Air NZ

NZ Reopens to NZ citizens & residents from the USA on 13 March, 2022

The New Zealand Government has announced the following changes to MIQ requirements in 2022, as a five step opening process.

From 28 February 2022 - fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens, and other eligible travellers, will be able to travel from Australia to New Zealand without entering managed isolation.

From 14 March 2022 - fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens, and other eligible travellers, will be able to travel to New Zealand from around the world without entering managed isolation. Critical workers and family members will also be included in this step.

From April – July 2022 – International students, Australians, temporary visa holders and travellers from visa waiver countries, will be able to travel to New Zealand without entering managed isolation.

From October 2022 – All travellers can enter New Zealand without entering managed isolation.

For all travellers not required to enter MIQ, you will require the following:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated
  • A negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result
  • A passenger declaration about your travel history
  • A day 0/1 rapid antigen test upon arrival and day 5/6 rapid antigen test
  • Self-isolate for a period of time aligning to the close contact time-frame

More information about these changes can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Auckland rugby

Rugby Live on TV – 2022 in USA

The following Rugby matches will be shown in the US

Streaming LIVE on Peacock

Premiership Rugby Round 15 Schedule

EVENT DATE TIME
Gloucester Rugby vs. London Irish February 4 2:45pm
Bristol Bears vs. Newcastle Falcons February 5 9am
Exeter Chiefs vs. Wasps February 5 9:30am
Leicester Tigers vs. Worcester Warriors February 5 10am
Saracens vs. Bath Rugby February 5 10am
Harlequins vs. Sale Sharks February 6 8am

Six Nations 2022 Schedule

EVENT DATE TIME
Ireland vs Wales February 5 9:15am
Scotland vs England February 5 11:45am
France vs Italy February 6 10am
Wales vs. Scotland February 12 9:15am
France vs. Ireland February 12 11:45am
Italy vs. England February 13 10am
Scotland vs. France February 26 9:15am
England vs. Wales February 26 11:45am
Ireland vs. Italy February 27 10am
Italy vs. Wales March 11 3pm
England vs. France March 12 9:15am
Scotland vs. Ireland March 12 11:45am
Scotland vs. Italy March 19 10:15am
Ireland vs. England March 19 12:45pm
France vs. Wales March 19 4pm
Air NZ

2022 Likely start date for Air New Zealand’s New York flights

Air New Zealand is eyeing a reboot of its proposed New York flights in 2022. The nonstop flights between Auckland and New York were flagged in 2019, but COVID-19 put the brakes on the flights to the US east coast. Now, the route is back on Air New Zealand's radar.

2022 lining up as likely start date for Air New Zealand's New York flights

A report in New Zealand's NewsHub quotes Air New Zealand CEO saying the New York route is shaping up as a viable prospect next year.

"Work is well underway around the airline planning for our inaugural flight to New York, with a team working to get this route up and running next year," said Mr Foran.

"Customers can expect us to be back in business to our key markets like the USA, Japan, China, and obviously Australia and the Pacific Islands."

Greg Foran's comments follow New Zealand's decision to drop its COVID zero strategy and announcing tentative plans to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers early next year.

Air New Zealand – Non-Stop Service Newark Airport to Auckland in 2021

Breaking News - Route Postponed until 2022 (see recent post Feb 2022)

Air New Zealand postponed its ambitious Auckland to New York direct flights by a year. This comes as the fallout from the aviation crisis continues to affect the airline. The carrier has also decided to delay the introduction of its Boeing 787-10 fleet and new business class cabin. Finally, it will exit its Auckland to London via Los Angeles route earlier than scheduled.

Air New Zealand United States Services: New York Non-Stop to Auckland

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: Air New Zealand will launch non-stop New York to Auckland flights from Newark Airport in October 2020. The new service will use Air New Zealand's premium-focused configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and will operate three times weekly, year-round. Tickets for Air New Zealand's New York service will go on sale soon, subject to regulatory approvals and landing slot confirmation.

At the same time, the daily Los Angeles to London service will be withdrawn in October 2020. "While Air New Zealand has a proud history of flying direct between Los Angeles and London for 37 years, dynamics on the route have changed in recent years and like other airlines, Air New Zealand is strongest when operating direct flights to and from their home hub."

With the start of the new service, the airline has also made the difficult decision to withdraw from its daily Los Angeles-London service from October 2020.

More information here.

Kea New York

Kea New York was launched in October 2004, and serves a growing network in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

We hold regular events in New York City, covering a range of sectors including financial services, media and entertainment, healthcare and technology connecting Kiwi expats and ‘friends of New Zealand’ to build their contacts, enable networking and leverage business opportunities.

We provide a focal point for NY based Kiwis and Kiwi businesses and act as a conduit for New Yorkers and their dealings with New Zealand.

Contact Phil Veal at newyork@keanewzealand.com.

Visit the KEA site

New Zealand New York Consulate Details

New Zealand Consulate-General
295 Madison Ave, 41st Floor,
(Corner 41st Street),
New York, NY 10017

Telephone: (212) 832-4038
Facsimile: (212) 867-8715

Office hours are 0900 – 1230 Monday – Friday (except office holidays) for consular enquires.

www.nzembassy.com

Places to watch Rugby

Everyone has their favorite spot and here are some of ours.  Let us know if you have others, especially in NJ or CT!

 

 Upper East Side

Baker Street

A great english breakdfast and TVs from every vantage point.

63rd Street & 1st Ave, www.bakerstreetnyc.com

 

Midtown Manhattan:

The Australian

Good kiwi beer in the fridge including Moa and Tuatara.

38th St & 5th Ave, www.theaustraliannyc.com

 

Landsdowne Road

A decent size bar with plenty of options on tap and good visability

10th Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts, www.landsdowneroadnyc.com

 

Lower East Side

8 Mile Creek

Home of the Aussie contingent but a good crew nonetheless!

240 Mulberry Street, www.eightmilecreek.com

 

Downtown

Nelson Blue

Manhattan home of the kiwis!

Front Street & Peck Slip, www.nelsonblue.com