03.02.2017 – NZ Society Waitangi Day Charity Ball

Ki te taumata,10683698_932775480151439_1812804298805168209_o Aotearoa ki Ingarangi...Celebrating New Zealand in England,

The Ballroom at the Jumeriah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY
Friday, 3rd February 2017
6.30 pm–late
Black Tie



NZ Society Member – £150 per person (Members are entitled to purchase one guest ticket at members rate)
Non-Member – £170 per person 

Tables of 10 guests – £1450.00 (Member purchased. Lead guest must be a member of NZSUK)
Tables of 10 guests – £1650.00  (When purchased by Non-Member)

New Zealand Society partners with Kiwi owned Music Glue as our ticketing partner. Should ticketing fees be price prohibitive please contact us at info@nzsociety.co.uk to settle your ticket or table purchase via invoice.12719104_932813543480966_6746025017307448515_oTHE WAITANGI DAY CHARITY BALL

The New Zealand Society are guardians of this most spectacular annual event. We will be celebrating our long and only now take propecia rich history which spans some 89 years, in one of London’s most stunning venues, as well as acknowledging the 177th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

12764831_932772763485044_1740605858358219598_oThe initial aims of the Society were to celebrate what it meant to be a New Zealander in England, and to promote trade between the two countries. The New Zealand Society of today seeks to provide unique opportunities for Kiwis, as well as those who have an interes12764780_932812770147710_1054003674382481932_ot in New Zealand, and to network and meet socially.


Highlights of the evening include the presentation of the 2017 UK New Zealander of the Year Award, as well as a sparkling evening of New Zealand wine and food, and our famous Charity Raffle and Silent Auction with prizes donated by New Zealand owned or operated businesses. All net proceeds from the Silent Auction and our Charity Raffle go to the New Zealand Society’s Charitable Fund. 2016 saw 270 guests enjoy a spectacular event celebrating New Zealand in England, with £16,000 raised for the Charitable Fund.

Nominations are now open for the UK New Zealander of the Year Award 2017


02.02.2017 – Waitangi Day Church Service at St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall

The Annual Waitangi Day Church Service will take place at St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall, Guildhall Yard, City of London, EC2V 5AA from 6.30pm on Thursday, 2nd February 2017.

This special service, commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi : The Treaty of Waitangi, is hosted by the New Zealand Society, in association with St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall, The Girdlers’ Company, The New Zealand High Commission, and Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club.

The Church Service is followed by a Reception kindly hosted by the Girdlers’ Company at the Girdlers’ Hall, Basinghall Avenue, City of London, EC2V 5DD.  (Please note: the Girdler's reception is for adults only. However, children are welcome at the church service)

Tickets are on sale via Music Glue HERE

Members – £8.00 per member (£9.00 including ticketing fee)

Non-Members – £10.00 per non-member (£11.00 including ticketing fee)

27.10.2015 – An evening with Dave Dobbyn at Bush Hall – SOLD OUT

New Zealand Society (UK) and Kea New Zealand proudly presents an evening with Dave Dobbyn at Bush Hall, London.

Join us for this intimate evening of superb music and story telling from one of New Zealand's treasured artists.

Dave Dobbyn says that since day one, he has had a tune in his head. He’d be twiddling the dial on the radiogram, “travelling the world in music”. Responsible for the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’ ‘Language’, ‘Outlook for Thursday’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Whaling’, ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘It Dawned On Me’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Devil You Know’, ‘Slice of Heaven’, ‘Magic What She Do’, ‘Oughta Be in Love’ , ‘Welcome Home’. In the world of pop music, longevity is rarely achieved. For over thirty years Dobbyn’s talents have consistently charmed their way into the consciousness of music lovers world wide.

To see an interview with Dave Dobbyn on what it means to be a Kiwi click HERE

Date: Tuesday 27th October, 2015
Venue: Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ
Doors open 19:30, onstage at 20:30
Tickets £21.15*

Secure your place HERE now, as tickets are limited.  SORRY ! - THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

*Ticket price includes booking fee, and a signed copy of Dave Dobbyn's last album, Anotherland. This is a seated event, please note seating is non-allocated

Pre-concert dining options available at Bush Hall Dining Room

Notice of New Zealand Society 2014 AGM

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on the evening of Friday 27th June 2014 from 5.30pm, for 6.00pm start until 7.00pm in the Penthouse Suite, 18th floor, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1V 4TQ.

The AGM is open to all paid-up Members of the New Zealand Society.  Members are entitled to vote for nominated positions on the Committee, including President, Vice-Presidents, Honorary Treasurer and the General Committee.  Notice of the AGM may be downloaded by clicking here and nomination forms to join the Committee (for any position) may be downloaded by clicking here.

The AGM is free to attend and walmart cialis prices without insurance the best choice will be followed by our Summer Drinks event (£10 for members attending the AGM), which will run from  7.00pm until 11pm.  Your entry and participation in the AGM entitles you to reduced ticketing rate for the Summer Drinks.

To attend the AGM ONLY please register your interest to members@nzsociety.co.uk, to purchase AGM and Summer Drinks Tickets visit our ticketing page here.

NZ Society Wine Series, tasting at Vinoteca

Thursday October 24, 2013 - Thursday October 24, 2013

15 Seymour Place

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Join us for the third tasting in our New Zealand Wine Series at Vinoteca in Marylebone.

About Vinoteca

Created and run by Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares, Vinoteca is inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy, which often also function as wine shops. The aim was to create a convivial atmosphere in which to serve high quality, characterful wines  - also available to take away at retail prices – and simple yet imaginative food created from fresh, seasonal produce.

Vinoteca Farringdon opened in September 2005, followed by Vinoteca Marylebone late 2010. Vinoteca Soho opened in May 2012, and Chiswick in September 2013. Despite critical acclaim and several awards, Vinoteca remains a friendly, welcoming place to enjoy great wine and food at refreshingly affordable prices.

Brett's bio says that "his early experience include stints in wine retail in his native New Zealand and generic cialis usa fine dining service in Australia, The Cayman Islands and London. A total of over ten years with highly respected Enotria Wine Cellars and Liberty Wines has provided him with enviable experience of the British wine trade with particular emphasis on the wines of Italy. Brett is very well known in the London wine & restaurant scene, and is both known as and fond of calling everyone  - RODNEY."

The Vinoteca team look forward to welcoming you, and to taking you through a fun filled, informative and of course delicious wine tasting!


The Evening

Kiwi Brett Woonton, will take us through a blind tasting with a twist.

Old world vs. New Zealand wines.  We will be put into five teams of six - with a little bit of friendly competition encouraged!

The tasting will consist of six wines, with nibbles provided.  We suggest having a light meal or sandwich before the tasting.  And if you fancy trying some of the delights available from the Vinoteca Team themselves we can arrange a reservation for you pre or post event.

The Price

NZ Society (UK) Members - £38.00 per person

Non-Members/Guests - £48.00 per person

* This event is limited to 30 places

The Location

15 Seymour Place

London, Greater London W1H 5BD

Nearest underground station is Marble Arch on the Central Line
Our venue for the night is the private dining room / cellar of Vinoteca Marylebone.  Vinoteca are also located in Farringdon, Soho and Chiswick.



Wine Tasting – Pinot Noir and Peking Duck

Thursday September 19, 2013 - Thursday September 19, 2013

8-10 North Audley Street

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The New Zealand Society (UK) and Steve Farquharson of Wooing Tree Vineyard invites you to join us for a Wine Tasting with a difference.


In 2012 Wooing Tree Vineyard won the 'Trophy for the Best Wine with Peking Duck' at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition in Hong Kong with its Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2009.

To continue on with our Wine Tasting Series, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the Vineyards success and www.kraftwurx.com to try the Pinot Noir with Peking Duck for ourselves.  An evening hosted at The Princess Garden of Mayfair Restaurant, join us for a 5 course meal featuring 5 stunning Wooing Tree Vineyard Wines.

This event is limited to 30 guests, so we suggest you check your diary and get in quick.

NZS Members Price £65.00 per person

NZS Guest/Non-members Price £75.00 per person

* Ticket includes 5 course meal, tasting of 5 wines, chilled water, tea and coffee


Steve will be showcasing the following wines from the Wooing Tree Vineyard collection

The Wine Selection

Wooing Tree Blondie

Wooing Tree Rose

Wooing Tree Beetle Juice

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir (trophy winner)

Wooing Tree Tickled Pink

Princess Garden Mayfair offers you the opportunity to savour those distinctive North Chinese flavours, prepared by leading Hong Kong Head Chef, Mr Wai Ming Chow, legendary for his superb Peking duck and seafood specialities.  Together with chefs Shing and Chi, they have pioneered new dishes, drawing inspiration from the traditional methods of rich texture and intense flavours of Chinese cuisine.

Menu Selection

Steamed Peking Dumplings

Soft Shell Crab with Spicy Salt

Sea Spice Scallops & Prawns

Aromatic Crispy Duck

Barbecued Peking Duck


SOLD OUT- Wine Tasting in association with The Antipodean Sommelier

Thursday September 5, 2013 - Thursday September 5, 2013

33 Kensington Park Road

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The New Zealand Society are delighted to be offering our members, an evening of wine and conversation.

Join us on Thursday 5th September 2013 at newly opened Provenance Butcher in Kensington Park Road, where you will explore under the guidance of Peter Lorimer of New Zealand Wine Portfolio, the superb wines from Cypress of Hawkes Bay and Two Rivers of Marlborough.

James Leary of The Antipodean Sommelier has partnered with Tom Gibson of Provenance Butcher to design a stunning tasting of six wines matched with food.  Two superb New Zealand businesses celebrating success in the UK, whilst importing high quality products from New Zealand.





Summer Drinks and AGM – 27 June 2013

Thank you John Greager for you two years as President

Many thanks to everyone who were able to join us on a slightly grey summers evening, for the 2013 AGM and Summer Drinks of the New Zealand Society.  We may have seen a few seasons in one day, however I think you will agree that the panoramic view from The Penthouse is hard to beat.

I would like to thank our outgoing Committee and sou-tremosnice.cz Immediate Past President John Greager for a wonderful year for the New Zealand Society.  The past twelve months have been filled with spectacular events, memorable occasions and the growth of our Charitable Fund.  As the new Committee are welcomed in, they are aware of the legacy which they inherit, and are enthusiastic about taking the Society, its Membership and Charitable Fund awareness from strength to strength.

Our thank you would not be complete without acknowledging those whose donations, services and support allow us to host successful evenings such as this.  We trust you enjoyed the welcome drink served and sponsored by Dave and Katie of Black Dog Wine Agency.  We know for a fact, that there are a few households who now enjoy Lighthouse Gin and Broken Shed vodka as their evening tipple.  The superb canapés were provided by Rewai and http://www.youthstartup.com/generic-propecia-uk his team from Kai Catering, those mini-Kiwi burgers may have been a handful but they certainly went down a treat.  And to Antipodean Sommelier, Hair Organics and Homelanz; a big thank you for their generous prizes which allowed us to raise a further £470 for our Charitable Fund.

With the handing over of the Presidency, guests such as Geoff Sewell ensuring we were in fine voice for the National Anthem, beautiful images captured by our resident photographer Stewart Marsden, and that wonderful buzz that comes from Kiwi's connecting... this was certainly a night to remember.

I look forward to seeing you at future events, and ask that you save the date for Oktoberfest planned for Thursday 10th October.  I know what you are thinking, that is 3 months away!  Fear not, we will have details of last minute summer fun events in the near future and you can always pop by and say hello to our Committee when visiting Homelanz on Saturday 10th August.

Tania Bearsley

President, New Zealand Society


Waitangi Day Charity Ball – 8 February 2013 at The Dorchester

Ngati Ranana
London Maori Club

On Friday, 8 February 2013, the New Zealand Society celebrated its 85th Anniversary in style by returning to The Dorchester in all its resplendently refurbished glory (and for the first time in five years) for the Waitangi Day Charity Ball.

Among the dignitaries present at this glittering black tie event, were HE Mr Rob Taylor the Acting High Commissioner for New Zealand, the Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers and our special guest speaker, Mrs Esther Kerr-Jessop QSM (the founder of the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club).

Our guests were welcomed at a sparkling wine reception sponsored by Allan Scott wines.  Ngati Ranana welcomed everyone into The Ballroom with a powhiri, followed by a waiata and haka, resonating with the Kiwis in the crowd, and thrilling the non-New Zealand guests (of which there was some number), who were provided a rare glimpse into the unique style of a Maori welcome.

MC Hilary Timmins

Our MC and host for the evening was the lovely Hilary Timmins of "It's in the Bag" and NZ Lotto fame.  Hilary led the proceedings with unique Kiwi humour advising that we were to consider ourselves "married to her" for the evening.

The four course meal consisted loin of venison with parsley dust donated by New Zealand Farmers Ltd, followed by an olive encrusted loin of lamb donated by Silver Fern Farms with pavlova and truffles for dessert, coffee was donated by Bullet Coffee Cartel.  This magnificent meal was accompanied with wines kindly donated by Man O’War and crestora website Ara Wines, as well as Steinlager beer (kindly donated by Madison Drinks).

John Greager, President of the New Zealand Society, spoke about the history and progression of the New Zealand Society from its inception through that last 85 years, putting on events in the UK with the aim of "Celebrating New Zealand in England", and working to maintain and develop the important cultural, historic and other links between New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  John also mentioned the important work that the New Zealand Society does to maintain its Charitable Fund, which is the only fund of its kind in the UK to support good causes relating to New Zealand and New Zealanders in the UK.  (For more information on this, click here)  He then introduced the guest speaker Esther Kerr-Jessop.

Esther Kerr-Jessop QSM, previous UK New Zealander of the Year, and winner of the Sir Kingi Ihaka award spoke with grace and presence of her journey as a young woman in the early 1950's away from her whanau and her beloved Aoteoroa, on an adventure to the UK.  She spoke of forming a Maori Club with other young people away from home, meeting at the "putney pa" above the "tools" sign, performing in the Albert Hall in piu piu made from drinking straws, and all the while providing a haven for nurturing the Maori culture, waiata and haka with Kiwi who wanted to maintain their roots in a foreign but adopted land.  Esther's speech was saluted by a standing ovation and a waiata performed by the extended Ngati Ranana group.

One of the key roles of the New Zealand Society (UK) is to take nominations for and online sellers of cialis and viagra adjudicate the UK New Zealander of the year award.  Sponsored by Air New Zealand this award recognises the outstanding contribution that a New Zealand or British national has made in promoting the interests of New Zealand or New Zealanders in the United Kingdom and presenting a positive image of New Zealand.

The three finalists for 2013 were Matt Hickey, Senior Therapy Radiographer and CEO of Inacare International Ltd; Katherine Corich, Founder and Global Chair of Sysdoc Group and Bronwen Horton, Founder of the New Zealand Business Womens Network.  Bronwen was announced the winner but sadly she was unable to attend the event.  Robyn Peel and Tania Bearsley from the NZBWN accepted the award presented by Nick Peirce Air NZ’s commercial manager on Bronwen's behalf. See our page UK New Zealander of the Year 2013

A drunken "altercation" by two of our female guests led to a singing duel, developed into a trio of singing artists performing opera to West End show tunes to the Black Eyed Peas culminating in the entire room standing on chairs holding hands and singing along to "That's Amore".  If you haven't seen Geoff Sewell and his team of Incognito Artists you are missing great talent and entertainment!

“Thanks for organising Friday night, it was a really good show!” Donald Kendall, Guest

The evening ended with dancing with music provided by Funk City Band, with the dance floor packed with enthusiastic kiwis and guests throwing some shapes and showing some groovy moves.

Thank you for a fantastic evening on Friday, I’ve been raving about it all weekend! If I wasn’t an Aussie I’d definitely be proud to be a Kiwi!!” – Claire Jecks, Guest

Throughout the evening the society was also raising funds for the charity, with a raffle of fourteen donated prizes ranging from wine and food to haircuts and beauty products (see our generous sponsors here: Sponsors).  Alongside that a silent auction was held in conjunction with FunRaising, an organisation that provides professional auction services without a fee!   In addition to their own sourced prizes such as a guitar signed by Oasis and a dancing session with a member of “Strictly Come Dancing”, there were four lots generously sponsored by Sailing Holidays Ltd; Mandii Pope, Artist; Queenstown NZ tourism and Fisher and Paykel.  Through the generosity of these sponsors and the guests the society raised £16,000.00 for the charity fund. (Details of how to apply for grants can be found on our page Charitable fund)

“The best Waitangi Day Dinner since my 20 year association as a sponsor” Barry Neilson, Sailing Holidays

After such a successful event the only question remains is how will the Society top this event next year?  And will you be there?

Many thanks go to all of our sponsors, whose details can be found on our Sponsors page.  The Waitangi Day Charity Ball would not be possible without the support of these New Zealand owned and operated Companies.


The Accolades kept coming, we are thrilled that 2013 was such a resounding success and are already planning for 2014!

“Thanks again for having me along Friday night and giving me a little taste of home. It was a lovely evening.  A great success!”  Andrea Pickering, Guest.

"Thanks for a great evening at the Dorchester last week. It was the first time my wife and I have attended the Waitangi Day ball and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely return in coming years." – Aaron Sharp

"Thank you to the New Zealand Society for putting on a most excellent event and for the honour of being a finalist this year. Congratulations to my fellow finalist Katherine.  Congratulations to this years winner, Bronwen Horton, who was missed last night."   Matt & Liza Hickey

Christmas Drinks & Winter Fair



On Thursday, 29 November we held our annual Christmas Drinks & Winter Fair in the Penthouse Suite of New Zealand House.

There was our usual range of great New Zealand wines, beers and soft drinks, along with our fantastic stallholders, who supplied great Kiwi gifts making ideal presents and stocking fillers.

Our stallholders were:

Bullet Coffee Cartel  (www.bullet-coffee.com)

Bullet Coffee Cartel were London's first Kiwi coffee roasters. Bullet roast organic and fairtrade beans in a Kiwi style. Visit 'The Roastery' at 789 Wandsworth Rd to see the roaster in action and to sample their famous eggs benedict and chocolate brownies.

Comvita Portobello  (www.comvita.co.uk)
Comvita offers new innovative products alongside traditional products at their flagship store at 212 Portobello Road.  With body products derived from natural ingredients such as Manuka Honey and Olive Leaf, and committed to providing effective products enabling a healthy life, you can shop online, or visit them to enjoy the most relaxing body treatments with their very own Manuka Honey facials.

Elise Broadbent
Iconic London imagery and mounted quotes and phrases.

Hair Organics Notting Hill  (www.hairorganics.co.uk)
Formed by Katrina Smith and Terrence Wilson in 2009, Hair Organics' vision was to create a boutique salon where customer service is paramount.  They champion organic hair care and use the best organic and mineral products on the market.  Their aim is to minimise the impact on the environment whilst caring for their client's health and wellbeing at the same time.  Hair Organics is a small but highly experienced team, and believe in giving their clients a unique, personalised service.

Mandii Pope, Artist  (www.mandiipope.com)
Kiwi Artist Mandii Pope exhibits in Europe, Dubai and the UK, including a significant solo exhibition in Cork Street London. Many works are in private and commercial collections all over the world. Mandii recently completed a large series of commercial spin paintings for numerous prestigious business centres in the City of London.Mandii has close links with many charities often donating works to fundraise for various causes around the globe including “Hospices of Hope” a Hospice in Brasov Romania, Cancer fundraisers, Grief support, Stem cell treatment and Autism. Most recently have been x5 Expat Earthquake Fundraising events for loved ones back in Christchurch New Zealand, Bagpuss design for the Virgin London Marathon and a 15ft Big Ben BT Artbox for Childline’s 25th Anniversary.

Origin Cards & Images   (Facebook Link)
Origin Cards is the concept of London based Pamella East, who has the vision of introducing the work of new artists and photographers as greener greeting cards and post cards for sustainable living.

Paua Angel (www.etsy.com/shop/pauaangel)
Katrina Hutchinson is an artist of multiple disciplines. Her work seeks to evoke moods that transcend an ordinary image into the extraordinary. Light, texture, form in a tight focal range, capture the essence of the object.  Originally from Auckland, Katrina now resides in the UK producing her works in sculpture, jewellery and photography.Special Offer: Pre purchase/Pickup code for Etsy store.  For anyone who wants to pre-purchase and pick up items on the night, use the freepost code of: KIWIXMASFREEPOST12

Scully’s of London  (www.scullysoflondon.co.uk)
Gerry Scully and family planted their first lavender seedlings on their farm in Bulls, New Zealand in 1990. Since 1992 the Scully family has been producing high quality body, bath and home products. Scullys' hand finished products are made as naturally as possible using the finest ingredients and essential oils from New Zealand and sourced from various countries worldwide.Now, the Scully’s range of products is available in the UK through their official distributors, Scully’s of London.  The range is available online store and at selected markets and fairs, Scully’s products make great gifts for friends and family or even for yourself for that sometimes well-deserved indulgence.

Spacific Music  (www.spacific.net)
Spacific has been promoting New Zealand bands and musicians in London and beyond for over 10 years now. They also sell an array of NZ music titles online and at a handful of select events, and are a firm favourite at the New Zealand Society Winter Fair.

The Blue Flamingo   (www.theblueflamingo.com)
The multi-top is a versatile ladies fashion garment that can be worn in at least 23 ways, including as a skirt.  The garments with their countless variations are great for the party season and also travelling, made from high quality fabric which is difficult to crease or crush, and quick to dry.  Blue Flamingo products are made in New Zealand and make fantastic gifts.  They are perfect to wear, 'any time, any place, any wear!'

The Modern Pantry  (www.themodernpantry.co.uk)
The Modern Pantry is a sanctuary of bold flavours, colourful ingredients, herbs and spices from around the world that are expertly brought together to create fresh, original and captivating dishes.  Chef Patron Anna Hansen MBE has a culinary philosophy that is driven by the desire to please and excite the palate by renewing everyday cooking with modern ingredients and global inspiration.

Vanessa Marjoribanks, Craftsperson
Vanessa is an individual craftsperson and has been previously involved with the markets in New Zealand, having held stalls in Aotea Square, Auckland as well as the Hamilton and Rotorua Markets.  Vanessa sells handmade Art Blocks and Jewellery including mussel shell, paua and greenstone.

When Kiwis Fly  (www.whenkiwisfly.co.uk)
A Sports Tour of Great Britain is the first book to shine a spotlight on 140 leading sports venues and profiles the New Zealanders who have succeeded there.  New Zealand sports fans want to know more about the venues, more about the history and more about the stories.When Kiwis Fly tells the stories of dreams, hopes, disappointment and redemption. It is the story of New Zealand growing up as a nation in the sporting venues of Britain.  The book covers traditional sporting venues such as Lord’s, Old Trafford and Wimbledon, and some venues which many readers will not recognise.