Thursday, March 9, 2017

L'autore del mese: Niccolò Machiavelli

L’autore del mese: Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

The Florentine Niccolò Machiavelli is best know for a short treatise on applied political science, Il Principe (The Prince, ca. 1515), an analysis of the technique to be used by monarchical ruler to gain and keep control of a state. In addition to The Prince, Machiavelli wrote a series of Discorsi sulla prima deca di Tito Livio (Reflections on the First Ten Books of Livy), containing analogous reflections on the relation of the state to its citizens under a republican government; the Istorie fiorentine (History of Florence) and a semi-fictionalized biography of a four-teenth-century Lucchese tyrant, Castruccio Castracane. His fictional production was much smaller, and consists principally of two plays, La Mandragola (The Mandrake) and Clizia, plus the short story of Belfagor the Arch-Devil, also reproduced in the volume Italian Stories, A Dual-Language Book available at the Dante’s Library (please ask Matteo if you’re not sure where to find it).

In The Prince, Machiavelli analyzed the procedures to be followed by a ruler, solely from the point of view of their effectiveness, and without regard to the traditional ethics. From this apparent neglect of morality, many readers of Machiavelli have concluded that he was favorable to dishonesty and deceit; especially in Elizabethan times, he was regarded as a base scoundrel who counseled the vilest treachery and the blackest wickedness. In actually, Machiavelli’s analysis of statecraft, both under a monarch in The Prince and under a republic in the Discourses on Livy, was based on dispassionate, scientific analysis of the facts as they exist, not as they are supposed to be according to the prescriptions of moralists. Something of this same objectivity appears in his treatment of a traditional, folkloristic theme in the tale of Belfagor. In narrating Belfagor-Roderick’s marital adventures and ultimate discomfiture, Machiavelli does not take sides, but simply presents events as they happen. Thus, the character of the demon when he assumes the shapes of a man is shown to be inevitably conditioned by the innate drives and passions of the human race.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dante Alighieri Scholarship

Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland is offering a tuition fees scholarship  to one student to support his/her study of Italian at the University of Auckland. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for two courses, Italian 106 and Italian 107, to be taken up in 2017-2018. At this link you can find more information about the courses.

To be eligible, you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and be 25 years old or younger.

To apply, please send an email to by 31 March 2017 with an up-to-date CV, a written statement (that may include details of your proposed future study and career, any relevant work experience, interests and/or community involvement, your achievements, how this scholarship would be important for you) and one written reference.
After all applications have been assessed, suitable candidates will be invited for an interview with Dante Alighieri School Committee.

Thursday, March 2, 2017



Our March newsletter is out now full of news and upcoming events. March will be a great month for us: we have the International Design Day at the University of Auckland on 9 March, the viewing of the film Fuocoammare on 10 March, the Colazione alla Dante with special guest Bruno Ferraro on 25 March and finally the children's day "Incontro con bambini italiani" on 26 March. For more info, read our newsletter. You will also find a great report of our AGM at Segafredo Zanetti last month and the announcement of the Dante Committee for 2017.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dante AGM, the new committee and membership.

We had a wonderful breakfast and AGM at Segafredo Zanetti NZ last Sunday, thank you to our host Mario Archidiacono from Segafredo, and to all who attended. The AGM went smoothly and we are delighted to announce the Dante Committee for 2017:

  • Sir John Kirwan, President
  • Flavia Berucci, Vice President
  • Kelly McKinnon, Secretary
  • Rhonda Graham, Treasurer
  • Cav. Sandra Fresia, School Director
  • Alessandra Zecchini, Italian Festival Director
  • Newsletter Editor: Stefania Perrotta
  • Martina Depentor, Luca Manghi, Jackie Shearman, Fiorella Tomasi Kirwan, Joanna Walsh, Matteo Telara, Kelly McKinnon, Alessandra Di Marco

We are pleased to announce that the Society has decided not to increase the fees of the annual subscription for membership which will remain
(including GST):
Students and Seniors - $15 per person
Single membership - $30 per person
Couples or Family - $40 per couple or family
Supplement for hard copy newsletter - $5 per year

Children up to 18 years of age come under Student or Family membership.

Please click here if you wish to join or renew your 2017 subscription, otherwise email for more info.

Grazie for supporting Società Dante Alighieri Auckland, and remember that with your Dante Card you can get discounts with our Business Friends of Dante in New Zealand, and in many museums, hotels and tourist attractions in Italy (click here to see the main ones) and worldwide.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dante Auckland AGM and Colazione

Dear Dante members,

The committee of the Società Dante Alighieri Auckland is pleased to invite you to the Society’s AGM on Sunday 26 February at Segafredo Zanetti Showroom in Mt Eden.

This year the AGM is paired with our monthly Colazione and we will be serving Segafredo coffee and Italian pastries and biscuits while our host Mario Archidiacono, director of Segafredo Zanetti NZ, will talk about the different types of coffee served in Italy.

Free entry

Sunday 26 February
10am-12pm, with AGM starting at 11 am
Segafredo Zanetti NZ 100 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Parking in Mt Eden Rd or behind Segafredo Showroom in Kohekohe St.

Please find below the Agenda for the AGM

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday,

Ci vediamo domenica!

The Dante Team

Caffè e dolcetti served on arrival

6          MOTIONS 

Floor open to members and guests

Wednesday, February 22, 2017



We have a new member in our group "Amici della Dante": PALAZZO ITALIA

Palazzo Italia is a franchise business model dedicated to both the promotion of Italian style and culture and the sale of Italian products. Based in
5 Kingdon St, Newmarket, Auckland, you can join them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, cooking classes, events and much more.

By presenting your Dante Auckland Card you will be able to enjoy a special 10% discount on: 

Italian breakfast (coffee or cappuccino + sweet
Lunch and Dinner
Pizza + Drink
Products at retail (minimum spending 20$)
Cooking classes

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

For more info, follow the link:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Un'intervista a Giancarlo De Cataldo


Last year, some of you were present at Auckland University, where author De Cataldo discussed his works and the symbiotic relations between crime fiction and its adaptation into films and TV productions. Here below you can find an interview done by Matteo with him. The interview is in Italian.
Buona lettura! 

Magistrato, traduttore, drammaturgo, autore di romanzi di grande successo e di sceneggiature cinematografiche e televisive, Giancarlo De Cataldo è un autore poliedrico vicino, e qui mi riferisco soprattutto alla sua capacità di lavorare con media differenti, più ad esempi americani che nostrani. Raggiunge il successo nel 2002 con Romanzo criminale, ma la sua produzione sterminata (che per esigenze di spazio vi invito a consultare qui) comprende anche moltissimi altri best-seller, l’ultimo, La notte di Roma, scritto a quattro mani con Carlo Bonini ed edito da Einaudi nel 2015. Attento scrutatore del mondo contemporaneo, Giancarlo De Cataldo ha la capacità rara, per chi come lui trae ispirazione dai capitoli più oscuri del nostro presente e del nostro passato, di riuscire a parlarne con lucida competenza ed invidiabile chiarezza.

1) Vorrei partire dall’oggi, e da quello che è successo alle elezioni americane di novembre. In un’intervista del 2009 a proposito del romanzo La forma della paura, che alcuni hanno definito “il primo thriller del mondo post-Bush” (La forma della paura, Giancarlo De Cataldo e Mimmo Rafele, Einaudi, 2009) dichiaravi che “la mitologia della paura ha condizionato fortemente i nostri ultimi anni. Ora però è stato eletto un Presidente americano che parla un linguaggio diverso”. Sono passati sette anni e a Barack Obama è subentrato Donald Trump. L’uscita dalla paura a cui accennavi ha lasciato il posto a scenari forse più angoscianti, perché meno prevedibili. Credi che sia di forme sempre rinnovate di paura che l’umanità senta oggi il bisogno di nutrirsi?

Quella frase andava bene nel 2009, oggi, probabilmente, ha un sapore antico. Naturalmente, né io né Mimmo Rafele potevamo pensare agli sviluppi che il terrorismo avrebbe assunto al tempo dell’Isis. La paura è, effettivamente, un sentimento primordiale, ineludibile, dell’essere umano: ai bambini raccontiamo fiabe terrificanti per insegnare loro l’esistenza dell’elemento numinoso, quella minaccia incombente che tutti finiremo prima o poi per avvertire nel corso dell’esistenza e che affonda radici nella nostra transitorietà. Moriremo tutti, prima o poi, e l’angoscia di morte ci domina. Dobbiamo imparare a conviverci, e usiamo le fiabe per avviare i nostri figli su questo duro sentiero obbligato. Nello stesso tempo, la paura è un formidabile strumento di pressione, potere, governo e ricatto delle coscienze. Chi si ricorda più dell’influenza aviaria, che avrebbe dovuto decimare il genere umano? E chi della mucca pazza? Furono paure reali, concrete, al loro tempo, e incisero sulle nostre abitudini, sul nostro stile di vita, sulla nostra esistenza. Possiamo dunque dire che abbiamo, sì, bisogno della paura, ma che dobbiamo anche imparare a

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Dear members and friends,
Happy New Year! Here is our first newsletter for 2017.
We have a SCHOOL OPEN DAY on 1 February, for whoever wants to come and meet us and know more about the school and its courses.
Also, our Colazione alla Dante will on 26 February at the Segafredo Zanetti bar in Mount Eden, where we will also hold our Annual Meeting.
Read more about our news and upcoming events.
Buona lettura!

Newsletter February 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Learn Italian in Auckland! Open Day 2 February 2017

Come and choose the right Italian class for you on Wednesday 1 February for our Open Day. You can also find the Term 1 schedule here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

La Befana is coming to Auckland!

Bring the children to meet la Befana!

Please bring a small gift for your child, clearly marked with their name, so that la Befana can hand out the gifts to the children.
Bring your Picnic too!

Sunday 8 January at 11 AM
Band Rotunda Auckland Domain
Auckland, New Zealand 1010

Cancelled if it rains.