Hellenic New Zealand Congress have partnered with Homeland to provide the opportunity for some members of the Hellenic diaspora to spend the day with Peter in his cooking school.
We are also preparing food for a ticketed dinner which showcases Hellenic cuisine to Kiwis. It's sold out.
Thank you to all our sponsors for making the event possible.
Postponement due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As a follow up to our Rembetiko film evening, we'll have a live Greek music event with dancing and dinner. More info to come.
Hellenic New Zealand Congress were delighted to hold a free talk about Greek films by our distinguished guest speaker, Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies from Massey University.The talk included famous Greek directors such as Theo Angelopoulos (keep an eye on our future events for a retrospective film event on him) and Michael Cacoyiannis.
It started after our Hellenic New Zealand Congress AGM (also open to the public) ends so all were free to attend both events if interested in learning more about Hellenic New Zealand Congress.
It was held at the Greek Community Centre on the top floor in the AV room.
We welcomed all members (past, present and future) to attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) which preceded a talk 'Screening Ancient Tragedy in Modern Greek Film' by Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies from Massey University.
We held the AGM and talk at the Greek Community Centre on the top floor in the AV room.
An event with Friends of Te Papa on the subject of Greek Easter for their members. It is an introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Easter for those who've never experienced one.
Dimitrios Mitsotakis, Stella Bares and Father George Kanellis presented their own perspectives on the most important event in the Hellenic calendar.
Church service that included the Hymn which was one of the rallying cries of 1821, followed by showing of 1821 documentary with English subtitles.
Series of free talks by distinguished speakers, leading up to Bicentennial commemoration.
Hellenic Congress was one of the sponsors for this tribute concert at Victoria University to celebrate the extraordinary compositions of a famous Greek in New Zealand.
Oikos Hellenic Cuisine helped cater for this event with delightful mezedes.
Our annual cooking demo class was held at Greek Orthodox Community hall in Hania Street.
It was quieter this year post COVID-19 lockdown but still fun. A nice way to spend the evening after work to watch four Greek dishes being prepared, while eating some nibbles and then sampling the Greek food once it's cooked.
Wellington premiere of "Ο Ηρακλής, ο Αχελώος, και η Μεσοχώρα" (Heracles, Acheloos and Mesochora, with English subtitles). The movie will start at 3.30pm after the AGM tea/coffee break as the AGM is being held same day at 2.15pm (all welcome) in the TTC clubrooms.
"The village of Mesochora, as well as the paternal home of the documentary director, is on the banks of the Acheloos river, in the mountain range of Pindos. The area, however, is flooded by the artificial lake created by the diversion of the river.
The documentary unfolds the incredible story of the hostage of the village, the family tragedy of the director himself, and the admirable struggle of the inhabitants of Mesochora."
We would like to thank the director and ERT for providing this film to us free of charge and to Elias Pavlidis for organizing the film to come to Wellington.
Direction: Δημήτρης Κουτσιαμπασάκος
Script: Δημήτρης Κουτσιαμπασάκος Cinematography: Yorgos Papaioannou
Editing: Yorgos Savoglou Sound: Nikos Paliatsoudis, Antonis Kypreos, Yorgos Petroutsas
Music: Vangelis Fampas Production: ERT Production
Country: Greece | Production Year: 2019
Thanks to contributions from the Congress members including a sizable donation from John Davidson and the kindness of the Greek Orthodox Community, we set up our stall on Hania Street to raise money for the GOC through a raffle and promoted the Congress activities.
A good day had by all!
Our very own Congress member and Secretary, Professor John Davidson, launched a new book of poetry on Romans and Ancient Greeks at Victoria University last year.
It was well attended by Congress members.
Another opportunity to provide funding, this time towards a local production of Agamemnon. The students did an excellent job, portraying their Greek tragedy on a sparse stage.
We are a group of New Zealanders, some of Greek or Cypriot descent, who have a passion for all things Hellenic.
We support our local Hellenic community groups and have an ongoing programme to celebrate Hellenism, past or present.
The Hellenic New Zealand Congress (HNZC) started in 1994 and is based in Wellington.
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