New e-commerce start up NZ for YOU, with its tag line Pure New Zealand in a Box,has aggregated over 50 premium New Zealand Made Only brands (380 products with more being added every week) on a contemporary new website where customers can build a “box” of products for themselves or to gift to others, choose a pre-chosen box of products or get something bespoke created for a particular requirement.  Boxes can be shipped from New Zealand anywhere in the world in 6 – 10 days.  Authentic NZ made is what is at the core to the company.  Perfect for corporates who value NZ Made for clients or for individuals who want to gift in a simple few clicks.  For those with Mum’s back in NZ, I know they are loading up Mothers Day gift boxes so an easy way to tick that box!


CONGRATULATIONS to fellow NZer Adam Jenkins on being recognized by Creativepool Magazine as one of the top 100 2017 Influencers as voted on by 20,000 of their subscribers.

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Originally from Auckland, Teena now resides in Puyallup, which is near Seattle in Washington state. She is a graduate from Vermont Law School with a law degree and Masters of Environmental Law. she now has her own practice where she specializes in Real Estate Law.

When she’s not practicing law, Teena is a foster mom, and currently has 1 8month old in her care and former foster twin 2.5 year olds who she is still caring for frequently. Teena is an advocate representative for foster parents through a statewide coalition of stakeholders in bringing about improvement to the foster care system in WA. In her “spare” time, she likes to run with friends and is training for her 3rd marathon in June.


Grahame Sydney is considered one of New Zealand’s most pre-eminent artists. Grahame rarely paints more than five or six images a year. Demand for Sydney’s work is high and it is rare for any of his paintings to come on the market. Last two auctions of his work have fetched just over $140,000. This particular painting (see below) would have a reserve at auction of USD50/60,000. Of course much can be read about Sydney on the web. If you are interested in buying please e mail me directly at


Originally from Wellington, Lee now lives in Maryland. Some of you may remember her book “You Knit Unique” she wrote many years ago in collaboration with the New Zealand Wool Board.

Lee has taught hundreds of workshops focusing on creativity through knitting and clothing which helped ‘till’ the ground for the rise of the wonderful organization WOW – World of Wearable Art and has sold one of a kind, hand knitted ‘jerseys’ to the Queen of Spain, the Crown Prince of Thailand, Good Morning America and numerous tourists visiting New Zealand.

She eventually arrived in the US in 1989 on a book tour and met her future husband Al on an Amtrak train traveling between NY and D.C.and now has an art clothing company shipping to over 500 boutiques around the US. In 2012 she and Al started the American version of WOW called ManneqART – – with ‘Sculpture on the Human Form’ artworks coming in from all over the US.

Fellow NZer’s living in the US are very much invited to submit original artworks as ManneqART gives $10,000 in artist awards each year with the money coming from a variety of corporate and individual donors. ManneqART has awarded nearly $40,000 to artists, beginners to world class professionals, since the organization was founded. The artworks have to able to go through a door (squished is OK) and not hurt the live model. We photograph them for the next years ManneqART Calendar each year in June.

For more information on Lee, including ManneqArt Madness (any NZer’s interested in doing hair, makeup or modelling?) on June 25th and learning more about the exciting new Maryland Fashion Institute, contact Lee at