Welcome to Kia Ora Canada, formerly KEA Toronto and KEA Vancouver. We formed to continue the promotion of NZ interests in Canada. In September 2013 we took the bold move to step out on our own and form this organisation after KEA New Zealand decided to dissolve its overseas chapters.
Kia Ora Canada Toronto host a number of events throughout the year including a NZ wine tasting, a Christmas Party, various business luncheons, a summertime family picnic, a NZ Property Seminar and our annual ANZAC Dinner. We foster close ties with business, sporting and community organisations to promote the NZ brand in Canada
Our committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is currently about 10 strong made up of a very diverse group of expats. We are a registered not for profit with a very limited budget but have achieved many memorable (or barely memorable) results over the last few years. The highlight of our calendar is our annual ANZAC Day dinner. Guests this year included the High Commissioners of New Zealand, Australia and Turkey and a full house of attendees. We also take part in the Dawn Service on the day.
Toronto Kiwis gather on the second Wednesday of every month in Hemingway’s Pub in Yorkville. Hemingway’s has become our de facto local watering hole since the glory days of the TRANZAC Club back in the seventies and eighties. Martin McSkimming is our gracious host leading a cast of luminaries spinning yarns and telling whoppers at the bar until all hours.
We will often get together en masse to block book concerts and sporting events through our Facebook page and we’re always keen to meet up for barbies and drinks. We attend an annual hangi in Detroit every year and we have also become the de facto home for wandering Pacific Islanders.