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NEWS MAGAZINE ISSN 0113-4965 ● December 2009/January 2010

Christmas Open House


Children’s Xmas Party Sunday, 13th December, 2pm

Sunday, December 6th 2pm in the Library

Coffee & cake $2.50


Dansk Jule Gudstjeneste

Danish Language Christmas Service I salen - In the hall

Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen Dansk præst, Danske Kirke NZ

The sermon and order of service sheet is also written in English

Alle er velkommen - All welcome

Danish Church New Zealand website, Followed by a warming glass of gløgg & æbleskiver

PLEASE have your registrations in before 7th December (see last month’s insert) to give the organizers enough time to organise the presents, etc.

Christmas Singalong Friday 18th December 7.30pm

Come & join in your favourite Christmas songs around the Christmas tree. Coffee to follow. Bring a small plate of Christmas goodies for supper.

Celebrate 10 years Advance Notice for 2010 of the Danish House in Penrose

Dinner & Dance

7pm, Saturday 27th February

Birthday celebration

2.30pm, Sunday 28th February (see page 3 & insert)

First Open House - February 7th


Sunday 21st February 2pm

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


Member: Senior rate: (65 & over) Youth rate: (18 to 25) Children under 18 Family discount: Less

580 3103 09 422 6194

PRESIDENT Inger Mortensen 443 5105 Email: VICE-PRESIDENT Marion Stewart 480 8282 Email: TREASURER Roger Knights 021 858 248 Email: SECRETARY Rolf Siggaard 528 2469 Email: COMMITTEE MEMBERS Kim Basse 473 6455 Keld Burlon 528 1108 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Dawn Nissen 625 7396 EDITOR “NEWS MAGAZINE” Pam Logan 480 9883 9 Puawai Place, Northcote, Auckland E-mail: PRODUCTION John Stewart 480 8282 MAILOUT Helle Scott 521 2844 CHANGE OF ADDRESS Kurt Marquart 476 0244 E-mail:

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 DANISH CHURCH NEW ZEALAND INC. Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen Ph 03 464 0218


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 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: 2

SUBSCRIPTIONS (2010 Financial Year – 1st Oct 2009 to 30th Sept 2010) $60 per member $50 per member $50 per member Free $10 per couple



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


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

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



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 December Sun 6 Open House Sun 6 Dansk Julegudstjeneste Sat 12 Valhalla Working Bee Sun 13 Children’s Xmas Party Fri 18 Christmas Singalong January 2010 No Open House Sat 23 Penrose Working Bee February Wed 3 Card Players start up Sun 7 Open House

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

Sat 13 Fri 19 Sun 21 Sat-Sun 27-28 March Sun 7 Sun 7 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sat 20 April Sat 10

Valhalla Working Bee Film Evening Fastelavn 10th Anniversary Open House 2pm Danish Service 4pm Film Evening Valhalla Working Bee Party Påskefrokost

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 Danish lessons Danish Mothers’ group 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 Connie Kristensen 0274 757 565 Christina Bengtson 021 161 3159 Finn Nielsen 625 5533 Helle Gilderdale 478 7016 Karen Yates 524 6016 Vibeke Courtney 576 3150 Lorraine Nielsen 625 5533 Carsten Dansted 524 2047 Kurt Marquart 476 0244 email: Pam Logan 480 9883 Lena Burlon 528 1108 email: Finn Nielsen, 625 5533 Keld Burlon 528 1108 email: Marion Stewart 480 8282 Erik Nissen 625 7396

Danish Society News Magazine ● December 2009/January 2010

Celebrating 10 years of Danish House in Penrose, Auckland Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2010

It is hard to believe that it is nearly ten years since Danish House was opened with great ceremony. Presently a small history is being written about this project by those directly involved, recording this interesting period of the Danish Society in Auckland. This is really something for all Danes to celebrate – young and old.

Jubilee Dinner and Dance in Danish House Saturday 27th February, 7pm

Complimentary “Champagne” on arrival, Three Course Dinner Dance till Midnight with Live music by Martin Driessen Speeches and Entertainment Cost: $60 Members of the Danish Society, Non Members $70 – when booking before Christmas! Dress: Black tie or lounge suit.

Sunday Afternoon 10 year Birthday Celebration

Sunday 28th February, 2.30pm – for all ages Presentation of the History of Building the Danish House, Kaffee Bord, Danish Afternoon Coffee, Singing and Entertainment Special Programme for the children during coffee Cost : Adults $7.00 Children under 12 free. Please book to let us know that you are coming – see insert in the magazine.

Volunteers and helpers required to run this event for the Society

Please contact Karen Andersen Yates – 524 6016 to let her know you are available to help December 2009/January 2010 ● Danish Society News Magazine


Film Evening 2010 Friday the 19th of February (7.30pm)

will be the first film evening of the year. We will be showing a movie that is still to be bought directly from Denmark, watch this space for further information. The society has been supporting this event, so we can ensure to show some new and great movies, to keep us well updated with the Danish movies, so do come along for these very “ hyggelige” evenings. Randi Beck Edwards

Danish Courses on the Web The Danish Ministry of Immigration has added some Danish courses to their web portal. They can be found at danish/online_danish.htm Rita Jaegersborg Royal Danish Consulate General, Auckland

Companies cut Christmas Presents Friday, 13 November 2009 14:33 KR News Employees can expect a wine and cheese-less Christmas after companies halt traditional presents Two of Denmark’s largest companies are already preparing to celebrate with less Christmas cheer than usual, doing away with company presents for employees. Arla Foods expects to save between 3 and 4 million kroner by not handing out the traditional gift packs of wine, chocolates and cheese to its 10,000 or so employees. Theis Brøgger, head of communications at Arla, said the Christmas gift ban is part of a billion kroner saving plan designed to secure higher milk prices for dairy farmers.

From the Card Club Since I didn’t write a report for the AGM and this is my last year as Convenor for the card club, I am taking this opportunity to say thank you to everybody for your help, support and friendship over the years. I would also like to pay tribute to the three members who have passed away over the year, Kjeld Fåborg, Harry Petersen and Knud Kristensen, we miss them all. Oluf Basse is taking over, looking after the card club, with the help of a few ladies. I have enjoyed the years as Convenor and I wish the new Convenor all the best. Preben and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010. Kind regards Preben and Lise Jensen

New Biometric Passports 14.11.09 From the Danish Consulate:

Re: New Biometric Passports Many of our Danish passport holders have enquired about the introduction of new Biometric Passports. We can now throw some light on this: The implementation of the new system has been delayed until 2011. Until then Danish passports will still be issued or renewed through the three Danish Consulates in New Zealand. These passports will be valid for the full term (ten years for adults, five years for children over five years of age and two years for children under two years of age).

And at Scandinavian Airlines, 4500 Danish employees will also be losing out on a Christmas treat, following yet another troubled year at the airline.

After the implementation of the new system the Danish Consulates in New Zealand will only be able to issue emergency passports.

In previous years employees had been offered a choice of wine or attending a paid-for Christmas party as a company present. But a SAS spokesman said in light of the current financial situation, the airline would be offering neither this year.

Passports can also be issued or renewed in Denmark.

Sent in by Kurt Marquart 4

For further information about the issue or renewal of your Danish passport please contact the consulate at 09 537 3099. Best regards Rita Jaegersborg, Vice Consul Danish Society News Magazine ● December 2009/January 2010

From our new President - Inger Mortensen Tusind tak for den støtte og tillid I har vist mig ved at vælge mig til præsident. Thank you very much for the support and confidence you have shown me by electing me to president. As was touched on at the AGM on Sunday, we have a healthy active society with a variety of activities for you to participate and involve yourselves in. I look forward to working with you all towards the continued health and growth of the society. As I also mentioned, one of my great passions is to get more families and young people as members and actively involved in the club so please come forward with all your creative ideas to help make this happen. The thing about being on the committee or being president is that you can really only do as much as the members are willing to back up and help with. As we go into the busy and wonderful Christmas season, there are a number of events on at the Society for you to participate in and help you get in the right Christmas spirit. We have Open House on Sunday the 6th of December at 2pm followed by a Christmas

church service at 4pm which will be held by Pastor Anja G Mathiassen. We also have the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday the 13th at 2.30pm with great entertainment and hopefully a visit from “Julemanden”. Friday the 18th we finish off with beautiful Christmas carols at 7.30pm. All events are at the Danish House. Have a great December – remember to take time out to enjoy your family and friends – Christmas will come, even if we don’t get everything done beforehand. Like I just read the other day: “God couldn’t get everything done in one day, so what makes me think I can?” Rigtig glædelig jul allesammen, og de bedste ønsker for et fantastisk nytaar. Merry Christmas everybody, and the best wishes for a fantastic New Year. Med kærlig hilsen Inger Mortensen

Queen could Abdicate next year Tuesday, 20 October 2009 10:15 RC Culture

role to her son Crown Prince Frederik and follow her husband to his beloved home Chateau de Cayx. Lindskog cites ‘sources close to the royal family who know both Prince Henrik and Queen Margrethe’, according to B.T. newspaper. He writes that Prince Henrik has been plagued by numerous health issues over the past couple years and has made no secret of his desire to retire to his homeland.

According to a new book, Queen Margrethe II will be the first Danish monarch to abdicate the throne. Queen Margrethe II plans to accede to her husband Prince Henrik’s wishes by abdicating the Danish throne and moving with him to France next year, according to a new book. In his book ’Royale Rejser – bag kulisserne med de kongelige’ (’Royal Travels – Behind the Scenes with the Monarchy’), journalist and royal expert John Lindskog writes that the Queen will soon hand over her regal December 2009/January 2010 ● Danish Society News Magazine

‘A number of events appear to have pushed forward something the Queen has always been against but that certain circumstances seem to suggest she will nonetheless do – be the first Danish monarch to abdicate the throne,’ the book reads. Queen Margrethe II, according to Lindskog, will officially abdicate on 16 April, her 70th birthday. A spokesperson from the Royal Court denied the book’s claims, saying neither the Queen nor Prince Henrik has any intention of moving from Denmark. Sent in by Kurt Marquart 5

Valhalla News - November 09 What a wonderful turnout at the last working bee, Erik and Dawn reported to me that they were able to complete 21 jobs that needed doing. A great effort by everyone, thank you. There are many members who consistently help at Valhalla but there is one in particular who deserves a special mention. For as long as I’ve been involved in the club Vibeke Courtenay has month after month, year after year attended all but a few of the working bees, providing nourishment to all the workers who turn up to help. Her contribution over the working bee weekend is a vital role and we don’t know what we would do without her lovely food every month. Thank you Vibeke, for doing such a great job. The next three months are very busy at Valhalla with the house being fully utilised by our members. The Valhalla Sub-committee is due to meet again to

Lost and Found at Valhalla

2 good pairs of men’s sports shoes have been left at Valhalla. Ring Dawn if they’re yours. Phone 625 7396

Business Mayor?

begin planning and implementing projects for 2010. Top of the list will be to continue upgrading the Water Reticulation; begin the process of updating our Septic Tanks to meet the new regulations about to come into force and continue with the Planting, in particular the coastal planting with the help of the $15,000 ARC grant; Drainage around the house and re-build and enhance the Courtyard including the Foyer. In and around these projects the general maintenance of the property must also be continued. I am currently setting budgets and time-lining these projects for our first meeting to be held after the AGM. I will keep you informed of these projects and their progress through this newsletter. Marion Stewart Booking Officer

A Valhalla Holiday Some of the mothers who enjoyed a beautiful weekend at Valhalla, celebrating the Danish Mothers’ Group’s ten year anniversary with lovely lunches and a great Saturday night at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe. Sent in by Inger Mortensen

Thursday, 12 November 2009 09:20 RC

Political party wants to see introduction of new deputy mayor position for City of Copenhagen The Social Liberals believe what Copenhagen needs is a business mayor to increase focus on the city’s commerce and better support entrepreneurs, according to business website The new post would help the city to be more flexible and effective for the business sector. In addition, it would allow companies hit hard by the financial crisis to be more independent by ensuring better budget planning and debt counselling, said Manu Sareen, the party’s group chairman. Sareen said the mayor would be responsible for ensuring that bill payment deadlines were met and better use of electronic bookkeeping. Sent in by Kurt Marquart 6

Penrose Working Bee Come along on Saturday, 23rd January at 8am for a Working Bee to give a good, sparkling ‘spring’ clean to the Danish House, to get it ready for the 10th anniversary. BBQ lunch provided. Danish Society News Magazine ● December 2009/January 2010

We need your help!

at the next Valhalla Working Bees 12th-13th December 13th-14th February 10

We are seeking your support to carry out a whole range of jobs. Our main focus will be to complete the outside jobs such as the steps, children’s playground, cleaning and weeding, etc. There is always house-cleaning to do as well. Any help is welcome. Lunch is supplied by the society, therefore we need to know by Wednesday 10th December.

If you are able to help in any way, please contact Dawn or Erik Nissen on 625 7396

Valhalla Working Bee Report - November A great turnout for our spring clean before the Christmas holidays. It was a pleasure to have Inger and Robert, Helle and Todd and all their children working with us again. We completed around 20 various projects inside and outside the property with help also from Graham, Pam, Richard, (with their student visitor Chinami), Antony, John, Tove, Neil, Lise and Bjarne. Dawn helped Vibeke

and Neville in the kitchen providing all the meals and coffee for the large group of hungry workers throughout the weekend. Erik was able to mount some more name plaques on the steps. It was a very busy and productive but enjoyable weekend. Thank you to all for your hard work. Erik

AGM Results

At the AGM on Sunday 22nd November, several new members were elected to the committee. Our new president is Inger Mortensen. To replace her as secretary for one year we welcome back Rolf Siggaard. Marion Stewart, Kurt Marquart and Finn Nielsen were elected to the committee. Antony Barrett and Michael Dall-Hjorring were elected as suppleants (in case a committee member has to resign). Bjarne Elowsson and Richard Logan were appointed financial scrutineers. Both remits passed. December 2009/January 2010 ● Danish Society News Magazine


In Memoriam

A long time member, Knud Cramer Kristensen, died on 4 November 2009. He had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with many friends at the Danish House. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Aere vaere hans minde.

Thank You Letters To the Danish Society, I was delighted to receive a wonderful flower arrangement consisting of anthuriums of a brilliant red colour. I have so often read letters of appreciation from members with significant birthdays. Having just experienced being a recipient of flowers myself, I now along with so many other members, appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Society in maintaining such a personal membership feature. Med venlig hilsen, Jack Yates Til den Danske Forening Jeg er den danske forening taknemlig for den skønne buket modtaget efter mine 3 ophold på hospitalet. Buketten vil blive nydt i mange uger fremover. Venlig hilsen, Ruth Kirk Til den Danske Forening Mange tak for den fine blomster decoration vi modtog på vores guldbryllyupsdag. Venlig hilsen, Helle og Paul Hansen Til den Danske Forening Mange tak for de skønne blomster jeg modtog til min 80 års fødselsdag. Venlig hilsen, Inga Petersen To the members & committee of the Danish Society Tusind tak for the card which I received in time for my 75th birthday. It was much appreciated. Venlig hilsen, Terry Trenkner

The next magazine deadline is Jan 18

All contributions welcome – in English or Danish (with a short summary in 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) 8

Foreningsnyt Congratulations to all the members who have birthdays and the couples who have an anniversary in December & January. Nicole Joyce som fylder 30 år d. 17.12.2009 Paul Fearon som fylder 55 år d. 28.12.2009 Elaine Pedersen som fylder 85 år d. 23.1.2010 Todd & Helle Scott som d. 20.1.2010 har været gift i 20 år

The Mark of Denmark In this and following issues of the Society`s News Magazine there will be a short article about Danes and Denmark. It will cover many different topics, but all under the heading... The Mark of Denmark Armistice Day, the 11th November marks the end of the First World War, and is officially remembered in many countries throughout the world, including Denmark today, but in a small way. Even though Denmark was not directly  involved in the Great War, many Danes took part in it for different reasons. The Danish settlers from the small Mauriceville West Camp in the Wairarapa joined the New Zealand Army for the duration of the 1914 to 1918 war. Of the 44 males at this settlement, 42 enlisted, 6 fell in battle and 4 were decorated for valour. In the view of these settlers, here was the old enemy at it again. The veterans of the Schleswig-Holstein war of 1864 remembered well the strength and ruthlessness the enemy had showed during that costly conflict, and understood what the consequences could be if the new enemy was not defeated. The Danes accepted the situation as did many other New Zealand males. The Danes had grown up on good food and hard work and were physically well fitted for the ordeal of war. Gradually they left for training camps until nearly all were gone. The only two who were not accepted for service had suffered from physical incapacities from birth. This is a record unsurpassed in New Zealand military history. Sent in by Carlo Mikkelsen


Thank you to Rita Jaegersborg, Lise Jensen, Kurt Marquart, Carlo Mikkelsen, Inger Mortensen, Erik Nissen, Randi Edwards & Marion Stewart for articles sent in and also to Neville Courtney, Inger Mortensen, & Pam Logan for photos in this month’s magazine. Danish Society News Magazine ● December 2009/January 2010

Booking form for the 10 years Celebration

Jubilee Dinner and Dance in the Danish House

On Saturday 27th February 2010 at 7pm Come and enjoy:

Complimentary “Champagne” on arrival – mix and mingle Three Course Dinner, served at the tables – drinks to be purchased from the bar Speeches and Entertainment Dance till Midnight with Live music by Martin Driessen Dress: Black tie or lounge suit. We have been able to keep the price for this grand ball at the same level as ten years ago: For Members of the Danish Society $60, Non Members $70 – when booking before Christmas!

✁ Fill in below and post to Danish Society, PO Box 12 279, Penrose 1642. State ”Celebrations” Yes, I/We want to book for the Saturday Jubilee Dinner and Dance at the Danish House Name(s) of participant(s): .................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Address ....................................................................................................................................................................................... Email Address ......................................................................................................................................................................... Members

No. attending the Dinner & Dance

...........@ $ 60 pp = $..................

Non members

No. attending the Dinner & Dance

...........@ $ 70 pp =



No. Attending_Sunday afternoon

...........@ $ 7 pp =


Children u. 12

No. Attending_Sunday afternoon



TOTAL to be paid


Please enclose your cheque made out to “Danish Society Inc” and a self addressed pre-paid envelope for the tickets OR Pay on-line by crediting the account of the Danish Society # 12 3036 0671539 000, first reference please write “Soc 2702” and second reference write your name. Paying on line still requires you to post the above form and a self-addressed and stamped envelope. Booking only accepted once payment has been received. First come first served!


Sunday 21st February 2pm 2pm in the Library Friday 18th December 7.30pm Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen Sunday, 13th December, 2pm Danish Lang...


Sunday 21st February 2pm 2pm in the Library Friday 18th December 7.30pm Pastor Anja Grønne Mathiassen Sunday, 13th December, 2pm Danish Lang...