Richard Joseph - honoured with QSM - 4th Jun 2018

Richard Joseph - honoured with QSM On behalf of the Cedars committee, we are so very proud to announce that Richard Joseph, our President, has been honoured with a very prestigious Queen's Service Medal (QSM) in recognition of his services to the Lebanese community.

It is such a well deserved honour for the tireless work, passion, dedication and love that has gone into Richard's Presidency over the past 18 years.  Under his Presidency there were a number of significant leagcies created, including the following:

  • Cedars of Lebanon Grove at the Dunedin Botanic Garden consisting of a triumvirate of a 900kg Bronze cedar cone, a genuine Cedrus Lebani tree and a seat made from cedar wood.
  •  Two published books – Lebanon’s Children and Scattered Cedars. 
  • Dunedin Lebanese Community Digitisation Centre at the Dunedin Public Library.
  •  Certified Oral History by a number of members of our community. Copies in the National Library in Wellington, Te Papa, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin Public Library and various other libraries around NZ together with other DVD’s and other verbal recordings. 
  • Plaques strategically placed around areas where the Lebanese community lived and the location of what were our clubrooms as well as St Joseph’s Cathedral.
  • Annual flying of the Lebanese flag from the Mayoral balcony of the Dunedin Civic Centre on Lebanon’s Independence Day. 
  • “Our Voices” audio/visual at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
  • Memorabilia reflecting our culture and heritage. 
  • The Gathering – an event that was held to celebrate our culture, our heritage and our identity. People came from far reaches of the globe including UK, U.S.A., Kuwait, Australia and all parts of NZ.
  • "As Time Goes By” DVD of footage and photos of past generations.
  • Cedars of Lebanon Website and Facebook to keep us connected to the world and our diaspora connected with us.
... to name but a few.  Congratulations Richard.  We are all so very proud of you.
Article in the ODT here:

We Have an Olympian! Peter Michael: 2018 Winter Olympics: Speed Skating - 2nd Apr 2018

We Have an Olympian!  Peter Michael:  2018 Winter Olympics:  Speed Skating Most of you will be aware of Peter Michael's earlier successes with speed skating and making it to the Winter Olympics this year in Pyeong Chang.  This is such an incredible feat we wanted to ensure we celebrated Peter and his team on such an achievement.  Below is a link to an article about Peter's speed skating story as well as their time at the Olympics this year.  So close to a podium finish, however 4th place on the world stage is so very impressive and we are all proud.  Congratulations Peter, from everyone in the Dunedin Lebanese Community. 

For those of you who don’t know Peter’s links to the Dunedin Lebanese Community, his father is John Michael son of Fred and Olga Michael. It’s sad that Fred and Olga didn’t get to see their grandson compete at the Olympics but they were alive when he was a world champion speed skater.

Richard speaks to Access Radio for Race Relationship Week - 25th Mar 2018

Richard speaks to Access Radio for Race Relationship Week Richard is interviewed by Access Radio for Race Relationship Week; celebrating diversity & culture.  He talks about our Lebanese community and heritage.  If you would like to listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

Digital site "Recollect" at Dunedin Public Library - 3rd Mar 2018

**Below message written by Suraya Langston"

Dear, Lebanese Community,

I am currently putting many old photos and documents from the Cedars of Lebanon files on to the digital site "Recollect" at Dunedin Public Library which all of you can easily access by googling keywords such as Recollect, Cedars of Lebanon Club to see photos and memories of our families. Maybe you can also help identify unknown images or people by sharing with others in our community or contacting me by email at  Here is a link to the site:
Don't forget you can also put your family photos on the Recollect site by contacting Emma Milburn at the Dunedin Public Library at

A few examples are here.

Interesting Article - 6th Sep 2017

Interesting Article Interesting Article

Gemmayze St Restaurant features in Dish Magazine - 9th Jun 2017

Gemmayze St Restaurant features in Dish Magazine Below is the link to a wonderful write up in the NZ Dish Magazine about Gemmayze St Restaurant in Auckland.  You may recall we visited Samir Allen’s restaurant back in August last year and wrote a news piece for our website about our truly amazing experience.  Click here for that story.

Congratulations Samir on having your restaurant featured in a top NZ food publication.  We are not in the least surprised.

If you’re in Auckland, please support Samir by visiting Gemmayze St Restaurant, whilst treating yourself to a delicious feast.





Richard Joseph with Lebanonís Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil - 12th Apr 2017

The President of the Cedars of Lebanon Club Inc Dunedin, Richard Joseph proudly presenting Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil with two of the books the Dunedin Lebanese community has published; Lebanon’s Children and Scattered Cedars, at a Gala Dinner held in Auckland in April 2017.

Wellington Invite for the visit of Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants Gebran Bassil - 21st Mar 2017

Wellington Invite for the visit of Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants Gebran Bassil It's with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants, H.E. Mr. Gebran Bassil, is visiting Wellington on Wednesday 5 April 2017.

Members of the Lebanese community in Wellington and the rest of New Zealand are invited to meet His Excellency at 8:30pm at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington. The costs of this event are covered by the Lebanese Government. Please register your interest by messaging the names and contact details of the family members attending (for catering purposes). Non Lebanese spouses and partners are most welcome to attend.

If you don't wish to contact the Wellington Lebanese Group through their Facebook Group, you can email or text Paul on 027 575 5085.
Please feel free to add friends and family of Lebanese descent to our group Lebanese in New Zealand and share this event with them.
Please note: if you are closer to Auckland, a separate event has been created in the The Lebanese Society of New Zealand Inc Group on 4 April 2017 in Auckland.

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