Wreath Laid for ANZAC Day - 30th Apr 2019

Photos of the beautiful wreath laid by the Dunedin Lebanese Community at the ANZAC Dawn Service in Dunedin.

Photos from the evening with Lebanese Consul for New Zealand, Henriette Nakhle - 24th Apr 2019

Photos from the evening with Lebanese Consul for New Zealand, Henriette Nakhle

Last month we were privileged to have a visit from the (Honorary) Lebanese Consul for New Zealand, Henriette Nakhle (and her assistant Hana Malak).

The role of a Consul is to provide assistance with bureaucratic issues to both the citizens of the consul's own country traveling or living abroad and to the citizens of the country in which the consul resides who wish to travel to or trade with the consul's country.

Our community had a wonderful evening with Henriette at the Dunedin Club, and thank her for making this special trip to acknowledge the strong and vibrant Lebanese community spirit that still exists in the deep south. Here are some photos from the evening. Also, below is a link to the ODT who also published photos from the evening. Enjoy.



Visit by the Lebanese Consul for NZ, Henriette Nakhle - 7th Feb 2019

Visit by the Lebanese Consul for New Zealand, Henriette Nakhle.
It is with much pleasure that we advise a visit to the Dunedin Lebanese community by the recently appointed Consul for Lebanon, Henriette Nakhle. The role of a Consul it to provide assistance with bureaucratic issues to both the citizens of the consul's own country traveling or living abroad and to the citizens of the country in which the consul resides who wish to travel to or trade with the consul's country.
When: Friday March 8th at 6.00pm
Where: The Dunedin Club, 33 Melville St.
Who: All members of the Dunedin Lebanese community and  partners are welcome.
Henriette is keen to meet our community. She has heard and read much about us from a distance and would now like to meet us in person. We want to have a good number of people turn out for this function to reflect the strong and vibrant community we once were. This message will be followed up with a personal phone call from a committee member to gauge numbers for catering purposes.
We look forward to seeing you on this important occasion.
Kind regards,
Richard Joseph, on behalf of the COL committee.

Lebanese Film release - Capharnam - 31st Jan 2019

Next Thursday, Madman NZ Films are releasing the Lebanese film “Capharnam” in select cinemas around the country. It's playing at the Rialto in Dunedin.  

The film has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at this years Oscars. 

Here's a link to the trailer if you have not seen it already:


Official film synopsis:

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's CAPHARNAM ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. CAPHARNAM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. CAPHARNAM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors's instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPHARNAM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, CAPHARNAM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.

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:  https://www.facebook.com/150930341940449/posts/678278032539008/

To purchase a copy of Freedom Song, or Beloved, please visit Emma's website: https://www.emmafarry.com/

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:  https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/queens-birthday-honours-southern-recipients

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.


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