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NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 • April 2008

Film Evening The Yearly

Friday, April 18th, 7.30pm

This month we are definitely showing

“The Dance with Regitze” A Danish film with English subtitles.

Free film plus coffee and cookies for members - donations welcome.

Non-members pay $5

Wednesday Morning Group Wed, April 23rd at 10.30am Teaching and Learning Danish Downunder

Speaker : Connie Kristensen

Our own Danish language teacher tells us of her approach which enables the student to speak Danish here in NZ.

Come and meet Connie and enjoy a “hyggelig” morning.

For Men and Women of all ages Bring your lunch to eat after the meeting.

Come to the

Open House

Sunday, April 6th from 2pm Come and meet your friends or get some new ones – Everyone is welcome!

Coffee & cake from $2.50



Sunday 20th April 2 p.m. Come and play bingo in the hall. Meet your old friends and bring some new friends along! Card price is $3 per card or $7 for 3 cards. Coffee and biscuits are included in the card price.

Valhalla Steps Donation Sought

At the last committee meeting we considered various options regarding the financing of the new wooden steps down to Pa Beach. It was agreed that we should continue with the popular formula used with the original steps and seek donations to help recover some or all of the costs. We have chosen plaque nametags that will be placed on the front edge of each step. The nametags will cost $50 each; however additional family member nametags can be added to the same step for only $10 each. This means that families can be put together on the same step. For the members who have a name on the original steps you have been given first priority to purchase your new step. The old steps will be reused on two viewing platforms to be built at a later date. Please see the insert for your nametag and payment options.

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

SUBSCRIPTIONS (2008 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2007 to 30th Sept 2008) Member: Senior rate: (65 & over) Youth rate: (18 to 25) Children under 18 Family discount: Less

Contact phone numbers

The Danish House Valhalla, Leigh

580 3103 09 422 6194





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

480 9883


TREASURER Roger Knights

021 858 248

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Mia Barr Antony Barrett Kurt Marquart Finn Nielsen Marion Stewart

528 2469 634 1159 444 0939 476 0244 625 5533 480 8282

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

480 8282

MAILOUT Helle Scott

521 2844


528 2469

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


RATES Off-peak Adult Child Member $10 $5 Guest $30 $20 Whole house daily rate $120 Peak Member $15 $7.50 Guest $30 $20 Whole house daily rate – excluding Christmas season Flat rate $270 Off-peak = Mid-week only excluding Christmas season & school holidays Peak = All school holidays and all weekends. Christmas season = Christmas Eve to the end of Anniversary weekend. The Whole House is available during the Christmas Season, but will incur an extra $50 a night premium rate, bringing the daily rate to $320. The house can only be hired for 7 days at any one time. Children are 18 and under and under 5 stay free.

Call the Booking Officer: Marion Stewart, 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest P: 480 8282 E: 2


524 6016

SECRETARY Rolf Siggard

$60 per member $50 per member $50 per member Free $10 per couple

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


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



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



An Open House is held on the first Sunday of each month from 2pm. meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month - 11am to 3pm

Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 10.30am.

QUICK CHECK CALENDAR April Wed 2 Sun 6 Tues 8 Sat 12 Wed 16 Fri 18 Sun 20 Tues 22 We 23 May Fri 2

Card Players Open House Folkdancing social night Valhalla working Bee Card Players Film Evening Bingo Folkdancing Morning group Jazz with Oluf

Danish Classes Wednesdays

Beginners 6.30-7.30pm Intermediate 7.30-8.30pm Private lessons are available on Saturday mornings.

For more information call

Connie Kristensen

0274 757 565

Sun 4 Wed 7 Fri 16 Fri 16 Sat 17 Sun 18 Sat 24 June Sun 1 Sat 14 Fri 20 Sun 22

Open House Card Players Film Evening + Family Dinner Valhalla working Bee Children’s party Snaps Party Open House Valhalla working Bee Film Evening Sct Hans

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 – no charge. The bond is $150.00 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 Valhalla Bookings & Maintenance Richard Logan Development

Convenor Phone Lise Jensen 625 8969 Connie Kristensen 0274 757 565 Christina Bengtson 360 4389 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Helle Gilderdale 478 7016 Karen Yates 524 6016 Vibeke Courtney 576 3150 Lorraine Nielsen 625 5533 Carsten Dansted 524 2047 Rolf Siggard email: Pam Logan 480 9883 Lena Burlon 528 1116 Karen Yates 524 6016 Finn Nielsen, Keld Burlon 625 5533 Mia Barr 634 1159 Marion Stewart 480 8282 Richard Logan 480 9883

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Karen’s Corner

From the President – March 2008 Kære Medlemmer, We are so far away from Denmark, here in New Zealand, and yet want to maintain links in one form or another with the country we have come from. To be interested in Denmark “down under” must be one of the hardest tasks on earth. That is after all why the Danish Society exists, but even it struggles to retain its “ Danishness”. We may feel Danish within but the longer we stay here and we become engaged in the daily life of work, social activities, community and friends our Danish focus alters and becomes a little more fuzzy. Silently and unconsciously we become acculturated as our own attitude to life is influenced by the country in which we live. In the immediacy of life our contact in Denmark is focused on family and friends and it is harder to maintain an overview of the changes that occur in the “old country”. The present telephone rates, the cost of airline tickets and the internet have made the world “smaller”. Suddenly Denmark feels closer. We can now read newspapers on line but much of the local news is not always easy to tap into once regular reading lapses. The process of adaptation is very important for human beings to survive and that includes culture as well. It is when practises differ that we see other cultures in sharp relief. I had such an experience when the Copenhagen Chapel Choir came to Auckland. The choir boys were to eat pizza in the crypt of the Cathedral prior to the concert. Now there were No tables set up in the crypt. For me this posed no problem as takeaways like pizza are finger foods that can be eaten any where. The supervisor rightly expressed her concern” How can they eat without sitting at the table.” My response was “In New Zealand that is easily done.” (It would obviously been better, for customs and manners, if the Cathedral had set tables and chairs up for the boys to have their evening meal, but that was not the case). I was reminded of the custom to sit at a laid table even Danish Society News Magazine • April 2008

to drink coffee and eat pizza while the supervisor was confronted by New Zealand’s more casual approach to life. There are ways of gaining overviews of changes in Denmark, with out actually being there. I have found two magazines that are designed especially for Danes living abroad. There may well be more. Danmarks Posten and Nyt fra Danmark are two good productions that provide information on issues that interest overseas Danes. They are both in print and on-line. Nyt fra Danmark is informative and lively in its journalistic style, summarising current significant events. Danmarks Posten takes a thematic approach and shares ideas for its Danish members that affect their lives e.g. children being educated in a different culture and maintaining their “ Danishness”, taxation and immigration laws. I can recommend both organisations. See information about them inside the magazine. Best wishes to all of you as you seek to live your life in this country and maintain what is important to you from Denmark.

Now to Danish Society Events

There has been a great deal of activity in Valhalla on the new steps going down to the ocean beach. It is impressive to see and totally due to members volunteering their energy and time. Tusinde tak. To all who made Paaske Frokosten, the Easter Lunch so successful, thank you so much. It was great working together with the Danish Cocktail Club. Igen Tusinde tak det var en glæde. This month, the Bingo players will gather again. It is for young and old. Do come and enjoy yourself. Oluf Basse will also share his Jazz collection with us. It is an opportunity to relax, meet new friends, enjoy a drink and a snack and perhaps even a dance should the beat of the jazz so move you. It certainly did last year. Do come and join in. Med venlig hilsen, Karen 3

Need a Danish Trainee? I am from Denmark and plan to stay in Auckland from August this summer to December/January. I have studied political science for 4 years and I received my bachelor degree last summer. In relation to my education I would like to be a trainee in an organization or a company, preferably a Danish one. From my study I have had courses in general politics, international relations, economics, leadership and organization theory. Besides my theoretical knowledge I have made several analyses, both quantitative and qualitative. During the last year I’ve worked at my department as a student advisor, arranging and holding small conferences. Besides my professional life I am 24 years old and very interested in sports, culture and nature. I am travelling to Auckland with my wife who is to study medicine at University of Auckland for a semester. Please contact me and I will send you my CV and recommendation. Looking forward to hear from you Benjamin Haslund-Krog Phone: 0045 22387075 Mail:

Looking for an Ancestor Subject: The emigrant Frede Mathiesen

Dear Danish Societies in New Zealand! I am trying to track Frede Alexander Mathiesen, gartner, born in Ringsted, Denmark, on 17th May 1900, baptised 1st July 1900, son of Edvard Julius Mathiesen og spouse Anna Kristine, nee Madsen. Frede emigrated from Denmark to Wellington, NZ, 27 years old. He sailed from Southampton the 5th July 1927on board the RMS Ruahine and arrived in New Zealand in August 1927. In 1928, I know for sure, he worked on Ruanui Station, Mataroa, a tiny farming area near Taihape in the North Island. Have any of you information about the above man? If he married and raised a family? Or if he later emigrated from New Zealand? I am trying hard to find his descendants, because I am writing a book, where he plays a main role. Any information will be appreciated. My friend, the general consul in Wellington, Knud Fink-Jensen, has been a great help in my research, but I still need help to find descendants of Frede or get knowledge of his story. Lots of wishes Karsten Jacobsen []

All that Jazz…..

You are invited to an evening of Jazz

with Oluf Basse Oluf plays jazz with us from his vast collection of records and CDs Come and relax on a Friday evening Enjoy a drink, a snack and perhaps a few steps on the dance floor

Friday 2 May 7.30pm

All welcome • Bring your friends 4

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Nyt Fra Danmark Hotel D’Angleterre Sold

The pearl of all Danish hotels, d’Angleterre at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen has been sold. The buyers are an Icelandic investment firm with no background in the hospitality business. The firm has developed and grown through investment in housing estates in Poland and the Baltic countries as well as the production of cookies and other delicacies. It transpires that they have paid 700million kroner for d’Angleterre and two other hotels in Copenhagen. as part of the deal. These are Hotel Kong Frederik on the town hall square and Hotel Front (previously known as Sofie Amalie) on St Annae Plads. The owners of the Hotel, Else Marie and Henning Remmen, are now living in Lausanne in Switzerland. Three years ago Henning Remmen warned that he wished to sell his chain of hotels. At that time there was a public reaction of anger towards him, labelling him a “tax evader” (or literally translated a tax refugee). His reply on Danish TV “I have …..had enough of Janteloven (the tall poppy syndrome) in Denmark”.

Fewer and Fewer Dairy Farmers

From the 1st October 2007 there were fewer Danish milk producers, as 390 of them sold their milking rights. On average, each farmer received 1 million kroner for their quota and rights. As a result the number of Danish

Nyt Fra Danmark

Magazinet for Udedanskere Addresse: Grønnegade 18 DK 1007 Københaven Danmark Fax `45 33 45 46 01 Hjemmedise: Nyt fra Danmark udkommer i Marts/April, Maj/Juni, September/ Oktober og November/December Danish Society News Magazine • April 2008

milk production centres has gone from 32,679 in 1984 to 4,500 today. It is considered that there will be a continued decline in dairy farmers. Statistically it is estimated that by the year 2014 there will be about 2,500 Danish dairy farmers.

New Art Museum in Lolland

On the 25th January, her Royal Highness, Queen Margrethe opened the new art museum at Fuglsang Manor House in Lolland. Fuglsang is built in the same style as Rosenborg Castle. Fuglsang was for many years owned by the Neergaards family and during that period it was a well known centre for music and world renowned musicians. Both Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen spent considerable time at Fuglsang while they were composing. The last Neergaards family member died in 1959 and since then the manor has been administrated by Det Classenske Fideicommis. The new museum holds a collection of Danish art from 1700 to present day, previously held by the Storstrøms Kunstmuseum in Maribo. There are pproximately 600 paintings, including works of the artists from Skagen, Fyn, Hammershøj, Rude and Lundstrøm. The project is supported by the Trust Realdania, EU and the Councils of Lolland and Falster. From Nyt fra Danmark Dec 2007.

Danmarks Posten Udgivet for medlemmer af Danes World Wide Udkommer otte gange om året.

For oplysninger om Danes World Wide Se hjemmesiden: du kan også kontakte

Karen Andersen Yates 524 6016 5

Danish Names

Karen Andersen Yates ( mener at denne artikel har din interesse: Danske børn hedder Justin og Angelina Danske forældre holder sig ikke til Mads og Mette, når barnet skal døbes. Nu render der også små Bono’er, Justin’er og Angelina’er rundt i Danmark. Derudover siger Karen Andersen Yates også: From 17.10.07 Justin Timberlake er populær som sanger, men hans fornavn har også fået flere fans herhjemme.

Danske børn hedder Justin og Angelina

17. okt. 2007 10.30 Kultur Opdat.: 17. okt. 2007 13.08 De fylder allerede meget i sladderbladene og i film og musikkens verden. Snart fylder deres navne også på de danske børnehavers navneskilte.  Faktum er i hvert fald, at der er kommet flere små Justin’er, Bono’er, Shakira’er og Angelina’er herhjemme.    

201 små Justin’er

Nyhedsavisen har nemlig undersøgt 30 af de mest kendte navne på stjerner i en database over alle danskeres fornavne fra Institut fra Navneforskning. Her fandt man 2.346 danskere med stjernenavne og lige nu er især Angelina og Justin populære ved døbefontene med henholdsvis 229 og 201 danske

navnesøstre og -brødre.

Selvstændig som Angelina

Bibi Løvenhardt fra Hedehusene har en 2-årig datter, der hedder Angelina efter skuespiller Angelina Jolie. - Angelina har i den grad sin navnesøsters selvstændighed. Og så handler hendes yndlings tvprogram om at sætte biler i stand. Navnet kunne vi nu blot lide, siger Bibi Løvenhardt om datteren.

“Syng en sang”

Stjernenavne ikke dog et nyt fænomen. Tilbage i 1960’erne blev børn både døbt Santana, Elvis, Ringo og Lennon. Og 34-årige Cher Pedersen fra Gentofte bliver ofte bedt om at synge en sang. - Jeg kan jo ikke gøre for, at jeg havde hippie-forældre, siger Cher Pedersen, der ikke selv vil give sit barn et kendisnavn. Retrieved on 19.10.07 from Kultur/2007/10/17/102645.htm

Download roman for danskere / downloading novels in danish Hej medarbejder på den danske ambassade/det danske konsulat! Jeg henvender mig i håbet om, at I vil være så venlige at sende denne mail videre til danskere og/eller danskerforeninger i jeres område. På forhånd mange tak. Hvis I ikke vil videresende min mail, vil jeg blive meget glad for oplysninger om eventuelle danskerklubber i jeres område, som jeg kan tage kontakt til. Jeg har skrevet en roman om at være dansker i udlandet, som jeg tilbyder som gratis download roman til alle danskere i udlandet. Her en link til min gratis downloadroman på dansk: Bogen handler om et liv som udedansker, om at turde at tage en risiko, og om de uanede sider et fremmed land kan bringe frem i os. 6

Jeg er selv dansker og har boet i udlandet i de sidste tyve år. “Labyrinternes yderste mur” er min tredje bog. Den tyske version af romanen udkommer senere på året. Som eneste “betaling” for downloads modtager jeg gerne kommentarer til bogen: Mine tidligere udgivelser på tysk: 2007 “Wo sind die Besserwisser, wenn man sie braucht” BusinessPoetry 2004 “Die Welt ohne mich” Erzählung 2004 “Soundjokers” Kreatitvitets-CD På forhånd tak og mange hilsener fra Østrig Sonja Holm Danish Society News Magazine • April 2008

We need your help!

at the next Valhalla Working Bees

12-13 April 2008 (2nd weekend of the month) 17-18 May 2008 (3rd weekend of the month) 14-15 June 2008 (2nd weekend of the month)

We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs (inside and outside). Our main focus over the next couple of months is on upgrading our steps but we also have other jobs to do. Any help is welcome. Some volunteers come for the day whilst others stay the weekend. If you have never been to a working bee, why not come for a visit.

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

Valhalla Working Bee - March 8-9 - Steps, steps & steps We had another busy working bee in March with 11 people coming and going over weekend. Like last month the main focus of the working bee was the upgrade of the wooden steps to Pa beach. Last month we installed a new side on the wooden steps and this month we replaced the existing side with a lot more posts and improved handrails. Eric Nissen led the team of volunteers which included two other carpenters (Neil Treadaway and Niels Andersen). The work was challenging as we had to deal with very warm weather, the ground was still hard to dig and having to carrying everything up and down the 144 steps. It was hard work but the result is a much improved set of steps. Future working bees will replace all the actual steps themselves, work on supporting the base of the steps from erosion from the sea and start building a platform at the top of the stairs. In this way we intend to reuse

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the old wood from the sides and steps for this top of stairs platform as well as a second platform at the currently undeveloped viewing deck looking out at the Leigh Cove. We were again fortunate to be able to borrow our neighbour’s (John Courtenay’s) ‘mule’ which we used for carting all the wood and cement from the house to the steps and for letting us use his power. As always a small team worked on spraying tracks and forest management. I am very pleased to welcome Tove Treadaway back to Valhalla working bees after a couple of years of well earned rest, as her knowledge and energy is a great help in managing our large Valhalla revegetation project. My thanks go to all those who participated in the working bee. Richard Logan, Valhalla Convenor (Development) 16 March 2008


In Memoriam

Long time member Sonja Hansen, aged 95, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday March 5th. She will be missed by many. Nangcy Hansen

Congratulations Congratulation to Christina Bengtson and husband Robin on the arrival of Hannah Sophie Ngaio Bengtson on the 11.03.08. Wonderful news.

Foreningsnyt Hjertelig til lykke til: Congratulations to the 27 members who have birthdays & the 15 couples who have an anniversary in April especially Otto Larsen som fylder 75 år d. 22.4.2008

Wanted People to join a small but enthusiastic group for Danish Folk Dancing.

We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the Danish House, starting at 7:30pm. We learn a variety of dances, some easy, some not so easy, but all in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. We have the privilege of representing the Danish Society and showcasing a part of Danish culture at various events in Auckland and sometimes further a field.

If you would like further information, please feel free to phone either Finn or Lorraine on 625 5533. Folk dancers - then & now

Hansen Reunion For descendants of Johan Ernest & Lars Hansen who came to NZ in 1861

April 26 and 27, 2008 Thames Race Course, Thames Reply to Paul & Christine Hansen 30 Arrowsmith Drive, Clover Park Manukau 2023 Tel. 09 262 0772

2007-2008 Committee The next magazine deadline is April 14 All contributions welcome – in Danish or English. (Arial Narrow font, size 12)

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) 8

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Sunday, April 6th from 2pm “The Dance with Regitze” Friday, April 18th, 7.30pm Wed, April 23rd at 10.30am Non-members pay $5 Come to the Com...


Sunday, April 6th from 2pm “The Dance with Regitze” Friday, April 18th, 7.30pm Wed, April 23rd at 10.30am Non-members pay $5 Come to the Com...