Video: Richard Joseph receiving QSM at Government House - 28th Sep 2018


For those of you who would like to see Richard receiving his QSM, below is the video of his investiture ceremony at Government House earlier this week. Richard receives his medal from the Governor General at 25mins into the video if you want to skip forward. We are all extremely proud of this special moment.

Emma Farry launches new book, Freedom Song - 21st Aug 2018

The Dunedin community was thrilled that Emma Farry chose the city she was born and brought up in, to launch her new book, Freedom Song. About one hundred invited guests attended the launch which was held at Gallery De Novo. Emma explained the meaning of the book and the journey from its inception when she was 25 years old, to finally getting her thoughts out of her head and into words. The words are complemented meaningfully by Ewan McDougall’s painting. Ewan was also at the Dunedin launch and spoke about his contribution to the book.
As Dunedinites, we are proud of Emma’s literary achievements, but the Dunedin Lebanese community is especially proud of such a humble, talented and charming young woman.

Emma also appeared on "The Cafe" being interviewed about her book. Link to watch here:

To purchase a copy of Freedom Song, or Beloved, please visit Emma's website:

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.





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