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The Danish

Society (Inc.)

Auckland, New Zealand

NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 • January/February 2007


Fun, Games, Prizes.Folk Dancing group will perform and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided. This will appeal to all ages. Form a team (up to six people), or just come along and join a team.

$5 entry ($3 under 18)

No need to book - just turn up. Prizes to be won. (Note: the winning team will probably have a range of ages, because questions will cover all age groups). For further information

phone Roger Knights 021 858 248

Film Evening

Friday 23rd February  7.30pm

We are showing “Nynne” (Daydreams) a Danish comedy with English subtitles.  Free film plus coffee and cookies for members - donations welcome. Non-members pay $5

Fastelavnsfest Sunday, 18th February 2 p.m.

Children: dress up and bring your friends along to “slå katten af tønden”

Bring your own picnic and use our BBQ Refreshments for the kids, coffee for the adults and the Bar will be open

A really fun day for the whole family! Come to the 1st

Open House for 2007

Sunday February 4th from 2pm Coffee & cake from $2.50 Everyone welcome Look forward to a

Smørrebrød Feast

on Saturday March 24th For more details call Lena Burlon on 528 1116

THE DANISH SOCIETY (INC) P. O. BOX 12 279 - PENROSE 1642 6 Rockridge Ave., Penrose, Auckland Phone 580 3103


Member: Youth rate: (18 to 25) Senior rate: (65 & over) Family discount: Less Magazine subscription only:

Contact phone numbers The Danish House Valhalla, Leigh

580 3103 09 422 6194



524 6016


480 9883

TREASURER Roger Knights

021 858 248

SECRETARY Rolf Siggard

528 2469

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Mia Barr Antony Barrett Lena Burlon Finn Neilson John Stewart

634 1159 444 0939 528 1116 625 5533 480 8282

EDITOR “NEWS MAGAZINE” Pam Logan 480 9883 9 Puawai Place, Northcote, Auckland E-mail: PRODUCTION John Stewart

480 8282

MAILOUT Ann & Henning Dinesen

570 4481


575 8027

Other Addresses ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE GENERAL P.O. Box 619, Auckland 1 Fax 537 3067 Phone 537 3099 THE TRADE COMMISSION OF DENMARK Harbour View Building, 152 Quay St, 7th Floor P.O. Box 2154, Auckland 1 Fax 307 5207 Phone 379 3119 THE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Harris Rd (P O Box 85-014) Mt Wellington Phone 579 4490

BOOKINGS FOR VALHALLA RATES Weekdays (off-peak) Adult Child Member $10 $5 Guest $20 $10 Whole Weekend Member $30 $15 Guest $50 $25 Weekdays (peak) Member $15 $7.50 Guest $25 $12.50 Long weekend (3 nights) Member $45 $22.50 Guest $75 $37.50 Whole house daily rate (for the off-peak season) Flat rate $250 Peak season = Christmas Eve to the end of Anniversary weekend. Children are 18 and under. Babies are free.

Call the Booking Officer: Marion Stewart, 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest P: 480 8282 E:

$55 per member $45 per member $40 per member $10 per couple $45



(2007 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2006 to 30th Sept 2007)


meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month - 11am to 3pm

meet at 7.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.



are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm

meets every 2nd Tuesday. Call Christina on 360 4389 for venue.



An Open House is held on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm.

Working bees are held on the weekend of the second Saturday of the month.

QUICK CHECK CALENDAR February Sun 4 Wed 7 Tues 13 Sat 17 Sun 18 Wed 21 Fri 23 Sun 25 Tues 27

Open House Card Players Folkdancing Social Night Valhalla Working Bee Fastelavn Card Players Film Evening Trivial Pursuit Folk Dancing

Danish Classes Thursdays Beginner class 6 - 7.15pm Intermediate class 7.30 - 9pm Private lessons are available on Saturday mornings. For more information call Connie Kristensen Phone 483 8078

March Sat 3-Sun 4 Sun 4 Wed 7 Sat 10 Tues 12 Fri 16 Wed 21 Sat 24 Tues 27

Scandinavian Gathering Open House Card Players Valhalla Working Bee Folkdancing Social Night Film evening Card Players Smørrebrødsfest Folk Dancing

Danish House Hall Hire Rates

Members rates for hiring the hall for the whole day at the Danish House, Penrose. Sunday to Friday inclusive $100 Saturday: $150 Half a day is $25 less. Funerals free. The bond is $100.00 per booking. The booking/holding fee of $50.00 is deducted from the total cost.

Call the Booking Officer: Lorraine Nielsen, Phone 625 5533

Committee Contacts & Convenors for Working Groups Committee Contact Working Group Cultural Card Players Karen Yates Danish lessons Danish Mothers’ group Folk dancing Library / Videos Society history Welfare (Cards & Flowers) Danish House Bookings Maintenance Members Membership Roger Knights Communication Editor Webmaster Other Clubs Presidents/contacts Karen Yates Marketing Socials Bar Lena Burlon Socials Youth group Valhalla Bookings & Maintenance Richard Logan Development

Convenor Lise Jensen Connie Kristensen Christina Bengtson Finn Nielsen Helle Gilderdale Karen Yates Vibeke Courtney Lorraine Nielsen Carsten Dansted Fanny Wright

Phone 625 8969 478 5175 360 4389 625 5533 478 7016 524 6016 576 3150 625 5533 524 2047 575 8027

Pam Logan Lena Burlon Karen Yates

480 9883 528 1116 524 6016

Finn Nielsen, Keld Burlon 625 5533 Lena Burlon, Mia Barr 528 1116 Steve Harris 523 5410 Marion Stewart 480 8282 Richard Logan 480 9883

Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007

Karen’s Corner – President’s Report for December 2006 Welcome a New Year in the Danish Society

New opportunities come with a New Year. May we all be able to accept and respond positively to the opportunities that come to us this year. The Danish Society also faces the opportunity of a new year. The team that you have chosen to take ultimate responsibility for the Society has two new members, Finn Nielsen and Rolf Siggaard and is ready to face another year, after a good rest in January. At the AGM we said farewell and thank you to Anna-Margrethe Jørgensen, who has worked on the committee for 5 years and Steve Harris, as the secretary this past year. Early in February we meet for a planning session to work out the programme for the coming year. It will contain the Danish traditions that we know and love as well as new experiences. We welcome any suggestions from you. We would like to have the sense that the members of the Danish Society and the committee are walking the same path. Often when we ask for feedback or response, we hear nothing. After a while we become used to it, but it feels as if no one is out there. We would like to hear your ideas and recommendations and the way you could contribution to the Society. When 15% of the membership come to some events at The Danish House or Valhalla, it makes me

wonder. Should our efforts be only one or two events in the year. Can we justify holding on to Danish House, when it takes so much effort to maintain. Would it be better to sell up and lease premises? Such thoughts are important to consider. Yet the feedback I continue to receive and experience myself is that when members do participate in events, they have a great experience, deepen relationships with old friends or meet new people that become friends, which is of great satisfaction. As you see there are some challenges and opportunities for all members of the Danish Society in 2007. Coming up in February is Fastelavn, which was great last year, so why not this year. As you know the Københavns Drengekor, The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, is coming in early May to hold a concert in the Auckland St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday the 5th May, Denmark’s Liberation Day. We (members of the Danish Society) are responsible for billeting these 30 boys of the choir, aged 13 and 14 years of age. So far 5 homes have offered to be billets. We need 10 more homes that are willing to take 2 boys each. I would really like to hear from you as soon as possible so we can assure the organisers that we have the welfare of these boys in hand while in Auckland. Members who billet boys, will be able to attend the concert free of charge. The Scandinavian Gathering is in the forefront of the Folk dancers and they would encourage members of the Danish Society to

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join them in Christchurch for the first weekend in March. It is always a very good experience in tradition, history and of making new friends and contacts with Scandinavian interests. Let us in 2007 celebrate the Danish part of us in The Danish Society with increased interest and participation. Venlig hilsen Karen Andersen Yates

New Fridge/Freezer required for Danish House The old fridge/ freezer has been working many years for Danish House and before that in Viking Hall. It is in the process of becoming most inefficient and will not last much longer. You may have a near new Fridge/ Freezer surplus to requirements or be willing to contribute to a new one. Please contact

Karen Andersen Yates

524 6016

All offers considered. The Society would be willing to pay trade-in price but reserves the right to make the final decision. 

Active Forest Management needed at Valhalla Over the next few months we need member support at working bees to systematically go through all planted areas on the property and release all trees from weeds, limb up all low ground branches and to deal with our invasive weed (such as moth plants, thistle etc) problem. This effort will be the first time we have cleaned up the base of our forest which until the forest canopy develops is in many areas a bit of a jungle. As part of this continual clean up, we also need to keep limbing up branches that overhang on any track. Part of our ongoing forest management is to selectively thin a relatively small number of revegetation trees such as manuka and kanuka where they are too close to the climax trees (e.g. totara, rimu, etc) and where they are right on the pathways and will affect access. We need both the revegetation/ scrub plants and the climax trees to do well to create the future forest. The faster growing revegetation/ scrub plants will be the first to form a canopy which will provide shelter, repress weeds, nurse second-generation natives growing from seed, encourage ground ferns and most importantly shelter the valued ‘climax’ trees. As we want a planned, balanced forest as soon as possible you need to give the climax trees a helping hand.  This involves an initial trimming back of the nursery crop and later chopping some out.  If you leave it up to nature the end result will take decades longer to produce.  This requires some trimming and plant culling in the Stage 1 area –

House to the Cove. This area is planted in sweeping groves of pururi, karaka, rewarewa, pohutakawa, kowhai & kohekohe with a sprinkling of other species such as totara, titoki, taraire etc. If treated correctly, it will look awesome in about 20 – 30 years time! Currently whilst our effort will need to be in cleaning up the forest base (releasing trees, limbing low branches), our most serious concern is the need to continually remove flax plants along the various paths and the effort this requires. In some ways this is a problem of our success, as not only have practically all the flax plants survived but they have grown strongly. As our aim is to have low maintenance tracks, this will mean we will still need to remove perhaps 50 or more flax plants and this has to date been mostly done by hand which requires tremendous effort. Only those who have experienced removing flax understand what a job this is. The above approach was developed by Palle Olsen and others including myself, and approved by the committee, four years ago. However, some members have a sharp disagreement with this approach and the committee will need to work on this difference of views. Richard Logan Valhalla Convenor (Development) 12 January 2007

At the Children’s Christmas Party 

Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007

We need your help! at the next Working Bees 17-18 Feb 2007 (3rd weekend of month) 10-11 March 2007 (2nd weekend of the month) 14-15 April 2007 (2nd weekend of the month) 12-13 May 2007 (2nd weekend of the month) 16-17 June 2007 (3rd weekend of the month) 14-15 July 2007 (2nd weekend of the month) We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs (inside and outside). Any help is welcome. Some volunteers come for the day whilst others stay the weekend. ● ● ● ●

There are four main activities we want to progress in the short term. These are: Cleaning around the base of all trees – this is a major job which requires the releasing of all trees from invasive weeds and ground branches, Ongoing painting and maintenance of the house, Upgrading and improving the wooden steps to Pa (ocean) Beach, as well as installing hand rails and gates at the various entrances to Valhalla, Flax and tracks – Finishing various linking tracks and clearing flax from the tracks.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Richard Logan, 480-9883 (Home)

Dec (9 & 10) Valhalla Working Bee This was the last working bee for the year and also the last working bee before the busy Christmas holiday season. There were naturally a lot of small things to attend to. This included, cleaning inside, water blasting the external walls, painting the window frames of the Bornholm block, repairing yet again the flagpole and the attached rope, searching and removing more moth plants amongst the trees, checking all pest bait stations, spraying all tracks, removing more problem flax bushes away from the track, releasing small pohutakawa trees from grass and flax and not to forget , organising and enjoying the team’s Christmas Saturday dinner. Discussions continued on how we should go about upgrading our 144 wooden steps to Pa (ocean) Beach. The property is looking really good with many pohutakawas in full bloom. Whilst our bait stations have successfully dealt with the possums, we currently have plenty of rabbits, which become visible early in the morning and late in the day. Fortunately our neighbour’s two dogs are keen rabbit hunters and they Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007

know our property and where our rabbits are hiding quite well. On behalf of the Valhalla working bee group I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all members and visitors to Valhalla and hope you have a great time at Valhalla during the next few months. Richard Logan, Valhalla Convenor (Development) 12 December 2006

Don’t Forget!

First meeting Sunday, Feb 11 2pm, at the

Danish House

The Future of


Will it be the same, improved

or totally different in 10 year s?

A remit was past at the Novem ber 26, 2006, AGM to establ Development Working Group ish a Valhalla Futures with a clear objective, “… to provide fully researched options on the future of Valhal la no later than the Novem ber 2007 AGM …” The success of the group depends on you. We require members to help us meet this object ive. The first meeting will be at the Danish House on Sunda y, February 11, 2007 at 2pm. Marion Stewart & Ron Dunlo p

If you have the skills or knowled ge to participate in this group please fill out the form and Marion Stewart, 88c Coronat send to: ion Road, Hillcrest 0627, North Shore City, or email Phone: Marion Stewart, valhalla @danishsocietyn 480 8282 or Ron Dunlop, 528 8852. Name: ______________ _____________________ _____________________ Address: ______________ _____________________ _____________________ ________ _______ _______ _____________________ Phone No: ______________ _____________ ________________ Email: _____________________ _____________________ __ What skills can you bring to the group to help us meet this objective? _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _______ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _______ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _______ _____________________ _____________________ _______

Of Fees, Line-of-Credit, Valhalla and much more The AGM at the Danish Society November 2006

Fees and money are always hot topics at any AGM and this issue was again a focus of good and healthy discussion at the AGM, chaired by Kurt Marquart, in November 2006.

About the Remits

As the discussion proceeded about an increase in membership fees, members had the opportunity to express their opinions, state their views and make amendments. Kurt’s skilled chairmanship led the meeting through the hoops of motions, amendments and substantive motions. We got there in the end. The result is that the meeting voted for an increase in annual membership fees for the 2007-8 financial year.

This will be a very dynamic sub-group that will present options of future direction for Valhalla development. We wish Marion Stewart and Ron Dunlop all the best as they and their group work hard on these plans for the coming year.

New Committee Members

Rolf Siggaard was voted by acclamation to be the new Secretary. Finn Nielsen was also voted by acclamation to be the new committee member. Congratulations to both Rolf and Finn, we look forward to working with you in 2007.

These will be: $ 60 for a member, $ 50 for members over 65 years of age( Senior rate) $ 50 for members 18-24 years (Youth rate) The family discount of $10.00 was retained. These new fees will come into effect after 31st September 2007.

The meeting said good bye to Anna-Margrethe Jorgensen in absentia, as she was not well enough to be at the meeting. Ann-Margrethe has served the committee for many years and it is now time for her to give her attention to other things.

With the permission of the original mover and seconder, the motion, ”that the committee is authorised to establish a line of credit facility for $50,000”, for capital items for both Valhalla and Danish House, was withdrawn. Rule 21.5 in our Society Rules already gives the committee this power.

The afternoon had a really pleasant ending with a superb pork dinner prepared by the folkdancers, mostly Lene Scott, which was enjoyed by all. It was great to be able to relax and enjoy good food and company after the meeting. A big thank you to the folkdancers for making it happen.

The motion to set up a Futures Group to develop options for Valhalla was accepted with great support.

Steve Harris who has been the secretary for the past seven months has found his business has become more consuming and it requires his attention now.

Good Ending

Karen Andersen, President

The 2006-2007 committee: John Stewart, Richard Logan (Vice-President), Karen Andersen Yates (President), Finn Nielsen, Lena Burlon, Roger Knights (Treasurer), Mia Barr, Antony Barrett. Absent: Rolf Siggaard (Secretary)

Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007

Contributions from Members Vikings fighting in New Zealand Have you ever seen a Viking with a weapon in hand? Picture a bloody field where Vikings are fighting for their lives, a ferocious combat with axes, swords and shields. This happened many times in Scandinavia and England a thousand years ago. Just think of the Norwegian King Hardrada’s defeat on Stamford Bridge in 1066. That time it was King Harold, the fearless Viking, who won the battle. And then King Harold’s army lost the Battle of Hastings. How could a modern Viking face such an onslaught? What would he do without a pistol or rifle? All that is available to him is a long-shafted axe, a sword, a shield and a steel helmet. Perhaps also a coat of mail, if he is dexterous and patient enough to make one. Hans Edward Hammonds, originally from Stavanger, Norway, did make his own coat of chain-mail in New Zealand. It took him at least 50 hours. It weighs almost 12 kilo. And he was equipped to fight – just for fun.

Then he took part in the Viking battle which was recently enacted in Auckland and watched by a large crowd. Children and adults sat on the grass outside Auckland War Memorial Museum and gaped! They had never seen such a spectacle. Apparently, they thought it was an exciting way to spend an afternoon – much better than watching a TV programme. Vikings with red-painted shields fought against a fiendish foe, armed with black shields. They made sudden attacks with swords and swung their longshafted axes in combat. With courage and skill they clobbered their opponents. Some fell to the ground, feigning injury or death. They were really asking to draw blood and they did! But of course, their axes and swords had been blunted. Not a game for children! Other Vikings were Fraunch and Njal Allanson of Ranui, Auckland. They train every weekend and participate in close combat in Australia. Adventurous young men risked life and limb as modern Vikings. They performed the dramatic part of the comprehensive Vikings Exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum. It was called “A Once in a Lifetime Vikings Exhibition” – sponsored by Volvo, Maersk and Danfoss. Erling B. Jensen

Danes, Swedes & Norwegians

Viking Celebration The Viking ancestry is celebrated during the Up-Helly-A, a festival of fire in the Shetland Islands of Scotland every winter. The highlight is the scene of 1,000 men bearing torches and setting fire to a replica of a Viking longship. The islands were given to Scotland by the Danish monarchy in the 15th century. Each year, that is remembered with the festival, where men don Norse warrior gear, hold their axes high, and march through the town. Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007

Are all Scandinavians the same? According to ‘The Xenophobe’s guide to the Danes’, “the Swedes are the Prussians of the North; they stand up straight, dress alike and do what they are told. The Norwegians are like the Scots; a hardy mountain folk. The Danes are more relaxed and easy-going. They tend to sit down; it increases the chances of everyone seeing eye to eye.”

Lake Alexandrina Right next to Lake Tekapo is a small lake, Lake Alexandrina. It is named in honour of Princess Alexandrina of Denmark (1844-1925), who in 1868 married Edward, Prince of Wales (afterwards Edward VII), and became Alexandra, Princess of Wales and eventually became the Queen Consort. 

Thank You Letters To the Committee and Club members My time on the Committee has been a wonderful experience and learning curve for me and I would like to thank you for your support and help to me and indeed the Club, during that time. I have also enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting and making new ones. It is very special to have the opportunity to share and enjoy the Danish traditions with other Danes and friends and also learn about special family traditions that others may have. Times do change but traditions are part of our heritage and it is important we uphold these for future generations. Best wishes ANNA-MARGRETHE JORGENSEN To the Danish Society Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers and kind messages on our recent bereavement. The Danish Society was a most important part of Alan’s (Aage’s) life. Kind regards May Larsen and family To the Danish Society Letter from May Larsen’s family  May Larsen, her family and Alan’s family in Denmark wish to thank you for your cards, flowers and messages of support. These have been greatly appreciated. We have lovely memories of Alan (Aage) and we know he will be greatly missed by his friends and family. May is home from hospital and feeling much better. Her address is : 2/21 Eastcliffee Retirement Village 217 Kupe St , Orakei 521 5164 To the Danish Society Thank you so much for the lovely flower arrangement I received as I came home from a stay in hospital. Ruth Hansen To the Danish Club This note is long overdue but I must thank you for the truly magnificent flowers you sent me while in hospital. They lasted for a full 6 weeks and gave me much pleasure. Sincerely Justine Hoskin En tak til den danske Forening Hermed en tak til Lise for den dejlige Afslutning hun lavede for Kortspillerne jeg havde været syg i 2 Månederog var meget bange for at jeg ikke skulde kunne komme for jer som ikke Spiller Kort vilde det være Uforståalig alene ved at spille Kort er det værd for at kunne med til Afslutningen. Men Faren ved det hele er der er aldrig nogen som vil tage over fra Lise for bare vores almindelig Lunch er et Party i sij sel v at der ikke er flere Kortspillere er ikke til at forstå for der må være ivores Aldersgruppe som Spiller Kort hvert År mister vi et par Stykker og vi har ikke haft nogen Erstatnin se om i ikke kan Oprykke fra jeres daglige Dunt og konn og Spille Kort 2 Gange om Måneden. Tak Lise for enanden vidungerlig Sæson. Også sælfølgelig til Klubben for at lade os have Lokalerne. Jeres Niels Nielsen 

Foreningsnyt Hjertelig til lykke til: Congratulations to the 20 members who have birthdays & the 11 couples who have an anniversary in February especially Connie Kristensen som fylder 50 år d. 1.2.2007 Kahn Bury som fylder 55 år d. 5.2.2007 Svend Hansen som fylder 95 år d. 7.2.2007 Gudrun Latham som fylder 60 år d. 19.2.2007 Paul & Bitten Fearon som d. 6.2.2007 har været gift i 30 år

Welcome to New Members

Velkommen til nye medlemmer: Tine Nevado, Adam Petrie & their son Oliver

Don’t forget the

2007 Scandinavian Gathering

in Christchurch in the first weekend of March. Convenor: Colleen Thelning-Barrett “Gathering” c/- 22 Waitakiri Dr. Burwood, Christchurch 8009

Free English Classes for PR migrants available at

Dynaspeak English Language School 345 Queen St Phone 970-1651

SILD for Winter 2007 Order by end of February

Buckets: Red or White or White with Dill

$50 each (about 1.5 kg net)

(Expect delivery July 2007) Send order & cheque payable to Danish Society

c/- Ruth Ungemuth 36 Gerard Way, Remuera, Auckland 1072. Ph 528 4401

The next magazine deadline is February 12. All contributions welcome - in Danish or English. The magazine can also be read (in full colour) online at Note: ads for events must be in a calendar month before the event. Pam Logan (Editor)

Danish Society News Magazine January/February 2007


Open House for 2007 Bring your own picnic and use our BBQ A really fun day for the whole family! Sunday February 25th 2.30pm at Danish House...

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