President Richard Joseph at the launch of the compilation book Otepoti We are Dunedin - 31st Mar 2021

COL Club Dunedin, President Richard Joseph at the launch of the compilation book Otepoti We are Dunedin to mark the closure of Race Relations Week.

Adam LaHood appointed Board Chair of Otago Polytech - 2nd Mar 2021

Congratulations Adam La Hood on your appointment as the Otago Polytech's new Board Chairman. We wish you every success in this new role and we know they will benefit greatly by having your leadership. Click on the below link to read the article in the ODT.

Richard Langston's Poetry Book: Five O'Clock Shadows - 14th Jan 2021

We are delighted to share that Richard Langston's poetry book 'Five O'Clock Shadows' has been published by Cuba Press of Wellington and is now available for purchase.  Below are some insightful words from Richard on his writing process and muses.  Links to purchase his book are also below.

"When I start to write a poem I’m often unsure what it will be about and where it we will head. Sometimes it doesn’t work out at all – and it stays in my notebook.
There are also the exceptions – and the rarities –  that form in my mind all at once and come out virtually whole. All I have to do is type them out, and then make a few edits and corrections.
I’ve just had my sixth book of poems – ‘Five O’Clock Shadows’ published by the Cuba Press of Wellington. It was my publisher and editor, Mary McCullum,  who pointed out to me the poems were about the land and family, and finding my place within this country.
I hadn’t thought of the book as having an over-arching theme, but as soon as she said that I thought that she was probably right. There are poems about maps, places in New Zealand, and my family and relatives, namely those I grew up surrounded by in Dunedin’s Lebanese community.
When I look back through my books there are many poems about relatives and family – in my first volume  there is one about our Great Grandfather, Joseph George, and his journey by ship from Port Said to Port Chalmers in the late 19th century.
He also features in my fourth book standing on a hillside on his farm in the Catlins, listening to his neighbour playing the bagpipes.
There are others about grandmother, Katie George, and even one about how my thick dark eyebrows are a genetic gift from my father, Allan Langston.
And in my latest book there is a poem dedicated to my sisters, Carol and Suraya, who’ve made the journey to our ancestral village of Bsharri in  Lebanon.
Those family poems form a sort of backbone to my writing. Years ago when I told a friend about my colourful and spirited, and yes eccentric relatives, he said I should write about them.
I was not sure how I would ever do that. I’ve discovered whether I think about it or not, they seem to materialise onto the page, the alchemy of ghosts and bloodlines and memory. I’m very grateful to have such a past, family and community."

‘Five O’Clock Shadows’ is available from the University Bookshop in Dunedin:

and from the publisher:


Our Beloved Lebanon - Disaster Relief - 6th Aug 2020

To our beloved Lebanon,
Our hearts bleed for you amidst the devastation that you are experiencing. Tragedy has visited your country in many ways over time, but on each occasion your resolve shines through and we trust you will similarly surmount this tragedy that afflicts and wounds so many. Know that our thoughts and prayers go with you in this devastating moment as we watch from afar wishing we were closer.
Please CLICK HERE for accompanying letter to see how you can support in a tangible way. 
Aaanaka Allah,
From the Dunedin Lebanese Community.

The Cedar Personifies Excellence - ODT - 20th Jun 2020

Dr John Hale who is the Otago Daily Times WordWays columnist, wrote this lovely piece called 'The Cedar Personifies Excellence' about our Bronze Cedar Cone at the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Dr John Hale is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago.

Peter George, has achieved international status as a boxing referee. - 25th Feb 2020

One of our community members, Peter George, has achieved international status as a boxing referee. Below is a brief synopsis of the journey that got him there.

"Peter been a NZ amateur boxing referee and judge (R&J) for 12 years and has refereed and judged most of NZ’s top boxers over the years and officiated at NZ championships for the last 8 years.
In 2018 he travelled overseas and sat exams to become an AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) 1 star R&J.
To officiate at Olympic level, 3 stars are required.
During 2019 he officiated twice in Samoa and once in Tahiti and Taipei.
The Taipei City Cup Boxing was a very big international affair. His presence at that meet was very much appreciated by the Asian federations.
In his younger years, Peter won numerous championship titles and was a trialist for the Commonwealth (1970) and Olympic (1972) Games."

The Dunedin Lebanese community is very proud of Peter’s achievements and we wish him every success as an international boxing referee.


President's Report 2019 - 2nd Dec 2019

Please click here for Richard's 2019 President's Report

President's Report 2019

Emma Farry wins at the New York Big Book Awards - 13th Nov 2019

Emma Farry wins at the New York Big Book Awards

We are so very proud to announce that Emma Farry's books have won at the New York Big Book Awards✨
"Beloved" has won best book in the grief category and "Freedom Song" has won a distinguished favourite in the spirituality category at the New York Big Book Award 2019.

Congratulations Emma on this absolutely outstanding achievement, we couldn't be happier that you are receiving this recognition for your beautiful work. <3

Message from Richard below:

Dear Emma,

Congratulations on receiving such prestigious international recognition and awards for your books. Clearly this is a sign of things to come for you. Lyn and I and our family and indeed the whole Dunedin Lebanese community, couldn’t be more proud of you. What makes those awards even more special are the subject matter you have chosen to write about. Your darling mother will be beaming down her beautiful smile as always, but more particularly on this proud occasion and your father will be bursting with pride.

Best wishes for your continued success as an international author.

Warmest regards,



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