Thursday, July 2, 2020

Festival Italiano 2020 is back!

Dear Festival Italiano Friends,

So far 2020 has been a difficult year, and the future is still uncertain. Yet at the Dante we want to be positive, forward looking, and contribute to the post-Covid social and economic recovery. So I am pleased to inform you that on Saturday 27 June the Dante Committee voted in favour of holding Festival Italiano in 2020, and further promoting Italian culture with an Italian Festival Season in Auckland. 

Naturally this will be more challenging than ever before, our funds are limited this year, and we had to change plans several times to be able to reach this outcome. Once again we would like to thank the Waitematā Local Board and Newmarket Business Association for their generous support. 

The proposed date for the Festival day in Newmarket is Sunday 8 November, and we invite all those interested in attending as stall holders, and those who wish to support us by becoming sponsors, to contact us asap.


Con affetto,

The Festival Italiano Team

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Newsletter di luglio

Cari amici, la newsletter di luglio è pronta, potete aprirla o scaricarla da questo link.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Business Amici della Dante: Ristorante Puglia

Amici della Dante


Ristorante Puglia

Puglia, in Latin ‘Apulia’, is a beautiful Southern region of Italy and the place where owner Cosimo comes from.
Inspired by the traditions of his homeland, he brings the passion and simplicity of Italian cuisine.
All dishes at Puglia are made with fresh and high quality ingredients in order to give our customers an authentic and genuine Italian food experience.
The lovely pasta is made from scratch in our kitchen every day: orecchiette, gnocchi, tagliatelle and more.
You will also find a wide range of fine Italian wines that elevates every dish. See more HERE

Dante Auckland members will get a 10% discount, just show your Dante Card (with the 2020 stamp).

Pasta Workshop at Puglia - Learn to make your own pasta! 

Spend the morning with Cosimo learning how to make authentic fresh Italian pasta and in different cuts.

You will learn:
  • How to make your own real fresh pasta following ancient Italian tradition using flour and eggs and learn some tricks for your own kitchen
  • How to use pasta machine to roll your pasta
  • How to make the different cuts of pasta - roll and cut pasta such as tagliatelle, tagliolini and then experiment with other different cuts such as spaghetti, fettuccine, farfalle, maltagliati.
Enjoy a complimentary morning tea on arrival with Italian espresso, tea and homemade cookies and a little refreshment during the class with a glass of Prosecco and homemade focacciaYou will take home all the pasta made during the class and receive a gift pack including recipe of “How to make fresh pasta step by step. Find out more HERE


509 New North Road

Auckland 1021

Ph.: 09 5582631

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Colazione della Dante Auckland

Welcome back to our monthly colazione! Finally we can meet again, so join us this Saturday, 27 June, in the Dante Rooms in Freemans Bay Community Centre, 10am -12pm. A presto!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Due giorni di attività, giochi arte, cucina e tanto divertimento!

Join us for another amazing school holiday program on the 13th and 14th of July from 9.30-1.30pm. Two days of activities, art, cooking, games and lots of fun!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A message from Italian Ambassador in Wellington Fabrizio Marcelli - Italian National Day 2020 - and a beautiful version of the Italian National Anthem

From the YouTube Channel of the Embassy of Italy in New Zealand

For the first time there will be no celebrations of the national day because of social distancing norms and the grief for the high number of victims related to covid-19. In Wellington the annual reception has been cancelled. Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli sends out a message of hope and courage for the future of our country. Non dimentichiamoci del nostro meraviglioso Paese nel giorno della sua festa. United we will succeed. Ambassador Fabrizio Marcelli

On the Italian National Day, the Italian Embassy in Wellington asked the Black Spider Stomp Trio to perform a jazz arrangement of the Italian national Anthem. Black Spider Trio is a Gypsy Jazz ensemble born in the heart of Wellington. The talents of these three virtuoso musicians combine to create a highly polished original repertoire featuring blazingly swift swing, deep sultry ballads, old-world waltzes and foot-stomping shuffles. They played packed shows to the Whanganui Jazz club, Taranaki Jazz club, Auckland's Creative Jazz Club as well as many shows around Wellington including well received gigs at Hashigo Zake, The Lido, San Francisco Bathhouse, Meow, Rogue and Vagabond and most recently a sold out show for the 2018 Wellington Jazz fest at The Third Eye. James Quick and Sam Thurston on twin acoustic guitars. Scott Maynard on double bass. Video by John Lake. Audio by Vanja Vitali.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

10 day challenge, travel photos of Italy - Day 10 NAPOLI

NAPOLI: Mount Vesuvio seen from Castel dell'Ovo, photo by Dante Auckland's member Angela Moon-Jones 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Saturday, May 23, 2020

10 day challenge, travel photos of Italy - Day 6 MANAROLA - CINQUE TERRE

Le Cinque Terre, photo by Dante Auckland's member Steve Haywood, who adds: "The Cinque Terre were fantastic and Manarola was spectacular".

Monday, May 4, 2020

A home away from home for Italians in New Zealand


Dear Dante members and friends,

Please find below a message from the Italian Embassy in Wellington, if you would like to get involved (it could be a chance to practice Italian at home) please follow the instructions below, and if you have any questions please contact
Grazie a tutti! ❤️

🇮🇹🇳🇿A call for solidarity!

In light of the number of Italian citizens stranded throughout New Zealand during the Covid-19 emergency, the Italian Embassy in Wellington decided to launch the 'A Home away from Home' initiative. 🏠
As you know level 3 alert enables people to wide a bit their bubbles. This Embassy thought to seize on the momentum and give some assistance to those who, due to the lack of available flights during the last month, have been enable to go back to their homes in Italy.
👉Are you willing to help and provide others a safe place to stay free of charge for a while?
If the answer is yes:
ℹ️Just fill the Host form you can find at this link
ℹ️Wait for for a potential guest to contact you
ℹ️Please decide if you are willing to accept that potential guest. In case you are, you can sign the host/guest agreement.
Fon any requests you can write to
We can send you more details if you wish to know how the initiative works.
Thank you!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

A virtual museum dedicated to Raffaello

From 30 April you can visit a wonderful virtual museum created by SkyLab Studios and admire the paintings of Raffaello. The tour is in Italian and can be accessed anytime by clicking here: 

Some of the paintings will come live and speak to you about themselves, and also have a kids' friendly version (easier to understand and made to look like a cartoon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Pagina con link utili per l'emergenza COVID-19 in Nuova Zelanda

Il sito Comites Wellington ha pubblicato una pagina  COVID-19 Nuova Zelanda con link utili durante l'emergenza Coronavirus.

Al momento i link disponibili sono i seguenti, ma consultare sempre la pagina direttamente cliccando qui per aggiornamenti. Potrete inoltre trovare comunicati aggiornati regolarmente nella sezione News (sempre sul sito Comites). Ringraziamo il Comites Wellington per essersi attivato a tale proposito e per tutte le informazioni pervenute. 

Copiato con permesso dal sito Comites Wellington

Riportiamo sotto una lista di link e numeri utili per l'emergenza COVID-19 per gli italiani in Nuova Zelanda. Vi consigliamo anche di visitare la nostra pagina News per aggiornamenti.  Per essere sempre al corrente della situazione Covid-19 in Italia consultare questa pagina del Ministero della Salute.
Per i rientri consigliamo l'agenzia Moa Travel, ci sono ancora un paio di voli disponibili ad aprile con Qatar per NZ$2747 (poi nulla fino ad giugno). Se interessati contattare al più presto Kinga a​ con numero di passaporto per prenotare.

• or call: 0800 779997
* Healthline 0800 358 5453
• Government helpline 0800 779 997
• Need to talk? Call or text 1737
• Essential business enquiries essential@mbie.govt.nzor 0800 22 66 57

Link utili:

 Salute ed informazioni:
 Ministry of Health
 Ultime Notizie dal Ministry of Health
 Temporary Accomodation Service NZ 
 Prevenzione e trattamento (Ministero della Salute - Italia)
 Cittadini italiani in rientro dall'estero

 Viaggiare sicuri (Ministero degli Esteri)
 Viaggi interni in Nuova Zelanda
 Informazioni sul visto, scadenze e viaggi
 New Zealand Immigration
 Estensione Visti temporanei 
 Ministero degli Affari Esteri - Italia
 Prenotare rientri (Moa Travel, Auckland) 

 Ambasciata e servizi consolari
 Formulario per connazionali con VISTI TEMPORANEI che non riescono a rimpatriare in Italia
 Altre ambasciate (lista)

 Altri Servizi:
 NZ Work and Income Emergencies Coronavirus. (sussidi, alloggio e altri servizi)
 National Emergency Management Agency (Civil Defence) (assistenza urgente in caso di mancanza di   cibo e beni essenziali)
 Youthline  (supporto telefonico per i giovani)
 Neighbourly. (gruppi di vicinato, presenti in molte zone residenziali) 
 Mental Health Foundation  (supporto psicologico)
 Air NZ Covid-19 Information Hub  (tutte le ultime disposizioni e informazioni riguardo i voli interni e voli   con Air NZ)
 DOC Covid-19 Response  (utile per chi viaggia/vive in camper, barca, campeggio)
 NZ Police  (polizia)
 Medici e terapisti italiani Altri servizi utili listati dal ComItEs Wellington


 FB Page italiani bloccati in Nuova Zelanda
 FB Page Gruppo Emergenza Coronavirus - Italiani in Nuova Zelanda
 FB Page Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dante Auckland COVID-19 UPDATE: Cancellations of Italian Classes

Bambini: la scuola Dante è chiusa, per compito state a casa e disegnate tanti arcobaleni, come quello che avete fatto alla Dante con gli insegnanti. Un abbraccio virtuale a tutti! 😊
Children: the Dante school is closed, for homework stay at home and draw many rainbows, like the one you did at the Dante with the teachers. A virtual hug to all! 😊

Dear Students and friends

Due to Council restrictions on the use of public facilities, and the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Auckland and New Zealand, from this week until further notice there will be no more classes in Freemans Bay Community Centre. Online lessons will be available for adult classes only from next week.

All children’s classes, colazione and other events are also cancelled until further notice. 

Adult classes: your teachers will contact each class as a group to organise online lessons, in line with the other Dante Schools around the world.

Please keep safe and await your instructions from your teacher or Dante staff member. 

We are taking these measures in line with government recommendations, and will work with you to keep the activities and spirit of the Dante going through these challenging times. 

Un abbraccio virtuale a tutti,

The Dante Team

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Dante Auckland School

Cari Studenti
Due to the progression of Coronavirus in New Zealand, the Dante School is taking further steps to minimise exposure to COVID-19 within our school environment. Therefore, we are asking all of you to follow these simple measures to ensure that we stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. These measures are necessary to minimise the risk of coronavirus in the school and your co-operation is highly appreciated. We want to ensure that classes continue as long as it is possible for us to do so. 

  • please do not attend class if you
    • feel unwell, especially if you have a cough or a temperature 
    • have been in been in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus
    • have returned to New Zealand from another country within the last 14 days
  • please advise us straight away if
    • you develop any cold or flu-like symptoms following class
  • during class
    • before class wash your hands using soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds
    • sit at least 1m or more away from other students, we've rearranged our table and seating layout to enable this
    • do not share pens/pencils or other objects during class
    • use hand sanitizers as often as required
    • we also encourage you to bring your own coffee cups/water bottles
We will keep assessing the situation daily/weekly and follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. We will keep you informed if further developments occur.

Let us cooperate and keep each other safe and healthy.

The Dante Team

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus, message from the Dante Auckland

Dear Dante Members and Students,

As you know the Coronavirus (COVID-19 novel coronavirus) has badly affected much of the world, and has hit Italy hard. 

While it’s early days for New Zealand, the Dante is taking steps to minimise the potential spread of the virus here.

We’re closely following the advice put out by the Ministry of Health, which you can find, alway updated, here.  This is the first place that you should check, especially if you plan to travel or arrive from overseas, or if you are not feeling well (the National Telehealth freephone service is also available 24/7 on 0800 358 5453).

None of our teachers and other staff have been to Italy or overseas recently, nor any of our students, as far as we are aware. We are also avoiding any contact with recent arrivals, who have been told to self-isolate. 

If you are not feeling well or are unsure about those with whom you may have been in contact , please don’t visit the Dante rooms or attend classes, events and other activities that are held at our location (Freemans Bay Community Centre) or elsewhere (for example at the University of Auckland).

Thank you for your cooperation,

Kind Regards,

The Dante Team

Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland
Freemans Bay Community Centre
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
PO Box 91637 Victoria St West, Auckland 1142
Tel: 09 376 3853,

You can also find us here

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Dante Auckland AGM 2020, President's Report

Dante Auckland Committee, from left: Stefania Perrotta, Sir John Kirwan, Matteo Telara, Flavia Berucci, Fiorella Tomasi Lady Kirwan, Cav. Sandra Fresia, Cav. Alessandra Zecchini, Jackie Shearman, Valeria Santillo. Missing: Luca Manghi and Kelly McKinnon)

Cari amici e soci Dante Auckland,

Welcome to our 2020 AGM. It is a joy to see you all here today.

As always, I would like to start my President's report by acknowledging my colleagues from the Dante committee, who are truly dedicated to our Society and run it with passion and love. Secondly, I would like to thank all our members who support us every year, attend our events (and often volunteer with enthusiasm and great energy), and generally help us spread Italian culture and lifestyle in New Zealand. Thank you also to all our language students for having chosen our school to learn Italian.

2019 was another busy year for the Dante, rich with events like the wonderful musical Aggiungi un Posto a Tavola, directed by Matteo Telara and Luca Manghi, which featured professional singers as well as our own Dante students. The Dante in Rome generously contributed toward the cost of this production. 

We also had another successful Italian Festival Season full of events and celebrations of everything Italian, which ended with a truly epic Festival Italiano, the biggest and best to date. Thank you again to our three major sponsors who made the Festival possible: the Waitematā Local Board, Peroni, and Newmarket Business Association, and supporting sponsors Ghella, the Italian Tourist Board of Australia and New Zealand, Aperol NZ, and the Italian Embassy. To be acknowledged also are the dozens of other sponsors, big and small, old and new, and the many volunteers and staff who worked with Festival Director Alessandra Zecchini. 

We finished the year with our yearly Mercatino di Natale, which is now a well-established event, and started 2020 with another successful Intensive language course, led by Sandra Fresia. 

Other events during the year included book presentations, our monthly colazione, free concerts, lectures and movie screenings run in collaboration with other organisations, including the Italian Embassy and the University of Auckland. All of these activities are advertised, and reviewed afterward, in our monthly newsletter, curated by Stefania Perrotta, and through our social media accounts, which are steadily growing in followers and popularity.
Due to work and travel commitments last year I couldn't participate in many of these events, so I would like to thank my Vice President, Flavia Berucci, for stepping in to fill my shoes when needed. I hear that she has now become very good at public speeches!

To sum it up 2019 has been a good year for activities and, as our treasurer Valeria Santillo will confirm shortly in the Treasurer’s Report, also financially: we had an increase in our membership numbers and we were able to offer more language classes.

With this thought the committee has decided not to increase the membership fees for yet another year, so that everyone can easily afford to belong to the Dante Society and enjoy a taste of Italy here in New Zealand. 

I would like to conclude my report with a thought for those who are suffering because of the Coronavirus. Although at present we are safe in New Zealand with only one case reported so far, many of us are worried about family and friends, may not be able to travel as planned, and may also be starting to feel the ripples of the economic effects from the lockdowns in Italy. We hope for the outbreak, back at home and elsewhere in the world, to be contained as soon as possible, and for those who are sick to get better soon.  

Sir John Kirwan
KNZM MBE           
Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland