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The Danish

Society (Inc.)

Auckland, New Zealand

NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 • December 2006

Dansk Julegudstjeneste Familie Julesang og Sammenkomst,

Family Christmas Carols Danish Language

Christmas Service

Conducted by Pastor Jesper Engholm, Danish Church Australia

Monday, December 18, 7pm at the Lutheran Church,

Cnr Ellerslie-Panmure Highway and Harris Rd

This event is a unique cultural experience for ALL members of the Danish Society. Come and sing the Christmas Carols of Danish tradition. Participate in the event, read the translated sermon in English (if that suits you). Enjoy Coffee and Christmas goodies after the service

Please bring a plate of Christmas goodies to share

All Welcome Read Jesper’s article inside the magazine Enquiries contact Karen 524 6016

The Valhalla Futures Development Working Group needs your help. See the enclosed Flyer

A Christmas event for all ages

Sunday, December 17, 3pm Sing “Danske Julesange” and Christmas Carols Jule historier for børn og voksene Christmas stories for all ages Dance around the Christmas Tree

Coffee and Christmas goodies to follow

Please bring Christmas baking to share with coffee to follow

Open House

Sunday, December 3rd from 2pm

Coffee & cake from $2.50 All welcome Plus

Children’s Christmas Party

with Santa and a magician

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

Contact phone numbers The Danish House Valhalla, Leigh

580 3103 09 422 6194


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

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

524 6016


480 9883

TREASURER Roger Knights

021 858 248

SECRETARY Rolf Siggard

528 2469

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

634 1159 444 0939 528 1116 625 5533 480 8282


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



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


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.


Danish House Working Bees

Call Anna-Margrethe if you want to help.

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

QUICK CHECK CALENDAR December Sat 2 Lunch party Sun 3 Children’s Xmas Party Sat 11 Valhalla Working Bee Sun 17 Family Christmas Carols Mon 18 Danish Christmas service February 1st Wed Card players Trivial pursuit - quiz night Sat 17 Valhalla Working Bee

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

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: Anna Margrethe, Phone 527 6633

Committee Contacts & Convenors for Working Groups Committee Contact Working Group Convenor Cultural Card Players Lise Jensen Karen Yates Danish lessons Connie Kristensen Danish Mothers’ group Christina Bengtson Folk dancing Finn Nielsen Library / Videos Helle Gilderdale Society history Karen Yates Welfare (Cards & Flowers) Vibeke Courtney Danish House Hall hire; maintenance; working bees Anna-Margrethe Jørgensen (& Mia Barr) Members Membership Fanny Wright Roger Knights Communication Editor Pam Logan Lena Burlon Marketing Lena Burlon Webmaster Lena Burlon Other Clubs Presidents/contacts Karen Yates Karen Yates Socials Bar Keld Burlon Lena Burlon Socials Lena Burlon (& Mia Barr) Youth group Steve Harris Valhalla Bookings & Maintenance Marion Stewart Richard Logan Development Richard Logan

Phone 625 8969 478 5175 360 4389 625 5533 478 7016 524 6016 576 3150 527 6633 575 8027 480 9883 528 1116 528 1116 524 6016 528 1116 528 1116 523 5410 480 8282 480 9883

Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

Karen’s Corner – President’s Report for November 2006 a special feeling of excitement, goodness, of make believe and “if only it could be like this all the time” moment. As the old carol says, “all is bright, all is light” and that is what we felt, bright, light, excited, close to each other and happy. “ Nu er det jul igen” Not so the first year of Christmas “ Nu er det jul igen og julen” in New Zealand. It was a hot Christmas eve. People were busy Yes, Christmas is here again and shopping getting their last presents it is difficult to believe that another for the morrow, Christmas Day. year is coming to an end and the We set the table and at 3.30pm festive season is on our doorstep. drove to the Lutheran Church in For Danes Christmas will always Crummer Rd for the 4pm service be something special. Who can or was it 5pm? On our return, we ever forget those wonderful “Jule found the candles bent over with aften” Christmas eves experienced the heat of the sun. Our Christmas as children… the stillness that dinner was eaten in broad day enveloped the town as the shops light, obliterating the feelings closed and the parents were busy associated with Christmas in the putting the finishing touches on past. No it just did not feel like Christmas dinner. At 4pm the Christmas at all. Since then I have church bells were ringing out and learnt to appreciate the celebration many people in our town, walked to of Christmas in the warmth of mid church. Inside, the Christmas trees summer and in the cold of winter, were bright with candles. I always but I will always appreciate the wished the service would finish so atmosphere that is created by we could go home and celebrate celebrating Christmas in the depth our own Christmas. That was much of a cold winter. more exciting, for there were real As we as a community celebrate presents. Christmas in the bright sun and light, I would encourage you to participate in the events. Come and share Christmas with each other, in the spirit of Christmas. Our Children’s Christmas Tree party is for the children who have had a number of great experiences The most exciting moment in Danish House during the year. was when the door to the lounge, They add so much to the life of which in our family tradition had our Society. This year we will have been closed to the children, was a traditional Danish Christmas opened and there stood the Lunch which should get us into the sparkling Christmas tree. The Christmas spirit early in December. candles were flickering in the dark Our Christmas Carols will be and the decorations were sparkling held in the afternoon and family and adorable. And underneath the orientated this year, it is for young, tree lay the presents. It was such old and those in between.

Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

To end our celebrations, do come and have a very cultural experience at the Danish language Christmas service with Pastor Jesper Engholm. How long is it since you sang, Dejlig er den himmel blå eller eller Et barn er født i Bethlehem? These are part of our Danish heritage. His sermon is usually translated so it will be easy to follow. In conclusion, do have a really good Christmas with your family and friends as well as holiday, until we meet again in February. GodJul og Godt Nytår Karen Andersen Yates


BAR MEN & BAR WOMEN REQUIRED The Bar in the Danish Society is urgently in need of more bar personnel. We have a license for our bar and to operate it effectively, more licensed bar men and women are required. This will enable the bar to operate more frequently. Remember that bar profits pay for the free facilities for members. Training is required; the Society will assist those interested. If you are looking for a way that you can help the club, please contact Keld Burlon 528 1116 or Karen Andersen Yates 524 6016 

Kære bønder og borgere i New Zealand. (- om dåb og konfirmation) Vores forfædre har sandsynligvis gået og gravet i den sorte danske muld og skaffet mad til de mennesker, som er vores forældres forældre. De har kigget ud over sund og bælt og set, hvordan bøgeskoven er sprunget ud i foråret og hvordan bladene har skiftet farve til guld i efteråret. De har indåndet den kølige danske luft og set årstidernes skiften. Måske har de givet de danske sange og fortællinger videre til deres børn. De var danskere. Selv om vi nu lever i en højtekonologisk verden og langt fra Danmark, ja så har vi stadig vores rod i det danske. I danske sprog og kultur, i det danske klima. Det kan vi hverken flygte eller løbe fra. Det er blandt andet derfor der er en dansk klub i Auckland. Med til billedet høre også kirken. Den har stået rundt om i Danmark i snart 1000 år og har ligesom været en naturlig del af det at være dansk. Man er kommet når man skulle have sine børn døbt og konfirmeret. Når man skulle giftes og når der ellers skete vigtige ting i familien. Selvom vi lever langt væk fra den danske landsbykirke kan det stadig lade sig gøre at blive døbt og konfirmeret og endda på dansk, i en dansk gudstjeneste og af en dansk præst. I forbindelse med julegudstjenesten i Auckland kan der holdes dåb og konfirmation. Konfirmation kræver dog et års konfirmationsforberedelse, så hvis der er nogen der gerne vil konfirmeres julen 2007, ja så skal de melde sig ved julegudstjeneten 2006. Undervisningen vil foregå over Internettet og forældrene komer også til at spille en stor rolle som formidler af kristendommen til de unge. Dåb skal meldes i så god tid som muligt. Inden

dåben har vi en dåbssamtale, hvor dåbens betydning forklares og hvor vi taler om hvad forældrene kan gøre fremover for at oplære barnet i den kristne tro. Hvis du er interesseret så kontakt i: Jesper Engholm 0061 2 99808223 My name is Jesper Engholm and I am minister for the Danish congregations in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In addition I travel to Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Auckland in December and celebrate Christmas services for the Danes. The Danish Church in Australia is not supported from the Danish Government but only exists because of donations from our members. Of course the church can’t have any expenses caused by a trip to New Zealand, but as long as the Danes can find the money to a flight ticket I will gladly be your minister. You managed this year so I will see you in December. Don’t forget the Christmas service on the 18th of December at 7pm and put a big X in your calendar already now. Kids are especially welcome. Best regards Jesper Engholm Minister in the Danish Church in Australia (and NZ) Many thanks to those who have given generously to bring Jesper to New Zealand. Jesper has indicated that he is happy to baptise any children. If you have any questions about the service, please contact Karen 524 6016.

At the over 60s

Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

We need your help at the next Valhalla Working Bee

9-10 December 2006 (2nd weekend of 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 three main activities we want to progress in the short term. These are: ● Painting the house – including cleaning the outside. ● Building repairs and upgrading of the wooden steps, gates and fences. ● Flax and tracks – Putting in new linking tracks and clearing flax from the tracks.

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

Nov (11 & 12) Valhalla Working Bee Over the weekend, the working bee team cleaned many things such as cupboards, curtains, windows, outside walls, rooms, fridges and so on; as well as tackled a number of outside maintenance improvements such as painting, repairs yet again to the flagpole and the attached rope, re-hung the entrance gate, put up extra rails on the back porch stairwell as well as upgraded the patio garden. Work continued on the pest control programme, spraying the tracks, clearing flax, chopping up firewood and limbing up the trees along the tracks. Our extensive gorse crop is now looking deep brown (dead). Our new sealed road looks really good. Hopefully

our example of sealing our road will motivate our neighbour to one day upgrade the road up the hill to the same standard. My guess is that it won’t be too long (six months to a year) before we will be back talking to our neighbour about the next upgrade. I thank all those who came to the working bee and worked so hard. Without this member support of voluntary labour, the Society would have extreme difficulty maintaining our Valhalla house and property, which keeps the accommodation rates as low as they are. Richard Logan, Valhalla Convenor (Development) 17 November 2006

Valhalla Working Bee Scenes – the new road seal; the steps & gate being fixed; wood being chopped & the house getting some new paint

Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

The DANISH HOUSE We had a very productive Working Bee late September and you have probably noticed the outcome. For a long time we have been wanting the chairs and tables, BBQ and wheelbarrow etc out of the area we also have as a toyroom for the children.  Finally it is done and now there is plenty of room for the children to play and enjoy their own little ‘Danish House’ area. The chairs etc are now stored in the Cloakroom in the foyer as well as upstairs in the large lecture room.  To make room in the cloakroom we shifted the fridge that was there with chains on, into the kitchen and the smaller kitchen one went into the pantry where it is still locked away but without chains on.  This fridge is used for storing Club function foods, sild etc. The ashtrays on the outside of the building were also all cleaned thoroughly, hinges on doors oiled . . . all sorts of little jobs that need to be done got done. Graham Wright came and did pruning around the gardens, mowed lawns etc.  The trees between us and the Stadium drive drop so many leaves that it is a constant battle to keep that to a minimum. THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CAME AND HELPED AT THE WORKING BEE! We also now have a new coffee machine as our old one finally gave up.  The new one is very similar to the other one we had and very easy to operate and a full pot of coffee now only takes 7 minutes to make.

AFES student seeking host family in 2007 Anna Fjord Jensen lives in Nykobing, Denmark with her mother and has an older sister who lives away from home. She sees her father quite often. She is shy when first meeting people. She loves animals. She is a smoker but says she is willing to stop. Her interests are cheer-leading, sailing, sports, cinema, jazz and traveling. She would like a family that is very flexible. Anna is in the first Quartile at school and her English is good. She will be 17.10 years on arrival and will be in NZ for one year.

Erik Nissen has now finished the doors covering the stereo area and we now have shelves in there as well. It is certainly much better not seeing wires hanging around under the stereo and also makes the hall look finished. The Club now has white material tabecloths. It took a while to cut them out and sew and iron them but thanks to a group of very capable ladies they are now done.  This now brings the material tablecloths to three sets ie blue, black and now white. We have had to have a new compressor for the bar fridge.  It is now fixed so once again we can have cold drinks!!!!!!  Beer and wine is not nice warm. BOOKINGS Over the past month we have had several functions booked and as it is getting closer to the end of the year we are getting more queries for possibility and availability.  These are mainly from non club members still, but hopefully next year will see more club members booking.  There are still some dates free for this year so please do not hesitate to call me to make a booking.  The rental costs are minimal compared to other venues and our premises are so much nicer!  I look forward to hearing from you ANNA-MARGRETHE Open House fun & making decorations for the Christmas tree

If you are interested in hosting Anna, please contact Anne Hillard email: 

Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

News Worthy Goodbye to “Old Committee” members By the time you read this December Newsletter, there will be a new committee, we know that at least two people who have taken responsibility for the Society are stepping down. Anna-Margrethe Jorgensen has been on the committee for many years looking after many aspects of Danish House in particular, giving very quietly to the Danish Society at the cost of herself. Steve Harris, who has been our secretary since April this year, is stepping down because of business pressures. Thank you both for all your work.


We have a new librarian. Helle Gilderdale has volunteered her services to maintain and organise the library. This is very exciting. Helle will do a wonderful job in maintaining our treasures and archives.

Dancing Classes

These have been a great success. Organised by Annette Jorna and Lise Elowsson, those that attended have tried very hard to get their feet and bodies to dance the quick step, the waltz and rock’n ‘roll, with variations. It has been fun to learn and to be with this very energetic group of members. They will celebrated the end of these with their own “afdansning bal and dinner”. Will we see any difference in the quality dancing at the next party? That is the question.

First Youth Meeting for 2006

Some 12 young people from age 12 onwards, met on a Sunday afternoon to sport their skills on the new Westpac helicopter simulator. It was an exciting adventure to fly over the New Zealand hills, mountains and planes and land safely. Some definitely need more practice to fly safely, but what a great beginning. The hotdogs and cakes proved a good way to begin to make friends with new people. We trust this will be the beginning of many gatherings for the young people.

play outside when they tired of cutting and pasting. The little Christmas tree is almost decorated. In the Library some 70-80 cups of coffee was served. Above all there was a lot of chat. Some people met others for the first time, others were meeting up with old friends. This is what the Danish Society is about. Many thanks to Vibeke Courtney who organised the trading tables and all involved.

New Members

There were 10 applications for membership at the November Committee meeting. Welcome to new members. This is exciting.

Expectations in the Kingdom of Denmark There are rumours that Crown Princess Mary may be pregnant again. During a ceremony of the reburial of Queen Dagmar, in St Petersberg, Russia, last month, Mary felt unwell and had to leave. Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Mary have one son, Prince Christian, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

Where are the Bakers in Denmark?

Bakers are disappearing fast in Denmark. No longer do they live in Nørregade, as the old song tells us. Since the introduction of Supermarkets, bakers have been taking their signs down. Presently, the statistics show that 1 baker closes his shop each week. There are only 950 independent bakers left in Denmark says the Bager og Konditormestre I Danmark. One of the reasons, among others, is that young people do not have aspirations to get up early in the morning as the job demands.


In May this year it was reported that more Danes leave the country for a period abroad, than return - a change from ten years ago.

Trading Table – Open Sunday – first Sunday in November

This was a wonderful day in Danish House with people coming and going. The Trading tables sold for over $1000 and the folk dancers raised over $300. Mean while . . . The children were busy making Christmas decorations in the children’s room and were able to Danish Society News Magazine December 2006

Welcome to New Members

Velkommen til nye medlemmer: Ramon Barr Dan (Thyge) & Christine Madsen Inger Lis Millar Sonya Peters and her children Oliver & Peter Wigan & Denise Rasmussen and their children Thomas, Nicholas and Isabelle Ian & Linda Williams & their children Emias & Alijah Paul Ungemuth

Thank You Letters To the Danish Society and Committee, It was wonderful to receive a beautiful presented floral arrangement on our 25th wedding anniversary from DDF and it really contributed to making our day. Our heartfelt thanks to the Danish Society, its members and committee. Warmest regards, Jack Jansen

Foreningsnyt Hjertelig til lykke til: Congratulations to the 21 members who have birthdays & the 10 couples who have an anniversary in December and the 24 members who have birthdays & the 11 couples who have an anniversary in January especially Lilly Sørensen som fylder 85 år d. 3.12.2006 Torben Sørensen som fylder 60 år d. 14.12.2006 Carolyn Mikkelsen som fylder 65 år d. 15.12.2006 Per Lundquist som fylder 50 år d. 24.12.2006 Nassif & Lynn Saad som d. 6.12.2006 har været gift i 20 år Birgitte and Steve Harris som d. 29.12.2006 har været gift i 5 år Terese and Grant Phillips som d. 10.1.2007 har været gift i 5 år

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.

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir May 2007 Plans are now well underway for the visit of the Københavns Drengekor. This is an extensive exercise with planning going on in Copenhagen and five centres in New Zealand (Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Taupo and Auckland) to arrange and action marketing programmes, accommodation and of course the concerts themselves. Spare a thought for the organisers when each city in New Zealand is so different. No doubt the organisers are thankful that email has been invented. The choir (30 boys, 10 young adult male singers, their conductor, Ebbe Munk, and support team) arrives in Auckland on Friday 4th May in the late afternoon having visited the Rotorua district on their way north from Taupo. The concert will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday 5th of May at 7.30pm. Do make a note of that in your diary now and plan to come. It is planned that another choir will also perform that evening, giving us a wonderful musical experience. Host Families will have opportunities to show the boys around Auckland on the Sunday, as they fly out 

on Monday 7th May at 2pm. We will assist families who need to go to work early with transport for the boys to the airport. Do begin to think about being host to this choir. We require 15 families who will host 2 boys per household. This is a special opportunity for families who have children with Danish language skills to host the boys, however if you do not have children but room at your house, we would like you to consider being host. Can YOU host 2 boys from the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir on May 4, 5,& 6th 2007 ? Some members have already said yes. Please be in touch with Karen as soon as possible. More next time. Karen Andersen Yates

The next magazine deadline is January 15. 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 December 2006


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