While not strictly Hellenic in nature, some of our members are involved in this local production at Circa theatre in Wellington.
It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun and is on from 25 November to 17 December 2023.
Go to https://www.circa.co.nz/package/the-secret-lives-of-extremely-old-people/ to book.
We have a Facebook page where we post regular updates that may interest our followers from a Kiwi or Hellenic perspective.
Our Hellenic New Zealand Congress committee could benefit from some new (and younger) blood to volunteer assistance at our events. You don't have to be Greek as we welcome Philhellenes and Kiwis too.
If you're interested in helping out once or twice a year with our events and/or be part of our committee, please contact us on email@example.com.
We will probably get together in early 2024 to plan out next year's activities.
We are happy to announce that we've sold out so will not have door sales tonight.
Pay for your Rembetiko Live tickets before Tuesday at our special of $55 per person!
Full price will be $60 per person.
Think of it like the Greek version of blues or soul music. Here are a couple of links to help you learn more about Rembetiko.
Watch the film - https://youtu.be/GZXSjtZ0P1I?si=uGtOXczpc4Lhnset or with English subtitles https://youtu.be/kn2Ryt50Wk8?si=23g_Jwn6UXqtjF6C
We're already into the end of the first quarter and start of autumn! Good to see many of you at the Greek Paniyiri last month and our AGM on 20 April.
We're also planning for our main event this year which is a Rembetiko live music evening in Spring.
We will miss Ketty Philips, long time member of HNZC, who left us last week.
She will be remembered for her invaluable assistance in her role as Treasurer, her passion for Greek history and activities in NZ, great cooking and for helping out with plenty of Greek events. Her generosity and laughter will be remembered by all of us.
Sincere condolences to her husband and HNZC President, David who has celebrated nearly 50 years with Ketty.
A reminder to pay your subscription fees please. Donations also gratefully received since we've not been able to have many events last year.
Details below from our Secretary and Treasurer, John, who's doing a sterling job.
Please deposit in the Hellenic New Zealand Congress Inc. account - 06-0582-0158704-000 with your initial(s) and last name, and Mmbr sub or donation as applicable in the code or reference field. The membership amount remains $25 single or $35 family.
An acknowledgment of the deposit will be sent to your email address. A formal receipt will be sent for donations over $5.
Lovely write up by Alexia Santamaria with mention of our regular sponsors, Oikos and The Olive Lady.
Our secretary, John, has been able to contact almost all those who've registered by email.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received an email from him about the class date change to Thursday 29 July.
Less than a week to make your payment for our Greek Cooking Demo Class (22 July) by Thursday 15 July evening so that it comes through by Friday.
Please don't forget to email our secretary, John on email@example.com once you've made your payment.
Here's the info:
Please pay by direct banking to the HNZC account (ANZ 06-0582-0158704-00), putting your initial and surname with "Cook 2021" as reference and email firstname.lastname@example.org to say you've made the payment with your name and # of tickets purchased.
Tickets will not be sold at the door so please book in advance.
Our annual cooking class returns this year, with our popular demonstrator, Stella Bares.
She'll prepare a couple of dishes (more details later) in front of us for sampling. We will also have some nibbles on the table to enjoy while you're watching the demo.
Tickets $30 per person or $25 if you are a paid up member of HNZC.
Note: COVID-19 alert levels may change. We will hold the event if we can.
Otherwise we will reschedule to another date/time so your ticket will carry over. If the new date is not suitable, we will provide a refund.
This had been postponed from 2020 when the pandemic first started and then was delayed due to social distancing requirements.
It was a night to dance and enjoy the live music and singing from Greek Band Wgtn and Briar Prastiti.
The AGM for 2023 was held on Thursday 20 April 2023 at 6.30 pm .
It was held on the ground floor of the building beside the church used as the Greek school. This is a different location from last year.
We had further news about the much delayed Rembetiko function among other things and reviewed last year.
Wellington premiere of these two Greek plays, written by locals, was held in December 2022 at Gryphon Theatre in Wellington. We'd like to thank Paul Kay, President of Stagecraft, for directing these plays.
The plays were almost sold out every session with a great response from many theatre goers.
The AGM took place on Thursday 5 May 2022 6.00pm at the Greek Community Hall in Hania Street. It was upstairs in the Library/AV room.
Due to renovations, there is one open space on this floor. The AGM was in the old Library/AV part.
For more information including new member enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Our annual cooking class returned this year, with our popular demonstrator, Stella Bares.
She prepared three dishes, leek rice, giant beans and orange pie, in front of us for sampling. We also had some nibbles on the table to enjoy while watching the demo.
Hellenic New Zealand Congress partnered with Homeland to provide the opportunity for members of the Hellenic diaspora (Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua) to spend the day with Peter Gordon in his cooking school and cook a lunch as part of his Community Tuesdays.
We also prepared a 3 course dinner which showcased Hellenic cuisine to Kiwis. The event was the first community dinner at Homeland and sold out within 24 hours of being advertised.
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.
20 April 2021
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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