I've just reintroduced my brother to the joys of board games with a couple of fairly light gateway games of Castle Merchants. We used to play a few geeky games in our teens, I've been back into the hobby for a couple of years and now he's keen to give it another go as well.
I live in Auckland and I take part in a couple of the groups I found up here through this site, but he's based in Hastings, Hawkes Bay and the most recent mention I can find of the area on this site is from 2005. Is there anything going on down there? Although my brother has only played Castle Merchants recently, he has been casting an eye over some of the heavier games in my collection like Eclipse and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition), so he's open to suggestions!
The general idea is just to try to guage who is coming and what game(s) might be brought along. There are usually 5/6 of us each week, playing a variety of games. This week is perhaps a better week for a new person because we are going to attempt to run a few shorter games.
Your brother is very welcome to join our forum, or to contact me on here.