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


January New Zealand Newsletter

Good afternoon folks, just an FYI that the January newsletter goes out next week. If you have anything you would like included (job openings, career moves, apartments, events etc.) please let me know by Monday December 31st.

NOTE: – I am traveling for all of February and most of March so there will be no newsletter during those months.

Best regards and Happy New Year



MAGNIFICENT BAY OF ISLANDS PROPERTY FOR SALE: – A New Zealand family here in the USA has put their property in the heart of the Bay of Islands up for sale. If you’re looking for a unique stunning property in the heart of the Bay of Islands then this will interest you. You’re only a few minutes by boat from the other 144 islands – fishing and scallop beds just around the corner, other secluded beaches nearby.

Access to the property is by boat, through a private driveway off the Russell back road and then a 5 minute boat ride across Orokawa Bay. This nearly 15 acre property sits at the entrance to Orokawa Bay and comprises the western most peninsula and has a home beach in front of the residence and another easily accessible beach over the hill behind the residence.
The main house is a classic architect Peter Sargisson design built 18 years ago and still looks as good today as the day it was finished.

Photos and a 2 minute video of this magnificent property can be found here

Please contact their agent Chester Rendell at for more information.


CONGRATULATIONS REIHANA MARIE KOTEKA-WIKI: – Reihana won the Miss Cook Islands 2018 Beauty Pageant in September 2018 and is now representing the Cook Islands at the Miss World Pageant in Sanya China.  The Miss World final and crowning will be held on 8th December and will be televised worldwide. You can follow Reihana on her Miss World – Cook Islands Facebook page.

Of all the Miss World 2018 contestants hitting the stage in China, Reihana Koteka Wiki is the most truly global– a Cookie/NZ Maori baby born in Israel and raised across seven nations as part of Dad Pae Wiki’s incredible UN career and mum Emm Koteka-Wiki‘s amazing global health and fitness activism!

NOTE – Reihana’s parents Pae and Emm live in NYC.

Reihana has lived in and experienced some incredibly diverse cultures, scenery and architecture but her heart has always been in Rarotonga, which will always  be home to her. Her dad Pae has been employed by the United Nations since before she was born in Israel in the early 90’s. Together with her three sisters and Mum this “woman’s household” have followed the token bloke on his postings around the world, moving every 3-4 years. Reihana is now home to stay. She’s thoroughly enjoying her first time being involved with Te Maeva Nui, reconnecting with her Atiu side. The Atiu youth and teenagers she tells me are fun and engaging and she values her “learning” time spent with the elders and composers.

Reihana completed her degree at Auckland University in 2015, she majored in Psychology (minor Pacific Studies). It was during this time her entrepreneurial side first presented itself when she started a baking business selling cake pops to fellow students.  She also founded the Lilikoi Bikini business just over a year ago. She enjoys hiking mountain treks, reading, keeping fit and exploring the lagoons of Rarotonga.

Reihana is passionate about fitness (having fitness instructor parents has clearly rubbed off on her). She considers herself relatively disciplined and motivated (to that end her Mum has been a great role model). Exercise time is her time to “tune out”. She enjoys group fitness classes and the positive energy that comes with it – “it’s like therapy.”

A competitive swimmer in her teenage years, the butterfly was her strongest stroke and the one she won the medals for whilst competing in Kenya.

Keep your eye on the Miss World 2018 contest final on December 8th and don’t be surprised if Reihana wears the crown –



 “You know my grandad was Irish and my dad a Kiwi and when they were my age they had amassed, like, 30 coffee cans full of screws, nuts and washers. I have none. What the hell have I done with my life?”


CONGRATULATIONS JAKE MILLAR AND YUKKIA OGINO: – Two young New Zealanders have been named on Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” list of individuals in education to watch in North America.

Jake Millar and Yuuki Ogino are the founders of Unfiltered, a global education platform dedicated to disrupting the way people learn business and entrepreneurship.

Unfiltered offers video interviews with many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, and has attracted 27 million video views as well as strategic partnerships with 30 companies including BMW and PwC.

Millar said the pair, who were former school mates, are blown away with the achievement.


KEA END OF YEAR COCKTAIL RECEPTION THURSDAY DECEMBER 6TH: – Kea members are invited to a cocktail event on the evening of December 6th from 6pm – 9pm. Please join Kea Regional Manager Ryan Mulcock, Max Gimblett and Lucy Tupu for an end of year reception in New York City.
Please contact Ryan Mulcock at for more information to this invite only event.


ALONE IT STANDS: – 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.


 INTRODUCING JESS LUXTON: – Jess moved to NYC at the beginning of the year with her three young daughters and her husband Matt, who is setting up and running an office for the Silver Fern Farms Company in the US.

Prior to moving Jess has had a wide range of roles initially joining the NZ police after graduating from The University of Otago. After four years based in emergency response in Christchurch her desire to travel won out and she moved to London, but after a year there – taking up the adventure of cheffing on Super yachts around the globe. After seeing the growth in the wellness industry whilst traveling, she and Matt returned home to New Zealand to start a business – Erban Spa.

During this time she managed the Executive Education programme at Otago University and had the first two of her three children. Amongst other things in this role Jess was involved in running a joint venture known as FAME (Food and Agribusiness Market Experience) with two other universities and taking leaders from the Agribusiness sector to the US and further afield to look at the industry from an NZ inc perspective.

Jess set up Erban Spa in her hometown of Dunedin when she first arrived back in 2007 and after several years they franchised the model. At one point owning and directing spas in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Now predominantly South Island based Erban spa is a model devoted to wellbeing, offering a wide range of beauty, massage and skincare with a NZ organic menu focusing on beauty from the inside out. Jess manages the franchise from afar with a great team in place back at home but is very aware of the emerging trends and developments within the industry and finds it an exciting field to be part of.

Taking some time out in NY has been great for settling her three young daughters into a new schooling system whilst working to develop an app with two other kiwis (Leon Kirkbeck -also based in NYC and an Auckland based marketer Tor White) around making end of life a subject for everyone to be a part of whether, young, old, healthy or not. The app is designed to collate all your important information and messages to create a legacy for the future. Not only encouraging conversations and ideas about your end of life but passing on your knowledge and thoughts to family and friends. It’s a super exciting industry and topic that everyone should feel comfortable talking about. They may be looking for seed funding in the future and are super excited about developing other opportunities within the model.

Jess can be contacted at


INTRODUCING VICTORIA BROWNLEE: – Originally from West Auckland, Victoria is a final-year student at the University of Auckland. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Relations.

Earlier this year Victoria co-directed a month-long study tour of the US for sixteen New Zealand university students and arranged meetings with 55 speakers at 32 organisations ranging from Google to the World Bank. She also took the delegation to the Harvard National Model United Nations conference where she fell in love with the feeling of possibility in New York and set herself a goal of returning within a year.

Four months later, she was offered an internship at the United Nations. With the support of the University and the Peace & Disarmament Education Trust, she was able to relocate from West Auckland to NYC and now works for the Strategic Planning Unit in the Office for Disarmament Affairs. She advises on many issues including nuclear weapons in North Korea and the role of artificial intelligence in security.

Aside from her UN job, Victoria works for the University of Auckland as a Special Project Lead for New York. her role involves interviewing  alumni in the US with a view to creating a new global alumni engagement strategy. She pitched the idea for the project to help surpass a target of engaging half of the 170,000+ alumni by the end of 2019.

Victoria is returning home at Christmas to finish her studies in Summer School and plans on coming back to New York in mid-2019. She would love to create a permanent job fostering connections between Kiwis abroad and is particularly interested in helping Kiwi businesses expand into the US market.

Victoria is keen to hear from fellow tall poppies and can be contacted at or reach out via LinkedIn!


TIME FOR A LAUGH: – Guy Montgomery grew up in Christchurch, went to Victoria University in Wellington where he incredibly (his words) managed to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Film and Media (as it is widely understood, this is one of the more challenging degrees).

He then moved to Auckland for a few years, working odd jobs in the media and supermarket promotions before deciding to have a serious tilt at comedy and moving to Toronto in 2012. After a year of performing at every open mic available his visa ran out so he returned to Auckland to host a lite night talk show on the now defunct TVNZU. After that he performed his first solo show Guy Montgomery Presents A Succinct and Concise Summary of How He Feels About Certain Things at the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival and won the Billy T for this show and has performed a new hour at the NZICF every year since. 

 In 2018 he enjoyed a sold out run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and was invited to perform at Just For Laughs 42 in Toronto. After that he did a month long tour through India as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

AND GET THIS: –  Guy is performing in a show “Guy Montgomery Presents I’m Friends With These People” at Union Hall in Brooklyn at 7pm on Thursday December 20th. The show also features Mitra Jouhari, Dan Licata, Rachel Kaly, Steven Markow, Eudora Peterson, and Lorelei Ramirez. Come and laugh, cheer and hoot for Guy in what promises to be a great night out.


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


THIS DAY IN NZ HISTORY: – In the cold, dark hours before dawn on 3 December 1910, Freda du Faur and her guides Peter and Alexander (Alec) Graham left their tent and started towards the summit of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Later that day, du Faur stood by herself on the peak after becoming the first woman to complete the ascent – in record time.

 More information here –


 CONGRATULATIONS TIFFANY FAA’EE: – Tiffany has just been appointed as a specialist coach to New York’s first ever professional rugby team “Rugby United New York”

She is the first female coach in US men’s professional rugby history. As a player Tiffany has competed internationally for the USA Eagles, leading them as captain in the 2017 World Cup. Tiffany was born in in Los Angeles and spent parts of her childhood in New Zealand and Samoa and has also represented both countries on the International stage. 

AND FOR THOSE WITH FRIENDS WHO HAVE “EVERYTHING” – Rugby United New York is now offering kit for sale – – Guarantee your friends in NZ would “love” to wear this.

 Rugby United New York 2019 schedule can be found on their website at


 AND FINALLY: – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. Cheers

New Zealand November Newsletter – My Apologies

My apologies to Jake Millar for leaving this hugely important note off the last newsletter. Jake has taken it on himself to raise money and awareness of youth suicide in New Zealand and the following was meant to be in last weeks newsletter. Once again, my apologies for leaving it off. Cheers


From Jake Millar – Dear fellow New Zealanders and friends.

Over the last 10 months I have been working alongside Lifeline, New Zealand’s suicide prevention agency as an Ambassador to raise money for youth suicide awareness in New Zealand.

As you may know, the youth suicide rate in New Zealand is the worst in the developed world.

Every 63 hours, a young person in New Zealand takes their own life (under 24-years-old). That is more than one every three days, or 137 a year. For a population of 4.5 million in one of the most developed countries in the world, this is shocking (New Zealand has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.915; we are the 13th most developed country in the world). To give you some context, our youth suicide rate is twice as high as the United States, and almost five times as high as the United Kingdom. This is definitely a cause that needs some attention.

My goal was to raise $100,000 over the year through a series of fundraising dinners and lunches, and we’re currently sitting at $88,500 which is awesome.

The next event I am organizing is an art auction this Thursday, 15 November 2018 at Annette Presley’s house on Clifton Road, with an ambitious goal to raise $150,000 in one night.

We have over 150 guest attending in person and I wanted to touch base with you all to share the online catalogue which went live today:

We have over $150,000 in art and auction items donated by artists including Tim Wilson, Fiona Pardington, Grahame Sydney, Karl Maughan, Billy Apple, Dick Frizzell, Fiona Kerr Gedson, Daniella Hulme, Ross Jones, Geoff Williams, Mark Olsen, Sam Mitchell, Ewan McDougall, Tony de Lautour, Robyn Jacobs, Henry Hargreaves, Ian Hamlin, David Woodings, Gillian Buckley, Holly Schroder, Dean Raybould, Rt Hon John Key, Shane Hansen, Brad Novak, Brad Robson, Neil Driver and Ingrid Boot.

We built this platform to give New Zealanders abroad the evening the opportunity to browse the artwork in advance and place any advance bids on the work if you wish.

Online bidding will close at 5:00pm sharp this Thursday, 15 November 2018 (NZT).

The purpose of this event is to raise substantial funds for Lifeline who are working tirelessly to turn these statistics around. We have been overwhelmed by the support of artists and our delivery partners from around New Zealand. This is clearly a cause New Zealanders at home and around the world are very passionate about.

I can confirm that 100% of any art purchase will be paid directly to Lifeline.

Any questions can be sent to my EA Emma on

Best wishes, and thank you very much,


New Zealand Newsletter November, 2018

INTRODUCING KARL FLEET: – From being the most awarded advertising creative in Australasia, to professional wrestling heavyweight champion of New Zealand, to completing a Master’s in Creative Writing, to writing the first three books in his new series, The Truth Files.

Karl is ‘the body-slamming adman-turned-author’ and has been fascinated by story and the act of storytelling since childhood.

 Born in NaeNae, Wellington, he moved to Auckland in his teenage years, where he later attended college and discovered advertising as a career option. Intrigued by the creative process, he completed a bachelor’s degree in business marketing, with a major in advertising.

During his advertising career, Karl tapped into his love of storytelling and quickly discovered success. In his first year within the industry, Karl won an opportunity to represent New Zealand at Cannes in the Young Lion’s competition. In his second year, he won a rare and highly coveted Gold Pencil award at the One Show. The publication, Campaign Brief,soon named Karl their “Number One Australasian Advertising Creative” for his accomplishment of winning the largest number of international advertising awards between the period of 2008-2009. 

While writing ads, Karl also dabbled in writing scripts for short films. One of them, “Signs,” found a special place in people’s hearts and has been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. 

Karl’s love for storytelling even led him down the most unlikely of paths: professional wrestling. As his alter ego, Curt Chaos, he defied the odds and became the New Zealand Heavyweight Champion. He held this prestigious belt for one year and thirteen days—the third longest title run in New Zealand’s history.

Karl then had a crazy idea to write about an ultimate “negative protagonist,” Justin Truth. As the negative protagonist genre is one of the hardest to write, Karl went back to university and earned a master’s in creative writing to help build Justin Truth’s world. Karl spent the next three years writing, crafting, and editing Corporate Truth, Criminal Truth, and Fractured Truth. 

Everything Karl’s learned from advertising, wrestling, and earning his master’s degree comes together as a creative and unique form of written prose that he calls “binge reading.” 

For the past 5 months, Karl has been backpacking across America, putting the finishing touches on the books, building a website and collecting stories. He is currently in New York where he will work and live for the next 7 months, while getting the word out about the Truth Files and searching for an agent to help build the series into a true international best seller and original television series.

 The books are now done and published on Amazon.

And on his website people can download the first book in the series for free. 

Karl can be contacted at


ARMISTICE DAY:is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.[

More than 18,000 New Zealanders lost their lives in World War 1. Many of us lost grandads and uncles in that war and now the NZ Herald has an interactive graphic where you can find out more about them. Tap on any of the soldier’s figures to see their name, rank, unit, how they died, and how many other NZ troops were killed that day.

And then there is the New Zealand War Memorial Museum in Le Quesnoy, France. The liberation of Le Quesnoy – A cornerstone of New Zealand’s great WW1 achievements and what the brave soldiers achieved on November 4th 1918. More details here –

And finally, the St. Georges Society is having a Remembrance Day Observance that will be held in NYC on Sunday Nov. 11th from 10.45am – 12.15pm at the Queen Elizabeth 2nd Garden, 11 Hanover Square NY NY 10005.





All 3 games will be televised *LIVE* in NYC at the Pig n Whistle on 36th street (between 7th and 8th, close to 7th)
All Blacks vs England game will be televised *LIVE* this Saturday Nov. 10th at 10am EST.
All Blacks vs Ireland game will be televised *LIVE* Nov. 17th at 2pm EST
All Blacks vs Italy game will be televised *LIVE* Nov 24th at 9am EST

NOTE: The All Blacks vs England will have a cover charge/entry fee of $20. There is no cover charge for the Ireland and Italy games.


INTRODUCING MIRIAM LAUGESEN: – Dr. Miriam Laugesen, a Wellingtonian and former NYC’er newly relocated to Westport, CT (she still works in the city) and is keen to connect with other Connecticuters and New Yorkers. Miriam is a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University and she has one son, Benji (aged 15).  Miriam grew up in Wellington, but was born in India as her parents were medical missionaries for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.  Miriam graduated from Victoria University in 1992, with an BA (Hons.) degree in politics. She came to the US on a Fulbright scholarship, first at Washington University, after which she studied at Harvard University. Miriam has lived in the US for 20 years on both the east and west coasts.    

 The Finer Points of “Citizen by Descent”

Here’s a bit of information about Miriam said other kiwis might find helpful. Miriam was told she could not pass on her citizenship to her son– as said, she was born abroad.  It’s very possible that her parents could have upgraded her citizenship to “full” citizenship upon moving back to NZ when she was a child, but like most people probably thought “New Zealander by descent” was perfectly adequate. Being a good intrepid kiwi, she researched NZ immigration law, and discovered a specific policy applying to people whose parents left but returned. She learned that she could remedy this by filing an application and petition the government in New Zealand to be “granted” New Zealand citizenship.  One day, her NZ “citizenship” certificate arrived in the mail—thus allowing her to pass it on.

Her email is



After studying and working in the fashion and textiles/ design world in New Zealand, Georgette has recently moved to NYC to take the next step in her career.

With the focus of expanding her skills and knowledge within the fashion and design industry, she is looking for full or part time work which harnesses her experience and skill as a stylist, editor’s/ executive assistant or in Public Relations and Marketing. Georgette prides herself on being organised, and having the ability to listen and communicate on a professional level, especially in creative environments.

With a strong family background in fashion and textiles, Georgette pursued her passion and focus by studying Fashion, Design and Photography at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. After completing her final year whilst harnessing her leadership skills as House prefect, Georgette decided that fashion design was the field she wanted to devote herself to, and subsequently moved to Wellington to Study a Bachelor of Design Majoring in Fashion at Massey University, which she completed with Honours in 2016.

Maintaining her pursuit of a career in Fashion, Georgette worked as the editors assistant at Together Journal Magazine in Auckland where she quickly discovered her passion for styling and subsequently moved into freelance styling for the magazine, whilst also helping create fashion forward editorials for other companies.

Earlier this year Georgette was invited to Showcase her Graduate Fashion Collection at Vancouver Fashion Week. Her collection was widely praised, with outstanding feedback received.

Georgette emigrated to NYC in June this year on a J1 visa, choosing the Lower East Side to settle in. In her short time here, Georgette has already worked on many photoshoots for significant publications such as Town And Country Magazine J.Crew and Rebecca Taylor. She has also been involved in notable events such as this years MTV Video Music Awards, assisting with styling of Award-winning pop artist, Rita Ora.

A visual portfolio of Georgette’s work can be found on her website at




New Zealanders Griff Maclaurin and Steve Yates were part of the International Column of anti-fascist volunteers which marched into Madrid, bolstering the city’s defences against the assault of General Francisco Franco’s rebel armies.

The Spanish Civil War began in July 1936 with a pro-fascist military uprising against the democratically elected Spanish government. Within a few months these Nationalist forces stood poised to take the capital and assume control of most of Spain. The Republican government’s elected representatives had fled the capital for Valencia a few days earlier, with most foreign journalists joining the exodus. One journalist who stayed in Madrid was a young New Zealander, Geoffrey Cox, of the News Chronicle. Cox was on hand to give an eyewitness account of the International Column’s arrival, an event which provided a huge morale boost to the Madrileños struggling to defend their city.

The International Column of November 1936 was made up of anti-fascist volunteers from all over Europe. It was the forerunner of the International Brigades, which brought volunteers from around the world to defend the Spanish Republic. The column was organised by the Communist Party but included a range of volunteers of diverse left-wing persuasions. Among the first column that marched into Madrid was a small unit of ‘English’ machine-gunners which included two Kiwis: Steve Yates, a London electrician reputed to have been born in New Zealand, and Griffith Campbell Maclaurin, a Cambridge graduate originally from Auckland.

The International Column and their Spanish comrades halted the Nationalist assault, but suffered heavy casualties. Griff Maclaurin and Steve Yates were killed in battle within two days of arriving in Madrid. They were the first of the thousands of New Zealanders who would die over the next nine years fighting fascism. Contrary to the expectations of both Franco and the world’s press, Madrid held out under continual bombing and artillery bombardment for another 28 months. The city fell in March 1939 as the war came to an end.

At least 20 New Zealanders served as soldiers in the International Brigades or as medical staff for the Republican forces. Six of these volunteers were killed. Three New Zealanders are known to have served with the Nationalist forces. While for most New Zealanders the Spanish Civil War was a faraway side issue, a number of groups within New Zealand were strongly involved in fundraising activities. The Spanish Medical Aid Committee, the Communist Party, and a number of trade unions raised money to send three nurses directly from New Zealand to Spain. Renee Shadbolt, Isobel Dodds and Millicent Sharples were supported by New Zealand fundraisers throughout their service in Spain.



A big ‘thank you’ to the 70+ Otago University Alumni who attended our 2018 NYC Alumni event and enjoyed the entertainment provided by the one-and-only Mark Simmons – product of Southland, Top Chef Season 4 contestant, and owner of Brooklyn restaurant Kiwiana

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