Dr Matthew Farry interview on National Radio - 24th Mar 2015

Dr Matthew Farry interview on National Radio Our very own Dr Matthew Farry was interviewed last night on National Radio, talking about Integrating a strategy to deal with systemic racism - Courageous Conversations About Race.  Here is the link to listen to the interview.  Once again, well done Matt and thank you for being such a wonderful spokesman for our people.


Joseph Michael - Antarctica Expedition - 24th Mar 2015

Joseph Michael - Antarctica Expedition Another amazing story to share today.... Joseph Michael features in the video below on TVNZ's Breakfast show being interviewed about his recent expedition to Antarctica. Congratulations Joe, your work is spectacular.

Video here:

Joe's website:

Katrina Kallil's Suter Cafe in Nelson - 21st Feb 2015

Katrina Kallil's Suter Cafe in Nelson Congratulations to Katrina Kallil who has opened her cafe in Nelson called "Suter Cafe", which is now located in Hallifax Street, opposite the public library. If you're in Nelson, make sure you pop in and taste her delicious food.

Australia Day honours: Abla Amad, Melbourne restaurateur recognised in Australia Day awards - 26th Jan 2015

Australia Day honours: Abla Amad, Melbourne restaurateur recognised in Australia Day awards Many Dunedin Lebanese people visiting Melbourne make eating at Abla's a "must do".  Abla Amad migrated to Australia from Lebanon when she was 17-years-old and opened her own restaurant in Carlton in 1979.

We send our congratulations to Abla for the wonderful achievement of being part of this year's Australia Day honours, Abla has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to tourism, hospitality, and the Australian Lebanese community.

If you or anyone you know are ever in Melbourne - visit Abla's for a traditional taste of Lebanon.


Thank you to Margaret Woodford for bringing this news to our attention.

Another Wonderful Christmas Lunch - 2nd Dec 2014

Another wonderful COL Christmas Lunch was held at Glenfalloch in Dunedin last weekend. Click on the photos beside this post to scroll through them.  (Thank you to Margaret Woodford who took these photos for us to enjoy).

This year we had a 'Balloonologist' making balloon animals for the children, which they absolutely loved. Below is an email Lyn Joseph received from her complimenting the day and the manners of the children. How lovely to hear.

Thank you to all those who worked behind the scenes to make the day such a success, without you it wouldn't be possible. And thank you all for coming to share in what is always an enjoyable day and one we look forward to each year.

We take this opportunity to wish our Lebanese community a very Merry Christmas. May it be filled with family, friends, love and laughter. Be safe and we look forward to seeing & hearing from you all in 2015.

God Bless
Cedars of Lebanon Club, Dunedin.

"Thank you so much for inviting me to share with you, your Community’s special day.

I honestly didn’t realise where the time went. Your lovely children and I must have been having far too much fun. I have never heard so many “please(s)” and Thank you(s)” they were a true delight.

Kindest Regards

Pippity-Pop! Balloonologist"

Dr Matthew Farry Wins Prestigious International Award - 24th Nov 2014

Dr Matthew Farry Wins Prestigious International Award Dr Matthew Farry recently won a very prestigious international award called the International Racial Equity Leadership award which was presented to him in New Orleans. For anyone who knows Matthew this award is no surprise, he exudes passion for equality of all types but none more so than human equality and respect. Watch this space, I have a feeling this is one of many international awards that will be made to this talented and humble man. We are all very happy for you Matt and enormously proud of you.

Click here to view the Unitec article

Click here to view the page on Matt from the official programme

Congratulations once again.

Richard & the entire COL Community

Lebanese Independence Day - Flag Flying in Dunedin - 14th Nov 2014

Lebanese Independence Day - Flag Flying in Dunedin Hi All,

Just a note to remind those in Dunedin that the Lebanese flag will be flying from the Mayoral balcony on 22nd November to commemorate Lebanese Independence Day. So, if you're passing through the Octagon, remember to have a look. I will post photos of the flag in situ on the day. If you take any photos of it also, feel free to send them through to me at: vixjoseph@gmail.com and I will post them on here and our Facebook page.

Thanks x

Congratulations Richard & Christine Farry - 7th Oct 2014

Congratulations Richard & Christine Farry Congratulations to Richard and Christine Farry who have been married for 50 loving years. This is a true love story and one day we hope to be able to bring it to you in full.

"Love gives naught but itself, and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love" - Khalil Gibran

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