60 horses.

After finishing school her love of horses led her to a position at the Waikato Stud in Matamata where she worked for Gordon Cunningham of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders.

Part of her job meant traveling to Australia for the annual yearling sales and she worked in Scone (NSW) before returning to the Waikato Stud.

While at the Waikato Stud she decided to seek more International experience and answered an ad to work in Amenia, New York, and in 1992 at the age of 20 arrived in the USA. While in Amenia she met Peter Moore of Buttonwood Farm who took her on to train racehorses and then sponsored her for a green card.

Jenny learned more and more about racehorses including galloping them out of starting gates and speed work, which she loved. She also worked at famous racecourses such as Saratoga and Belmont and learned about rehabbing horses from torn ligaments, torn tendons, fractures and helping them after surgery. She also dealt with foaling, educating babies to accept riders and prepping them for sales.

With all this experience she was ready to take on the position as Farm Manager, which she did in 2006. This is the same year one of the horses she prepped was sold for 1.2 million dollars.

Jenny’s Farm Manager’s position means she has the trust of the owners to make decisions on purchasing breeding mares, buying and selling horses at the major sales and decisions relating to the racehorses at the track.

Jenny is well and truly settled in Rhinebeck and is married with two children. She enjoys running in multiple trail marathons and some 100K’s and is lucky enough to live only 40 minutes from the Catskill Mountains. She can be contacted at


ATTN MUSIC LOVERS: – Wellington born fellow NZer Dean Wareham
will release a new album Dean Wareham vs Cheva Sombre
a collection of “western” songs by the likes of Marty Robbins and Lee Marvin. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes and streaming at Spotify. More information at where you can view the video for “Wayfaring Stranger” directed by his friend (and fellow Kiwi) Jonathan Bree who is currently touring Europe with his own new album. The video was shot in a studio in New Lynn, Auckland.

NOTE: Dean will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on December 7, and January in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


CONVERSATION STARTER:  New Zealand’s newest professional sporting franchise is the “Auckland Tuatara” baseball team.

The team will be based in Auckland and compete in the Australian Baseball League.

The club’s official name, logo and colors were unveiled at a press conference at Auckland Zoo in front of invited guests and media.

Auckland Tuatara board member Brett O’Riley unveiled the Tuatara logo, which features the head of the native New Zealand reptile as well as the teal and royal navy colors that will define the franchise – a link to the region’s marine heritage.

“The Tuatara is an iconic creature unique to New Zealand and part of the Hauraki Gulf Islands conservation program in Auckland. We are celebrating the resilience of the Tuatara as our oldest surviving species, and we want the team to mirror those qualities on the diamond,” Brett O’Riley said.

“We intend to make an annual contribution towards Tuatara conservation through Auckland Zoo and global coverage of the team will raise awareness of New Zealand’s commitment to species protection,” O’Riley added.

The creation of the franchise has been a long time coming with discussions first taking place eight years ago. Late last year Baseball New Zealand was offered a spot in an expanded Australian Baseball League and the decision was made to go for it.

A lot of hard work has gone into putting that idea into practice.

“We have tried to squeeze two years’ worth of work into six months,” said Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn.

“There is a tremendous appetite for professional baseball in New Zealand and we are delighted to be able to give Kiwi sports fans the opportunity to see it first-hand. It is a watershed moment for the sport in New Zealand – Kiwi kids will have a local team to aspire to and our leading players will be able to play professionally while being based here at home.”

The franchise is privately owned, with Baseball NZ as the major shareholder and a number of investors taking part shares in the organization.

The club is grateful for the financial support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) which invests in an annual Major Events Portfolio on behalf of Auckland Council.

Stuart Turner, Head of Major Events at ATEED, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the establishment of the team’s debut season, which will bring further international exposure for our region in key tourism markets, and add to Auckland’s reputation as one of the world’s top sports event cities.

“In the longer term, the club’s presence in Auckland is projected to make a solid contribution to our region’s visitor economy, and help to directly and indirectly create quality jobs in two key sectors – high performance sport, and tourism.”

The Auckland Tuatara will play 12 home games at McLeod Park in Auckland later this year, starting with their first ever game on New Zealand soil on November 22.

A strong roster is being assembled that will feature at least eight Kiwi players as well as professional players from the United States, Australia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Former big leaguer and experienced manager Steve Mintz has been appointed as the club’s inaugural manager.


FINALLY, A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOUR FRIENDS IN THE USA (AMERICAN AND NZ) WHO HAVE EVERYTHING: – “Bring A Plate Cook Book” – A book made up of a collection of recipes for Kiwis living in the USA

 The first few pages explain how the book came about what the money raised is going to followed by notes from celebrities (Jim Mora and Rena Owens) then  Kiwi Kitchen translations (meaning Kiwi to USA) and then there are almost 200 recipes including a surprise recipe from our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

This book also includes advertising of Kiwi products that are available both in the USA and NZ

The book is full of great Kiwi recipes that we all grew up on and miss here Stateside.  Many folks have said it made them cry real tears of Joy and Love when they got the book, just simply through the write ups alone let alone all the goodies inside.

To purchase a book, go through your PayPal account and send funds to or contact Jan Brook at the same address.

NOTE: – There are 20 books left for Christmas shipping.


INTRODUCING HELEN KLISSER DURING: – Originally from Auckland, Helen arrived in Boston in 1986 and now lives in Weston, Connecticut where she’s been since the 1990’s.

Helen is an art enthusiast, curator, advisor and mentor who shares her passion, insight and comprehensive understanding of the art world with clients by providing introductions, connections and direct access to major artists’ studios, new talent, leading galleries, museums, curators, art fairs, auction houses and private collections globally.

She has worked as an international consultant to Gibbs Farm (New Zealand) and is a consultant to the Hall Art Foundation (Massachusetts, Vermont, and Germany); and serves as international ambassador at large for Auckland Art Gallery and  Auckland University of Technology, and is a member of The Connecticut Arts Council and chair of the art acquisitions committee for Connecticut, which is a gubernatorial appointment.

She is the artistic director and co-founder with Mary Himes of #UNLOAD: Arts Trigger a Conversation, a statewide initiative in Connecticut to promote conversation through arts and education, around the divisive issue of gun violence in America.  She also is involved with outreach for several institutions and foundations including, The Nature Conservancy, (Connecticut), The Aspen Institute Initiative (New Zealand).

Helen is also an award-winning photojournalist who has taken on assignments worldwide, including for the United Nations with Helen Clark in Rwanda and Malawi, AmeriCares in Haiti (2010 earthquake),Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

 She is the still photographer for Gaylene Preston’s 2016 documentary film “My Year with Helen,”(Helen Clark)  and her photographs have been published in a wide range of national and international publications. 

In 1972 – 1975 she was on the New Zealand ski team and is 1980 was the University of Auckland Sportswoman of the year.

Helen’s parents Johan and Janna Klisser are also well known as the team that bought Vogels bread (a treasured NZ icon) to New Zealand. They are mentors to many fellow NZer’s with their vision, generosity and passion for life. In 2004 her dad Johan was awarded the MNZM (Member of the New Zealand order of Merit) for services to the Baking Industry and in 1990 they sold their bakery to Goodman Fielder and became farmers/caretakers of Haldon Station a 56,000 acre sheep, cattle and deer station at Lake Benmore in the Mackenzie Basin, South Island.

Helen is a KEA World Class New Zealander Award recipient and can be contacted at website


DELIGHT THE FOOD EXPLORER IN YOU: – Offering the latest & most awarded artisans of New Zealand in a 100% recyclable & compostable subscription box each month, KeteKoha are changing the way we discover through food. Hunting high and low each month for what’s new and exciting in NZ’s food and beverage scene from crackers made with spent Tuatara brewery porter grains, to two ingredient (cacao and coconut sugar) award winning Solomon islands chocolate, every box is a journey of food discovery. From full New Zealand wide showcases to regional exploration.

With a different monthly collection of preserves, snacks, sweets and even wine (!) that cannot be found on shelves anywhere else in the world, you can feel good knowing that your items have small ingredients lists, are ethically sourced & paid for fairly!

Treat yourself to a taste of New Zealand at home and share it with your friends.

 Now, who’s bringing the cheese??


CALLING ALL OTAGO UNIVERSITY ALUMNI: – to join this year’s NYC alumni event which features an update from the Vice Chancellor – with special focus on the 2019 150th Anniversary celebrations, and Guest Speaker, Chef Mark Simmons, product of Southland, Top Chef Season 4 contestant, and owner of Brooklyn restaurant ‘Kiwiana’. Hear about Mark’s journey from the Makarewa Freezing Works to ‘Kiwiana’, and the challenges and rewards of bringing NZ cuisine and ambience to NYC.

 The event takes place on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 – 6:00–8:30pm at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 600 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (please bring ID for building access). RSVP required by October 23rd, 2018 to and  there’s no charge for attendance.


KEA WORLD CLASS NEW ZEALAND AWARDS: –  Nominations are now open for Kea’s 2019 World Class New Zealand Awards. Recommend the ‘world-changing’ Kiwis and Friends of NZ in your network – Kea wants to tell their incredible stories and celebrate their contributions. Kea’s World Class New Zealand Awards celebrate those whose determination, talent, passion and personal attributes make them deserving of global recognition. 

Help us identify who they are. 

We’re looking for people who are remarkable New Zealanders, exceptional global achievers, whose stories inspire and motivate. We value qualities such as creativity, ingenuity and tenacity. 

Previous winners come from all walks of life and include former Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark, innovator and engineer Peter Beck, award-winning actor and producer Cliff Curtis and Tesla co-founder Ian Wright. 

From business to entrepreneurship, the arts and philanthropy – these people all have one thing in common – their work is undeniably world-leading and world-changing, and will inspire New Zealanders everywhere. 

Help us recognize and celebrate the world class Kiwis changing the future for the better through their work.

To nominate click here –—Nominate-a-Winner.html

Nominations close Friday 19 October 2018.


THIS DAY IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY: – October 2nd, 1944. On May 2007 the residents of the Scottish village of Cowie gathered to unveil a memorial to Pilot Officer Carlyle Everiss – a New Zealand fighter pilot whose heroic actions saved the lives of many villagers during the Second World War.

Carlyle Gray Everiss was born in Gisborne on 3 December 1914. Following the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and began pilot training in January 1941. After gaining his pilot’s wings in Canada, Everiss was sent to the United Kingdom and posted to No. 58 Operational Training Unit at Grangemouth, beside the Firth of Forth in central Scotland.

Everiss and another pilot were returning from an air combat exercise on 2 October 1941 when the engine of his Spitfire stalled over the mining village of Cowie, about 10 km from Grangemouth. With his crippled plane heading straight for a tightly packed row of houses, Everiss refused to bail out and made a desperate attempt to gain altitude. While he managed to clear the village his plane was thrown into an uncontrollable tailspin and crashed into railway sidings at a nearby coal mine. Villagers were able to pull Everiss from the burning wreckage but the young pilot died shortly afterwards and was buried in Grangemouth (Grandsable) Cemetery.

Despite his hero status in Cowie, little was known about Everiss until local resident John Craig travelled to New Zealand in 1979 and tracked down his brother-in-law. He lent Craig a photograph of Pilot Officer Everiss in uniform and a painting was commissioned based on this picture. The portrait, entitled Carlyle Everiss – The Face of Courage, was hung in the clubrooms of the Cowie Bowling Club, near the crash site.

On 19 May 2007 a memorial commemorating the young pilot’s sacrifice was unveiled in Cowie. The bronze bust of Everiss was erected atop a rock plinth after £12,000 was raised by local residents.


CONGRAULATIONS KIA ORA DC KIWIS AND DAVE KEEGAN:  Kia Ora DC Kiwis hosted their annual hangi in the Washington DC area. This was the fourth annual hangi of the NZ community group Kia Ora DC Kiwis, and attracted nearly 300 guests to a venue in Spencerville Maryland on 22nd September.

Guests were able to enjoy a traditional hangi, put in a pit in the ground beautifully cooked by a very experienced Hangi crew led by local man Richard Tavai.

 Kia Ora DC Kiwis is focused on building kiwi community and sharing Maori culture which this hangi more than achieved. Kaumatua Alby McIlroy helped the group understand the significance and cultural aspects of the hangi.

Guests were entertained throughout the day with our musicians providing many kiwi songs, and fun activities including tug of war, Poi lessons, ukulele lessons, gumboot toss and sack races. The event finished up with a table of shared desserts, with lolly cake, lamingtons, hokey pokey biscuits and more.

A highlight of the day was the presentation of a “Service to the New Zealand Community Award” to longtime community member David Keegan. David is one of the key organizers for the hangi, and he had previously managed several events in the DC area for KEA. Some previous achievements included planning of the first ANZAC day dawn service in DC, planning an event featuring Norm Hatch the World War 2 photographer and arranging a fundraiser after the Christchurch earthquake at the NZ Embassy, to rebuild a playground at one of the primary schools, and raised over $20,000.  David was recognized with a certificate, a Taonga Whakairo or bone carving, which was created by Arkansas Maori Artist  Kapotahi Tuahine Frederickson, and with the dedication of 1 day of service by KODK members to do service for a cause of his choice within the next year. Congratulations Dave!


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BROKEN SHED (NZ) VODKA UPDATE: – The Company has been working hard expanding into new markets in the United States, and this excellent product is now available in the following states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Wisconsin, coming soon to New Hampshire and Vermont.  To learn more about the brand, follow them on social media or visit their website


MOVING BACK TO NZ?: – Kerridge & Partners in an executive search firm based in Auckland and we are working with the NZ Super Fund to appoint a Chief Investment Officer. This is a significant opportunity with the largest investor in New Zealand and plays a pivotal role in fund performance, team development and engagement with leading global investors. With the Fund approaching $40bn in size, this position comes at an interesting time following the resumption of government contributions.

 Roles such as these are rare, making this certainly a great role to ‘come back’ for. More information is available here and to express interest, please contact Tim Scanlan on +64 996 99903 or through



 Leadership Speaking + Networking Event – Saturday November 10, 2018 at 6pm 

Official New Zealand Residence of Consulate General Los Angeles

 Join us for an inspiring evening with top New Zealand speakers and a chance to meet new and old friends. 

The Kiwi Leadership Network understands the importance of connecting with and learning from others to make the most of life’s experiences and opportunities. That’s why we are inviting you for an exciting night of networking opportunities and some great Kiwi food and beverages

Guest Speakers:

Chris Lewis, 1983 Wimbledon Finalist, Former Junior #1 and Former Coach to Ivan Lendl, World #1, New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in 1983.

Shane Fleming, VP – US Operations Rocket Lab

Skye Duncan, Director, Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials

Tickets are available via our website or Eventbrite below:



About Us: The Kiwi Leadership Network USA is a 501c3 educational nonprofit. Our purpose is to inspire, assist and support the growth of New Zealanders in the United States through educational, social and cultural activities and opportunities. The Kiwi Leadership Network USA has been formed because we know firsthand how hard it can be to move to a new country and how important it is to connect with people who can help you along the way. Having built professions and careers over a period of time, we also strongly believe in the power of connecting people with similar and complementary ideas and expertise, because we know this is when doors can open and great things can happen.


RIP – IAN PHILLIPS (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit)

From Harrison Phillips –

It is with our deepest regrets we are writing to inform you of the passing of our father Ian M Phillips MNZM at 8:35pm eastern standard time on the 1st of October 2018.

On Wednesday the 26th of September Ian suffered a fall that lead to seizures and a head injury. When brought to the hospital, he was placed on life support and put into a medical coma. A scan of his head was taken where bleeding in his brain as well as blood clots in 2 of the veins in his head were realized.

This became an extreme balancing act of blood thinners as well as attempting to keep the bleeding under control.

On Thursday evening a major surgery was performed on his veins to attempt to remove the clots in his veins to let blood drain out of his brain. This surgery was a success but wasn’t able to relieve enough pressure and swelling of his brain. Over time the pressure became too severe. There was no pain for Ian when the end came.

This sudden and shocking departure of the great Ian Phillips is heart breaking. We will follow up with any and all funeral arrangements.

Lots of love,

Nicole, Jack, Zara and Harrison Phillips