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.

New Zealand Newsletter Friday July 13, 2018

THANK YOU JULIE FRY – Fellow NZer Julie Fry is a consulting economist and author who divides her time between New York and a family kūmara farm near Motueka.

Her latest project, AmbitionNZ, explores how ambition features in the national character and conversation of New Zealanders. The project is designed to encourage more New Zealanders to be more ambitious about more things: sport and business; family and community life; music and the arts; science, technology, education and the future; our environment, culture, and heritage; and our wider wellbeing.

The AmbitionNZ team would love to find out whether Kiwis who have moved away think differently from those at home in terms of how ambitious we are, what we’re ambitious about, and what we think about ambitious people. 

You can fill out the survey at and find out more about the project while you’re there. Please share the link! 

The survey results will be used in a book coming out later this year. The website will also host short video interviews about ambition with New Zealanders from all walks of life – if you’re interested in being interviewed, drop Julie an email:

Shout out: the site and branding are the work of another NYC-based Motueka export, Ronnie Peters, and his team at 360 Design.


APARTMENT FOR RENT IN BROOKLYN: – Top floor of a Victorian house, one minute from the Q train stop, 35 minutes to midtown Manhattan. Fully furnished and equipped, with a large main room with open kitchen, one large and one small bedroom (could become an office), bathroom with shower. One block from shopping street with several excellent restaurants and coffee bars, organic food market, supermarket, dry cleaner, pharmacies, library, Sunday Farmers’ Market. Cats welcome but no dogs. A quiet, sunny space. WiFi, TV all utilities included. Available early September. Monthly rent $2000. Call 718 469 2767.


SITUATIONS WANTED: – Rosel Labone is here on a 12 month J1 Visa and is looking for work  She has over 14 years administration experience, including EA work as a Legal Secretary at DLA Piper (accounts, billing, software, scheduling, and international travel) and is experienced in database and data analyst roles across government departments, and as a minute taker and transcriptionist for hearing and visually impaired students and lawyers at the Supreme Court of Melbourne. Her other background includes culture and communications, as a journalist and grant writer, and she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music, and a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. For her resume and more information, please contact Rosel at

SPALK ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED IN NYC: – Ben Reynolds and Michael Prendergast started Spalk after growing frustrated with Justin Marshall’s commentary on Super Rugby back home in New Zealand. They started doing their own audio only commentary and soon built an audience of tens of thousands who were muting their TVs and listening to their commentary instead of Justin Marshall & Nisbo. BUT, they received a lot of complaints that their commentary was out of time with the live video on TV.

So they built Spalk. Spalk’s Virtual Sportscasting Studio allows broadcasters, sports leagues and teams to offer hundreds of different commentary options on their existing live coverage. Commentators can call games, without having to travel, from a laptop anywhere in the world and Spalk’s technology ensures lip-sync perfect synchronisation between the alternate commentary and live video stream. This means broadcasters can offer multi-lingual, comedic and influencer commentators and fans can get commentary customised to suit their preferences.

Spalk works with broadcasters and sports organisations like Māori Television, FIBA & World Rugby to power commentary for thousands of the world’s biggest sporting events. Ben has recently relocated to NYC as they increase their focus on the North American market – particularly college athletics. With a team of 8 split across the US and NZ, Ben is eager to meet Kiwi’s in the sports and broadcast industries and get involved in the expat community up here in the city.

You can reach Ben at, +1 646-659-6509 or +64 21-101-4896


 INTRODUCING GEORGETTE POLLOCK-JOHNSTON: Georgette has recently arrived in NYC on the J1 visa (one year after graduation can work anywhere visa), and is looking for work in the fashion industry and more importantly looking for accommodation. She and another NZ friend are looking for an apartment for 2 people for a year or maybe joining an existing roommate.

 For Georgette’s resume and other information, please contact her directly at


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT DEPT: – Some of you might remember Michael Hobbs who spent time in NYC some years ago and who recently graduated from Stamford with an MBA. Michael (son of the late former All Black Captain and NZRU board Chairman Jock Hobbs) is currently living in California and is on the team helping change the face of the Kibera slums in Kenya through education with the construction of the Blessed Hope Primary School being the first step in the journey.


Michael’s work is so important despite becoming collateral damage in the NFL protests last year as this story in the NY Times explains –

And this story from Rebecca Wright of TVNZ –


SITUATIONS VACANT – VINEYARD (in NZ) GENERAL MANAGER WANTED: – Stonyridge Vineyard is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries, located on beautiful Waiheke Island, which has been described as NZ’s answer to the Hamptons or Byron Bay.

Responsibilities – The General Manager will be responsible for both the strategic planning of the business and the operations of the winery and restaurant, with a key focus on demonstrating excellent leadership to our management team. The GM will be accountable for both the employee and guest experience, financial leadership including optimising profitability and revenue generation, as well as developing strong relationships with our loyal clients. The Location:  Stonyridge Vineyard is located at 36 degrees 47 S (the same latitude as Sicily and San Luis Obisbo), on Waiheke Island just one kilometre from white sand Onetangi Beach. Regular hourly ferries (half hour in summer) take just 35 minutes to arrive to/from downtown Auckland or you can choose to take a ten-minute helicopter ride, should you have one!  Waiheke is the Byron Bay of New Zealand, sophisticated yet still spiritual, surrounded by beautiful beaches and spectacular coastline and a climate that is warmer and dryer than most of New Zealand. It’s a paradise … a paradise that grows really great red wine!

 Applicants should please email them a covering letter and resume to  The Selection team will include the owner and directors.


KEN GRIFFEN EXHIBITION: – Ken Griffen grew up in Auckland. In 2006 he was awarded a University Scholarship for Visual Arts and went on to graduate with excellence from AUT (Auckland University of Technology) in 2009.  Since his graduation, Griffen has done two artist-in-residency programs in Berlin and LA, and has held several solo exhibitions.

His latest exhibition is 4 Eyes – 12 Months opened in Brooklyn (RSOAA Gallery 400b S 2nd St Brooklyn NY 11221) on July 13th and goes through until July 31st.

Viewings are by appointment (phone 347-673-3383) or by contacting him directly at


OOPS DEPT: – Young NZ friend visiting NYC arrived wearing a shirt with “very” large MAGA letters on the front……

ME: – “Kevin, you OK wearing that T shirt?”
KEVIN: – “Sure, why?”
ME: – “I just don’t want you to get abused or yelled at”
KEVIN: – “I’ll be fine, why would I get abused”
ME: -“The letters….M A G A… are a sensitive issue these days, especially in NYC. It’s quite a political statement”
KEVIN: – “What, you’re kidding. People in NYC don’t even know where Auckland is let alone anything about the MOUNT ALBERT GRAMMAR ALUMNI”
ME: – “Would you like a cuppa tea?”


CONGRATULATIONS JAN BROOK – On Co-Founding  the Koha Konnection.  The Koha Konnection is made up of 7 fabulous Kiwi Committee Members and is currently in the process of setting up as a nonprofit to help send fellow US ex-pat Kiwis home in time of immediate Family Need. 

Jan and her team recently published a cook book “BRING A PLATE” of typical New Zealand recipes adapted with American ingredients and measurements with current and former Prime Ministers, and other NZ celebrities contributing with their favorite recipes.  The info about the Koha and their mission is in the cookbook! They still have cookbooks available for sale for $25/book, just PM or email Jan at for more information – proceeds go to the Koha Konnection.

The “Koha” mission is to ‘give with no expectation of repayment’ and to find out more, please contact Jan directly at


INTRODUCING SYLVIA VARHAM O’REGAN, a New Zealand freelance journalist based in New York.

Sylvia grew up in Wellington and attended Wellington Girls’ College.

She moved to New York in 2016 to study a Master’s Degree at Columbia Journalism School after five years working for a public broadcaster in Australia. This July, she published a story in The New York Times, examining the high rate of New Zealander’s being deported from Australia. He work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, VICE, Toronto Star and more.


To connect with Sylvia, email her at


ATTN OTAGO UNIVERSITY ALUMNI: – Calling all University of Otago graduates: save the date for an Alumni function on the evening of Tuesday 30th October 2018.  More to come.  Questions? Contact


MAORI LESSONS IN NYC: – “Kia ora! A group of New Zealanders in NYC are aiming to set up regular Te Reo Maori lessons in the city. The idea is still in it’s infancy so if you have anything to help out in terms of a venue, or if you are interested in being a part of this then please either join the ‘Learn Te Reo Maori in NYC’ Facebook group ( or if not on Facebook then email”


NEW ZEALAND’S “BROKEN SHED” VODKA: – Currently available in NJ, CT, MI, RI, KY and CA,  and adding MA, WI, DC, DE, MD, NV and expanding distribution in CA over the next few months with more US markets to come.  Broken Shed is the clean, crisp vodka crafted from whey and blended with water from the north and south islands to create the perfect vodka. Check the locator to find an establishment carrying this fine vodka.


WHO’D HAVE THUNK? – Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem that the official Wimbledon website is .com and not .net?


SITUATIONS WANTED – Rose Hewetson is here on a J1 – Visa and looking for work in the food media/sustainable food and food distribution industry.

Originally from Wanaka and Auckland Rose attended St Cuthbert’s College and King’s College and has worked as a design atelier in Stockholm. She has also lived in France, volunteered in Jaipur and India. She completed her BA majoring in English literature, philosophy and French and completed her final year at Sciences Po in Paris

After graduating she returned to Melbourne and worked for a social enterprise, The Social Food Project, founded with the intent to connect people living in urban environments with local, regenerative farmers. She also started a supper club, Scotch & Rose, and hosted pop-up dinners at various locations around Melbourne, and recently co-authored a cookbook with my mother, Annabel Langbein, that will be coming out in September.

For more information please contact Rose directly at



RIP Graeme Lindsay

Dear fellow New Zealanders and friends of NZ. It is with great sadness I advise the passing of New Zealander Graeme Lindsay today. Originally from Oamaru Graeme attended St Kevin’s College, and went on to become a Fulbright scholar and graduate from Massey University.

He moved to the US in 1974 with the NZ Meat Board and went onto run the NZ Lamb Co. in North America. Graeme was a pioneer of things NZ in NY City and beyond, such as founding the NZ picnic, co founding the Kiwi Club of NY, sitting on the BOD of Kea North America and the American New Zealand Association where he was instrumental in raising nearly a million dollars to support school Christchurch children after the devastating earthquake.

Behind the scenes he quietly helped many NZ companies enter the US market. He also helped individuals work through various issues always holding confidentiality. He was the go to guy for many including non New Zealanders. He will be missed by, oh ,so many.
Graeme’s wonderful life partner Nancy Hart will advise of funeral details and I will forward accordingly.

RIP Graeme Lindsay