Geoff Andrews was one of the original connectors of the Kiwi community in New York and is responsible for bringing together hundreds of offshore Kiwi over the decades. He first moved to the city to coach the New York Rugby team and loved the Big Apple so much he made it his home. He was a former US Regional Director for Kea as well as a retired Navy man and a Waikato farmer. During his early days in the US he organised a Kiwi style picnic for expats which still runs to this day. Geoff passed away in his sleep last year aged 76, and is being awarded a posthumous World Class New Zealand Award for all the work he did in establishing the Kiwi community in New York.