NZ clubs and associations
Below is a list of the professional, social, educational, cultural and sporting groups and associations in the UK and Ireland. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a group added.
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
The UK branch is the professional organisation for New Zealand accountants in Europe. It has over 2,300 active members comprising a mix of New Zealanders living permanently in the UK and Europe, as well as those on working holidays. As well as professional development opportunities, the Institute also holds social and sporting events throughout the year and promotes links with other organisations.
Kea – New Zealand’s Global Talent Community
Kea includes a number of nationalities that have an interest in New Zealand, so it’s not just for New Zealanders. Kea aims to act as a hub for networking activity across a variety of sectors including technology through to the creative industries.
Kea welcomes new members and encourages people to use the network in the manner that best suits their needs, whether that means keeping in touch with New Zealand events or building potential business contacts. They aspire to help create the ‘global talent community’ that is Kea.
The President of Kea's Ireland Branch is Scott Bewley
Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand United Kingdom Association
Established for more than 30 years, the IPENZ UK Association provides professional information, seminars, talks, site visits and social events for UK-based members of IPENZ.
New Zealand Lawyers' Society
The professional association for New Zealand lawyers in the UK. Members' services are available to any New Zealander.
Contact: John McLinden
Tel: 020 7405 6114 (wk)
Fax: 020 7831 6112 (wk)
Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society
The AALS is a non-commercial organisation that promotes events for lawyers and non-lawyers of all nationalities who have an interest in English, Australian and New Zealand legal issues. Occasionally they distribute information about products and services with an Australian or New Zealand connection.
Website: www.aals.co.uk (external link)
Australian Business is a membership based organisation that facilitates networking for New Zealand and Australian businesses in the United Kingdom. Formerly it incorporated the Australian and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce but has merged with Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) to form a private company.
The New Zealand Business Women's Network
The New Zealand Business Women’s Network focuses on networking and the power of having a strong group of women who understand the unique challenges of succeeding in a foreign business world. It aims to provide a strong network of experts who are willing to cross-pollinate, inspire and forge strategies for the benefit of all involved.
Our meetings are hosted throughout London at various Kiwi related locations from restaurants to art galleries. Occasionally we showcase business products from our members and provide opportunities for members to introduce their business to the network. There is currently no membership fee, simply book a spot at one of our events and you will be automatically on our email list.
The New Zealand Society
Established in 1927, the New Zealand Society has developed to promote the interests of New Zealand in the UK by maintaining, enhancing and furthering the good relations between Britain and New Zealand.
The Society is a not-for-profit organisation for expatriate New Zealanders living in Britain and also for British citizens who have a New Zealand connection. The Society has an active programme of events for members and non members, all with a New Zealand flavour at which we also aim to raise money for our charitable activities. For further details about the society please see our website www.nzsociety.co.uk. (external link) Membership can be purchased online along with tickets to events.
Contact: Robyn Allardice-Bourne
The New Zealand Society Scotland
Established in 1998, this independent component of the New Zealand Society focuses on ‘Keeping Kilted Kiwis In Touch’ through organising social events throughout Scotland each year.
New Zealand Women's Association
This group was established in 1930 to promote the interests of New Zealand and to foster good relations with the UK. The NZWA usually meet each month at the New Zealand House Penthouse for lunch and a guest speaker who has New Zealand connections. The Association also holds a range of other events throughout the year.
New Zealand Ireland Association
The New Zealand Ireland Association holds events and get-togethers throughout the year for New Zealanders in Ireland and people with an interest in New Zealand.
New Zealand Ireland Association
C/- Maija Tweeddale
9 Belair Village, Ashford
The Link Foundation
The Link Foundation for UK-NZ Relations (formerly the Waitangi Foundation) aims to strengthen the relationship between the United Kingdom and New Zealand by fostering educational and cultural exchange.
The Foundation’s core role is in vocational exchanges where it has provided well over 100 individual fellowships in both directions in the past ten years. Vocational fields covered by the Foundation include: agriculture and horticulture, the arts, climate, conservation and the environment, design and architecture, financial services and investment, geology, international relations, science and technology and social and legal policy.
The Foundation was established as a permanent legacy of New Zealand’s 1990 celebrations, which marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of New Zealand’s founding treaty, the Treaty of Waitangi.
For more information on fellowships or to make donations to the Link Foundation please contact:
The NZ/UK Link Foundation for UK-NZ Relations
New Zealand Universities Graduates Association
Since the 1930s this Association has provided a focus for NZ graduates of all ages in the UK. It runs at least two meetings each year (in early May and early October, in the Penthouse of NZ House) which take the form of talk suppers with NZ wine. Each talk is given by a distinguished New Zealander and is about 30 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. The topics chosen vary widely. The membership is 100-200.
The Hebe Society
The Hebe Society was formed in 1985 at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, and aims to encourage the cultivation and conservation of Hebes and other New Zealand native plants. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, New Zealand Alpine Garden Society and Tatton Garden Society. Most members are in the British Isles, but some are in the rest of Europe, North America and New Zealand.
For information, members benefits and events:
Website: www.hebesoc.org (external link)
NZ Studies Network
The New Zealand Studies Network (UK & Ireland) promotes knowledge of New Zealand's social and political arrangements and the accomplishments of its people in the arts, sciences, learned professions and business. It provides a venue for those who wish to reach a general (mainly London) audience with talks and performances, and it organises more specialised seminars and conferences for academics and professionals.
Website: www.nzstudies.com (external link)
New Zealand Division
A Social Enterprise interested in New Zealand Division's sacrifice during the Western Front (1914-1918).
Ngati Ranana London Maori Club
For over 40 years, Ngati Ranana has promoted the traditional song and dance of the Maori. Initially establishing itself as a support group for Maori residing in the United Kingdom, London-based Ngati Ranana has grown into a cultural group of over 50 members.
Ngati Ranana has made a unique contribution to both occasions with a New Zealand association and cross-cultural events. Performance highlights include:
- Events for the New Zealand team at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.
- Film launch of “Whale Rider", London
- World EXPO in Toronto, Canada.
- UK concert tour of Crowded House.
- Barcelona Olympics for the New Zealand team.
- Inauguration of New Zealander, Don McKinnon, as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
- Official opening of Maori exhibition at the British Museum, London.
People all over the world have been touched by the unique wairua (spirit) of Ngati Ranana based on its cultural values of whanaungatanga (relatedness), manaakitanga (looking after one another) and kotahitanga (unity).
If you are interested in finding out more about Ngati Ranana, please check our website, contact the secretary on our email address or come along to a practice on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at New Zealand House. The secretary can also respond to enquiries regarding performances, workshops and translations.
Ngati Ranana London Maori Club
C/- New Zealand High Commission
New Zealand House
Manaia – Engaging, entertaining, and educating the world about Maori culture
Manaia is a Maori owned and operated London-based company. Established in 2005, Manaia’s mission is to engage, entertain and educate the world about Maori culture through the provision of traditional performances, haka workshops, education and consultancy services.Manaia have worked for some of the world’s biggest companies and performed at events in 24 different countries throughout Europe and the Middle East and as far as the USA and Australia. Services include:
- Maori cultural performances
- NZ promotional appearances
- TV and modelling shots
- Corporate team building workshops
- Educational workshops in schools
- Leadership training
- Maori protocol consultancy
Manaia has the professional experience and skills to be able to cater for a range of occasions and events including:
- Private functions
- Corporate events
- Weddings and Birthdays
- Cultural and music festivals
- New Zealand promotional events
- Opening ceremonies
Te Kohanga Reo o Ranana
Te Kohanga Reo o Ranana was set up by a very dedicated and committed group of parents who were fighting to give their tamariki (children) what they considered a vital but missing part of their children’s upbringing; their reo (Maori language), their tikanga (customs) – their identity. Being so far away from whanau (family) and home, these parents wanted to be able to give this to their tamariki no matter how small the input might be.
Whilst Te Reo and Tikanga Maori are paramount, Kohanga also offers tautoko, aroha and tumanako to each and every member of the whanau making it a whole lot easier to raise a family so far from home.
Kiwa - Providers of Maori Language & Culture Courses
Kiwa offers weekly Maori Language classes for beginners to advanced levels in central London. Maori Culture courses covering marae protocol, powhiri, Maori cosmogny, and Maori concepts such as mana, tapu, noa, manaakitanga, iwi, hapu and whanau.
Kiwa also run seminars through-out the year inviting guest speakers to discuss topics relating to Maori culture, knowledge and issues.
The London Branch of the National School of Ancient Weaponry
Maramara Totara offers weekly taiaha lessons for beginners to advanced levels in Wimbledon. We teach participants how to use a taiaha, including combat and ceremonial stances and movements. Lessons are from 2 - 4pm and rakau (training sticks) are provided to all participants. We teach children, men and woman of any ethnic background. No experience necessary.
For more information contact:
Tel: 07771 703 815
Matariki Maori Cultural Group
Matariki is a family-oriented group set up in New Zealand by Pania-Rose and Ben Ward in 1984. The group, which is now based in the UK, aims to educate through workshops on all aspects of Maori and Pacific Island cultures.
Contact: Pania-Rose and Ben Ward
Tel: 020 8491 5889
Mobile: 07837 531 379
Pacific Islands Society
The Pacific Islands Society, a non-profit organisation, was formed in 1981 to preserve the long-standing friendship between Britain/Ireland and the Pacific Islands in practical ways after decolonisation. The UK-based society covers the Pacific basin, and acts as an umbrella organisation linking national groups in Britain. Its objectives include bringing people with Islands background together through social gatherings, helping them to preserve their traditions through cultural activities, and generally attempting to raise the Pacific profile in the UK with conferences and discussions.
Assistance is offered to Island visitors, notably students, through a network of members (area representatives) around the country. The society also supports the advocacy of Pacific interests and concerns by providing a platform, and a welcome, for visiting regional leaders. The society publishes a news letter, The Outrigger, and runs a website.
For further information, contact:
Mr. David Evans
9 Pershore Road
London New Zealand Cricket Club (LNZCC)
The club for New Zealand cricketers in the UK has a full fixture list and holds other social functions during the year.
In the sixty years since the club was formed in London in 1952, many hundreds of people have worn the LNZCC crest around the UK at wonderful grounds and in the company of some illustrious cricketing names. LNZCC has continued with its founding principle of "enjoying cricket in good company". Our aim is to attract cricket-minded New'[ Zealanders living and working in the UK and it is pleasing to see an average of 75 players turning out for the club each season.
London New Zealand Rugby Football Club (LNZRFC)
New Zealand's very own rugby club in London and the only New Zealand side playing in the English RFU Club Championship. LNZRFC exists to provide visitors to London - mostly, but not exclusively, young New Zealanders - with the opportunity to play rugby, and to foster the friendships that rugby brings and become part of a proud history dating back to its establishment in 1926.
We invite new players, coaches, physios and supporters to become part of a proud rugby history and an exciting rugby future. We are based at the Acton Sports Club, Park Place, Acton W3.