New Zealand Newsletter April 2, 2019

WE WILL REMEMBER THE TEARS OF OUR NATION (FROM WILL A.) – I’ve been in the US for more than half my life and I’m a US citizen, but it’s these words remind me I will always be a kiwi at heart.” –



TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE – Here’s the direct link to buy tickets ($25 Early Bird price)

On March 15th, 2019 the world listened in horror as the news spread of the terrorist attack on the two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kiwis and their friends were devastated by what was, in effect, NZ’s 9/11.

Here’s a way we can respond together:
This NY/NJ area concert is part of four concerts “YOU ARE US / AROHA NUI” happening in April to raise funds and donate all proceeds from sales to Our People, Our City Fund which was set up by the Christchurch Foundation to specifically help those affected by the terror attacks.

New Zealand musicians and performers will take to stages in two shows in NZ, and two shows in the US, alongside performers and speakers of cultural diversity all standing together in a safe space for us to honor those who lost their lives and family members on March 15th.

The performers – and you ticket buyers – will be stepping up together to help the devastated families – and you will also help show our support as one country, alongside and in fellowship with our NJ and NY area friends from the US and other countries.

Music helps bring us together.

The lineup (so far – and more may pile on soon):
Sarah Lane (Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre),
Nga Anahera Maori (Kapa Haka group),
Dion Lunadon (The D4, A Place to Bury Strangers),
Marie Te Hapuka (Metropolian Opera Chorus),
Miriam Clancy, members of Steriogram,
Andrew White (The Crevulators),
Stan Mitchell (The Drongos),
Dave Gibson (Elemeno P) and Hamish Kilgour (the Clean).
The kiwi MCs will be Raj Varma (Broadway actor) and Arthur Meek (performer and hero of Fringe festivals across the world).
…and more to come….

There will also be video tributes and shout-outs from kiwi celebs from NZ and around the world to show their solidarity with us at our East Coast event.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is pleased that New Zealanders are getting behind the fundraising effort for those affected by these extremist attacks:
“The impact on our Muslim communities has been huge and they are going to need ongoing support for a very long time. The response has been magnificent and we are all grateful for the significance of this contribution to the Muslim community’s long term recovery,” the Mayor says.


RadioNZ segment on the Benefits: 

Special thanks to Giarna TeKanawa, Shelley Britt, Andrew White, Angus Vail and many others for making this happen.

I’ll see you there.



Jamie is a US citizen (born in CT – moved back to NZ at aged 10 where he was educated) who has recently moved back to NYC and is looking for work in Private Equity or Investment Banking, which is where his experience lies. He graduated from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and Economics) with a GPA of 8.3/9, and was a senior analyst at PwC New Zealand in the Corporate Finance team (2015-2018) where he performed a range of M&A advisory services.

Jamie has passed all levels of the CFA examinations; he is a member of the “Golden Key International Honors Society”, a winner of the NZ Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia and a winner of multiple other business scholarships during his time at University.

Jamie also represented the New Zealand Ice Blacks (New Zealand Men’s National Ice Hockey Team) for seven consecutive years, competing in the Division 2 World Championships and was named University of Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year – Runner Up, for three consecutive years (2012-2014). He also enjoys traveling, spending the last 6-7 months backpacking through the UK, South America and the West Coast of the US.

Jamie can be contacted on or on 323-424-8066.


IN CASE ANYBODY ASKS! – The Haka: What it means to New Zealanders and how it’s performed. –


ATTN CAT AND DOG OWNERS: – New Zealand Company specializing in pet food has products for sale in the USA. Ziwi products are sourced and manufactured in New Zealand; and exported to over 19 countries. Because of their robust offering around the world, it is imperative that they exceed all international quality standards. Organizations who have certified Ziwi products include, but aren’t limited to, the following: New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, AAFCO, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Union, Japan, and Australia.

Ziwi products are 100% sourced from free range and grass fed NZ farms, are air dried for superior nutrition, have no grains sugars or glycerin’s, and no antibiotics or growth promotants.

More details, and where can you buy them? –


SITUATIONS VACANT: – Attn. US Trained / Licensed doctors living in New Zealand, M-J Stevenson (a fellow New Zealander) works for an NYC startup named Galileo. He’s hiring doctors who have trained in the United States, and currently live in New Zealand, for virtual care positions. There are also positions for US trained doctors still living in the USA. Please get in touch with M-J ( if you know of anyone who may be interested in being a part of this. 


 REAL ESTATE FOR SALE IN NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND:  – Are you looking for an investment into a commercial property in the Hawkes Bay?

First time on the market in over 100 years. Perched on the corner of Tennyson Street in Napier, New Zealand, is a stunning Art Deco beauty that’s looking for a new owner. A 10 year lease with 2 x 6 year renewals, with the same tenants for the last 144 years, she’s clearly got appeal. Recently renovated with NBS of over 70%, the building has a solid base so the tenants aren’t going anywhere. Interested? Get in touch with Kat Hellyer at Sale is direct with the owners of the building.


 LIZ BLAZIER’S BLOG:A Blog from a fellow NZer living in NYC

Liz moved to NJ/NY in 2000 and after 18 years of visitors, playing tour guide and many questions she started her blog to answer them. The blog is to help Kiwis interested in visiting NYC and inspire American friends to visit NZ. If you have similar questions coming your way point them to Liz’s blog. 

Here’s a few recent blogs. She posts one every Sunday.

NZ Blogs:
Visit New Zealand
The long flight to New Zealand

NYC Blogs:
A guide for Kiwis visiting New York
My top things to do in NYC
Visit the Vessel, Hudson Yards



 5:30am arrival for a 5:45am start

Venue: Vietnam Veterans Plaza 55 Water Street, New York City.
Dress: Military – service dress or equivalent with medals.
Civilian – respectful attire, please come prepared for cold or inclement weather RSVP: No RSVP required, service is open to the public as space is not limited



TIME: 6.00 – 8.30 pm

Venue – ANZAC MEMORIAL GARDEN  – Level 7, British Empire Building, Rockefeller Center 620 Fifth Avenue, New York City (entry on south side of West 50th Street)

Access: Photo ID and Invitation required as condition of entry, bags may be searched

Dress: Military – service dress or equivalent with medals. Civilian- respectful attire, please come prepared for cold or inclement weather

RSVP: Attendees will be strictly selected via ballot.



Arriving to the hustle and bustle of New York City for the first time can be a daunting experience, especially for New Zealanders on J1 visas. SweeneyVesty New York, an independent creative agency originally founded in New Zealand, is hosting a networking event to welcome recent J1 visa recipients on Wednesday, April 10th. Attendees will have a chance to mingle with other members of the NZ community and share stories over food and drinks. SweeneyVesty has been providing strategic communication solutions for clients around the world for over 30 years. If you or anyone you know who would be interested in attending, please contact Alexandra Burnside at for more details.


 DUB PIE PROMOTION: – 15% discount through April 5th – Please use promo code AprilGeoff19. Check out items at

DUB Pies ship on Mondays. If order shipment is required closer to ANZAC Day customers can put preferred date in the order notes. Shipping date options are 4/8, 4/15, 4/22  (default is 4/8)



From Alexandra Burnside  – “As memorials and collective grieving takes place in my hometown of Christchurch and throughout New Zealand following a terrorist attack that killed 50 people, New Zealanders in New York were offered an emotional and inspirational experience with a performance by the Christchurch’s Vocal Collective at St John’s Church in Greenwich Village.

The Voices of Unity Memorial Concert was a touchpoint for New Zealand New Yorkers, as the Vocal Collective performed songs by local heroes – Bruce Springsteen’s Rising, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind, and New Zealand laments – Pokekarekare Ana and Hine E Hine. The 40 singers were led by Matthew Everingham, musical director, composer and pianist. The audience held silence for two minutes in sync with the silence observed across New Zealand as part of a national day of reflection following the attack on two mosques during prayer.

The Vocal Collective are on a U.S. tour performing at Carnegie Hall as part of a global choir featuring singers and vocal groups from the United States, Croatia, Ireland and Hong Kong. They have also performed in Washington D.C. with local choirs.

The Vocal Collective was formed as the Christchurch Pops Choir, which rose like a phoenix in the aftermath of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake when established venues for singers were in disarray. A group of music lovers and singers got together and inspired by inaugural artistic director Luke Di Somma, set out to create a new kind of choir. This group would sing ‘popular’ songs that would not only raise the spirits of its members, but more importantly, entertain the people of Canterbury and give them a reason to smile again. In this way the choir would play an important role in rebuilding the heart of the broken city.

After March 15, their healing powers are needed again more than ever.”


JONO ROTMAN BOOK SIGNING: – Jono will be signing his book “Mongrelism” on Thursday evening April 4th from 6pm – 8pm at the Printed Matter Bookstore – 231 11th Ave . (Between 25th and 26th) NY NY 10001.

Jono was born in New Zealand and studied printmaking and photography at Wellington Polytechnic. His book “Mongrelism” is is about New Zealand’s Mongrel Mob and is the recipient of the Prix du Livre Images Vevey 2017/2018.

The book is neither a history nor an ethnographic study. Rotman says he has “felt the weight of precedence of photography depicting people seen as ‘other’” and Mongrelism works to address photography’s historical entitlement of ‘taking’ images. Over the ten years of producing the work, he has maintained transparency and consultation with the subjects, they have been involved in the editing process and are consulted about all use of the work. The result is a powerful body of work where the images, Rotman and the subjects maintain a fluid and equal relationship. Consequently, the images have become a part of Mob history and their visual mythology.


 THIS DAY IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY (Nga korero a ipurangi o Aotearoa): –

 2nd April, 1915 – Anzac soldiers riot in Cairo’s Wazzir brothel district.


RESTAURANT REVIEW: – A couple of people have contacted me about good places to eat so I’ve decided to ask people to review their favorite places. Will start the reviews in next month’s newsletter. Stay tuned!!


WEDNESDAY NIGHT APRIL 3RD IN NYC: – There are a couple of visiting composers and performers here at the moment who are co-producing a short concert on Wednesday April 3rd called ‘New Zealand meets New York’. Details here.


RUGBY UNITED NEW YORKRUGBY UNITED NEW YORK (RUNY) – Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. RUNY’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.

About Major League Rugby

MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit

RUNY has two home games in the month of April

Sunday April 14th at 1.30pm – Rugby United New York vs San Diego Legion at MCU Park in Brooklyn. This also “Family Day” with many events and attractions for children of all ages.

Saturday April 20th at 7.30pm – Rugby United New York vs Utah Warriors at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

Tickets are available at


KEA INFORMATION: – With an expat community of over one million New Zealanders living abroad, what are we doing to make use of these people and their skills?


Author: GBA

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

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