EXCITING NEWS (Thank you Jonny Lindroos): – You can now donate to the New Zealand National Parks & Conservation Foundation through their US Foundation Donation website. The Foundation is working on a number of projects including

The Takahē Recovery Programme
Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration
Saving the Orange-Fronted Kākāriki
Fiordland Valleys Predator Control

Check out this site where all you do is activate the “recipients” drop down through the charities listed until you arrive at New Zealand National Parks & Conservation and go from there.


INTRODUCING SARAH SIMMERS: – Originally from Dunedin Sarah and her husband Cameron and their two sons aged 9 and 7 moved to New York in June, 2018.

Cameron is a radiologist and is completing a 1 year Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Sarah is a commercial lawyer. She has been a Partner at Anderson Lloyd for 10 years, and has taken a year’s sabbatical.  Although she is not working here Sarah is happy to witness and certify any documents, and take oaths and declarations that fellow NZer’s in NY need to have signed by a New Zealand solicitor on a pro bono basis.

Sarah can be reached at


CONGRATULATIONS TO RYAN MULCOCK AND KEA NZ: – For hosting last month’s  evening featuring Max Gimblett and Lucy Tupu. A wonderful evening and I encourage you to join Kea stay tuned for future events.

ALONE IT STANDS ON BROADWAY: – On October 31, 1978, a small Irish rugby team faced off against the New Zealand All Blacks, rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history. Ireland was in the grip of a terrible recession and war was waging in Northern Ireland, and this scrappy team from Munster’s surprise victory rocked the island.
Award-winning Irish playwright/director John Breen revisits this David vs. Goliath story that captured and entranced Irish people everywhere. Six actors playing 62 characters recreate this dynamic sporting event in a performance that The Stage called “poetic and exceptional.” 

This play will be in NYC Jan 10 through Jan 29th at the 59e59 Theater.


LOOKING FOR NYC APARTMENT TO RENT: – Fellow NZer Katrina Roberts is looking for a NYC apartment to sublet for 2, 3 or 4 months from January 15th. Studio is fine. Please contact her at


 INTRODUCING JENNY KIM: Jenny has been in NYC for three years and currently works as a lawyer for the United Nations (UN). Jenny was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Auckland, where she earned a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts conjoint degree from the University of Auckland and worked in Auckland and Hong Kong before moving to Melbourne to pursue a Master of Laws degree at Melbourne Law School. It was during her time at Melbourne Law School that she obtained an internship position at the UN Headquarters in New York, which was particularly attractive because there appeared to be very limited opportunities at the UN, especially at the Headquarters. During her 4-month UN internship, Jenny gained the conviction that she would like to eventually return to the UN as a staff. A year and half later (and a job in Sydney), Jenny returned to NYC and initially worked for the government of City of New York and obtained a role with the UN the following year. After three years, Jenny is still exploring NYC and there has not been a dull moment. When not at work, Jenny can be found sipping a flat white at Antipodean cafés and exploring the NYC art scene. Jenny looks forward to connecting with fellow Kiwi expats from diverse backgrounds.  

Jenny can be contacted at 


NEED AN AIRBND?: – Fellow NZer Jane Wong manages an airbnb in Brooklyn and would love to offer mates rates to visiting NZer’s.

Kensington studio/bedsit with private entrance and private bathroom is available for holiday or 1-2 month stays.

There isn’t a full kitchen but there is jug for tea/coffee, mini fridge, toaster, electric frypan. Linens all provided, free WiFi, & cable TV. Double loft bed plus single underneath, so can sleep 3. In Brooklyn, on the F/G line at Church avenue, 5 minutes walk to subway/tube. Takes about 50 minutes to midtown Manhattan, safe neighborhood, lots of good food, 24 hour food market and bars nearby. 10 minutes walk to Prospect Park with seasonal ice skating and rollerblading rink, horse riding, and paddle boats.

You can email Jane at for more details or to book.

Mention NZ newsletter for discounted rates & a bottle of NYC wine on arrival. 


 INTRODUCING RONNIE HUGHAN (SKYDIVER): – Originally from Taranaki and Manawatu, Ronnie attended Feilding Ag High and Advanced Vocational Awards college through the NZ Post Office as a technician.  He arrived in the United States in 1997. His primary career is that of an IT project manager while his secondary career is that of a skydive instructor – 

 His love of skydiving coupled with his “what if perspective” led him to explore how better to train people in parachute navigation and safety, which led him to the world of virtual reality parachute flight simulator which he and his team built and now sells as SaaS (Software as a Service) to commercial skydiving drop zones and VR Cafes/Arcades.

The aircraft pilot training industry has long used flight simulators to improve quality and reduce cost of training so in 2010 he co-founded a bootstrap startup on the assumption that virtual reality technology would soon become widely available. While waiting, they focused on developing the algorithm needed to calculate parachute flight performance with the result they  now have a patent pending for this algorithm. The algorithm is fundamental to enhance the degree of realism a user experiences.

The company now has one VR cafe averaging over 1000 jumps per month and four drop zones using SkydiVR as part of their training

A video of SkydiVR in use doing a jump to land next to the Statue of Liberty can be found here:

The “skydiVR” is in NYC and Ronnie is more than happy to help you discover more about skydiving and the experience can be had with a friend or a team to challenge one another in parachute landing.

If you have Rift or Vive VR goggles available, Ronnie is happy to provide you with a free SkydiVR license so you and friends/family can experience flying your own parachute.


FLAT WHITE MEETUP:Just a reminder for any fellow NZ entrepreneurs living in or traveling through New York, Guy Horrocks hosts a Flat White Meetup once a month at Happy Bones. More details on their website here: http://www.flatwhitemeetup.con and Facebook page here: or you can email Guy here:


INTRODUCING MATT LUXTON: –  Originally from a dairy farming family in the Waikato, he attended school up in Auckland, and Otago University.  By the time he left Uni he was a true blue and gold supporter much to disgust of the Mooloo family back home.

Matt spent almost 9 years travelling and working throughout the world from Western Australia to West Africa (Guinea) then on board one of Paul Allens’ super yachts travelling the hot spots of the Caribbean and Mediterranean circuits, this was where his love of scuba diving took hold.  Getting out of the “young person’s game” of super yachting industry isn’t always easy but Jess (his wife from last months’ newsletter) managed to convince him a move to Dunedin was a good thing. After 11years, three daughters, a thriving business and a great work life balance he is now the city’s biggest advocate.

During his time in Dunedin he worked for Charlie’s Juice Company, and Independent Liquor gaining experience in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) that attracted Silver Fern Farms to hire him late in 2010. Originally taking care of the New Zealand retail and restaurant business then moving to Global Added Value Manager in 2015 and onto the executive leadership team over the last year. Launching a retail business in Germany (to almost 2000 stores), starting Chinese Value added distributors through to dealing with Alibaba have all been informative experiences along the way.

One of the biggest opportunities Silver Fern Farms has currently is to unlock a growing trend in “good for you” red meat. Conscious consumers throughout the USA are looking for fully traceable, 100% Grass Fed, never ever given antibiotics, never ever given HGP’s, never ever been on a feedlots, and non-GMO certified product. This trend is all over the media currently and so it should be with between 70 – 80% of antibiotics produced in the USA being given/fed to the animals that Americans eat. Antibiotic resistance, Animal Welfare, Environmental sustainability are all front of mind for these consumers. This trend aligns perfectly with the NZ red meat industry, however finding the right distributors and retailers to target the conscious consumer has been a challenge.

The move to New York has been a great experience, and he is excited about the true potential of a market that is willing to pay considerably more for product that they can trust. It is all about getting closer to the retailer and consumer and then extoling the benefits of New Zealand’s great red meat industry. It is an exciting time with allot of potential to flow back into the NZ economy.

 Matt can be reached at


DUB PIES – early, early-bird Waitangi Day (& Aussie Day) Discounts for Geoff’s NZ Newsletter recipients.

Catering orders:  15% off hot pies, sausage rolls, Lamingtons, Anzacs etc if you email us by Jan 6th (25% deposit required) – for orders to be delivered between now and Feb 6th –

Frozen pies shipped to your door: 15% off frozen pies/rolls for orders placed before midnight Jan 3rd.

Use the discount code – Geoff2019jan

Frozen order discount then drops to 10% until Jan 6th.

We don’t anticipate offering additional discounts before Waitangi Day (or Australia Day) as – with the only other NYC-based specialty down under-style pie-maker, Tuckshop – having pulled up stumps, we expect January to be extremely busy.

Don’t delay – order now!  

You can choose what day we ship your frozen order by leaving a note in your order “comments section”.  Shipping date options are:  Jan 7, Jan 14,  Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4.”


THIS DAY (JANUARY 1st – 1859) IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY: – Pencarrow Head lighthouse, near Wellington Harbour, was lit for the first time amid great celebration. After years of inadequate solutions, Wellington finally had a permanent lighthouse – a New Zealand first. Equally notable was the lighthouse’s first keeper, Mary Bennett, who had looked after Pencarrow’s temporary light since her husband’s death in 1855 – she remains New Zealand’s only female lighthouse keeper.


NEW ZEALAND FINE PRINTS: – Looking for that gift for that person who has everything? Check out the magnificent NZ prints available here.


APARTMENT TO LET (SHORT TERM) – short term sublet my furnished apartment in UWS.

Availability: Feb 1-April 30
Cost: $1648/MO – Plus utilities (~$50/mo)
Location: W 109 and Broadway
Looking for female roommate to sublet furnished apartment available on the Upper West Side. Close proximity to Columbia University and just off the 1 line, 2 blocks from A/C, B/D lines. This is the main bedroom in a 2-room apartment, fully furnished with open kitchen/living room layout. Roommate is a teacher in her late 20s.
Please contact Rebekah Calverley @ for inquiries.

Thanks and Happy New Year!!
Rebekah Calverley


WELL THAT WAS QUICK: – “Good Tuesday morning Geoff and Happy New Year. So I decided to start the New Year with a health kick and early this morning went for a run. I felt great and was spurred on by the clapping behind me before I realized that it was the cheeks of my bum!”….JV


SEE YOU IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS: I’m away for the next 2 months so the next  newsletter will be in April.

Cheers and Happy New Year    

Geoff Andrews


Author: GBA

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

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