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NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 (Print)

● August 2011 ●

Film Evening

Friday August 19th

Old Boys

This movie is for the OLD BOYS and everyone else 2009 Comedy (See page 5 for Synopsis)

Come and have a hyggelig winter evening with the 3C’s – coffee, cake and candles

Members $5 (donation) Non-members $7

Come to the

Open House

Sunday, August 7th from 2pm Come and catch up with your friends and make new ones – Everyone is welcome!

Coffee & cake from $2.50 (Next Open House – September 4th)

ISSN 2230-4800 (Online)

‘Red & White’ Dinner Party Saturday, 27 August, 7pm Shake off the winter blues and join us for a 3 course dinner. Entrée – Shrimp cocktail Main – Roast beef served with hasselback potatoes, béarnaise sauce and seasonal vegetables Dessert – Hazelnut tart served with raspberries and cream Tea & coffee ****

Cash bar to buy wine, beer, etc.

Price: members $30.00 guests $40.00 *Book and pay by Monday, 22nd August* (no registrations accepted after this date)

Phone Kurt Marquart on 476 0244 or email him on socials@danishsocietynz.com - see insert for payment details *You can wear something red and white if you wish!*

A message to our Scandinavian friends We would like to express our sincerest sympathy to the Norwegian people after the horrific events in Oslo and on the island of Utøya. Vore allerkærligste tanker og dybeste medfølelse til jer alle.

Our thoughts are with you and your families back home


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

SUBSCRIPTIONS (2011 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2010 to 30th Sept 2011) 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

REGULAR EVENTS

Committee

PRESIDENT Inger Mortensen 443 5105 Email: president@danishsocietynz.com VICE-PRESIDENT Marion Stewart 480 8282 Email: vicepresident@danishsocietynz.com TREASURER Roger Knights 021 858 248 Email: treasurer@danishsocietynz.com SECRETARY Pam Logan 480 9883 Email: secretary@danishsocietynz.com COMMITTEE MEMBERS Antony Barrett 444 0939 Kim Basse 473 6455 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Louise Robertson 410 0108 EDITOR “NEWS MAGAZINE” John Stewart 480 8282 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest, North Shore 0627 E-mail: editor@danishsocietynz.com MAILOUT Helle Scott 521 2844 CHANGE OF ADDRESS Kurt Marquart 476 0244 E-mail: membership@danishsocietynz.com

Other Addresses

ROYAL DANISH CONSULATE GENERAL P.O. Box 619, Auckland 1 Fax 537 3067 Phone 537 3099 www.danishconsulatesnz.org.nz THE TRADE COMMISSION OF DENMARK P.O. Box 2154, Auckland 1 Fax 307 5207 Phone 379 3119 www.dtcauckland.um.dk THE LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Harris Rd (P O Box 85-014) Mt Wellington Phone 579 4490 DANISH CHURCH NEW ZEALAND INC. Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen www.danishchurchnz.org Ph 03 464 0218

RATES FOR VALHALLA

Peak Members Guests Adults $18 $30 Children $9 $20 Off-Peak Adults $12 $30 Children $6 $20 Whole house daily rate Off-peak $120 Peak rate $270 Christmas season $320 Functions $320 Off-peak = Mid-week only excluding Christmas season and school holidays Peak = All school holidays, Christmas season and all weekends. Christmas season = Christmas Eve to the end of Anniversary weekend. The house can only be hired for 7 days at any one time. Call the Booking Officer: Marion Stewart, 88c Coronation Road, Hillcrest, NSC P: 480 8282 E: valhalla@danishsocietynz.com 2

$60 per member $50 per member $50 per member Free $30 per couple

DANISH HOUSE

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

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

DANISH MOTHERS’ GROUP

meets every 2nd Tuesday. Call Christina on 021 161 3159 for venue.

are held on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm

FOLKDANCERS

VALHALLA WORKING BEES

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

CARDPLAYERS

WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP

Working bees are usually held on the weekend of the second Saturday of the month. 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 August Sun 7th Mon 8th Sat 13th Sat 13th Sun 14th Sat 27th September Sun 4th Sat 10th Mon 12th Sun 25th

Open House Committee Meeting Valhalla Working Bee Winter-Warm-Up, Folkdancers Mothers’ Group Mid-Winter Xmas Red & White Dinner Open House Valhalla Working Bee Committee Meeting Young Over 60’s Lunch

October Sun 2nd Open House Sat 8th Valhalla Working Bee Mon 10th Committee Meeting November Sun 6th Scandinavian Julemarked Mon 7th Committee Meeting Mon 7th-9th Valhalla Mid Week Working Bee Sat 19th Christmas Party (smoerrebroed) Thu 24th Bishop Monrad Celebs, Wellington Fri 25th Bishop Monrad Celebs, Danish Hse Sun 27th AGM Mon 28th Committee Meeting

Danish House Hall Hire Rates Danish Classes Members rates for hiring the hall for the whole day at 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

the Danish House, Penrose. Sunday to Friday inclusive $110 Saturday: $165 Half a day is $27 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: Antony Barrett, Phone 444 0939

Committee Contacts & Convenors for Working Groups Committee Contact Working Group Cultural Card Players Danish lessons Danish Mothers’ group Films Folk dancing Library / Videos Society history Welfare (Cards & Flowers) Danish House Bookings Maintenance Members Membership Communication Editor Webmaster Socials Bar Socials Valhalla Bookings & Maintenance Working Bees

Convenor Phone Oluf Basse 534 2798 0274 757 565 Connie Kristensen Christina Bengtson 021 161 3159 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Helle Gilderdale 478 7016 Karen Yates 524 6016 Vibeke Courtney 576 3150 Antony Barrett 444 0939 Kim Basse 473 6455 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 email: membership@danishsocietynz.com John Stewart 480 8282 Gitte Abildgaard Nielsen 360 1110 email: webmaster@danishsocietynz.com Finn Nielsen, 625 5533 Annette Jorna 630 8722 email: socials@danishsocietynz.com Marion Stewart 480 8282 Palle Olsen 09 426 6840

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Open letter to Club members THE DANISH SOCIETY (INC) AU CKLAND PO Box 12 279 Penrose, Auckland 20 July 2011 Dear Danish Society Member, Re: Socials sub-committee me

mbers needed

You may have just experienced our successful smørrebrødsparty in Jun e or maybe have fond memories of similar parties in the past. Our various social acti vities form the core of our Society – that is when we get together for hygge, eating good food , maybe dancing and singing – being together with othe r members of the Society. Or may be showing off what a Danish party can be like to our uns uspecting Kiwi friends. The party we just had was organis ed by Annette Jorna who has don e a wonderful job with socials over the last couple of yea rs. Now it is time for someone else to take a turn! It wouldn’t necessarily have to be just one person – in fact, a small group of people working together to share the load could be ideal. If you have ideas for parties and other social activities that we cou ld provide, you might be the perfect next socials convenor. You will need to work with the com mittee in the planning of the event, organise advertising for the magazine, take bookings, work with Dorte Soelmark or whoever is in the kitc hen, coordinate helpers for the kitc hen and table-setting etc. Basically, you are not doing the job by yourself, but you are ove rseeing the whole process and organising helpers whe re needed. There is a system in place which you can easily pick up. Annette and mem bers of the committee are of cou rse also happy to help you get started. At the moment we hav e about five parties and various othe r activities per year. One of the things we keep hearing from volunteers who help out at Dan ish House or Valhalla is about the camaraderie and the fun of participating and wor king together. This is an excellent way of making new friends within the Society and givi ng something back. If you have questions or suggestion s or want to know more about wha t the role involves, please contact me by phone or ema il on 443 5105 / 021 202 3464, president@danishsocietynz.com . Med venlig hilsen

Inger Mortensen

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Dublinia - Experiencing the Viking connection in Dublin Three weeks ago I was exploring the beautiful city of Dublin, Ireland and imagine my surprise when I came across a museum dedicated to the Viking history of Dublin. The museum was called Dublinia and I just had to go and take a look. In my ignorance I did not even realize that Dublin had such a strong Viking connection. “If you just go inside the door” the ticket salesman said, “you can meet Olaf the Viking coin maker.” This was exciting as my father is called Oluf (spelt differently) and I don’t meet too many people with that name.

Duiblinn (meaning Black Pool, from which the city of Dublin takes its name) and raided churches, forts and dwellings. From that time it was the Danes who had political and commercial influence in Dublin. The local Irish didn’t like this very much and there were several small battles. The Danes were eventually expelled a few centuries later but they left quite a legacy of archaeological remains, family names and place names. I met Olaf the coinmaker with his strong Irish accent and told me how the Danes had minted coins for trading purposes. He was dressed in sacks and fur and was surrounded by tools for minting and coinmaking. He had long white hair and a long white beard reminiscent of Gandalf the wizard from The Lord of the Rings. “Is your real name Olaf” I asked “or are you just a character playing a part?” He identified himself as a live historian!

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The First Vikings arrived in Ireland in 795 AD. In 837, a fleet of sixty longships sailed up the River Liffey in

The rest of the museum displayed the clothes and dwellings of these early people. They take this to the streets during the Dublin Viking Festival in July and show many of the exhibits with the live historians. You can see a programme on http://www.dublinvikingfestival.ie

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“How did you hear about us?” the ticket man asked as I was leaving. I explained about finding the museum and being interested in taking a look because of my very own Scandinavian heritage. “But you have an accent” he said (in his Irish accent). I had to explain I was from New Zealand and that my very own father was called Oluf and came to New Zealand from Denmark in the 1950’s. He looked at me strangely as if trying to understand all that and after a while replied “have a lovely day”.

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Inside are things people have Ring Oluf Basse thrown away. This rubbish is (534 2798) evidence! Objects like these for shop opening times By Kim Basse can tell us a lot about the people who owned them and

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Danish Society News Magazine ● August 2011


Julemarked

Christmas is coming! But before that, is the Julemarked. In just over 3 months, in fact. So make a note in your calendar – Sunday 6th November – because this year you are not going to want to miss it! We are expanding into a Scandinavian Christmas Market. Instead of being combined with the Open House, in the afternoon, this is going to be an all day event, starting at 10am-4pm. So far, the Swedish and Finish Societies have expressed keen interest in being included and hopefully the other Scandinavian countries will also be represented. This will mean there will be a wider variety of goods on offer which will also attract a larger crowd. The Swiss Society recently held a very successful market in the Danish House which was extremely well organised with massive attendance. Hence the idea for a Scandinavian Christmas Market was born. I am sure this will be a hugely successful and fun event and a good way to kick start the festive season. There will be a limited number of trestle tables for hire. For more information, contact Kirsten Jensen – Ph. 479 2249, 029 479 2249 or email - Kirsten.Jensen@communitel.co.nz

Film Review Friday, August 19th at 7.30pm We will be showing

OLD BOYS

This movie is for THE OLD BOYS and everyone else

Synopsis (2009 comedy):

Now in his fifties, Vagn leads a solitary life and plays football with a group of similarly aged men, some even older. After being left behind at a petrol station by his teammates on their way to a match in Sweden, he encounters a young habitual offender and together they set off in hot pursuit of Vagn’s buddies. A Nordic road movie taking in a whole series of comic, serious and funny scenarios. Director: Nicolaj Steen

Bishop Monrad Bicentenary Celebrations Two bicentenary Events. Book now.

Events on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd of September, 2011. 1) The launch of the book ‘Bishop Monrad in Aotearoa’ at St Pauls Lutheran Church, 12 King Street, Wellington Wednesday, 21st September 5.30 for 6 pm until about 7pm followed by supper at the Greta Point Cafe at own cost. $ Koha invited for the singers. Books will be available for purchase at the special price of $34.50. Eftpos is not available.

Yes please.(____) I/we would like to attend the launch. Kindly record my/our name(s) And, (yes/no) we would like to enjoy supper at the Greta Point Cafe. Number ____ ********************************************************************* 2) The formal opening of the Exhibition of Etchings at The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Thursday, 22nd September at 9 am followed by morning tea/coffee. Books will be available for purchase at the Te Papa shop at the regular book store price.

Yes please.(____) I/we would like to attend the opening. Kindly send me/us an invitaton. ***********************************************************************

RSVP Sunday the 14th of August.

Name(s): (Mrs/Ms/Mr) ......................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................... Address: ...................................................................................................................................................................................... Telephone: ( ) ....................................................... Email: .............................................................................................. Signed: .......................................................................................................... Date: ................................................................

Note. Please print this form, fill in the details requested and post to:

Bishop Monrad, 7 Woodford Way, Crofton Downs, Wellington 6035. New Zealand. Regretably, places for supper at the Greta Point Cafe and at the opening of the Exhibition are limited so . . . ‘first come – first served’. The RSVP date of Sunday the 14th of August is to give time for the invitations to be prepared and sent out from Te Papa which is graciously hosting the formal opening of the exhibition. To save time and costs acceptances only are requested.

Registrations for the celebrations from the 23rd till the 27th of November will be invited in early October August 2011 ● Danish Society News Magazine

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Valhalla July Working Bee The July working bee saw us take great strides ahead in improving the property for all users. Niels, Cathrin, Chris, Emma, Alyla, David, Caelin, Kaius, Kathryn, Kurt, Mia, Franco, Marion, John, Tove, Neil & Graham all did a splendid job making improvements for all Valhalla users. The weekend saw further planting done on the slip below the deck, the Bottle Brush stumps were covered with soil, the tramp was set level in the ground and the last of the firewood was split & put into the woodshed. Further to that, the old trailers were cleaned up ready to be removed from the property and Karamu plants that looked very scrappy were removed so the under planted flax could see the light of day and start to grow. A new landing was built at the top of the ocean stairs and a flax bush that was interfering with the seat on top of the hill was removed, along with all the normal jobs of bait stations, defrosting the fridges etc. Unfortunately the working bee also had to clean one of the ovens and one of the BBQs again. We did both the BBQs at the June working bee. So folks please make sure you do it right so the working bees can concentrate on making improvements on Valhalla for your enjoyment. The next working bee in August we will be doing further slip planting along with trimming back the vegetation that is interfering with the tracks. We will be doing track repairs and replacing three culverts with larger ones that will hopefully cope better with some of the extreme downpours we are getting. We will cut up

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more Pohutukawa firewood from a fallen tree for you to enjoy next winter, once it has dried out. It is such hot burning firewood it should keep you all nice and warm for the whole winter! We are looking to finish the name tags on the ocean stairs along with cleaning and doing repairs on the house. Hopefully we may even have time to get the old clothesline replaced with something a bit more aesthetically pleasing! So you can see we have lots that still needs to be done and that’s just the August working bee!! There’s lots more planned for September and October! WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you are a Valhalla user and you haven’t helped at a working bee this year you only have three more opportunities to do your bit, August, September & October. October is just about booked out so please give me a call or email registering yourself to come to either the August or September working bee. I promise you that you will have a great time. It also feels great knowing you have done your bit. Thanks. Palle Olsen Phone: 09 426 6840 Email: palle@olsens.co.nz

Clockwise, top left: Tree removal; New planting on slip-face; New steps at the Cove; Updated viewing platform, top of ocean steps; New planting around sewage planters; Watch out for a new clothesline!

Danish Society News Magazine ● August 2011


We need your help! at the next Valhalla Working Bees 12th-14th August 9th-11th September

We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs, both indoors and outdoors. There is always house-cleaning to do as well as weeding etc. Any help is welcome. Lunch is supplied by the society, therefore we need to know the number of participants by Wednesday 10th August.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Palle Olsen on 09 426 6840, 021 255 0911 or palle@olsens.co.nz

Valhalla Sub-Committee Report Working Bees

Bookings

Last month John and I attended the working bee for the weekend and I put my hand up to cook for all the volunteers. I find helping at Penrose or Valhalla the best way to really get to know other members. Perhaps it’s the common focus of the job that needs doing or possibly knowing that you are putting back into the well being of the club that creates this great camaraderie with those working by your side. Volunteering towards the common good of the club, I firmly believe, is the “soul of the society”, it makes you feel you belong as an integral part of this group. When we first joined we knew only 5 – 6 people in the club, now some 5 years later we are so much part of the fabric of the society it feels we have always been associated with the Danish Society.

We only have three Whole House weekends available until the end of March 2012. They are:• October 29-30th • December 3-4th • March 31st-1st April If you are interested in any of these dates, please email me as soon as possible as they will be snapped up very quickly. My email address is Valhalla@danishsocietynz.com. Thank you Marion Stewart and the Valhalla sub-committee

We had a great crowd join us last month at Valhalla with all but one staying through to Sunday. On Saturday night the dinner table was as usual filled with much laughter and many conversations. As per Palle’s report if you can come up and help, if only for one weekend or one day, we would love to see you and get to know you. The Society provides morning and afternoon tea and a lunch. Dinner is cooked for you for only $10 per adult and $5 per child – very good value for money. You will not go hungry over the weekend, I promise. August 2011 ● Danish Society News Magazine

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Thank You Letters To the Danish Society, My sincere thanks for the beautiful floral arrangement I received on my birthday. The society, and Vibeke Courtney, looks after the members special days very well. Thank you, Bente Winter To the Danish Society: Thankyou for the amazing bouquet of flowers, that I received for my 65th Birthday, 17 June. They are still as good as the day I received them. They and other flowers have given me so much pleasure this week as they are displayed on my window box above my kitchen sink and I spend a lot of time there !!!!!!!!!! tusind tak igen. Venlig hilsen fra Birgit Hingeberg McKenzie Til den danske forening: Mange tak for de smukke blomster jeg fik på min fødselsdag. Venlig hilsen, Finn Rasmussen To the Danish Society: What a wonderful surprise this evening. Thank you for the lovely flowers and birthday wishes for my 70th Birthday. Dan Madsen

Aalborg Akvavit Snaps Scenic Cellars in Taupo have the Aalborg Akvavit in stock now and will import as required. Contact is:

Floris Heijdenrijk, Sales Manager Scenic Cellars, 32 Roberts St, Taupo 3330

Phone: 07 378 5704

Email: floris@sceniccellars.co.nz

The next magazine deadline is Sep 19

All contributions welcome – in English or Danish (with a short summary in English). The magazine can also be read (in full colour) online at www.danishsocietynz.com. Note: ads for events must be in a calendar month before the event. John Stewart (Editor) editor@danishsocietynz.com 8

Foreningsnyt Congratulations to all the members who have birthdays in August especially Randi Knights som fylder 70 år d. 28.8.2011 Elisabeth Johnston som fylder 50 år d. 31.8.2011 Glenys Whitby som fylder 60 år d. 31.7.2011

Help wanted for WW2 Research WW2 Denmark research help I’m researching WW2 Denmark because I’m writing a film script about my great uncle’s experience in Copenhagen. I was wondering if anyone in the society has any information about their family member’s stories or even your own experiences during that time. I’ve been in contact with the Auckland central library and the librarians have been very helpful pointing me in the right direction on websites and books that are available. I can be contacted by email at helloworld78@hotmail.com or by cell at 021 190 6447. I should be attending the society’s open house regularly so feel free to approach me there as well. I appreciate any help or information on this topic.

WW2 Danmark forskning hjælp Jeg forsker i 2. verdenskrig i Danmark, fordi jeg er ved at skrive et filmmanuskript om min grandonkels oplevelser i København. Jeg tænkte på om nogen i klubben har nogen oplysninger om jeres familiemedlems historier eller endda dine egne oplevelser fra denne tid. Jeg har været i kontakt med Auckland centrale bibliotek og bibliotekarerne har været meget hjælpsomme og peget mig i den rigtige retning mht hjemmesider og bøger, der er tilgængelige. Jeg kan kontaktes via e-mail på helloworld78@hotmail.com eller på mobil 021 190 6447. Jeg vil prøve at deltage i klubbens åbent hus jævnligt, så du er også velkommen til at henvende dig til mig der. Jeg sætter pris på enhver hjælp eller information om dette emne. Angel McNamara Danish Society News Magazine ● August 2011


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