About Kiwis in LA


Who We Are and What We Do

Pretty much as long as there have been New Zealanders in Los Angeles there has been a group that has organized Kiwis getting together. Kiwis in LA has been around in its current form since 2000, and has grown to include hundreds of Kiwis in around Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

We hold lots of events during the year where Kiwis can get together and hear other Kiwi accents, and we keep Kiwis living here up-to-date on all things New Zealand in Los Angeles, such as where to buy Marmite and who makes the best pies in town. Key Kiwis in LA events include:

Kiwis in LA Waitangi Day Brekkie

Kiwis in LA Summer Picnic

Air New Zealand Kiwis in LA Art Show and Wine Tasting

Kiwis in LA Christmas Party

We also hold pub nights in Santa Monica – and Costa Mesa so we keep all the Kiwis in the OC happy. And of course we let New Zealanders in Southern California know about ANZAC Day Commemorations in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Remember to sign up for the Kiwis in LA newsletter – it’s the best way to find out what’s going on, and also join our Facebook page and group.

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Our Mission

Kiwis in LA is a social and business networking organization for New Zealanders and “friends of New Zealand” in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

We work to promote all things New Zealand to the Southern California community – the people, the culture and produce of New Zealand.

Overall, our mission is to promote and foster good relations between New Zealand and the United States through a variety of social and cultural events held in Los Angeles and Orange County.


Our Organization and Non-Profit Status

Kiwis in LA is an unincorporated association in the State of California. Our Articles of Association can be seen here, and the Kiwis in LA By-Laws can be seen here. Kiwis in LA is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt non-profit organization, but membership or donations to Kiwis in LA are not tax-deductible.

You’ll find the minutes of the 2019 Kiwis in LA Annual General Meeting here, and minutes of the 2019 Kiwis in LA Board of Directors Meetings here.

Kiwis in LA Officers and Directors

Keith Flamank President

From: Christchurch
Lived in the US since: 2001
Occupation: Volunteer
Favorite Kiwi food: Passionfruit
Little known fact: Sense of humor

Vicki Tyler Vice President

From: Auckland
Lived in the US since: 2000
Occupation: Developer
Favorite Kiwi food: Meat pies
Little known fact: None. I'm an open book.

Roger Pearce Treasurer and Secretary

From: Wellington
Lived in the US since: 1983
Occupation:  Accountant
Favorite Kiwi food: Trifle
Little known fact:  Has visited 30 countries by age 30 and 20 more since

Emma Barry Director

From: London and Hawkes Bay.
Lived in the US since: 2014
Occupation: Catalyst: Speaker, Mentor, Writer in the Health & Fitness Sector
Favorite Kiwi food: Bluff Oysters
Little known fact about you: Could do 8 jugs of Speights at Otago Uni, 5 in the first hour.

Anne Beecher Director

From: Papakura
Lived in the US since: 1987
Occupation: Retired
Favorite Kiwi food: Old fashioned doughnuts and Mum's scones
Little known fact about you: I came back from many years in a wheelchair to run marathons again

Celeste Bowden Director

From: Karangahake Gorge
Lived in the US since: 2015
Occupation: Social media consultant and mum to twins
Favorite Kiwi food: Hot fresh cheese scones
Little known fact About You: Love to blog, paint and dance (not at the same time)

Hillary Brick Director

From: Te Puke
Lived in the US since: 1982
Occupation: Retired
Favorite Kiwi food: Feijoas
Little known fact: Jumped the Nevis Bungy

Robert Good Director

From: Auckland
Lived in USA Since: 2002
Occupation: Realtor
Favorite Kiwi Food: Pies, fish and chips, orange chocolate chip ice cream, and feijoa’s.
Little Known Fact About You: I have a set of bagpipes which I learned on at school in New Zealand

Sharon Longpre Director

From: Porirua
Lived in the US since: 1973
Occupation: Health Coordinator
Favorite Kiwi food: Fish and chips, and meat pies
Little known fact about you: Mother of three beautiful daughters and three grandsons

Patrick Veysey Director

From: Nelson
Lived in the US since: Around 1987
Occupation: Electrical contractor
Favorite Kiwi food: Sunday roast lamb, closely followed by fish and chips, meat pies and Sally Lunn bun
Little known fact about you:  Known worldwide as a master sausage sizzler.

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