New Zealanders have had a long history of achieving at the very highest levels in the United States, whether in business, arts, sports, information technology, science, and medicine, or higher education academics. However, for many this journey to succeed in the United States is difficult and challenging. Setting up in a new country away from family, friends, and support, with new rules and regulations, different expectations and processes. For many New Zealanders, this can be overwhelming and even stop them from reaching their dreams and potential achievements.

We are looking to set a NZ-US Leadership Network with the mission to help New Zealanders achieve their potential success through leveraging the synergy of available resources. Our vision is for New Zealanders to achieve at the highest levels in the United States and contribute on a global stage.

We are in the process of working with existing groups and established New Zealanders to set this network up. We will look at first having an annual NZ-US Leadership Network conference and dinner event. We will develop additional resources and events as needed.

We are currently establishing a working group and if you would be like to be a part of this working group, be involved, or would like to be kept informed, please email below.  Xaviour Walker – Geriatric Fellow, University of California Irvine – Hospitalist and Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physician –


The preschool software startup out of New Zealand, Educa, now has an office in Westchester, NY.  Educa is NZ angel-funded, with around 1,200 clients in New Zealand, Australia and now the US.  The US office is headed up by Geoff Nixon.

Educa is documentation and communications software that allows teachers to update parents in real-time, and to connect those updates to a curriculum. The sharing of learning between parent and teacher builds a collaboration that has an exciting impact on learning outcomes.  Read more

While the US early childhood education is behind NZ, there is a lot going on as the mindset in the US Is moving from  “daycare” to “preschool.”  Universal pre-K, state quality standards are two powerful trends in Educa’s favor.

Educa has 2 commission-based sales people — one in NY, one in Seattle — and is looking for a third.  It’s also interested to meet kiwis who have experience in the pre-K sector.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions or have an interest in a full or part-time sales role give Geoff Nixon a call at 914.354.0134or email


In 1964 Rodney Dreyer arrived in NYC from Pahiatua (Pahiatua is way out in the Booai known as the capital of Bush Southern Wairarapa. It’s the birth place of Brian Lahore, Murray Halberg and Rodney Dreyer).
Rodney was involved in a number of projects in NYC and was President of The New York Rugby Club when this happened in 1972.


Not many rugby fans are aware that on October 21 1972 the Ian Kirkpatrick All Blacks, on their way to Britain for a three-month tour of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France, played a New York City Metropolitan Rugby Union (MRU) select side at Downing Stadium (now Icahn Stadium) on Randall’s Island (3 years later, June 14, 1975, soccer Icon Pele played his first game for the NY Cosmos there). The side was captained by Sid Going.  It was the debut game for Joe Karam who replaced an injured Trevor Morris at full back and also the first game for winger Grant Batty. The New York team included a smattering of ex-pats but was mainly an American side. It was a fine day and attendance was over 3,000. New York Mayor John Lindsay declared October 21 Rugby Day New York and both sides were introduced to the Mayor prior to the game. New Zealand won 41 to 9. The All Blacks went on to win 32 of their 35 matches drawing 2 (Ireland & Munster) and losing to France. Another anomaly that occurred was the New York City Council, asking the Metropolitan Rugby Union not to use the name “All Blacks” on any of the advertisements and promotions. In the early 1970’s the US had been having a number of racially motivated riots causing substantial damage, injuries, and deaths. Specifically in nearby Camden New Jersey.  Not wanting a repeat of the Harlem riots of the 60’s the NYPD were on high alert for any unrest and did everything they could to keep the city calm. Consequently, the game was announced as;



This was the only game the All Blacks have ever played in New York City and certainly the only game where they were not addressed and listed as the All Blacks.


“TOP RIGHT APPAREL”- Founded by fellow NY/NZer Luke Mayes (originally from Mairangi Bay, a graduate of Auckland University, and officer in the RNZAF) Luke and custom clothier Todd Goldsmith came up with the idea last year while enjoying a few pints and watching a Premier League match.

Todd and Luke are huge soccer fans who love the passion, drama, tribalism, songs, and constant banter of the beautiful game and thought a brand that carries the collective energy of the game’s fans is needed. As Luke describes it, “When you wear Top Right, you surreptitiously carry the positive energy of everyone who loves football. That’s powerful. You will not only look great and feel better; you will be more awesome as a result. Who doesn’t want that?” And get this…..TOP RIGHT APPAREL donate $1.00 to Soccer Without Borders for every t-shirt sold.

More info about the company (including purchase of the shirts) can be found here –


Born and raised in Auckland Dr. Brennan is a graduate of Otago University and Harvard Medical School. During his time at OU he was President of the OU Students Association and represented Otago in rugby in the 1960’s before heading to Boston. He is an oncologic surgeon scientist and was Chair of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC from 1985 to June 2006 before assuming the position of Vice President of International Programs and Director of the Bobst International Center.

Dr. Brennan has lectured throughout the world and authored or co-authored more than 1,100 scientific papers and book chapters, and three books on soft tissue sarcoma. He has served as Director of the American Board of Surgery, Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the James IVth Association, the Society of Clinical Surgery, the International Gastric Cancer Association, and the American Surgical Association.

He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, of England, and in Ireland, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Canada. Dr. Brennan has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh, Otago, and Goteborg and University College of London. In 1995, Dr. Brennan was honored with membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; in 2000 he received the American College of Surgeons’ highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In January 2015 he was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The Brennan family has a vineyard in the Gibbston Valley, Central Otago where Dr. Brennan’s son Sean (born in Boston, grew up in NYC, educated in California and Adelaide) is the manager and winemaker. Sean won the World’s best Red in London for his 2013, B-2 Pinot Noir, which is now served on Air New Zealand Business Class.