Margaret Farry honoured with an MNZM - 9th Jun 2021

We are so proud of Margaret Farry who has been honoured with an MNZM for services to the fashion industry and charitable fundraising. Margaret established and operated Vanity Walk, an iconic business which affected the lives of thousands of people, as well as the fashion industry in Dunedin, Auckland and beyond. In addition, Margaret used her business, her personality and standing, to raise money for various charities over a period of fifty years. Being awarded a Royal Honour, Member of the NZ Order of Merit, is a much deserved and befitting recognition for a life well lived in the services of others.

To me Margaret’s life is synonymous with the following passage:

Service is the virtue that distinguished the great of all
times and which they will be remembered by. It places a
mark of nobility upon its disciples. It is the dividing line
which separates the two great groups of the world - those
who help and those who hinder, those who lift and those
who lean, those who contribute and those who only
consume. How much better it is to give than receive.
Service in any form is comely and beautiful. To give
encouragement, to impart sympathy, to show interest, to
banish fear, to build self-confidence and awaken hope in
the hearts of others, in short - to love them and to show it
- is to render the most precious service.
(By Brian S. Hinkley)

ANZAC Dawn Service, Dunedin New Zealand - 29th Apr 2021

As has been the custom for a number years now, our president Richard Joseph together with his wife Lyn, laid a wreath on behalf of the Dunedin Lebanese community at the ANZAC dawn service.
The colours in the wreath mirror the colours of the Lebanese flag. Furthermore, there are parallels to be drawn in their meaning. The red in the Lebanese flag symbolises the blood shed for liberation and in the wreath symbolises the blood shed for the freedom of New Zealand and Australia. The white band in the flag denotes peace as does the white in the wreath stand for peace the brave ANZAC armed forces fought for. The green cedar tree is the symbol of Lebanon and represents steadiness, happiness and prosperity, things our countries enjoy and should never be taken for granted, given the price paid by the gallant men and women who fought for us.

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.


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