Is hosting an event exclusively for alumni and friends of the University in Seattle, WA on May 30 and in Los Angeles on June 2nd. Guest Speaker Professor Cather Simpson will discuss one of the  questions which is at the heart of the new University of Auckland Campaign For All Our Futures: CAN WE…capture the force of light?
Professor Simpson founded and now directs the Photon Factory, a high-tech laser and micro-fabrication facility. Her research explores how molecules and materials convert the energy carried by light into more useful forms of energyand the diverse and far-reaching applications of this research. The evening’s host, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon will share news, highlights and Campaign updates from the University. To register For Seattle and Los Angeles Events
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If you’re unable to attend either of these dates the University will be hosting a reception in New York in October. Further details will follow later in the year.


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