Jul
26
7:00 pm19:00

500 Years of Protestant Reformation

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B Block, room 104

Eisenach, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Worms and more! 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther writing 95 theses against the sale of indulgences in the Catholic Church and, by popular belief, nailing them to a church door in Wittenberg. But Wittenberg was not the only place where things happened. Heike Papenthin will take us on a virtual tour to places related to Martin Luther’s life and legacy.

Heike, a long-time member of the Auckland Goethe Society, trained and worked as a teacher for English and Religious Education in German secondary schools before coming to New Zealand in 2013. Keenly interested in Reformation matters, she has kindly agreed to put into context what, as a one-off, has given Germany an additional public holiday this year: Reformation Day (on 31 October).

The presentation will be held in English. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Aug
10
6:00 pm18:00

Douglas Robinson on Translation and Translating

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, room 315 (206-315)

Douglas Robinson, Hong Kong Baptist University Chair Professor of English, will be giving a public talk on developments in his area of expertise: translation and translating.

More details soon to follow.

Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Goethe Society Exams: orals

  • UoA Epsom Campus, E Block

The Auckland Goethe Society conducts an annual German competition for secondary school students: the Goethe Society Exams.

The written examination usually takes place in June, and students who were particularly successful during that stage are then invited to participate in the oral examinations.

If you are a Goethe Soc member and would like to help out during the orals, please contact us at:
aucklandgoethesociety@gmail.com
You should be fully fluent in German and feel competent to evaluate students' performance during the orals.

Aug
22
Aug 26

Annual German Play: Ein Schluck zuviel

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 building, Drama Studio

The fabulous German Drama Co. is back for its 55th year with a play in German at the University of Auckland! As always, this is an all-student production.

'Ein Schluck zuviel', an adaptation of Pierre Chesnot's play, serves as an important warning against excessive drinking: our hero Michel wakes up in a strange environment with a terrible headache and must uncover the mystery of what got him there.

Directed by Dacia Benson.

The play is entirely in German, but the programme leaflet will contain a synopsis in English.

5 nights only
22-26 Aug @ 7pm
Drama Studio
UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building

Buy tickets here:

http://www.germandramacompany.com/buy-tickets

There are only 60 seats per night, i.e. best book your tickets online ahead of time.

Aug
30
7:00 pm19:00

Members only event

This evening, we're conducting a members only event. Details are sent out via email about 6 days before the event.

Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Goethe Society Exams: prizegiving

  • UoA City Campus, Business School, Fisher&Paykel Auditorium

Students & Families & Teachers,

Please join us for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony following the Auckland Goethe Society German exams back in June/July and August.

Our distinguished speaker that evening will be:

Dr Nicola Gaston
Associate Professor in Physics, University of Auckland, Faculty of Science
Deputy Director, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
former President, New Zealand Association of Scientists (2013-2015)

Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Jan Kemp: Dante Down Under

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 level 5

U Auckland German studies alumna Jan Kemp is returning to her alma mater for a book launch!

More details soon to follow.

A poet with a lot of travel experience under her belt, Jan originally hails from Hamilton, but has taught literature at universities across the globe for many years.
Find out more about Jan's poetry here.


Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Film Screening: Die innere Sicherheit

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room, Arts 2 room 501

The film Die innere Sicherheit brings our series on political activism to a close.

Hans and Clara live in Portugal with their 15 year old daughter Jeanne. They are about to emigrate to Brazil, when Jeanne starts connecting to her peers more and more. What is normal teenage behaviour becomes a huge problem for Hans and Clara: both were active during the left radical terrorist times in Germany in the late 1970s and have been on the run ever since.

2000
Directed by Christian Petzold
Starring Barbara Auer, Richy Müller, and Julia Hummer
106 minutes

The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Jun
14
5:30 pm17:30

Caféklatsch -- NEW LOCATION

  • Frasers Café

We're having to relocate! Bummer, I know, but Olaf's are now closing at 4pm during the week. Luckily, there's a nice café just across the road. So, that's going to be our new location for now:

Frasers Café
434 Mt Eden Rd

Check out their menu.

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Double feature: Esterhazy & Mauerhase

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block, Te Puna Wananga

Kids friendly! This is a double feature evening with two short films (25 mins & 50 mins).

Film 1
Animation feature Esterhazy puts on screen the children's book by Irene Disch and Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- two names that will ring familiar to those who have attended secondary school in Germany. Let yourself and your kids be charmed by this old school clay animation film, following the story of young rabbit Esterhazy who lives by the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Wall comes down -- and then what ...?

2009
Directed by Izabela Plucinska
25 minutes

Film 2
The documentary Mauerhase (Rabbit à la Berlin) provides a fresh look at the Berlin Wall -- from the view point of the wild rabbits that lived where no humans were allowed to set foot for many decades.

2009
Directed by Bartek Konopka
50 minutes

Both films will be shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

German Quiz Night

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2 Bldg, room 501)

We cordially invite you to a new edition of our German Quiz. Join us for a fun trivia evening and show us how much you know about the German speaking world.

How does it work?

Structured like a pub quiz, questions will come from such diverse fields as history, geography, society, popular culture, literature, music and sports and will be presented through a variety of media.

Who can enter?

Anyone with an interest in things German/Swiss/Austrian and some knowledge of the language can participate in the quiz. However, for reasons of fairness, German teachers and native speakers will play in a separate category.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, participation is free and there will be some fun prizes as well as light refreshments after the event.

Light refreshments will be served

Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

Film screening: Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage

  • UoA City Campus, Pat Hanan Room (Arts 2, room 501)
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Sophie Scholl -- Die letzten Tage (The Final Days) is a feature film about the final days in Sophie Scholl's life. A student of Philosophy at Munich University since 1942, she is, along with her brother Hans, a member of the non-violent group Weiße Rose (White Rose) to resist the Nazi regime.

Sophie and the rest of the group Weiße Rose get arrested for distributing leaflets at the university in February 1943, and are sentenced to death and executed just a few days later.

The film is based on transcripts from the interrogation Sophie and the group were subjected to after their capture.

2005
Directed by Marc Rothemund
Starring Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs
116 minutes

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Drinks and nibbles as usual.

Screened in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

First Stammtisch of the Year

  • Brew on Quay

Join us for our first Stammtisch of the year!

Where?
Brew on Quay, 102 Quay St, Akl CBD.

When?
Last Tuesday of the month, from 6pm.

What?
Chatting in German (no fluency needed!) over a beer or other drink.

All welcome!

Recognise us by our Goethe Soc sign on the table. We're usually in one of the ground floor "rooms" in Brew on Quay, which used to be a police station.

Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

Valerie worldwide – A reading on travel experiences in Samoa

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room
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Austrian writer Valerie Kattenfeld is travelling around the world and putting her experiences into words. Currently, she's Down Under exploring the Pacific, and the next leg of her journey takes her to New Zealand.

At our event, she will read and recount her experiences as an Austrian traveller in Samoa, which is the current stop of her journey before coming to New Zealand.

Valerie is an Austrian writer, journalist and theatre director. She is currently on a one year journey around the world and is keeping a travelogue that will be turned into a book. Valerie A sample of her writing can be read here:

http://fm4.orf.at/valeriekattenfeld

The event will be held in both German and English with readings being done in German, but moderation done in English.

As always, there will be drinks and nibbles. Non-members are asked for a gold coin koha.

All welcome!

Mar
22
1:00 pm13:00

Students of German Lunch

  • UoA, City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hanan Room

All students of German at UoA are invited to join us for a free cold lunch with German bread, pretzels, cake and other goodies!

Dec
14
6:00 pm18:00

Wrapping Up the Year in Style

  • UoA Epsom Campus, Block A, room 201

2016 is coming to an end, and it's been a full year for the Auckland Goethe Society again. So, let's wrap it up in style!

preliminary programme
6pm start: delve into the Stollen etc.
6.30pm musical interlude (musicians below)
7pm looking back on 2016
7.30pm another musical interlude
8.30pm event finishes

There will definitely be: Stollen, Plätzchen, something savoury to balance out the sugar overdose, tea, coffee, juice, wine...

If you'd like to contribute food or drinks, please do! :)

Nov
17
7:15 pm19:15

Germany and the Refugee Crisis – Volunteering at a Reception Camp

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B Block, 104

What is it like to be in the middle of the refugee crisis? UoA German's current language intern Malin knows because she's been there. Take this chance to hear from someone who was in the thick of it for months, and learn how the refugee crisis feels like from inside.

Malin Messmer was born and raised in Germany to a German father and an Iranian mother. She spent the first half of 2016 in Germany, volunteering for the Red Cross at a reception camp for refugees. As such, she was part of a team that offered a play group for children that otherwise had no structure in their day-to-day lives.

Working with children and sometimes parents that were driven from their homes and had to fight their way through to Europe, Malin experienced the recent Refugee Crisis from a very different point of view than most of us in NZ could.

Come join us and learn more about Germany and how the other side of the world deals with this humanitarian tragedy.

The talk will be in English and take place immediately after the AGM.

Yes, there will be drinks and nibbles in-between. :)

Nov
2
7:00 pm19:00

The German-Tongan Diaspora

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 315

NEW DATE and ROOM

Hot off the research desk! We have managed to get PhD student Kasia Cook to report about her research. Having spent the past three years interviewing the German-Tongan diaspora, Kasia has agreed to present her main findings to the Auckland Goethe Society.

The work of emigrant German businessmen and traders in Tonga during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries spawned economic growth and industrial progression which is still impactful in the Islands today. Yet perhaps their most important influence on the world has come through their descendants. Today, individuals with German-Tongan heritage living around the world contribute in meaningful ways in their communities, nations, and the wider world. This presentation focusses on the modern German-Tongan diaspora, and the historical events which have led to its international growth and the statements of identity by descendants found therein.

Kasia, who received her previous degrees from Brigham Young University in the US, has recently handed in her PhD thesis here in Auckland on the German-Tongan diaspora, written under the supervision of James Bade, now Professor emeritus of German at UoA.

The talk will be held in English. Drinks and nibbles will be supplied.

Oct
15
4:00 pm16:00

Teacher meeting: AGS exams

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 302

The AGS exams have been around for a loooooooong time, as you all know, and we'd like to make them fit für die Zukunft.

If you're a teacher of German in the Auckland region, then please come to our meeting.

We'll provide tea, coffee and snacks.

Oct
10
Oct 16

German Film Festival 2016

The Goethe-Institut Neuseeland is putting on another German Film Festival this year.

dates
10-16 Oct in Auckland
Prior to that, the Festival will visit Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and New Plymouth.

venue
Academy Cinema
44 Lorne St, Auckland CBD
directly underneath the central public library; same venue as 2015

programme
Overview online.
PDF for download.

cost
For free again! Koha appreciated.

Oct
3
5:00 pm17:00

Movie Night: "Almanya"

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 315

Tag der deutschen Einheit

And we'll celebrate it with the funny-bitter-sweet-lovely movie "Almanya -- Willkommen in Deutschland"!

Join us to follow the Yilmaz family during one summer in their lives in Germany and Turkey. Having come to Germany as a "Gastarbeiter" in 1964, father Hüseyin takes his family, including kids and grandkids, on yet another holiday to Turkey more than 40 years later. But is Turkey still home?

2010/2011
directed by Yasemin Şamdereli

Shown in German & Turkish with English subtitles.

Screened with the support of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

Goethe Exams Prize Giving

  • UoA City Campus, Fisher&Paykel Auditorium

Students & Families & Teachers,

Please join us for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony following the Auckland Goethe Society German exams back in July and August.

our distinguished speaker:
Monique Surges, CEO of the NZ-Ger Business Association

Sep
20
5:30 pm17:30

Movie Night: "Neukölln Unlimited"

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, room 203

What's it like to be an immigrant teenager in Berlin?

Join us and find out in this documentary, which follows the kids of the Akkouch family around: Lial (19), Hassan (18), and Maradona (14). All three are keen breakdancers and musicians, get into trouble here and there, but mostly just want to have a good life and be successful in one way or another.

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Screened with support from the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Aug
9
Aug 13

German Drama Company

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1 Building, Drama Studio

The German Drama Company is back for 2016 with their production of:

"Der Untermieter"

(basierend auf "Tratsch im Treppenhaus" von Jens Exler)

Join us for one of just 5 sessions between 9 and 13 August in the UoA Drama Studio, Arts 1 Building.

Buy tickets here.

The German Drama Company has been producing annual shows for over half-a-century, but 2016's 'Der Untermieter' is surely one of the funniest and most thought-provoking to date. 

Der Untermieter will be performed in its original German, with a detailed English synopsis provided. Show starts at 7:30pm each night and the running time is approximately two hours. Tickets will also be sold at the door (pending availability), but ONLY CASH will be accepted (no eftpos capability). 

[The usual Maidment Theatre building is closed due to earthquake safety concerns.]

Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Movie Night: "Soul Kitchen"

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block Te Puna Wananga

We're continuing our series on migration, but from a more light-hearted angle now.

Join us for "Soul Kitchen" this evening and watch Hamburg pub owner Zinos defend his business against real estate crooks, overzealous income tax inspectors and various and sundry other dangers.

While a comedy, the film has some serious undertones and is based on real-life experiences of co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos. Directed by Fatih Akın.

Shown in German with English subtitles.

Screened with the support of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

German Quiz Night

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, level 5

It is that time of year again -- GERMAN QUIZ NIGHT! 

Students (secondary and tertiary), teachers of German and other afficionados, you are all cordially invited to join us at the University of Auckland, City campus, for some quiz fun with prizes.

Any questions or to RSVP please contact either
Dr. Nicole Perry  nicole.perry@auckland.ac.nz
or Rebecca Reilly  rrei561@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Please RSVP by 26 July.
But even if you can only make it on the spur of the moment, please feel free to come along.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie / Euch! We are very much looking forward to seeing / meeting you at the Quiz Night! 

If any of your students are interested in or have thought about pursuing German at the University of Auckland (as a major, minor, certificate or diploma in German) please do not hesitate to contact Nicole or to put them in contact with her as she is the Undergraduate Advisor in German.

Jul
18
6:30 pm18:30

Ingrid Kölle

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B 104
Ingrid Kölle

Ingrid Kölle

“Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt“

Ingrid Kölle has worked for the German Broadcasting Corporation (ARD) for over 30 years. She has travelled the world and taught German in Great Britain, Sweden and New Zealand. In 2003 she returned to Wellington, New Zealand, where she has studied art and creativity, teaches free form dance and continues writing documentaries for German Radio. She will present her new book.

Jun
15
6:30 pm18:30

Rita Paczian on 'From Lübeck to Auckland: My Musical Journey'

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B104
Rita Paczian

Rita Paczian

Music and Artistic Director Rita Paczian is a professional free-lance conductor performing in New Zealand and abroad. Specialising in historically informed Baroque performance, she has worked extensively with the Vienna Baroque orchestra Wiener Akademie. A New Zealand citizen now resident in Auckland, she is widely regarded as one of Australasia's most dynamic conductors and is in demand internationally by leading orchestras in Europe, Australia and South Africa.

May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Monique Surges

  • UoA City Campus, Business School, CaseRoom 3

“Learning languages has made my career”

Monique Surges

Monique Surges

Monique Surges is Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand German Business Association Incorporated (NZGBA). She manages a team of German staff and is responsible for a membership of over 200 NZ based companies trading in some form with Germany. A further 5000 clients come to the NZGBA on a regular basis for assistance in doing business with Germany, including advice on the international trade fairs taking place in Germany. 

May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night: "Land in Sicht"

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 1, Room 315

Land in Sicht: Hoffnungsvolle Dokumentation über drei Flüchtlinge, die in einem Asylbewerberheim in Brandenburg stranden und ihren Weg in die deutsche Gesellschaft suchen.

Abdul, ein Scheich aus dem Jemen, Farid aus dem Iran und Brian aus Kamerun – sie alle fliehen aus ihrer kriegserschütterten Heimat und kommen in einem Asylbewerberheim im kleinen Ort Bad Belzig in Brandenburg unter. Voller Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben werden sie nun mit den strengen Auflagen für Flüchtlinge konfrontiert, die eine Integration in die Gesellschaft nahezu unmöglich machen. Doch sie geben nicht auf und suchen stattdessen aktiv die Nähe zu den Einheimischen. Ihre Hoffnung: Die Chance auf Bildung, ein soziales Leben, Freundschaft, Frieden – und Liebe.

2013 Documentary, Directors: Judith Keil, Antje Krusk
Running Time: 95 mins

The film will be played in original with English subtitles.

Screened in cooperation with Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

 

Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

Nicole Perry

  • UoA City Campus, Arts 2, Pat Hannan Room

Germany's "Indianer": Myth, Fantasy, and Indigenous Reappropriations

Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry is a Lecturer in German at the University of Auckland. She completed her PhD inGermanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto (2012) with a dissertation on the German image of Native Americans from 1800-present. Her current project reverses the gaze and examines how Indigenous artists from North America reclaim and reappropriate the German Indianer image in a postcolonial context.

The talk will be held in English.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Movie Night: "Invisible - Die Unsichtbaren"

  • UoA Epsom Campus, D Block Te Puna Wananga

A series of short films examining the world's overlooked problems and the people who suffer from them.
Directors: Wim Wenders, Mariano Barroso, Isabel Coixet, Javier Corcuera, Fernando León de Aranoa

Running Time: 106 mins

Screened in cooperation with Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Heike Papenthin

  • UoA Epsom Campus, B 104

The current refugee situation in Germany and how Germans handle it

 

Heike Papenthin

Heike Papenthin

Whenever talking about Germany these days, the topic comes up how this nation in the centre of Europe deals with the current refugee situation.

As an active Couchsurfing host, Heike Papenthin has recently had many encounters with young Germans who have shared their stories with her about their and their friends´ involvement – stories which should be told.

Heike's mother was a refugee in World War II which might explain her deep interest in the current refugee situation in Germany.

Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night: "Die Farbe des Ozeans"

  • UoA City Campus Arts 1, room 315

After years working as a border patrolman, José has developed a salty crust of cynicism about his work, which places him in a position to decide the fates of many. José's weary attitude is put to the test when he encounters Nathalie, a German tourist assisting a boatload of refugees she discovered landing on the Canary shores. One of those people, a Congolese man named Zola, is placed in an internment camp. Much to the objections of her husband Paul, Nathalie tries to help him escape. Yet Zola and his son Mamadou eventually find themselves in yet another precarious situation, in which they are dependent on nefarious smugglers.

Location: University of Auckland City Campus, Arts 1 Building, Room 315.

Director: Maggie Peren

Released: 2012

Running time: 95 mins

In German with English Subtitles

Screened in cooperation with Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Lifeswap - The Dance of the Jandal and the Birkenstock

  • Epsom Campus University of Auckland, D Block
© Steffen Kreft

© Steffen Kreft

Meet the makers of the popular inter-cult(ural) animation series Lifeswap

Lifeswap is a meeting point for Kiwis, Germans and their friends - for anyone who has ever said quietly to him or herself: "That is so German" or "Typisch neuseeländisch!" 

Animator Steffen Kreft and writer William Connor will show their films and tell the story of how their alter-egos Jörg and Duncan came to be the pixelated faces of German-Kiwi relations. 

Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

New Zealand artists in Berlin - Associate Professor Linda Tyler

  • The Gus Fisher Gallery

Associate Professor Linda Tyler will be speaking about New Zealand artists living and working in Berlin, including Simon Denny, who will be representing New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale. 

Linda Tyler is Director of the Centre for Art Research at The University of Auckland. She administers the university's Art Collection, runs programmes and exhibitions at the Gus Fisher Gallery, and also manages digital and on-site exhibitions under the auspices of the Window project.  Linda Tyler also teaches at the Elam School of Fine Arts.  In 2011 she was the Robert Lord Fellow at the University of Otago, researching the art and science of nineteenth century botanist and draughtsman to the Colonial Museum and Geological Survey, John Buchanan FLS (1819-1898).  Her MA thesis at the University of Canterbury in Art History was on the New Zealand work of Austrian architect Ernst Plischke (1903-1992).