Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Un giorno con Pier Paolo Pasolini - a talk with Bruno Ferraro e Matteo Telara, followed by movie.

Tuesday 4 October at the Dante School, FreemansBay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Talk 10am-12pm - Lunch break and then, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, movie screening. All welcome!!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Dante School News


The school open day of Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland will be on Thursday 13th October 5pm to 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, a great opportunity to meet and chat with our teachers. 

 The new term for the adult classes will start on Monday the 17th of October. You can find all the info here. If you are unsure of your level of Italian, you can join us on the open day so the teachers can assist you in choosing the right class. If you are unable to come, then please do not hesitate to send us an email and we can provide you with the information you need: info@dante.org.nz 

We have also attached the enrolment form for the Tuesday children class starting on the 18th of October and the Playgroup which will start on Thursday the 20th of October. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

New book release in October

Tales from the wood’s edge - a memoir

by Wilma Giordano Laryn

In a reversal of the usual ‘Tuscan Dream’, a small Italian family of parents, daughter and dog, move to New Zealand in search of adventure. Here are their stories, as well as memories of life in Italy and Japan, of holidays in Kenya, Turkey and other.This is also a woman’s personal story of emigrating to a new country and integrating with the local way of life, something many will identify with. They will recognize their own efforts to meet new challenges while maintaining their core personalities as defined by their country of origin and their personal and collective memories.Inquisitive readers will find the book’s themes stimulating and the style engaging. They will immerse themselves in a tapestry of people, animals, places, landscapes, colours, buildings, music, wine, food.

“… unless we make things personal, they may not really matter in the end and fade away.
These tales are as personal as storytelling can be, yet they have something to say for
everybody – beautifully and painfully true to life as they are to the author’s life.”

Marco Sonzogni
Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington




About the author

Wilma spent the first half of her life in Italy, then moved to New Zealand in 1996. In Christchurch Wilma has worked with the Dante Society as a committee member for 22 years and was president for 6. She has started the Christchurch Dante Language School and the Festival Ciao Italia. She has run a radio programme, Cartolina, and a TV cooking series; she has coached the opera chorus and taught Italian for Musicians at the Canterbury University. 
She has been a member of the ComItEs in 2015, besides working as Marketing Manager for the family wine business. Wilma received from the Italian Government a civil knighthood, the “Star of the Italian Solidarity”, for her activity as a journalist and teacher, and a gold medal from the Dante Alighieri headquarters. After retiring and moving to Auckland in 2018, she finally completed her book of memoirs. No surprise that it counts some 400 pages!


Category: non fiction, life in Italy, life in New Zealand, wine-making 
Pages: 400 - Size: 6" x 9" - softback ISBN: 978-0-473-65322-4 
Kindle edition ISBN 978-0-473-65325-5 
Publication date: October 2022 
Publisher: Wilma Giordano Laryn 
Distributor: Nationwide Book Distributors

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Newsletter di Settembre, e addio Luigi Rocca

La newsletter della Dante Auckland è in rete. Per gli italiani di Auckland: a pagina 4 ricordiamo il carissimo Luigi Rocca, scomparso il 7 agosto a 87 anni. Addio Luigi, che ti sia lieve la terra. 
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Luigi con la moglie Dawn