London Montage

Celebrating New Zealand in England

Kathleen Drum, a  London PA Network member tells us about The New Zealand Society which was established in 1927 as a dining club for New Zealanders in London.  This year we celebrate our 85th birthday and I am pleased to say that the Society is going from strength to strength.  We have maintained our primary focus of social events – our motto is ‘celebrating New Zealand in England’, but the membership has expanded to include anyone with an interest in New Zealand. This allows each of our members to get in touch with their ‘inner Kiwi’, whatever part of the world they are from! Our social calendar revolves around New Zealand events that London-based Kiwis would otherwise miss out on – such as ANZAC Day (25th April) and Waitangi Day, our national day on (6th February).

I have been the Vice President of the Society for just under one year and, although it has been a steep learning curve and a lot of work on top of a full-time job, I am thoroughly enjoying my involvement.  I have met a number of prominent New Zealanders based in London, including the High Commissioner, and have had the opportunity to represent the New Zealand Society at various events.  My PA skills have been invaluable in the running of the Society (our Immediate Past President is also a PA) and I have learnt skills, such as event management, which I now use in my job.  All-in-all it’s been a great synergy!

Kathleen Drum