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NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 • September 2007

Film Evening

Friday, 21st September, 7.30pm We are showing

The Annual Over 60’s Luncheon

“Et rigtigt menneske”

Venue: The Danish Society 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose

a Danish dogme movie with English subtitles.

Saturday 29th September at 1 pm

(A Real Human Being)

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

Non-members pay $5

Wednesday Morning Group Wednesday, September 26th, 10.30am

Xmas ideas to make and do We start at 10.30 with coffee and proceed with the meeting. Bring your lunch to eat after the meeting. All welcome.

Any enquiries, please contact Vibeke Courtney ph: 576 3150

Årets Børnefest

Sunday 30th September 2pm – 4.30pm Come to our annual Children’s Party – bring Mum, Dad or Grandparents and let’s have a lot of fun. Among the activities will be: • Make your own cool placemat • Bake biscuits (and help eat them) • Watch how lollies are made (and get to try them, of course) • Table tennis tournament … and lots more Afternoon tea will be served; coffee and tea for adults. Please phone Inger on 443 5105 or email robinger2@ihug.co.nz to indicate your interest in this arrangement or if you have any questions.

Come and enjoy the wonderful open Danish sandwiches. Bring cash to buy beer, snaps and other drinks from our bar. 2 herring sandwiches + 4 scrumptious sandwiches per person All plated.

Price per person $15 Send in the slip off the insert by Friday 21st September 2007 See insert for more details

Come to the

Open House

Sunday, Sept 2nd from 2pm

Come and meet your friends or get some new ones – Everyone is welcome!

Coffee & cake from $2.50


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

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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

Committee

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

REGULAR EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETINGS

PRESIDENT Karen Yates

524 6016

VICE-PRESIDENT Richard Logan

480 9883

TREASURER Roger Knights

021 858 248

SECRETARY Rolf Siggard

528 2469

COMMITTEE MEMBERS Mia Barr Antony Barrett Lena Burlon Finn Nielsen 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: pam-richardlogan@attglobal.net PRODUCTION John Stewart

480 8282

MAILOUT Helle Scott

521 2844

CHANGE OF ADDRESS Rolf Siggard

528 2469

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 Harbour View Building, 152 Quay St, 7th Floor 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

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: valhalla@danishsocietynz.com 

(2008 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2007 to 30th Sept 2008)

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

VALHALLA WORKING BEES

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

DANISH MOTHERS’ GROUP

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

FOLKDANCERS

DANISH HOUSE

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

CARDPLAYERS

WEDNESDAY MORNING GROUP

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

Usually held on the last Wednesday of every month.

QUICK CHECK CALENDAR September Sun 2 Wed 5 Tues 11 Sat 15 Wed 19 Fri 21 Tues 25 Wed 26 Sat 29 October Sun 7

Open House Card Players Folkdancing Social Night Valhalla Working Bee Card Players Film Evening Folk Dancing Morning Group Over 60s luncheon Open House

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

Sat 13 Fri 19 Wed 24 November Sun 4 Fri 16 Sun 18 December Sat 1 Sat 8 Sun 9 Fri 14

Valhalla Working Bee Film Evening Morning Group Open H. + trading table Film Evening AGM + family dinner Julefrokost - Xmas Lunch Valhalla 30th Anniversary Children’s Xmas Party Family Xmas Carols

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 $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 Rolf Siggard

Phone 625 8969 478 5175 360 4389 625 5533 478 7016 524 6016 576 3150 625 5533 524 2047 528 2469

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 September 2007


Karen’s Corner

From the President - August 2007 Dear members,

Of Smørrebrød, Change and our Collective Responsibility Some seventy people, (approximately half were members) really enjoyed themselves at the last Smørrebrøds Party in July. There was time to talk, without music and time to dance with the music.

Of course conversation is always better with good food and to Danes that is what smørrebrød is. Guests equally enjoyed the conversation and the ambience. It was a good experience, people of all ages, young and those no longer in their youth mixing together.

The Smørrebrøds team had a great time too.

Change and more Change What I became aware of was the absence of members. It says something about the changing

world we live in that is influencing our attitudes, thinking and values. Because change is happening in the world and community around us, so it is in the Danish Society. Our membership is changing. Of those that started the Society, many have passed on and are too frail to participate. There are still a large number of people who have been intensely involved over the years, even on the committee and are not seen now at any functions. Perhaps it was a situation of burnout, which so readily happens to volunteer work and then it feels hard to join in again. Yes the Society has changed. Nothing can be as it was in the” old days” though some traditions are maintained with adaptations to the New Zealand setting. That happens in Denmark too of course. What is happening however presently in The Danish Society is that members and their friends find satisfaction and friendship in small groups. There is the Card Club, a vital source of friendship and fun, the folk dancers, the Mothers group, the Valhalla working bee group and the newly formed Wednesday Morning group. These groups are vital for the life of the Society. Those members that do seek to venture out and come to a Smørrebrøds Party or function usually meet friends or new people that become friends. Most of us go away with a sense of “that was worthwhile”. The Danish Society is one of the few places where one can meet people of different ages, Danes and Kiwis and mix with them. Now where else does one do that?

Danish Society News Magazine September 2007

A steady stream of new members Presently there is a high proportion of new members, who join the Society because of their Danish ancestry. We welcome them. Here is an opportunity for those involved in the Society for many years and those who have recently come from Denmark to share their culture and experiences with others.

A Legacy of participation The issue really is that the Danish Society, not only needs members who are prepared to pay their subscriptions annually but to be involved as well. The amazing contributions of members in the 50s and 60s onwards have given us a legacy of enormous worth, not only in bricks and mortar but also in the very essence of the Society which after all is about culture and friendship. If you have worked hard in the past for the Society, which many of you have, come and share your presence through participation in functions. To look after this “treasure“ that we have been gifted, members do need to participate. There is a place for all to play their part. Let me mention a few things - gardeners, administrators, financial knowledge, handymen or women, computer skills, writers, musicians, designers, conservationists, architects, cooks, kitchen hands, teachers, musicians, helpers and the list goes on an on. You don’t have to be on the Continued on page 4 3


President’s Report continued from page 3 committee to contribute. What gives pleasure for all involved in the Danish Society is meeting people and working and together and having fun with others. In three months time there will be an AGM with election. What could you contribute? The work load of the committee is enormous. They all do it willingly and for free. The Danish Society is a Social Club after all but it has huge responsibilities from

our legacies of the recent past and only by members participating together can we go forward. I shall be back at the end of September, having spent a little time in Denmark which is always a treat and come back refreshed to participate in the life of the Society. Med venlig hilsen Karen

Recent Photos

Above: Some of the Wednesday Morning Group Right: At the July party

Film review for Sept 21st

“Et rigtigt menneske” (“A Real Human Being”)

- a Danish dogme movie with English subtitles.

From 2001 with Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Peter Mygind and Susan A. Olsen.

A little girl’s invisible friend living in the wall in her room suddenly materialises. He has to learn to live like a real human being, but it’s really hard to get accepted in society when you don’t know the rules. 4

Danish Society News Magazine September 2007


We need your help!

at the next Valhalla Working Bees 15-16 September 2007 (3rd weekend of the month), 13-14 October 2007 (2nd weekend of the month) 10-11 November 2007 (2nd weekend of the month), 8-9 December 2007 (2nd weekend of the month)

We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs (inside and outside). The main focus over the next few months is to finish the cross gully track; refresh the foyer area with new paint, new clear plastic roofing, new cupboards and a concrete floor; as well as upgrading the steps to Pa (Ocean) Beach. Any help is welcome. Some volunteers come for the day whilst others stay the weekend.

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

Valhalla Working Bee - August 11-12, 2007 It was a small team of seven members who participated in the August working bee. The main focus of the weekend was: • Spraying tracks, transplanting 90 flax plants along our coastal ridgeline and weeding four lookout areas, • Digging drains, releasing trees from kikuyu, putting out 180 red marker canes around the climax trees, • Repairing wallpaper in a number of rooms and cleaning the mildew off the Bornholm walls, • Cleaning the dark chocolate rafters in the foyer and then painting them with a first coat of white paint, which greatly improved the light and brightness of that area, and

We will be celebrating 30 years of owning Valhalla in December 2007.

Event details will follow. Keep Saturday, December 8th free Danish Society News Magazine September 2007

• Doing lots of invisible jobs such as changing light bulbs, cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. Our neighbour has just finished planting something like 400 kauris in the gully between Valhalla and the Marae. This will look very impressive in years to come and will provide an attraction in itself. A number of members and guests have mentioned to me and the Committee how Valhalla and the revegetation programme is such a wonderful learning experience. It is a learning experience for me as convenor, the committee, the working bee group and the Society in general. It even seems that our neighbour, even though right next door, has a different geography and perhaps geology to us and they experience different effects to what we have, for example they have suffered from a lot of salt burn whereas we haven’t. So we even learn from our neighbour. Likewise they are watching what we are doing, so they are also learning. My thanks go to all those who attended the working bee. Richard Logan, Valhalla Convenor (Development) 16 August 2007 5


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Winter Warm-Up 2007

On Saturday August 11th several hundred enthusiastic international folk dancers gathered at the Danish House for the annual Winter Warm-Up. Eleven dance groups performed dances from their country and then the audience leapt up to join in the simpler and fun dances. The Finnish Dance Group did a great job feeding the hungry dancers with Finnish style food.

Above: Finnish Dance Group Below: City of Auckland Morris Dancers

Danish Society News Magazine September 2007


Andemor adopterer ællingeflok En andemor adopterede en ællingeflok, der var blevet efterladt af deres mor på 17. etage i et højhus. En and havde valgt at udringe sine æg på 17. sal i et højhus. Da æggene var klækkede, løb de små ællinger rundt på svalegangen, uden at kunne komme ned til deres mor, som var fløjet ned på jorden for at kalde dem ned.

Painting For Sale

Dyreambulancen blev tilkaldt, og en efter en blev ællingerne indfanget. Det var desværre ikke muligt at genforene de små ællinger med deres mor. Der havde været for meget ståhej på stedet, så hun havde opgivet dem og fløjet bort. De små ællinger var nu moderløse. Et andet sted havde en and valgt at lægge sine æg i en lukket atriumgård i et stort firma. Derfor kunne andefamilien ikke komme ud til vandet, da æggerne var klækkede. Også her blev dyreambulancen tilkaldt og kunne denne gang indfange både ællinger og andemor. De små ællinger fra atriumgården blev sat med de moderløse ællinger fra højhuset. Så blev den store flok sammen med andemor kørt TIL Utterslev mose, hvor familien genforenet. De mange nye adoptivællinger tog andemor glædeligt til sig som sine egne, og hun førte stolt hele den store flok ud i mosens solbeskinnede vand. Falcks dyreambulance rykkede ud 13,482 gange i 2006 til både ællinger og rådyr og alt hvad der findes derimellem. Af Klaus Ulrik Mortensen Offentliggjort 18.07.07 kl. 19:20 http://jp.dk/indland/kbh/article1013907.ece A duck laid its eggs on the 17th floor. Later it flew down and wanted the ducklings to come down, but they didn’t want to come down. An ambulance came and took them down and out to a lake. (Sent in by Søren Kraack)

A Donation to the Danish Society The Danish Society was given this painting by Dr David and Mrs Cynthia Dove. It had previously belonged to the Liebergren family who came to New Zealand from Rhodesia around the 1960’s and happened to live next door to the Dove family. The two families became friends and this painting was given to the Dove’s by the Liebergrens. The Liebergrens were members of the Danish Society. Some senior members may remember them. The painting is by Finn Wennervald and is named Efteraar. From briefly searching the net, this painter was very active up till his death in 1960 painting Danish landscapes. Some are being sold on net art auctions. Presently it is felt that there is little room at Danish House to display the painting. In the mean time it is being stored until the best action to take becomes clear. Karen Andersen Yates Auckland 524 6016 Email: jackyates@xtra.co.nz

Danish Character Today’s Danes are a peaceable people. The only helmeted warriors left are bikers. When the Danish Vikings colonized the British Isles, they must have taken with them all the most unruly elements. Ever since, the British have behaved like Vikings, while the Danes have constructed a modern liberal welfare state where everyone is cared for, and their football fans are models of propriety. From: Xenophobe’s Guide to the Danes Danish Society News Magazine September 2007

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Foreningsnyt Hjertelig til lykke til: Congratulations to the 23 members who have birthdays & the 5 couples who have an anniversary in September especially Line Hart som fylder 35 år d. 7.9.2007 Berghild Kristensen som fylder 85 år d. 23.9.2007 Niels Arne Olsen som fylder 75 år d. 14.9.2007 Greg Taylor som fylder 60 år d. 22.9.2007

Welcome to New Members

Velkommen til nye medlemmer: Karina Neilsen & Matthew Grinstead

Thank You Letters To the Danish Society Many thanks for the beautiful flowers I received for my birthday. Erik Nissen To the Danish Society Thank you for the flowers you sent to me on my 85th birthday. It is now 60 years since I first paid my membership fee of ten shillings ($1). Over that time I have experienced many highlights including the hosting of the crew of the Galatea, meeting Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik and lately meeting Princess Benedicte. I continue to enjoy the fellowship of my card-playing friends each second Wednesday. Kind regards Kirsten Pedersen Til Den Danske Forening Mange tak for de smukke blomster som jeg modtog på min 70 års fødselsdag. De gjorde extra glæde til en dejlig dag. De venligste hilsner fra Lise Elowsson

Important Dane Dies

Bjorn Ibsen, who was “the father of modern intensive care medicine”, died recently in Denmark. In the polio epidemic of 1952-53 he introduced an intensive-care unit at Kommunehospitalet in Copenhagen. From: Weekend Herald August 18, 2007 8

Christmas Trading Table

at the November Open House

Sunday 4th November Please, clean out your cupboards, make Christmas decorations or do some baking.

Phone Vibeke 576 3150

AGM

Sunday, November 18th

If you have any remits that you’d like put forward at the AGM please send them to the secretary by October 20th. If you are writing a report for your group, please send in by October 20th as well. Secretary: Rolf Siggaard,

P O Box 12 279 Penrose, 1642, Auckland.

Christiansborg, Copenhagen

The next magazine deadline is Sept 17. All contributions welcome – in Danish or English. (Arial Narrow font, size 12)

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. Pam Logan (Editor) Danish Society News Magazine September 2007


The Annual Over 60’s Luncheon Venue: The Danish Society 6 Rockridge Ave Penrose Saturday 29th September 2007 at 1 pm Come and enjoy the wonderful open Danish sandwiches Bring cash to buy beer, snaps and other drinks from our bar 2 herring sandwiches + 4 scrumptious sandwiches per person All plated Price per person $15 Send in the slip at the latest by Friday 21st September 2007 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -cut here- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sent in by (print name): __________________________________________ Contact phone number: ____________________  I have enclosed a cheque  I have paid online on the date: _______________ Payment covers ______ guests and ______ members Please send this slip by Friday 21st September to: The Danish Society PO Box 12 279 Penrose “Soc2909” If you wish to pay online, please credit our account: 12 3036 0671539 000 1st reference (please write): Soc2909 2nd reference (please write): “your name”

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