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

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


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.