Christmas Quiz

February 8, 2021

To celebrate Christmas 2020 an online Quiz was organised on 10 December for NZWA members and family who wished to join in.  It was a light-hearted, entertaining evening as Quiz presenter and comedian Pauline Eyre tested teams on general knowledge,
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Musical Drinks Evening

November 23, 2020

On 17 September a zoom event was held to replace our normal summer drinks evening in the Penthouse. NZWA President, Marianne Harper began proceedings with some entertaining readings before introducing the three wonderful NZ singers in the program. Kieran Rayner
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90th Anniversary Event on Zoom

July 10, 2020

We should have been lunching on HQS Wellington on 11 June 2020 to celebrate our milestone birthday but sadly, this was not to be – at least not this year. Instead, we held an event in the virtual world where
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Raffle Money Presented from Christmas Lunch 2019

July 6, 2020

In January 2020, Marianne Harper was able to present a cheque for NZ$1,110 (£562) to Ginny Rhodes, Executive Manager of Dress for Success Christchurch. The donation was received with delight and much appreciation and will be used to buy new
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March lunch with Anna Somers Cocks OBE FSA

May 12, 2020

Anna gave us a fascinating, beautifully illustrated talk about the effects of climate change on Venice. Her message is that it isn’t the presence of a huge number of tourists or the arrival of massive cruise ships that will kill
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Christmas Lunch

December 19, 2019

This year over 60 NZWA members gathered together in the Penthouse for our 2019 Christmas lunch. It was a lively occasion and delicious homemade food was served, complimented by NZ wines to give a truly kiwi flavour to the celebration.
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Lunch with Catherine Callaghan QC

November 25, 2019

We were delighted to welcome Catherine Callaghan QC as our speaker to our November lunch. Catherine is the first New Zealand woman to take silk in the UK (2018) which makes her one of only 275 female QCs out of
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Westminster Abbey and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

October 30, 2019

Our Blue Badge Tour Guide, Suzanne, provided the most interesting historical account and tour of Westminster Abbey. The present church begun in 1245 by Henry lll and is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. Our group
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October 29, 2019

At our recent AGM held at NZ House, new Officers and President were elected. Chrissie Colbeck is now Treasurer and Catherine Hutton NZWA Secretary. We were all delighted to welcome our new President, Marianne Harper and huge praise and thanks
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Hinemihi Maori Carvings Visit

September 19, 2019

A small group from the NZWA recently visited the Conservation Studio at Knole House in Sevenoaks to see the Hinemihi Maori carvings taken from the Meeting House in Clandon Park. The carvings are being partially restored and cared for in
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Summer Drinks Party

September 9, 2019

Our annual drinks party was held on a beautiful evening in the Penthouse of NZ House on 5 September. The sky was blue and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent views of London and a spectacular sunset. Delicious home made
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Summer Outing – Regent’s Canal Boat Cruise

July 17, 2019

On 4 July, NZWA members, family and friends boarded My Fair Lady for a lunchtime trip on Regent’s canal. In perfect summer weather, we enjoyed a very relaxing cruise which took us along the most picturesque stretch of the canal.
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June Lunch – Provenance Village Butcher

June 19, 2019

After our lunch on 6th June, we were treated to a talk by NZ entrepreneur, Tom Gibson who oversees the smooth running of Provenance Village Butcher shops in London. A carving demonstration followed of lamb and chicken by butcher Struan
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Visit to the Cinema Museum

June 5, 2019

On 16th May, Martin Humphries, Director of the Cinema Museum gave a very entertaining tour of the many artefacts and collections that have been rescued, donated or reclaimed from cinemas in decline across the country. Items included Projectors, Posters and
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May Lunch

May 29, 2019

David Mee FRCS gave the most interesting and inspiring talk on 2nd May, entitled ‘Reflections of a Transplant Surgeon.’ After graduating from Otago University in 1964, he was instrumental in setting up the Transplant Unit at Waikato Hospital in the
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Winchester Cathedral

April 23, 2019

Our visit was awe inspiring as it is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral. Our tour took nearly two hours but there is still much more to see and learn
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Brand Museum

March 26, 2019

A small group from NZWA thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Brand Museum in London. An introductory talk informed us that the collection has been solely collected by one man, Robert Opie, and currently numbers over 14,000 items. Starting in
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March Lunch

At our lunch on 7th March, we had a very interesting talk from Neil Durden-Smith OBE who has had a varied and interesting career as a Naval Officer, First Class Cricketer, Sports Commentator and Producer. During his Naval career,
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Christmas Lunch 2018

December 27, 2018

At the final get together for 2018, over 60 NZWA members gathered for a delicious lunch and some ‘kiwi’ Christmas carols in New Zealand House. It was a great start to the festive season and a great time was had
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NZWA Trip to Northern France

November 20, 2018

The main purpose of this year’s three day trip in October was to visit the small town of Le Quesnoy which was liberated by the New Zealanders on 4th November 1918, just days before the end of WW1.
Twenty-nine members and
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Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, KStJ. High Commissioner of New Zealand

November 13, 2018

The NZWA were honoured to welcome Sir Jerry Mateparae, the current High Commissioner of New Zealand to the UK. He commenced his appointment in London in March 2017 and gave a fascinating speech following our November lunch. His previous post
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September Drinks Party

September 20, 2018

Over 70 members and guests enjoyed NZ wines and delicious home-made canapes in the NZ High Commission on Haymarket. It was a beautiful summer evening to gather in the Penthouse and to also admire the stunning views across London.

Annual Outing July 2018

July 13, 2018

The Artists’ Village / Watts Gallery near Guilford in Surrey proved a very successful choice for our annual outing this year. Just 45 minutes from Waterloo, tucked away in the Surrey Hills, you can find this beautifully restored village where
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Hinemihi – the Maori Meeting House at Clandon Park, Surrey

June 15, 2018

After a delicious summer lunch in the Penthouse, an enlightening presentation was given by Anthony Hoete and Sam Callaghan, the Chairman and vice chairwoman of the Te Maru o Hinemihi committee who are working on the restoration project for Hinemihi.
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Visit to The Charterhouse

May 30, 2018

The Charterhouse has been in existence since 1348 and its history can be divided into four chapters; a monastery, private mansion, boys school and alms house which it remains today. A group of the members enjoyed a wonderful tour of
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May Lunch 2018

May 18, 2018

The Spring Lunch is always one to look forward to and this year was no exception. On a beautifully sunny day, surrounded by iconic views of London from the 18th floor of the Penthouse, we enjoyed excellent food, NZ Wine
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Lunch with Peter Gordon

April 16, 2018

Lunch at Peter Gordon’s restaurant ” The Providores” was a great success! A large group of us enjoyed food which could only be described as mouth-watering. We spent a very pleasant 3 hours enjoying such rare treats as ‘spiced dahl
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Visit to Southwark Cathedral

April 8, 2018

On 22nd March a group of us enjoyed a particularly interesting tour of the Cathedral with our very knowledgeable guide, V. She presented us with an overview of the long history of Southwark and then took us on a personal tour
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