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.

Award for Digitisation Centre at Dunedin Public Libraries - 25th Nov 2016

Award for Digitisation Centre at Dunedin Public Libraries We are extremely proud to inform you all that the Dunedin Public Libraries was awarded the Community Builder Award at the 2016 National Digital Forum conference yesterday, for “forging an important relationship with the Cedars of Lebanon, the local Lebanese community in Dunedin to create a digitisation centre for the wider community.” 

Heritage Collection Librarian, Lorraine and Digital Outreach Coordinator Emma Milburn were in attendance to receive the award that recognises the work done to make Scattered Seeds the valuable tool it is, bringing a part of New Zealand’s digital culture and heritage to life.

Bernie Hawke, Group Manager Arts and Culture of the DCC said, “This is a significant national recognition for the work that would not have happened without the support and generosity of the Cedars of Lebanon Club.  Thank you again for your support to create this wonderful community cultural resource that Scattered Seeds is becoming.”

This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and collaboration between the Cedars of Lebanon Club and Dunedin Public Libraries, and we are very proud this project has had national recognition.

Lebanese Independence Day Celebration in Auckland - 4th Nov 2016

Hi Everyone,

Below is a link to an event being held in Auckland on 26th of November for Lebanese Independence Day. If you're in Auckland, we encourage you to pop along for plenty of delicious traditional food, and a celebration of our heritage. Our President, Richard Joseph will be talking at this event, representing the Dunedin Cedars of Lebanon Club. For more information, please  click on the link and "like" the Facebook below page. Yalla Yalla!

Refugee Driving Lessons - 21st Sep 2016

Afife Harris has sought funding from the Otago Motor Club Trust (handover of $3000 cheque featured in the photo) in order to assist her in providing free driving lessons to as many new refugees as possible.  Such a wonderful initiative and once again Afife is doing our community proud by helping these wonderful people feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging. 

The people featured in the photos are; Afife Harris, Margaret Woodford, Manahel Haroara Ahlam Safar (next in line to receive lessons), Jim Pine (Driving Instructor), and Norman Oakley (Trustee from the Otago Motor Club). 

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