Building Relationships Event - SOLD OUT!

October 11th Event has Sold Out

UPDATE: This event has now sold out! Please email if you wish to be added to the waiting list (incase someone pulls out)

The NZ Business Women’s Network invites you to a very special event. The evening will include a new venue for the group, a very special guest speaker and a twist on our regular networking system.  As always the event is a platform to connect with other New Zealand Business Women based in London from a wide variety of industries and professions.

When: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Monday, 11th October 2010
New Zealand Business Womens Network - Murrays Road Wine
Where: The Penthouse (17th Floor), New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y4TQ
Pricing: The ticket price is £16 per person and includes a welcome glass of Murrays Road Sauvignon Blanc, and nibbles by Anna Hansen (NZer of the Year 2010) of the Modern Pantry, There will be a cash bar on the night (as always)

Peta Mathias understands the importance of building relationships as a secret ingredient to business success. Along with Peta Mathias we have invited over 15 other Kiwi associations, clubs and groups to join us on the night.

After being inspired by Peta we will run a speed networking exercise to help us all meet other women from the network and other NZ clubs and associations. For a list of those groups invitited please see the NZ High Commission's website

Introducing our Speaker Peta Mathias

New Zealand Business Womens Network - Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author and broadcaster, who now builds on the culinary travel experience with her gastronomic tours in the South of France, Morocco and India. Having started off her culinary love affair in Paris with her restaurant 'Rose Blues' in the 5th arrondissement, she returned to New Zealand ten years later to teach, cook and write. 'Fête Accomplie', the first book about life in Paris with recipes, is also the first of her eight award winning gastronomic travel books written about North Africa, France, New Zealand, Ireland and Vietnam. 'Can We Help It If We're Fabulous?' a book about women, came out in August 2008. It was an instant bestseller, is still being reprinted and has now been published in Great Britain, the USA, Canada and Germany. Then came 'A Matter of Taste' - a book of photographs of women's accessories made of food taken by Italian photographer Fulvio Bonavia, with text by Peta. This was followed by 'Just In Time To Be Too Late - why men are like buses' in 2009 and 'Culinary Adventures in Marrakech' in 2010.

For twelve years Peta presented the prime time travel/food shows 'Taste New Zealand', 'Taste Takes off' and 'A Taste of Home'. In 2006 she presented the food segment on TV One's 'House & Garden'. The NZ Guild of Writers voted Peta as the Supreme Award winner at the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Culinary Quill Awards held on Oct 17, 2003. The Supreme Award is a new category in the Culinary Quills biennial awards, which recognises the most outstanding entry of the fourteen category winners. Mavis Airey, President of the Guild said the judges found it difficult selecting an overall winner and it was Peta's passion for the craft of food communications that made the final decision.

Peta was born and bred in Auckland, a stunningly sparkling port city where she still lives but travels extensively researching books, filming her series and hosting her culinary tours. She is a member and judge of Slow Food and is proud of the fact that she lives in one of the cleanest, most beautiful countries in the world. Peta has recently set up her own production company to make cooking DVDs and food/travel series called 'Peta Unplugged'. 'Ten Recipes For Fabulous Summer Entertaining' DVD is on sale in stores and can be bought on line. 'Peta Unplugged in Marrakech' a six part series is now screening on Prime TV Tuesdays 7.30pm. (see promo video below)

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Booking: Click here to book through our website

Don't delay in booking your ticket as every event of ours has sold-out and the last event at Bleeding Heart sold-out in little over a week.
Please pass this invitation on to any other Kiwi women or groups who may like to have women representatives there on the night.
We hope you can join us for our biggest event yet.

Hearts and Minds Event Summary

Written by Robyn Peel.

Tube strikes couldn’t put off 50 kiwi women from attending a fabulous meal, inspiring and thought-provoking presentations and great networking opportunities on Monday the 6th of September.

New Zealand Business Womens Network - Bleeding Heart Event
PIctured Above: Bronwen Horton (Founder of the New Zealand Business Women's Network) and Maggie Eyre (

Summary of the evening
Our September event was another sell-out event, and was held downstairs in the Bleeding Heart Tavern, part of the Bleeding Heart group of restaurants ( owned by kiwi Robyn Wilson.

Following a welcome glass of Trinity Hill wine (, everyone found themselves a place at a table and the networking begun. Bronwen Horton, the founder of the NZ Business Women’s Network, having recently returned from a four-month trip around Europe was MC for the evening. She welcomed all the women, and gave a brief overview of her background and her reasons for setting up the network.

Three women then made three minute jam-packed introductions to the network on their businesses:

After a delicious first course of English goat’s cheese quenelle, Maggie Eyre introduced all the women to the concept of an elevator speech. Everyone then turned to their neighbour and practiced their one-minute overview of what they do, and then received feedback on how this could be improved. There are now 50 women out there hopefully selling themselves in the elevators all over London!

Sarah Lockey ( was the key speaker of the evening, and she spoke about how fear can make you powerful. It was a fantastic open and honest speech that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

After a wonderful second course of spit-roast suckling pig or roulade of spinach and three cheeses, the winners of the door prizes were announced, and some amazing gifts were given away. A huge thank you to all the companies who donated door prizes.
Bleeding Heart Restaurant (
The NZ Society (
New Zealand Merino (
Personal Best image (
Annah Stretton and Frocking Chameleon (
NuSkin (
Janet Frame Books. These can be bought at Kiwifruits, located behind NZ House
The proceeds from all book sales will be used to raise public awareness and to sponsor a blue plaque on Janet Frame's primary residence in London.

Thank you also to all those who attended who helped by donating £180 to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Following coffee and chocolate, everyone departed nourished by good food, wine and company and looking for an alternative way to get home.

Hearts and Minds Networking Dinner at Bleeding Heart


The NZ Business Women’s Network invites you to the third networking dinner of 2010. The evening will include a delicious meal at Bleeding Heart – French food, Kiwi owners – and the opportunity to listen to and be inspired by Sarah Lockey, who will share her insights on leading from the heart. As always the event is a platform to connect with other New Zealand Business Women based in London from a wide variety of industries and professions.

When: 6.30pm – 9.00pm Monday, 6th September 2010
Where: Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, London EC1N 8SJ
Pricing: The ticket price is £27 per person and includes a welcome glass of Trinity Hill wine, 2 courses and coffee or tea. There will be a cash bar on the night for anyone who would like wine with dinner.

Introducing our Speaker Sarah Lockey
new_sas-423x600Sarah Lockey is a Project Leader, Coach and Writer. Over the past 15 years Sarah has managed a number of big, scary projects including: a social regeneration programme for a South London Borough; developing a new media start-up to market premium-brand drinks; managing an IT programme that touched every New Zealander; a pilot project to assist offenders settle back into the community; a programme management office for an Australasian bank. She has run several public sector departments and is currently working with a team of Very Smart Scientists, Engineers and Get-It-Done-ers in order to deliver a security product for the UK Government.

On a random Tuesday in 2002, Sarah’s beloved mother passed away suddenly and less than a year later her marriage ended. She came face to face with grief and loss and began the journey of putting herself back together. Sarah spent the next four years opening her own jars of marmalade and finding out how she likes her eggs. She interspersed project work with swimming in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Santorini, running with bulls in Pamplona, trekking through the Picos Mountains, supping Chianti on a Tuscan hillside and weeping at the sound of the Last Post across Gallipoli Beach at dawn. Sarah returned to New Zealand in 2007 and began writing a blog. She spent a few months restoring an old cottage in Wellington, and met Ash. After a time, they decided to embark on an adventure together and returned to London where they now live.

Writing has become a passion, and a way of being in the world.
Sarah will be talking about fear and how you can turn this into power.

Bleeding Heart
The Bleeding Heart empire is owned by Robyn and Robert Wilson, ex-journalists who met while working in South Africa. They opened the Bleeding Heart wine bar in December 1983 and have since expanded the operation to include the Bleeding Heart restaurant, bistro and tavern in Bleeding Heart Yard EC1, and The Crypt in Ely Place EC1. They are also 1/3 owners of Trinity Hill Wines.

The tucked-away location in a Holborn yard is quite special and an escape from the bustle of the city into a place of rustic charm. The food has been mentioned in Eat London by Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott, and said by many to ‘offer the finest French cuisine in London’.

Bronwen Horton, founder of the NZ Business Women’s network, will be back from her four-month adventure around Europe for this event – an excuse for an extra glass of Trinity Hill wine if every you need one. Book your ticket today! Space is limited and our last networking dinner sold out in days.

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