You may remember the ANZAC Day story fellow NZer Bruce Cleland shared about his dad saving Herb Wagner who had been shot down over the English Channel during World War 2. Bruce now lives in Baltimore and after reading the story a Peter Kyle contacted me saying he was at school (Hutt Valley High School) with Bruce in the 1960’s. I put them in contact with one another and lo and behold they both live in Maryland about 20 minutes from each other!!


Reihana Koteka-Wiki is a 25 year-old from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, who moved to NYC about 1 month ago after traveling and working around the world on her O.E this past year. 

She graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Pacific Island Studies in 2015. Already a licensed fitness instructor/personal trainer, she went on to work at numerous gyms and varsity sports teams throughout Connecticut. In addition to coaching and teaching fitness, her administrative roles included managing clients’ accounts, working the reception desk, managing social media, event planning and marketing (fundraisers for Cancer foundations), as well as handling employment matters and payroll. 
Reihana has previously worked in tourism/ hospitality in Rarotonga, where she gained experience as a housing manager, working in customer service, marketing, planning tours and handling bookings. 

She has a valid G4 visa and has lived in the United States a total of 7 years. She has only recently moved to New York City and searching for new job opportunities. She is open to work in a wide range of areas. She intends to begin her Masters in the coming year and aims to pursue a career in development and humanitarian affairs. 

Reihana is an enthusiastic, energetic, efficient and organized worker who is eager to learn and develop herself. She would love to learn of any insights, advice or possible opportunities. Please reach out to Reihana directly:


Originally from Gisborne Sue and her husband Bryan now live in Danbury CT. Sue has over 30 years of experience in the culinary world. Her love of cooking and catering came from assisting her parents, who were owners of The Blue Pacific Motel, and a vineyard in Gisborne.

In 1977 Sue graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Fashion and Food, and then spent several years in England and mainland Europe working in the hotel industry. In 1983 she returned to New Zealand and soon after started her first culinary business catering private parties, weddings and business functions.

In 1991 Sue moved to California with her husband Bryan and two children where she started a business as a location caterer to a group of fashion photographers and models and in 1995 moved to Texas where she became a licensed Realtor. During this time Sue also catered functions for the Realtor and Title Company and attended short courses at cooking schools, such as Jane Butel’s school in Albuquerque and The Paris Cordon Bleu in France. 

In 2003 Sue left the Real estate business and launched The Main Course Cooking School and Catering business, which was run from her home in Plano, Texas. For seven years The Main Course had been one of a few select cooking schools in the country invited to hold cooking classes in conjunction with Saveur culinary magazine.

Sue and her husband Bryan then relocated to New York where she worked as the corporate chef at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Manhattan, NY. She also taught classes at Williams Sonoma’s flagship store on Columbus Circle, NYC, and baked NZ lamington’s, ANZAC’s, and custard squares for DUB Pies in Brooklyn. She and Bryan now reside in Danbury, CT where she teaches classes to several social groups and is about to embark on her next venture, making pre-cooked and freezer ready meals for apartment dwellers in Danbury.


Komi grew up in two towns, Dinsdale, Hamilton and Manurewa Auckland and has now lived in the United States for 23 years. First in Portland, OR, then Dallas, TX, followed by Denver, CO, and now lives in Phoenix, AZ. While living in Portland, OR he attended Portland State University and graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management. With that degree he has grown up professionally in the online retail environment supporting the operations of Fulfillment Centers. 

Komi and his wife Devina have four kids, all USA born. When he’s not taking care of family business Komi enjoys running, and over the last four years has adventured into the ultra-marathon arena, participating in four distance events from 30 to 50 miles. He remains a fan of all things NZ; art, sport, music, culture but desperately misses fish ‘n’ chips, and the bakery. 

In August this year the World Hip Hop Dance Championships take place in Phoenix and Komi assures me there will be plenty of Kiwi talent competing.


Overheard at the Pig n Whistle on 36th street in NYC

NZ Lady – “Uh oh, I see our Aussie friend ‘Potholes’ is here.”

‘Potholes’ – “G’day ladies. Ya awwwright?”

NZ Lady – “Oh hello Mr. Potholes, what have you been up to?”

Potholes – “Just back from shopping. Bought meself a chandelier”

NZ Lady – “Oh how about that. Are you going to put it up yourself?”

Potholes – “Nah, gonna hang it from the ceiling”