Air NZ Reducing Flights to NZ


From September 21, Air New Zealand will be reducing their United States/New Zealand schedule to three passenger flights per week to and from Auckland and Los Angeles.
NZ6 AKL – LAX will operate on Tues, Thurs and Sunday
NZ5 LAX - AKL will operate on Tues, Thurs and Saturday
There will no longer be flights between Auckland and San Francisco. (Flights from Chicago and Houston have been discontinued at present).

NZ Election 2020 – Overseas Voting is Open Now

You can vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September until 7pm, Saturday 17 October (NZ time).

This election will see New Zealanders given the opportunity to vote on some of the biggest issues facing a generation, but there’s concern eligible overseas Kiwis may be missing from the polls - again.

About one million New Zealanders live overseas, and while there aren’t precise records, best estimates put the number of those eligible to vote between 600,000 and 750,000 (based on eligibility rates within the country). In the last election, just 10 percent of those eligible voters cast their ballot.

There is an active campaign, lead by returned Kiwi Tracey Lee, to encourage overseas voter participation in this election. If you are a NZ citizen who has visited NZ in the last three years, you are eligible to enrol and vote.

To enrol, go to

If you are already enrolled Vote Now at

Remember, you can vote from overseas from Wednesday 30 September until 7pm, Saturday 17 October (NZ time).

Services for voting from overseas in person will vary depending on local COVID-19 safety guidelines and requirements. Please contact your overseas voting place for their visitor requirements.

If you're voting from overseas, you must be enrolled by midnight on Friday 16 October (NZ time). We recommend enrolling earlier if possible to allow time for your enrolment application to be processed. You won't be able to use the download/upload service until your enrolment is confirmed.

Tracey Lee's website is 

You can vote from overseas if you’re enrolled and one of the following statements is true:

  • You’re a New Zealand citizen who’s visited New Zealand in the last 3 years
  • You’re a permanent resident of New Zealand who’s visited New Zealand in the last 12 months.
Are you a permanent resident?

For electoral purposes, you’re a permanent resident if you’re in New Zealand legally and not required to leave within a specific time.  If you’re Australian, Niuean, Tokelauan, or a Cook Islander, you can vote if you’re enrolled and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more.

Are you a public servant or member of the New Zealand Defence Force?

You’re eligible to enrol and vote no matter how long you’ve been outside New Zealand if you’re in one of the following groups:

  • Public servants working overseas and their families
  • New Zealand diplomats or trade representatives and their families
  • Members of the New Zealand Defence Force and their families.

To enrol, go to

If you are already enrolled Vote Now at



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

Breaking News - Route Postponed until 2021

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.

Kiwi chef – The Musket Room restaurant in NYC

NYC based kiwi, Matt Lambert recently opened The Musket Room, a new Nolita restaurant serving “modern New Zealand” cuisine.

Matt Lambert, previously of Public and Saxon + Parol, raised the funds for the fit out of his new restaurant through Kickstarter!

The Musket Room
265 Elizabeth St
(between Prince and Houston)
New York, NY 10012

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

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.

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,


Midtown Manhattan:

The Australian

Good kiwi beer in the fridge including Moa and Tuatara.

38th St & 5th Ave,


Landsdowne Road

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

10th Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts,


Lower East Side

8 Mile Creek

Home of the Aussie contingent but a good crew nonetheless!

240 Mulberry Street,



Nelson Blue

Manhattan home of the kiwis!

Front Street & Peck Slip,