Ta Matia Feb 04 - Wellington Olympic AFC



Ta Matia Feb 04 - Wellington Olympic AFC
Official newspaper of GOYANZ representing the Greek Community of Wellington
Issue No. 21 February 2004
page 8
SAE Youth Conference
page 10
DJ Krazy Kon
page 14
page 13
Eleni Daniilidou
page 18
page 4
page 5
page 5
page 20
6 months to go!
Community Events Calendar 2004
Welcome to the first issue of Ta Matia for 2004. The year of the Athens Olympics is finally
upon us; this is met with both anticipation and nervousness alike as Athens prepares itself
for the homecoming of the Olympics to their birthplace. There is no doubt that the Olympics
in Athens will serve as the most memorable even if only for the fact that the games have
returned to their birthplace. Time will tell the true success of the games – but there is no
doubt in my mind that Athens (and Greece in general) will be THE place to be in August
The last issue of Ta Matia sparked a little bit of controversy and discussion within the
community with the article ‘Autokatastrofi’ which was published in Greek. The article was
blunt and to the point on the issue of property owned by the various Greek Associations
within Wellington. In this issue the article has been translated into English. As always, we
welcome feedback, both positive and negative. The article has achieved its aim - it has
stimulated at least some discussion within the community, and given many something to
think about. We welcome correspondence on this matter, and I encourage anyone that is
passionate enough about the issue to talk about it behind our back, to put pen to paper
and submit a letter to the editor on the matter.
In this issue you will see various articles with regards to SAE – the World Council of Hellenes
Abroad. Beatrice Papazoglou and I were fortunate enough to attend as the New Zealand
youth delegates at the conference that took place in Thessaloniki in December 2003. The
conference in Thessaloniki followed what was a very productive regional conference in
Wellington on November 2003. SAE is an organization established by the Greek Government
to assist the ‘Apodimi Ellines’ – all seven million of us. In New Zealand, the presence of
SAE has resulted in educational resources for the Greek school, music for the GOYANZ
radio show, the expansion of ERT Satellite TV into areas such as New Zealand and Australia,
and now the availability of Greek language Newspapers in New Zealand – drop by the
GOYANZ clubrooms to read the latest Neos Kosmos newspaper (in Greek & English). In
this issue Beatrice provides an insight into her thoughts regarding the conference, with
mine to follow in the next issue.
GOYANZ, as always, will be participating in this years annual Greek Festival organized by
the Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington and Suburbs – one of the highlights of the
festival has to be the Greek food bazaar which this year is taking place at the overseas
terminal on Saturday 5th March to coincide with the dragon boat festival. Come along and
buy your biftekia from us – we will all be there, come even if only to spot the GOYANZ crew
in their funky new tops (if you want to get your hands on one of these, the only way is to
join one of the GOYANZ committees – we would be happy to hear from you).
On another matter, I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify the rumors regarding the
venue of the Ano Kato Baraki night that took place on Saturday 28th February 2004. We
had booked Curve Bar, hence all the initial advertising with that venue, however, they
stuffed up and double booked us and we were only notified a week before the event. Now,
if this wasn’t stressful enough, all other appropriate venues were all hired out due to the
Cuba St carnival festivities and the extreme short notice. Our only option was to accept
their substitute venue of SubNine or cancel - which was not an option due to the DJ’s
availability. Regardless, we trust everybody had an enjoyable night. We guarantee that
the Baraki Night booked with DJ Krazy Kon on July 3rd 2004 will be one of the best ones
we’ve had in Wellington to date – venue included!
GOYANZ have many exciting new initiatives in store for this year, amongst them a major
cultural event to be launched later in the year, a GOYANZ formal ball to be held towards
the end of the year as well as a revamped Miss GOYANZ annual dance, which will be held
on the 6th June 2004. These new initiatives illustrate that GOYANZ is the most active
organization, next to the kinotita, in the Greek community of Wellington.
We hope to see you all at the up and coming GOYANZ events, remember we rely on your
support. Feel free to contact Voula or myself at any stage should you have any ideas you
would like GOYANZ to pursue in the future, as well as to tell us what a good job we’re
Kali Xronia se Olous.
Stelios Manousakis – Co-President, GOYANZ
Olympic Pre-Season Function
6-28 March
Greek Week Festivities
25 March
Greek Independance Day
3 April
2002 Football Season Kicks-off for all divisions
01 May
Greek Labour Day
18 April
GOYANZ Picnic: Williams Park Days Bay
27 April
Greek Easter
05 June
Miss GOYANZ Annual Dance
12 June
Euro 2004 - Portugal
29 June
St. John The Baptist Church - Palmerston North
3 July
GOYANZ Baraki - DJ Krazy Kon
15 August
Assumption Day - Commemorating the bodily
ascent of the Virgin Mary (Panayia) into Heaven
10 August
St. Soterios Church nameday - Masterton
13-29 August Athens Olympics 2004
Wellington Olympic Prizegiving
9-10 October U19 Upper Hutt Soccer Tournament - Upper Hutt
23-25 Oct
U19 National Soccer Tournament in Napier
28 October
Greek National Holiday (OXI)
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Greek Orthodox Community
of Wellington
and Suburbs Inc.
MARCH 2004
1 March, Monday
Newsletter of the Management Committee of the Greek
Orthodox Community of Wellington and Suburbs Inc.
2 March, Tuesday
3 March, Wednesday
The Greek Festival
The Greek Festival for 2004 opens with the Food Festival at the Overseas
Terminal on Saturday 6th March. We would appreciate any donations
of food for the stalls or help from the Community but more importantly
we hope the weather will be fine and we look forward to seeing as
many of you there as possible.
4 March, Thursday
5 March, Friday
6 March, Saturday
7 March, Sunday
8 March, Monday
9 March, Tuesday
Please see the Greek Festival Programme for other events of interest.
Many subscriptions for the years 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 have still
not been paid. The financial situation of the Greek Community is still
perilous, so Please! Please! post in your subscriptions as soon as possible.
10 March, Wednesday
11 March, Thursday
12 March, Friday
Parthenon Hall
We have several interested parties for the leasing of the Parthenon
Function Centre. Contracts have been sent out and offers are starting
to come in. Hopefully the hall should be leased soon.
13 March, Saturday
14 March, Sunday
22 Pirie St
15 March, Monday
16 March, Tuesday
17 March, Wednesday
As we were unable to find a commercial tenant we have had to lease
the apartment to residential tenants. The end two car parks in front of
the Cultural Centre are for the tenants use. Please do not park in
these spaces nor block their entrance and exit into the car park.
18 March, Thursday
19 March, Friday
The school is in great shape. It has had a lick of paint and a thorough
clean. A big thank you to the parents and the helpers who came to
the Saturday morning working bee and made such a difference to the
place in such a short time. More about the school elsewhere in the
20 March, Saturday
21March, Sunday
22 March, Monday
23 March, Tuesday
24 March, Wednesday
Please don’t forget the playgroup! Sessions are held on a Friday morning
at the Odysseus Hall in Miramar. Children start learning the basics of
the Greek language with play and songs and are able to adjust to the
more formal primary school learning more easily. Parents and
grandparents enroll your youngsters now.
25 March, Thursday
26 March, Friday
27 March, Saturday
28 March, Sunday
It really does make such a difference to their early education.
Church Painting Fund
Money for the painting of the church is still only dribbling in. There is
not enough money for us to even buy the paint. See the next issue of
Ta Matia for the Management Committee’s solution to the problem.
31 March, Wednesday
Service of the Lesser Blessing of the Waters,
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Service of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, Holy
Liturgy, 8.30am
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Second Salutations to the Theotokos,
Vespers, 5.00pm
St Gregory Palamas, Holy Liturgy, 8.30am.
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Service of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, Holy
Liturgy, 8.30am
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Third Salutations to the Theotokos,
Vespers, 5.00pm
Veneration of the Holy Cross, Hierarchical
Holy Liturgy, 8.30am
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 8.30am
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Fourth Salutations to the Theotokos,
Vespers, 5.00pm
St John Climacus, Holy Liturgy, 8.30am
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Compline Service, 5.00pm
Vespers for the Annunciation of the Virgin
Mary, 7.00pm
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary,
Hierarchical Holy Liturgy, 8.30am
The Akathist Hymn, Hierarchical
Horostasia 6.00pm
Vespers, 5.00pm
St Mary of Egypt, Hierarchical Holy Liturgy,
8.30am. After this service a Doxology will
take place to celebrate the Anniversary of
our National Independence, 25 March,
Service of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 8.30am
As stated in the previous newsletter, members should feel free to park
between the Church and the Parthenon and in the grounds of the
Cultural Centre while attending Church Services. PLEASE NOTE The
Cultural Centre car park has two designated car parks which must
remain vacant 24 hours a day, every day, as these are for the
Metropolitan and the Ambassador. Rutherford and Bond have entered
into a lease with the Community to park their vehicles in the remaining
spaces when there are no church services.
ST. ANDREWS CHURCH - 365 Broadway, Miramar
ST. NECTARIOS CHURCH - 23 Bay Street, Petone
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - 30 Rochester Street, Palmerston North
Office Hours for the Priest: Father George Serras Monday to Friday
4.00 - 6.00pm, Evangelismos Church, Hania St
Priest’s Phone Number: Home: (04) 802 5456 ;
Mobile: (025) 248 9524 Church Telephone: (04) 385 1076
The Greek School
Hellenic Festival
The Management Committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of
Wellington and the School Committee are delighted to announce details
of the new school year 2004. Our aim is to make “Greek School” the
best minority community school in New Zealand and eventually lobby
to have the Greek Language accepted as a ‘language option’ in the New
Zealand school curriculum.
Greek Food Festival, Saturday 6 March, 10.00am.
A celebration of the foods of Greece at the Overseas Terminal. Enjoy
authentic Greek cuisine like souvlaki, calamari, filled pita bread,
loukoumades, baklava and many other treats, with drinks from
the bar or Greek coffee. Come and enjoy our food, music, dancing
and experience our Hellenic Culture. Everyone is Welcome.
Admission is Free.
We would like to welcome Mr Costas Feimis from Greece as head teacher
of the Greek School. He is young and energetic and comes, highly
recommended, with modern teaching methods which are more attuned
to the New Zealand school system. He will be assisted by Mrs Toula
“Macedonia, 4,000 years of Greek Civilization”, Sunday 7th
March at 5.45 for 6.00pm. The Hellenic/New Zealand Congress
together with the Greek Orthodox Community present a screening
of two videos at the Apollon Hall, 75 Adelaide Rd, Newtown. The
videos are titled: “Alexander, The Peer of the Gods” and “Divinely
Guarded Thessaloniki”. Refreshments will be served. Ticket price
Until now Greek has been taught as a primary language because it was
the language children learned from birth. This is not the case now days.
With the increased use of English spoken in the home Greek becomes a
‘second language’ therefore it is necessary for it to be taught that way.
Two new teaching levels will be introduced this year. The first, a preschool where children will follow through from the playgroup to more
structured learning. The ages for this will be 4-6 year olds. This level will
then flow into the primary school allowing for the continuation of the
Greek language. The class will be taken by Ms Ria Tsourounakis with the
help of Mrs Dimitra Pantazis. To help us set up this vital first step we ask
parents whose children have outgrown their blocks, Lego and jigsaw
puzzles or any other educational toys/equipment to consider possibly
donating these to the school.
An Evening with Theodore Kondoglou, Poet and Artist,
Thursday 11th March, 6.30 – 8.00pm His Eminence Metropolitan
Joseph will talk on the life and works of Theodore Kondoglou in
Greek and English, at the lecture hall Government Buildings, Stout
St, Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the talk.
Admission is free.
Poetry Recital “Kostis Palamas”, Sunday 14th March 2004,
4.00pm. Ahepa together with the Greek Orthodox Community
present a Poetry Recital at the Greek Orthodox Cultural Centre, 1
Hania St, Mt Vic . Refreshments will be served. Admission Free.
The second new level will be that of continuing education after primary
school. We are delighted to announce that His Eminence, Metropolitan
Joseph has consented to teach this class which will be held in the Greek
Cultural Centre, 1 Hania St, Mt Vic every Tuesday 6pm–8pm.
Icon Display, Tuesday 16th March – Thursday 18th March
11.00am – 4.30pm. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, 3 Hania St, Mt Victoria, will host
three open days to allow interested people to view the church and
its Icons from an Arts, History, Classics or Religious perspective.
Admission is free.
Miss Meropi Kafakis together with Mr Feimis will continue to teach mature
students. We welcome the initiative of the Greek Orthodox Playgroup
wanting to have closer ties with the Greek School and to be included in
all school functions. They are housed at the Odysseus Hall in Miramar
on Fridays 9.30 -11.30am. Anyone wishing to enroll for the playgroup
may do so by contacting, Mrs Antonia Pappafloratos on tel: 934 6741.
Art Exhibition and Sale, “In celebration of Olympic Spirit”
A varied collection of artworks from artists of Greek descent. Renouf
Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre, Tuesday 23rd March to Sunday 28th
March, 10.00am -5.30pm. Admission is Free.
The Sunday School will also be incorporated as part of the school. The
first day for the year will be on Sunday 22nd February 2004. Times are
every Sunday from 10.00am to 10.45am. The children are then taken to
the church for Holy Communion where they may be picked up at the
conclusion of the Service.
Vespers for the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Wednesday
24th March – 7.00pm At the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, 3 Hania St, Mt Victoria. Following
this service loukoumades and refreshments will be served at the
Parthenon Hall, Greek Community Centre, 5 Hania St, Mt Victoria.
This year we will see dramatic changes both in the school curriculum
and in the number and quality of resources. We propose to cater for
students of all ages and all levels and we hope to make it an exciting year
for everyone. There will also be more teacher/parent meetings to monitor
the progress of each student throughout the year.
Festive Day of The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Thursday
25 th March, 8.30am Hierarchical Holy Liturgy, at the Greek
Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, 3 Hania
St, Mt Victoria.
We hope that together with your and your children’s participation we
can ensure that our Greek religion, language and our heritage will not be
lost to future generations of Greeks living in New Zealand.
Celebrating the National Day of Greece, Independence of
Greece, Sunday 28th March at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, 3 Hania St, Mt Victoria at
8.30am. The Hierarchical Holy Liturgy will be followed by a
Doxology at 11am. This will be attended by His Excellency the
Ambassador of Greece, Mr Evangelos Damianakis and Mrs.
Damianakis, Her Worship the Mayor of Wellington Ms Kerry
Prendergast and other guests. The service will be followed by a
wreath-laying ceremony at the Greek/NewZealand Memorial in Kent
Terrace, then refreshments will be served at the Parthenon Hall, 5
Hania St, Mt Victoria.
Aiasmos – the first day of the new school year.
Bon Voyage!
A special lunch was held in honor of Mrs Fifika Koroniadis, on
Sunday, 22 February 2004, at Eden Restaurant, Evans Bay.
A group of Ahepans from both Olympia and Phidias had come
together to wish ka Fifika Bon Voyage and Good Luck in her new
home, on the other side of the Tasman.
Her contribution to AHEPA and the Greek Orthodox Community
at large has been immense and her departure to Queensland,
Australia will be a great loss!
The Koroniadis family have always been active supporters of the
Greek Community. The late Christos Koroniadis had worked
persistently on the committees of several Greek Associations and
he devoted the last years of his life to serve the Ass. of AHEPA. His
son, Atha Koroniadis, was the foundation President of AHEPA NZ
and he had also served as a member of the Management Committee
of the Greek Community. A skillful civil engineer, he often offered
his knowledge and expertise for the good of the Community.
However, the warm climate of Queensland won his heart and
together with his wife Sophia decided to migrate across the Tasman,
hence the migration of ka Fifika.
We will miss them! We will miss the rich and beautiful gateaux
and sweets, the tasty food that ka Fifika always made for the dances
and cake stalls. We will miss their hospitality and generosity, their
encouragement and wiliness to help.
Ahepans, members of Olympia and Phidias thank ka Fifika and
wish her and the family all the best for the future. ΚΑΛΟ ΤΑΞΙ∆Ι
18 February 2004
To:All Greek Communities, Associations and
Brotherhoods and Individuals throughout New Zealand.
Dear Friends, The Olympic Games are returning to their
ancient birthplace!
The enormous inspiration of the Olympic Games based
on human values, culture, sport, health, youth and the
ambition to excel is truly upon us as a nation in 2004.
Last year the Management Committee of the Greek
Orthodox Community of Wellington and Suburbs and GOYANZ took the
initiative to seek submissions from Hellenic Communities throughout New
Zealand for a work of art suitable to be housed in the courtyard in front of
the New Zealand Olympic team village. We were particularly keen to
have a New Zealand artist of Greek descent who would be able to portray
the bi-culturalism of Aotearoa and Hellas.
We are extremely proud and happy to announce that the work of potter
Mrs Maria (Yiannoutsos) Heath, has been selected. Maria’s work met all
the strict criteria.
It will be sculpted in Oamaru stone and will stand 2.5 metres tall. At the
conclusion of the games, the sculpture will be gifted to the city of Athens
from all New Zealand Hellenes as a token of friendship and love.
Maria’s work is free of charge and the New Zealand Olympic Committee
have generously agreed to cover the costs of transportation to Greece and
the installation costs. However we must pay for the materials, crating and
incidentals. Total cost will be about $6,000.00.
The Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington and GOYANZ seek
financial help to complete this magnificent project which will be a gift to
Greece from us all. We would gratefully accept any donation, large or small
from communities or individuals to help us complete this project.
Would you please table this appeal at your next meeting and convey our
sincere thanks to all the members for giving this meaningful project your
most serious consideration. Our deadline is 29 March.
One of the main principals of AHEPA is to encourage education,
to promote a better and comprehensive understanding of the
Hellenic Language, Culture and religion, to cultivate the attributes,
ideals and legacy of Hellenism. Each year AHEPA kindly donates
an amount of money to each Greek School, as a token of its love of
Education. At the Opening Day, Monday 16 February 2004, the
amount of $300.00 was offered to each of the schools.
AHEPA welcomes the new teacher Mr K. Feimis, who arrived from
Greece recently and wishes him, the teaching staff and all the school
children a very happy and creative school year!
Ahepa Installation will take place on Saturday, 13 March 2004,
at 3:00pm to be followed by a Taverna in the evening.
Venue: Odysseas Hall, Hobart Street, Miramar
For further information or Bookings please call Mrs Nikki
Christy-Yiavassis Tel: 977 2479
His Eminence will celebrate the 1st Acathist (27-2-2004), as well as
the Divine Liturgy (28 and 29 February) in Christchurch.
He will conduct the 3rd Acathist (12-3-2004) and the Divine Liturgy
of Stavroproskynisis (14-3-2004) in St. Nectarios Church, Petone.
He also will celebrate the 4th Acathist (19-3-2004) and the Divine
Liturgy, including an Ordination (Cheirotonia) in the Diaconate, in
Holy Trinity Church – Auckland (21-3-2004).
Constantinople, our Mother Church, opened
a new web-page in the Internet. Its address is:
This page includes a lot of information about
the life of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its
history, about Orthodox life and spirituality etc.
Visit it!
On Palm Sunday (4 April 2004) the Metropolitan will celebrate in
Saint John’s Church, Palmerston North.
All the other major Feasts of the Great Lent, Metropolitan Joseph
will celebrate at the Cathedral of Evangelismos in Wellington.
The Office of the Holy Metropolis of New
Zealand is now in 61-63 Taranaki Street, 6th
floor, Wellington. It is open for the public from Monday to Friday from
10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Telephone: +64 4 801 6385. Facsimile: +64 4 801 6388.
E-mail: [email protected]
Postal address: P.O.Box 6545 Marion Sq. Wellington
Catechetical Speech on the occasion of Holy and Great Speech.
Protocol No. 80
Beloved brethren and children in the Lord, At the beginning of Triodion a
heart searching hymn is chanted, which includes the phrase: ìLife-giver, open
up the doors of repentance for meî. It is immediately understood that the
Holy Orthodox Church has devoted a great deal of the time of the year to
our repentance. Moreover, at every hour and every day she reminds us of
the need to repent. She is fully aware that repentance is the starting point of
spiritual life and salvation for every human being. In addition, the fact that
both Saint John the Forerunner and our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, started
their preaching by calling people to repentance, testifies to that.
As the meaning of the Greek word itself reveals, repentance consists of the
changing of our minds, and of our spiritual stance toward the world and
God. It certainly entails the renunciation of our sins and the decision to live
henceforth according to the holy commands of God. What repentance is
primarily, is the renewal and change of our way of thinking, namely, of the
way we evaluate the elements of the material and spiritual world. It is also a
reclassification of the hierarchy of values, by which we regulate our lives,
according to Godís will.
If we have been giving priority to the gathering of riches, we should hereafter
strive for the beneficial utilization of financial goods to enhance public welfare.
If we have been trying to primarily satisfy our own individual needs, we
should from now on attend to the needs of others, starting with the people
close to us, advancing to the greater societal family, within which we live,
and possibly reaching the entire humanity.
If, so far, the center of our interest has been to attain success in this life, we
should henceforth expand it beyond this life into the next one. If our studies
and research have been limited and covered only the areas of human sciences
and the arts, we should delve into the holy science and art of spiritual life,
which has its own rules that need to be similarly studied and learned. If we
have been anxious to form good relationships with the powerful people of
this world, we should henceforth take great pains to form friendly relationships
with the powerful figures of the spiritual world, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Theotokos and the Saints. If we have been in the habit of believing that
our judgment and understanding surpass that of othersí, we should from
now on recognize that many times the judgment of other people is better
“Sunday of Orthodoxy”:
than ours. In general, we will be able to truly repent, when we are in the
position to re-evaluate our notions and re-assess our thinking in order to
correct it when wrong, until we align ourselves with the positions of our
Holy Church. These are positions of the Holy Gospel, which are ultimately
the saving and true teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore,
repentance must be accompanied by the confession of our sins to a
suitable Confessor and it should be done in total honesty and utter
humiliation. God has bestowed His authority upon spiritual Confessors
to bind and to loose sins. Repentance without the clean confession of
sins to the philanthropic authority of a Confessor is inconceivable and
does not exist. In the Holy Sacrament of Confession, through the Grace
of the Holy Spirit, the Christian is cleansed from any impurity. The wounds
caused by the passions are healed through confession, the Christian is
spiritually renewed and reborn, and receives strength that empowers him
to continue his good fight. Continuous repentance is necessary, as the
Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church teach, even for the people that are
most pious, if any, because the perfection of the divine teachings, with
which as human beings we are called to harmonize our minds and hearts,
is infinite.
A day full of joy and delight
by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of New Zealand
The first Sunday of the Holy and Great Lent is dedicated to our Holy Orthodoxy. After
six days of strict fasting of the First Week of Lent of intensive and warm prayer, of
cleansing of soul and body, the faithful are in a joyful and celebrating atmosphere.
“A day full of joy and delight has appeared today” chants the sacred muse of
hymnography, “for the brightness of the very true dogmas shine, and the Church of
Christ lightens in splendour now, decorated with the restoration of the holy Icons and
engravings, and a God-awarded harmony of the faithful is brought about”.
A joyful day. Full of delight. A day on which the Church of Christ sparkles and shines
decorated with the holy icons, enriched with the sacred Relics of Saints, honoured and
glorified with the precious blood of the Martyrs. A day on which, in a solemn and
festive way She declares that we are Her genuine children, that we hold intact the
treasure of faith unadulterated from errors and heresies. That we continue the tradition
of piety and the life in God. As the prophets saw. As the Apostles taught. As the Church
received. As the Teachers dogmatised. As the world agreeably accepted. As the Grace
shone. As the Truth was proven. As the lie has disappeared. As the Wisdom boldly
appeared. As Christ rewarded.
Sunday of Orthodoxy! A day dedicated to the all-pure and all-holy Bride of Christ. Our
Orthodox Church always was and is conscious of Her qualities as the Bride of the
Bridegroom Christ. So She never flirted with falsehood. She never embraced error and
heresy. She denied the fascinations of the ruler of this world, the prince of darkness of
this age, the deceiver. She has always been “in body and soul and mind” absolutely
faithful and devoted to Her Heavenly Bridegroom “the most beautiful in form of all
men”. She held and always holds the reproach of Christ and carries it around the world.
To the world She is always poor; and weak, humble and despised by the arrogant minds
and the conceited rationalists; persecuted and overrun by the powerful of the earth for
twenty centuries now. Her robe is very deep red with the blood of Her children. Her
feet are badly wounded all over and suffering from the continuous and incessant
ascending of the narrow and sorrowful road. She does not hold in Her hands a sceptre
of worldly authority; She had left it to those who loved the present age. Her flesh is dry
from Her ascesis. Her face betrays that She endures with dignity the heatwave of the
day. In Her eyes is reflected Her cleanliness, Her purity, Her worship for the One, Her
unique love; Him, Whom, the Holy Martyr Ignatius the Theoforos named so by saying
“my Love is crucified!”.
The blessed Photios Kontoglou was talking and writing about “The Pained Romiossyni”.
On the, pretext from this, Bishop Kallistos of Dioklia once spoke about “The Pained
Orthodoxy”. I think this is a very suitable term and perhaps under these attributes we
ourselves must face Orthodoxy and must present Her to those outside Her. Pained or
Suffering Orthodoxy. The humble Orthodoxy. The modest Orthodoxy. The Orthodoxy
for which “the world was not worthy”. The Orthodoxythat does not have to show
“ecclesiastical” States and papal despotism and swords and wars supposedly in the
name of Christ. The Orthodoxy that does not have to show worldly power and glory,
not monetary riches, nor bank’s (sometimes blasphemously named in the name of the
Holy Spirit!). The Orthodoxy which considers as Her glory the lack of glory from men;
for Her riches the poverty in material and earthly things; for Her honour the humiliation
from the world which lacks the Spirit; for Her wisdom the foolishness of preaching the
word of the Cross. Suffering Orthodoxy of the persecutions and the martyrdom! Suffering
Orthodoxy of the hesychastic Monasticism and ascesis. Suffering Orthodoxy which
hides in the mountains and caves and in the holes of the earth; in the catacombs,
ancient and recent; in the deserts of the earth and the wilderness of the cities. Suffering
Orthodoxy of the still yesterday operating Soviet concentration prisons and “mental
hospitals”. Suffering Orthodoxy of blood and tears. Orthodoxy which is not a club of
sinless people, but the last hope and refuge of the sinful; A place and way of repentance
and of possibility of return to the primal beauty and ancient splendour of the image of
God. Orthodoxy where the prostitutes and the publicans and the sinful go ahead of
many “pious” in the Kingdom, changing by sincere repentance to faithful and genuine
friends of Christ. Suffering Orthodox of spiritual vigilance (nepsis) and speechless sighs
of the heart. Suffering Orthodoxy which lives the agony or the Garden of Gethsemane
and the furnace of the Cross. It is characteristic that at Her Centre, our most venerable
Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, on Good Friday the Apokathelosis (taking
down from the Cross) of the Crucified is not performed. Suffering Orthodoxy which,
while being on Her cross, teaches Her children to climb up, together, with the Lord, to
their Golgotha to crucify their passions and the old man who is still remaining in
themselves, expecting the redemption of the Resurrection in the Kingdom “...come,
therefore, and let us accompany Him, with minds purified from the pleasures of this
life, and let us be crucified and die with Him that we may live with Him” (Idiomelon of
the Praises, Good Monday). Suffering Orthodoxy which carries apostolically the marks
of the Lord Jesus and descends daily to the chambers of hades and She is like Him
“dead full of life”.
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, letís refrain from saying that we
have no sins or that we need not to repent, for we are running the risk of
assuming the blameworthy arrogance of the Pharisee. We all need to
repent, since we are all in need to better learn the will of God, to love and
forgive more, to have a more enlightened zeal, and a stronger interest for
the spiritual life, despite the level of perfection that we have attained.
May the Holy God, through the intercessions of the Most-Holy Theotokos
and of all His Saints, bless us to traverse the holy period of Lent in physical
health and in soul repentance, and to approach the Holy Pascha cleansed
and restored, so that we can partake in the joy of the Resurrection during
this year and we can eternally hold steadfast on the manner of the
resurrected eternal life. So be it.
Great and Holy Lent, 2004
Patriarch of Constantinople fervent intercessor to God for all
But exactly all of these create for Her the presuppositions to participate both to the
Light and the joy of the Resurrection chanting: “yesterday I was buried with You, O
Christ; today on Your Resurrection I am rising with You: I was crucified with You
yesterday. You glorify me with You, O Saviour, in Your Kingdom” (Troparion 3rd Ode
Easter Canon).
This is Orthodoxy, the Suffering, but whose “hope and immortality is complete” in
Christ, this our Orthodoxy which is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of
Christ we commemorate and celebrate on the first Sunday of Lent, commemorating
and celebrating the restoration of the holy icons and the justification of rendering,
honour, respect and reverence to the sacred relics of the Saints, according to the
irrevocable and God inspired teaching of the Holy Seventh Ecumenical Synod and the
teaching of all the Spirit bearing and deified Holy Fathers.
The Orthodox icon is the expression, in the form of paintings, of the Orthodox Faith
and Life. It is the divine script in the form of figures and colours. It is a loud proclamation
of the inspiration and energies of the All Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. It is the
initiator, to all those who see it and venerate it with faith and devotion, into the mystery
of piety. It is the bearer of the Divine Grace as so many miracle working and perfumed
exuding icons confirm.
On the other hand, the sacred relics of Saints, whether they are preserved as whole
bodies or as parts of the body or even as fragments of the bones, by their incorruption
they provide the most powerful proof of the fact that God is participable, through His
Uncreated Energies. And man, by living in faith the great mystery of piety, by struggling
according to the model of Jesus Christ, by cultivating the gospel’s virtues, by being
nourished by the Sacraments and sanctified by his participation in the whole life of the
Body of the Church “together with all the Saints”, has communion with God not only
spiritually, but also bodily. The whole man, body and soul, becomes participant of
divine nature. So the venerable icons and the sacred relics of the Saints together with
the “sign” of the Son of God, the Precious and Life giving Cross, being at the foremost
on Sunday of Orthodoxy consist a loud invitation for every faithful to live, “following
the Holy Fathers”, the holy life of the Gospel and to conduct his/her life according to
God, combining the correctness of the dogma (Orthodoxy) with correctness of life
(Orthopraxy) so that he/she would be enabled to ascend to the likeness of God , as far
as possible, like Theotokos and all the Saints, and to find himself/herself in the joy of
the divine Bridal chamber “where there is the clear sound of those who feast and
unceasingly cry, O, Lord glory to You” (Idiomela Praises Good Tuesday).
Greek Youth Radio
We hear them every Sunday keeping us company from 3-4:30pm. Some of
us may know them well or perhaps not at all, so it’s time to match the
faces with the names and the voices while taking a quick peek into their
brain!! Remember if you want to listen to the Greek Youth radio program,
which is proudly sponsored by ‘TBD’, ‘The Nash’ of Seafood Plus and Kiwi
Quality Seafood and Paper, tune in every Sunday to hear the presenters
broadcasting live on Access Radio 783AM.
Every Sunday 3.pm - 4.30pm
What is your name? Sosty 1, DJ Vee, Voula/Vouls/Voulio
What do you do for a living? Educate the future of NZ at
South Wellington Intermediate School – but as some
uneducated people say, I babysit!
Which part of Greece are you from? Hania, Crete (the Island
of the traditional Creteko moustaki!)
Have you always been involved in the Greek community?
Since I was a wee, innocent, girl in my mummy’s arms!
What is your name? Peppy Tziakis
What do you do for a living? Advisor, Human Resource
Consulting for the Ministry of Health.
Have you always been involved in the Greek community?
What else do you do for the Greek community? Serve alcohol
at the Club rooms (not a bad thing really), as well as food as well as being on
the GOYANZ committee and attending our long, lengthy meetings that would
be a disaster without Theo’s coffee-making skills! One of many who run
around like a mad-man organising events for the youth and so on……. Finger
in most pies really!
What else do you do for the Greek community? I’m not
involved in the Greek Community in any other way. However, I was on the
Committee for the Cretans Association of NZ for a while.
What was the reason for getting involved in the Greek radio? Who
knows…..was something totally different that I would not have been able to
do otherwise.
What was the reason for getting involved in the Greek radio? My love for
music and my interest in radio.
How long have you been doing the radio for? Since I was at Intermediate
school which makes it….hmmmm….a couple of years!!!!!!! (really – no lies!)
How long have you been doing the radio for? Just over 2 years now.
What do you aim to achieve by being involved on the radio? To get people
to listen to GOOD, MODERN Greek music so that they can dance on the
bar with me at the Barakia nights!
Which part of Greece are you from? My mum is from Athens
and my dad is from Crete (I was born in NZ).
What do you aim to achieve by being involved on the radio? I try my best to
make a positive contribution to the Greek Community. My aim is to entertain
the listeners with a variety of Greek music for their listening pleasure.
Where do you get your music? Off my shelf – seriously……Australia and
Where do you get your music? It is both bought and borrowed from other
family members.
Who is your favourite Greek artist? Why? Nikos Kourkoulis – If I explain
why, we will be here for ages and this interview would take the whole
magazine! But….LOOK AT HIM – hubba hubba!
Who is your favourite Greek artist? Why? I have too may favourites to
choose just one! My favourites include: Andoni Remo, Yianni Ploutarho,
Pashali Terzi, Noti Sfakianaki and Stelio Kazantzithi. I like these artists for
their style and quality of music.
What kind of material do you like to use for the show? Anything that is
different and going to keep people occupied for the hour!
What kind of material do you like to use for the show? I basically just stick
to playing music and inform the listeners of any relevant community notices.
Are there some things you would like to see changed? Two-day weekends
made into four, my working week cut in half for the same pay, longer lunches,
cheaper petrol, pain-free child birth, men who get ‘excited’ about shopping.
Are there some things you would like to see changed? It would be great to
see more neolea involved in the radio. If this happened, there may even be
an opportunity for us to have more time on air.
What would you like to say to those people that listen to the show? We say
it all on air! Tune in 3pm-4.30pm weekly!!!!!!!! Support GOYANZ events!!!!
What would you like to say to those people that listen to the show? Thanks
for your support and positive feedback!
What would you like to say to those that don’t listen to the radio show? If
they don’t listen to the show, then they won’t be reading this – otherwise,
stop your moaning about not being informed about GOYANZ events – it’s
all on air EVERY WEEK!
What would you like to say to those that don’t listen to the radio show?
You don’t know what you’re missing!
SAE Conference for Oceania in Thessaloniki
us,” Fofi said. “ Although the present generation tries very hard to
keep their values, the peoples of the diaspora need help from Greece
to maintain our heritage and our culture for future generations.”
11-14 December 2003
Little New Zealand makes a big splash at the SAE conference for
Oceania in Thessaloniki. Tumultuous applause and whistling were
accorded to the Wellington Greek Orthodox Community’s delegate
after her speech at the conference. Mrs Fofi Zivadinovich did herself
and New Zealand proud when she addressed the 600 senior members
at the SAE conference held in Thessaloniki in December 2003.
During her four exhausting days, Fofi said she met many interesting
people who were very enthusiastic about New Zealand and were
very keen to help us.
The Management Committee would like to thank Fofi for taking the
time to represent us in Greece and for being a great ambassador for
our community.
Fofi outlined some of the problems of our community mainly the
absence of Greek TV, radio, libraries, books, culture and
entertainment. As we are a relatively small community it is not
economically viable for us to have general access to any quantity of
these resources. The fact is that we cannot even afford to bring
cultural groups or entertainers out from Greece but it may be possible
for them to come to New Zealand from Australia.
Another problem is that we are quickly losing our identity within
our countries through inter-marriages. A letter was drafted to lobby
parliament to take this matter further. This is a serious problem
within all Greek societies outside Greece since the 1980 ’s.
“We number 4,000 in New Zealand. We are two little islands at the
end of the world; as far away from Greece as it is possible to be. That
does not mean that we have forgotten Greece, nor should she forget
Fofi shaking hands with Costandinos Karamanlis of Nea Dimocratia
while others look on.
refers to, whether they are Asian, Pacific Island, or European. Our community
is actually faring well compared to most; for example, only 17% of NZ born
Dutch can speak Dutch, and 13% of NZ born Italians can speak Italian. The
only other groups with a higher percentage of NZ born members capable of
speaking their primary language are the Korean one (57%) and Khmer/
Kampuchean/Cambodian (45%). We should also not forget the importance
of migration patterns as far as the preservation of language is concerned.
With a few exceptions, Greeks stopped migrating to New Zealand in the late
’60s/early ’70s, whereas other communities have had an ongoing influx of
new members up until today. Naturally this increases the possibility of their
population, including those born here, speaking the primary language - at
least for the next few years.
by Meropi Kafakis
Ever since the early days of the Wellington Greek community, its members
have been making efforts to ensure that their descendants learn to speak,
read and write their language and find out about the history, religion and
culture behind it. From the time that various members of the community
taught at Greek school to the time that the Greek government started sending
teachers from Greece to New Zealand, there has always been a place for
New Zealand born Greek children to connect to the place of their ancestors.
Deborah Potter of Statistics New Zealand has spent the last few months
working on a project which used census data to investigate language retention
issues in New Zealand; in a nutshell, she has been putting together the
information on ethnicity and language usage given by New Zealanders in
the 2001 census, in order to subsequently write a report on the extent to
which various ethnic groups here (including the Greek community) have
retained their primary language throughout the generations.
Before we get too optimistic though we should look at the figures for Greek
children and teenagers, who are the future of our community. As is evident
in Table 2, only 34% of people aged 10-19 can speak Greek. The fact that
many young Greeks pride themselves on being Greek and display interest in
getting involved in the community can only be a positive thing; on the other
hand, the declining number of youngsters who speak Greek fluently enough
to hold anything more than a basic conversation (if that) is anything but a
good sign for the years to come. Many Greeks who have been born outside
Greece and know the language fairly well speak of culture shock when visiting
Greece, even though they may still love the place. What about those whose
knowledge of the language is poor or non-existent? They have both a cultural
and linguistic barrier to overcome. When it comes to building a closer
relationship with the country and its culture - a connection that goes a bit
deeper than simply lacing conversations in English with a few Greek words
(swear words included!) and considering ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ as the
pinnacle of greekness (enjoyable though that film was) - those who do not
speak the language are ultimately the most disadvantaged. They have to
make a more conscious and concentrated effort in order to achieve such a
deep connection, whereas someone who has grown up hearing and speaking
Greek accomplishes that much more easily and naturally. Knowledge of a
language opens up an entirely different world for whoever speaks it; it
heightens their cultural awareness, because it gives them the chance to learn
about the people behind it.
According to Deborah, most representatives of the many ethnic minorities
she has interviewed cite cultural and family reasons for wanting to retain
their language. After all, language is a basic form of expression and
communication with others, and a reflection of culture and history. A
characteristic historical example of this can be found in the Hellenistic Period
(336 BC - 30 BC), the time of Alexander the Great, during which Greek
culture prevailed in the Mediterranean and as far as India. At the same time
Greek was the language of the arts, politics and administration, a must for
anyone who was to be considered educated. Modern Greek is not taught as
widely as Ancient Greek was and still is being taught (judging from the number
of Classical scholars around the world), nonetheless the English language is
filled with Greek words. How many you may ask? Well, would a few - or
maybe even more than a few - thousand be about right? From basic words
such as cinema and telephone to scientific and medical terms, they are
everywhere, providing testament to the richness and power of the Greek
Most members of ethnic communities feel that, by speaking the language of
their ancestors - even if not at the highest level of proficiency - their children
will be able to forge a closer relationship with the elders in the family (who
are often not very fluent in English) and gain a greater understanding of
their background in general. As Deborah says, all communities face the
problem of their children eventually reaching what is called the “danger
age” in terms of retaining their mother tongue, regardless of their fluency.
This occurs once they attend English school, when they start to become
exposed to that language on a daily basis. As most Greek parents have now
been born here, English does come more easily to them - and even more so
in the case of mixed marriages. Having taught at Greek School for the last
three and a half years, I can say that, judging from the level of Greek of many
new entrants, the majority of the parents does not use much Greek with the
children on a daily basis. That becomes the grandparents’ job, which means
that pupils who spend a lot of time with Παππου & Γιαγια tend to speak
Greek much more confidently than those who see them less frequently. It is
important for parents to keep in mind that the more Greek the children
already speak, the faster they will progress, especially if they show regular
attendance. Until now other extracurricular activities have often taken priority
over learning Greek in the case of many students. However, the Greek
Community has now started to make increasingly large efforts to implement
the use of computer technology and modern teaching methods which
acknowledge that Greek is not the first language of most pupils.
Given that New Zealand is so different to Greece in so many ways, it would
be unreasonable to expect from the Greeks living here to speak, think and
live exactly like the ones in the “Πατριδα”. After all, they have made New
Zealand their home and many do not plan to leave it. Still, the fact remains
that people who make the effort to speak the language of their ancestors will
not forget where their origins are. Every Greek word contains a piece of
Greece; if generations to come do not let Greek die out, they will be all the
richer for it.
According to the 2001 census there are 2280 Greeks (including Greek
Cypriots) living in New Zealand, which works out to be 0.1% of the general
population. Of course it is highly likely that certain people of Greek descent
did not state this when replying to the questions regarding ethnicity. 63% of
those who claimed that they were of Greek origin (regardless of their
birthplace) also claimed they could speak Greek, and 92% said that they
could speak English. Looking at intergenerational patterns, 84% of Greeks
born outside New Zealand (it is not stated where, although their place of
birth would most likely be Greece, with the obvious exception of Greek
Romanians and Cypriots) speak Greek, as opposed to only 43% of those
born here. A similar pattern follows for all ethnic communities that the report
technicalities. This verbosity coupled with being addressed by groups
such as the boy scouts of Greece (we are still trying to work out the
relevance of that one), meant that virtually nothing was decided, agreed
or acted on at any time of the sinedrio. I can only speak for the neolea
here, but I deliberately set out to see if the other groups were having
the same problem, and my clear impression is that they faced the
same struggle.
I have had a lucky summer.
By Beatrice Papazoglou
I was privileged enough, after several hurdles, to
attend the 2003 SAE World
Conference in Thessaloniki, and then
spent the next three weeks in Athens
with my father’s family.
As for the Oceania youth the
time at Thessaloniki served
to strengthen our ties, both
official and personal. We
were also fortunate to have
had our highly successful
meeting in Wellington
(thank you GOYANZ) in
November, only a month
away from the world
conference. This gave Stelio
and I the opportunity to continue to action the decisions made at
Wellington via personal interfacing.
The trip began with the endurance test
that is flying to Greece. I am sure that
many readers will know what I mean when
I say that the best thing about long haul flights is
that one
really gets to know how to use the in-flight entertainment system.
However my traveling companions were very pleasant, and after the
excellent Stelios “I can’t sleep on planes” Manousakis and I had
misbehaved our way to Thessaloniki, we went sightseeing briefly before
passing out in our respective rooms at the ABC Hotel. This is a very
decent establishment, which provides delicious breakfasts and
overheated rooms. Each delegate had an individual room, and you
will be fascinated to know that I won the very mature ‘Who has the
best room?’ contest because Stelios’ room had one balcony, but mine
had two. Stelios however won the prize for endurance, as he went out
The greatest test however came at the end of the conference. We
were all (and don’t forget, that means nearly a thousand people)
supposed to vote for the various committees that will run SAE for the
next four years. And the voting papers were not ready. For a conference
that had been going 4 days. And had been scheduled for two months.
At which the main point was this election. So we all waited, crushed
and overheating, for an hour and a half before they opened the voting.
That means an hour and a half beyond the official starting time, so we
were really waiting much longer than that. As you can imagine,
everyone was truly thrilled.
So, what are some of the good memories of SAE at Thessaloniki 2003?
– The blessing when the President of Greece arrived at the conference
on day one with Metropolitans acting as each other’s cantors. Standing
on top of the white tower and seeing far out over the Aegean. Leaning
out of one of my two balconies and seeing the Byzantine fortress of
the city. Getting to know Kyria Fofi. Sitting outside the conference
center on the steps and having a mini meeting about a film festival.
The solidarity of the Oceania youth council. The communication that
happened outside the meeting rooms. Katina from Adelaide making
friends with absolutely everybody. I think though, that my enduring
image from Thessaloniki will always be from the party that SAE put on
for the youth at their world headquarters. At one point I went up to
the Mezzanine for a rest and leaning over the railing I saw nearly a
hundred young Greek people from all over the globe but in one room.
And they were dancing as all Greeks do – together. And suddenly I
knew that despite
the politicking,
organization and
the heat, that this
was what it was all
about: celebrating
our similarities
differences. And it
was good to be
alive. A lucky
summer indeed.
Prime minister of Greece, Costas Simitis, opens the sae conference
every night, but I was hit with jetlag and attended only a few evening
functions after each full day at the conference.
We met each day at the Trade Fair Centre – nearly a thousand Greeks
from all over the world, all wearing different colored tags for each of
all the regions, plus the presence of, or messages from virtually anyone
who was anyone in SAE, the Greek government and the Orthodox
church. Lunch that day and for the rest of the sinedrio was a gigantic
affair where we all came together to chat and make a huge mess. I am
grateful not to have been involved with the clean up for that meal.
As with nearly all conferences, the real connections and business seemed
to happen outside the meeting rooms. The neolea (at least) found
common ground straight away through our dissatisfaction with the
organization of the shebang. All of the meetings, whether worldwide,
regional or for the separate networks, worked on what one could call
“Greek-Time Plus”, with people wafting in and out of each gathering
at their leisure. Also, once each meeting had finally begun, ineffective
chairing (or sometimes no apparent chairing at all) meant that delegates
would talk or argue forever about simple, resolvable problems or
sae youth delegates chairing the meeting.
Stelio Manousakis, who also attended the conference, will
write a report in the next issue of Ta Matia tou Kosmou
PROFILE - Sophia Economou-Nikiforakis
Sophia Economou was born in Greece and
grew up with her family in Wellington, New
Zealand. Her whole family was involved in
Community life, from her uncles Father Elias
Economou an active and dynamic priest who
remains a legend amongst the older
generation, Constantine Economou (a former
president of the Community) and Anastasios
Economou (a former President of GOYANZ
and involved in the Greek Community leaving
his last breath on the psaltiri at Evangelismos),
to sister Pagona Economou who as the first female on the executive
committee of GOYANZ hosted the first ever and highly successful Greek
radio programme Kalispera Sas on commercial radio 2ZB. Sophia couldn’t
help but follow the example of the rest of her family and became the
first woman to be elected on the Executive Committee of the Greek
Orthodox Community of Wellington and Suburbs. Things have certainly
changed a lot since then! Actively involved in GOYANZ, the Greek
Dancing Group, the Church Choir, Sophia is a graduate of Victoria
University of Wellington in Commerce and Administration as well as
Sophia left Wellington and went to Greece for the usual OE (Overseas
Experience) and decided to stay, fascinated at and quite at home in the
Greek way of life. It did help, of course, that she got a great job with a
privately-owned oil company, and having abandoned the white liquid
of the New Zealand Dairy Board for the black liquid gold of petroleum,
she spent 13 years living out of a suitcase in hotels and getting in and
out of airplanes bound for the various places where the group had offices
– Geneva, London, Paris, Milan, Houston, even Beirut, when things
settled down there after the Gulf War.
Strong ties with New Zealand meant Sophia made an annual trip home
to see her mother and catch up with family and friends, ensuring that
she kept abreast of the developments in her home community and was
always available to help in any way if any support or help was needed
from Greece to get something for the Community. In 1997 she responded
enthusiastically to a call for assistance and helped ensure that the George
Dalaras visit materialised.
When New Zealand closed its Embassy in Greece in 1991, Sophia led
the call for a petition protesting the closure, which she presented to the
New Zealand Government in 1992 on behalf of the hundreds of New
Zealanders living in Greece. The positive result of this was the
establishment of the Hellenic-New Zealand Association in Athens and
Sophia is currently the President of the Association.
In 1995, in a beautiful little Byzantine church under the Acropolis, Sophia
got married to George Nikiforakis, and a few years later, in 2000, they
happily welcomed the arrival of little Anastasia-Aimilia, their very own
Y2K baby.
In 2002, Sophia started working in the Department of Greeks Abroad
of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, ATHENS 2004,
enthralled by the enormity and the challenge of the undertaking and
wanting to do her bit for the land of her birth. The tremendous support,
the fervour and enthusiasm of all the Greeks living abroad is invigorating
and rewarding as the preparations intensify for the historic homecoming
of the Games.
In her position, Sophia has been directly involved with almost all aspects
of the participation of Greeks living abroad and communicates daily
with prospective volunteers and communities from all over the world.
The dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteer applicants, irrespective
of their origin, give these Games an extra special quality and perspective.
According to the official website more than 142 000 applications have
been registered to date!
As Athens enters the final stretch in the preparations to host Games on
a Human Scale enhanced by its unique historical perspective, and the
building and transport infrastructure construction which has tortured
the average Athenian over the last seven years draws to an end, the city
is beginning to buzz with the excitement of what is to come!
With just 6 months to go, Sophia has no doubts at all that these will be
the best Olympic Games ever – unique and special from all points of
view!!! Her overwhelming encouragement to all of us is not to miss this
once-in-a-lifetime event, this unique opportunity to actively participate
in any way we can in the biggest ever celebration of sport, youth and
culture so as to be able to proudly say ‘ I WAS THERE TOO’
Due to popular demand, it was requested by members that the article Αυτοκαταστροφη (SelfDestruction) that was published in the December Issue, be translated into English and published.
The ink has yet to dry on the notes taken from the SAE open forum meeting and yet the disagreements between the Greeks
of Wellington remain, as we can t even unite to spend the season festivities together.
One of the questions forwarded to the SAE representatives, who arrived in New Zealand for the Oceanic General Meeting
in Wellington, was the matter concerning the Greek channel ERT. This request was based on the following line of thought:
that ERT would bring the Greek immigrants into direct contact with their motherland consequently strengthening the
feeling of being Greek, even though we live here in New Zealand. It must be taken into consideration that a great deal of
money is necessary for this to happen. However here is where the irony lies. We are asking from the SAE committee to
provide New Zealand with Greek channels to secure our Greekness . Nevertheless we are unable to do the most simple
thing and that is to get together, the few Greeks that have remained in Wellington, to spend the New Year celebrations
together, united (regardless of the efforts that the Wellington Greek Community, the κοινοτητα has placed).
People have become aware that the next step in securing our future here in New Zealand as Greeks, is the unification and
amalgamation of all Committees and Brotherhoods under one umbrella, one federation, to represent all Greeks no matter
where they are from. The youth s interest in our community has fallen to an all time low. If we, the few Greeks that are left
here remain divided into small committees with few members, how long do you think it will take before we become an
extinct minority in New Zealand?
Nowadays most committees are finding it difficult to get support for their events. Years ago people would fill the halls to
the maximum capacity. Now they struggle to get half the hall filled. Isn t it time to amalgamate and become united?
United we will only excel in New Zealand. United will be the only way for the youth of tomorrow to still live and feel as
Greek as we do now. For this to happen though, certain things must take place:
The formation of a federation body with members of each committee.
The sale of assests owned by the local Greek associations.
The investment in a Community Centre that will cater for ALL our needs.
For example the Indians here in Wellington come from 5
different tribes and have managed to build one of the most
successful halls in Wellington. Not only that, but they have
the ability to ask the government for assistance and are not
refused, as they remain a fundamental minority united. On
the other hand we are one community divided into so many
committees and brotherhoods. What would happen if we
were to unite? Would we lose our origin, forget the village
we came from? This I surely doubt.
To ask for the Greek TV channels to be brought over to New
Zealand so we can feel Greek in order not to lose our culture,
our heritage, our language is not illogical. However an
essential tool to help preserve our nationality is for us Greeks
to become actively involved within the Community, as it
would result in more beneficial outcomes for our children
in the long run. There are many closet Greeks out there
that have the education, the business sense, the work ethic
and the nous that could pull this off. We cannot expect our
parents to continue to prop up our community and hold onto
the vestiges of the past when we have the ability to move
But from the facts that we all know, this will remain an
unfulfilled dream and the consequences will the be total
extinction of our community in New Zealand within another
generation. Even though, I do hope one day that the Greeks
in Wellington unite to build a better future not only for us,
but also for our youth.
by Dean Kalimiou
The weekend SAE Youth Conference that took place in Wellington
over 8-9 November 2003 was certainly an eye opener, ever more
so because it bore practical fruit, almost before it had closed.
DJ Krazy Kon
I have decided to alter a little the style of
this article and instead of featuring
venues where Greek Nights take place,
in this month’s issue I’m going to focus
on the source of music, in other words
the DJs. As in all honesty they are the
ones that have complete control of
selecting the music as well as setting the
mood and atmosphere of the night.
Landing in Wellington is a surreal experience. Firstly, the verdant
and mountainous terrain reminds one of the majestic,
uncompromising and yet at the same time serene tranquillity of
Samos. This is definitely a place that has to be settled by Greeks.
And so it is. Interacting with the Greek community of Wellington
is like entering a parallel universe, where all things are familiar and
yet subtly different. In its isolation the Wellington Greek community
is remarkably reminiscent to Melbourne in the late 70s and early
80s. It is a community, much like that in Melbourne whose first
generation has fragmented into 15 organisations all of which are
asset rich and in direct parallel to much of the organised Greek
community here, sit on these assets and do not utilise them, being
contented rather, to have an annual barbeque, rather than actively
engage in maintaining the identities of their members.
by Gina Gouvatsos
It would only be appropriate to
concentrate on the true Australian
DJ Krazy Kon with Anna Vissi
pioneer among these artists and that
would be no other than Kon Daris a.k.a
Krazy Kon. Krazy Kon is an Australian-Greek born in Sydney. However
his career does not remain limited within this city, on the contrary his
reputation expands all over Australia. He makes interstate appearances
every month, which is evident through his agenda for the beginning of
the year, January-Darwin, February-Perth, March-Canberra, May-Brisbane
and hopefully in the middle of the year he will be penciling in Wellington
New Zealand.
As a result of this ‘barbeque’ philosophy, most of the youth has
been alienated. Nevertheless, it is fortunate in the interim that the
‘barbeque’ approach has been tempered by the ‘soccer’ approach
in the interim. New Zealand Greeks love their soccer, the youth
take an active interest in it and this has helped to cement a sense of
identity. Yet this approach is losing its effectiveness. Neglect by
community organisations and marginalisation of those not
interested in soccer has given rise to the phenomenon of the ‘mystery
Greek’ i.e. those youth that play not part in the Greek community,
do not participate in its events and are met with incredulity by
other Greeks who cross their path never having seen them before.
As well, the limited knowledge of the language and its eventual loss
will cause even this tie to become sundered. As we were informed
Greek schools are few and poorly attended.
This Sydney DJ has been in the Greeek Australian music industry for 13
years within which he has managed to accomplish nearly everything
without exaggeration. In 1990 he worked for a mobile company but in a
few years he managed to branch off specialising in Greek music.
Nonetheless it must be stated at this point that DJ KK continued expanding
and challenging himself. In fact he managed to break away from just
djing at clubs and Greek Nights, specifically:
He has been the official support act in Australian tours for many
prestigious Greek singers such as Sakis Rouvas (1997), Giorgos Alkaios
(1999), Nikos Kourkoulis (1999), Despina Vandi (2002) and Anna
Vissi (2002).
He is the first Greek DJ and third Australian DJ to be sponsored by
Pioneer Electronics.
He has his own promotional event company called ‘Dancebox’, which
you can check out at www.dancebox.com.au.
He released his own CD Compilation called ‘Greece 2004’ about 2
months ago.
The older members of the community however very quickly advise
the delegates of their focus. They can be summarised in two points
1. Provision of Greek television and 2. The better functioning of
the Greek Embassy. It emerges from the complaints from many
Greeks of Wellington that embassy staff view their post as a place
of exile and do not make efforts to assist the Greek community
either in organisation or in retaining contacts with Greece. As one
person stated: “They come to a cocktail party once a year. That’s
about it.”
The SAE youth delegates were greatly moved by the passion of many
of the Wellington Youth to retain their identity.[….] It has been
resolved that such assistance that must be provided to the youth
must take the form of increased communication with Australia given
that communication with Greece is difficult and, in the words of
one of the Wellington youth: ‘I only feel Greek when I visit
Melbourne.” For the time being then, it appears that though we
have our own problems, we have inadvertently assumed the role of
a metropolis of Hellenism. Let us hope we live up to that role.
Kon’s latest achievement ie releasing a fully mixed CD compilation, has
been his biggest goal thus far, as this has never been done before by a
local DJ in Australia. It is amazing that in the short span it has been on
the market, ‘Greece 2004’ has just hit 13,000 units and has managed to
commercialise Greek music in the mainstream of the Australian music
industry. As Krazy Kon informed me, he is very proud of the final product
in terms of music, packaging and price which was acknowledged also by
SONY Music Australia who are the distributors for his new CD. ‘Greece
2004’ consists of tracks which are this artist’s personal favourites and vary
from tsiftetelia and zembekika to dance and handraisers. The first CDcalled ‘Club Sessions’-has been fully mixed by the Aussie DJ KK while
CD2-called ‘Bar Sessions’- is a collection of his favourite alternative baraki
songs among which are some very unique and captivating tracks. This
success has led to the planning of the second volume of ‘Greece 2004’
which should be out by the Olympic Games.
It was moving to see the degree of church attendance and
participation. Though by now it is given that wherever a Greek
settles he will build a church, to celebrate the feast of St Nektarios
in the packed homonymous church is an unforgettable experience.
So much so when the priest conducting the liturgy is a native Kiwi
[Father Ian] with no other links to Hellenism. Even in far New
Zealand, our identity has managed to move others to embrace it.
DJ Krazy Kon has been booked for the next GOYANZ Baraki night to
be held on July 3rd. For further information check out Krazy Kon’s
site www.djkrazykon.com .
Source: Neos Kosmos-English Edition, Monday 17th of Nov 2003
of February. He is close to obtaining a Greek passport, which is necessary
for him to not count against the foreign player limit there. He is eligible to
obtain a Greek passport by virtue of the fact that his father was born in
Greece. Despite the fact that he did not get his passport in time to beat
the January transfer window, he is looking forward to training with the
club for the rest of the season - although he will not be able to take part in
any competitive matches. It was not clear at press time if he would be
able to play in friendlies with AEK before next season.
Philipakos played three seasons of university soccer – the first year at St.
John’s University in New York, and the last two at American University in
Washington D.C. He had trained in England at one point with Manchester
City and had also attracted attention from another English side, Crystal
Palace. But he opted not to join either. He had spent also spent a couple
of summers as a youth with Panathinaikos’ youth teams.
By Nicholas Koliarakis
We begin this edition’s column with very sad news
– the passing of Virginia Commonwealth
University soccer player Nicole Marie Megaloudis.
Nicole was killed in a single-car accident on the
morning of February 9th in Goochland County,
Virginia. According to the Richmond TimesDispatch newspaper, she lost control of her car and
crashed into a tree on the median of Interstate
highway 64 and later died of her injuries.
A coach friend of Philipakos’ in New York, Luca Lucovic, recommended
Peter to then AEK coach Dusan Bajevic (with whom Lucovic is friends),
and sent him over for a tryout over the Christmas holidays. He succeeded
quite well playing at a central attacking midfield position in training.
According to Philipakos, Bajevic was impressed with his play and asked
Philipakos’ father to meet with the club’s president and accountant to
work out a contract.
Playing at central midfield was a change for Philipakos as he had been
accustomed to playing outside midfield with American University.
Philipakos said that one of his strengths is his ability to cross the ball well
from either side. He also said that facing the goal, he can take on opposing
players and beat them. Despite being only 5’ 9” and weighing 160 lbs, he
has a strong body and can hold the ball well. He said that his long-distance
passing is another one of his strengths. He also can play at forward - such
is his ability to finish. His versatility should serve AEK well in the future.
Although Bajevic has since resigned as AEK’s head coach, Philipakos is
looking forward to meeting AEK’s new head coach, former Romanian
international Ilie Dumitrescu and is looking to make his mark next season
in the A’ Ethnikis.
Philipakos joins another North American, defender Stathis Kapos, at AEK.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Kapos recently earned his first cap for Canada
under new head coach Frank Yallop. Look for more on Philipakos and
Kapos in future editions of “Ta Matia”.
A native of Potomac Falls, Virginia, Nicole had just
completed her freshman season playing for the
women’s soccer team at VCU. She played at
outside midfield and started twelve of the team’s 20 games, logging one
goal and one assist. She led all VCU rookies in points, shots, and minutes
played. She was also looking to represent Greece on their women’s soccer
team in the Olympics this summer in Athens.
Nicole was an outstanding soccer player in high school, having played on
her school’s state championship team in 2000 and being named to several
all-star teams. She also helped her club side, Pride of McLean, to win six
Virginia state championships. She also was a star in the classroom as she
was a member of the National Honor Society at Potomac Falls High School.
A third-generation Greek-American soccer player, she was a first cousin to
St. Peter’s College soccer player Chris Megaloudis, whose story we
documented in the last edition of “Ta Matia”. Her brother, also named
Chris, has played at the University of Virginia and will play at Florida
International University next season. Her father Nick Megaloudis and uncle
Gus Megaloudis were professional soccer players. Her stepfather, Thomas
Rongen, coached the U.S. national Under-20 team to the quarterfinals in
the World Cup for that age group last year in the United Arab Emirates.
Mother Gail Rongen works as an Administrative Assistant to U.S. national
team coach Bruce Arena.
Her untimely passing was a major blow to those who knew her. She was
praised by Chris Brown, co-women’s head soccer coach at VCU, for her
personal qualities as well as her soccer abilities. Brown told the TimesDispatch that Nicole “had already had an immediate impact as a freshman
and was only going to get better as her career went on”. Brown also told
the Times-Dispatch, “But, believe me, whatever I could say about her as a
player, I could multiply by 100 when talking about her as a person. It’s
going to be impossible to replace the energy and enthusiasm she brought
to every day.”
In keeping with their mission of perpetuating Hellenism, the Order of
AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) recently
held the “Spirit of Olympism and Hellenism” poster contest. The contest,
open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 across the United States, sought
to give those students who entered it a greater appreciation and
understanding of the spirit of fellowship and peace through sport. It is
such a spirit that brings athletes from all over the world together for the
quadrennial Summer and Winter versions of the games. The contest’s
other purposes were to celebrate the return of the Olympics to the country
of their origin and also to highlight the cultural and athletic legacy of the
Hellenistic Period, which greatly influenced Western Civilization and led
to the modern revival of the games in 1896.
The winner of the
contest was Jisoo Kim, a
12th Grade student at
Bayside High School in
the New York City
borough of Queens. She
wins an all-expense paid
trip for two to Greece.
The second through
seventh place winners
were awarded cash
prizes. Congratulations Jisoo Kim with her winning entry in the AHEPA
contest. She is faned by two AHEPAns.
to Jisoo and all the Poster
On the left is Empire District 6 Governor
young people who Theodore Manolios. On the right is Poster
Contest Project Coordinator John Koronakos.
As this was going to press, a funeral service was scheduled for February
14th at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia.
We at “Ta Matia” send our condolences out to Nicole’s family and friends.
May her memory be eternal.
In our last issue, we documented Paul Kolovos’
exploits playing for the youth team at AEK Athens.
After the youth team played to a 1-1 tie against
their counterparts from Panathinaikos the
weekend of January 31st, Kolovos left AEK and
returned to the U.S. He informed “Ta Matia” that
he will play for Florida International University
this fall as he has retained his collegiate eligibility.
Kolovos’ leaving the club, however, does not
mean that AEK will be without American
representation. Peter Philipakos, a native of Glen
Cove, Long Island, New York, has signed with
the team and was to leave for Greece on the 20th
BRILLIANT, simply brilliant. Emmones
Idees is one of Kaiti Garbis best ever
albums. There are 15 tracks, plus a bonus
remix on the CD and also a bonus DVD.
Antres is a superb trademark tsifteteli and
is worth the price of the album alone.
All of the ballads are so well sung and
produced that they deserve to be hits in their own right. There are 3
hasapika, 2 zeibekika, 1 karsilama ballad, 2 modern dance tracks
including the remix, there’s also Antres and the remaining tracks are
all modern ballads. This album was a pleasure to listen to. This album
is up there with Ploutarhos and Sfakianakis. Emmones Idees is a must
have... 8/10
Χρυσο Πακετο DOUBLE CD
Released every year, the Χρυσο Πακετο
double CD always offers a wide selection
of Greek songs. The idea is that it can’t
go wrong in terms of its popularity with
the greater part of the music loving public,
as it is a compilation of some of the most
recent hits of the Greek music scene.
These two CDs contain something for
everyone, whether you’re a fan of
Greekstyle bubblegum pop or the more
intense λαικα/ζειµπεκικα…or anything in between! Αννα Βισση,
Nατασα Θεοδωριδου and Γιωργος Αλκαιος are all here, as are
Tριανταφυλλος, Mαντω and Antique. Some of the many highlights of
the two CDs are ‘Tρεµω’ (Aντωνης Ρεµος), ‘H Aγαπη Αρχηγος’
(Xρηστος Παζης), ‘Tετοια Αγαπη’ by newcomer Eυα Mιλλη and the
very upbeat songs ‘Ενα Πλασµα του Θεου’ by Αννετα Μαρµαρινου
and ‘Θελω Αποψε να Χορεψω’ by Καιτη Γαρµπη. CD 2 also contains a
bonus track, namely the Ketchup Song - remember that hit from about
a year ago? Yes, the one that was so bad it was good! Of course the
collection wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory few tracks
featuring various new “artists” (more like one hit wonders) that the
Greek music industry regularly churns out. But if you put those to the
side, you have two CDs that will enrich your Greek music collection.
On Friday 16 April at
6.30pm the New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra is
performing in the Michael
Fowler Centre. One of the
highlights of this concert will
be the World Premiere of New
Zealand composer John
Psathas’ Piano Concerto,
performed by New York based
pianist Stephen Gosling.
Based at Victoria University,
John Psathas is Co-ordinator of Composition and is well know
for his affinity for Greek music. Also included in this lovely
programme will be Grieg’s famous and captivating Peer Gynt
Suite No 1 and Brahms’ magnificent Third Symphony.
We are delighted to offer members of the Wellington Greek
Community a 10% discount off single ticket prices. Tickets
from only $18 (normally $20) can be purchased from Ticketek
(04) 384 3840. (Booking fees will apply).
We can now receive the
Greek TV Channel ERT
Andonis Remos - Χωρις Αναπνοη
It is without any exaggeration a CD which made thousands of people
ecstatic. This new CD with the title ‘Χωρις Αναπνοη’ (Breathless)
broke all sale records and reached platinum within 7 days, selling over
80,000 copies. The funniest thing is that the well-established artist
Andonis Remos was not even in Greek territory to taste his dramatic
success as he was touring America with his counterpart Aλκηστη
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From this album Andonis has been characterised as the most important
artist of his generation who has a lot more to offer in the years to
come. However this singer couldn’t have achieved his success without
Γιωργο Θεοφανους, who was once again the sole creator of the lyrics
and melody to these songs. Most of the tracks provide a rather different
style to Remos’ older CDs as the melodies are much softer and sweeter
but the lyrics remain just as deep and meaningful as in his previous
work. Don’t expect to find any upbeat tunes or remixes, as this album
mirrors Andonis more mellow and mature side. 9/10
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Attention: Selwyn
It is a well-known fact that for various reasons Greeks can be found
scattered all around the world. Some of these Greeks migrated to
these countries in search of a better life and future and others were
born in these countries. However the yearning to be Greek remains
and Greek blood continues to run through their veins.
Mardi Gras the Greek Way!
As a result many of these immigrants first and second generation
want to return to Greece either permanently or for vacation. This
leads to a sea of questions and the majority concern the compulsory
military service for men, such as whether or not it is required for
immigrants to carry out their service in the army and if so for how
long etc. The main points are:
Apart from those balmy Summer months, one of the most fun times
to visit Greece is in February or March every year, during the celebration
of Αποκριες. Αποκρια literally means the last day of eating meat before
the beginning of fasting; the celebrations last for the 3 Sundays before
Σαρακοστη (Lent), so this year the celebrations are on from the 8th
until the 22nd of February. The following day is Καθαρη ∆ευτερα
(“Clean Monday”), the first official day of Lent. It is a public holiday in
Greece and a time most people spend in the countryside, eating
νηστησιµα ϕαγητα (Lenten foods) such as λαγανα (unleavened bread)
and χαλβα. It is also customary for everyone to fly kites.
Greeks that are permanent residents abroad do not have to
serve the Greek army. If you’re wondering who is considered
to be a permanent resident abroad it includes those individuals
who were born abroad or who left Greece for another country
before the month January of the year they turned 11.
However it must be noted that a permanent resident of a foreign
country can visit Greece up to 6 months either consecutively or
not within a year (ie 1st of January-31st of December). In the
case that an individual stays longer than 6 months within this
one year they will automatically be considered as permanent
residents of Greece. Therefore they will be required to carry
out the service for at least 12 months with the condition that
they are between the ages of 19-45.
The celebration of Αποκριες - the Greek equivalent of Halloween and
Mardi Gras - contains many non-Christian elements. These can be
traced back to Ancient Greece and the Dionysian rituals which
celebrated the end of Winter and ensured a good harvest for the rest
of the year. Dionysus was the God of wine and merrymaking, and the
connection between Αποκριες and the jovial pagan rites (such as
singing and dancing) through which his followers worshipped him is
evident in the festive atmosphere that overtakes towns and villages
throughout Modern Greece during that time. By tradition Christians
turn inward in preparation for Easter during Σαρακοστη, and Αποκριες
provide everyone with the opportunity to let loose before that period
of discipline starts.
During the Carnival people of all ages - especially the younger ones of
course - take to the streets dressed in all sorts of costumes, laughing
and playing practical jokes on each other. We all know how much
Greeks love a good party! Traditionally everyone made as much noise
as possible, in order to ward off evil spirits - though today most people
just see it as an excuse to have a blast without caring too much about
decorum. There are streamers and confetti everywhere, and various
events are organised in many towns and villages. The best-known
festival is that of Patra, but other important carnivals take place in
Xanthi, Komotini and Kastoria in Northern Greece, Kerkyra (Corfu) in
the Ionian Islands and Rethymno in Crete. These are only a few
examples, so if you ever find yourself in Greece during that time of the
year, there’s bound to be some sort of festivity near you - enjoy!
An important exception to this is made for those individuals
that wish to study at tertiary level in Greece, in which case they
are allowed to stay in Greece up to 12 years without loosing
their status of a permanent resident abroad.
The Greek government however welcomes those permanent
residents abroad who wish to carry out their military service.
Furthermore they add an additional incentive that they will only
have to serve in the army for 6 months either consecutively or
break it up into
shorter segments,
for example 2x3
months or even 3x2
It is advisable that
you contact the
Greek Embassy for
more information.
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More than 600 Athens families have signed up to a home
rental scheme during the Olympics, organisers say.
Country: Greece
Birthdate: 19.09.1982
Birthplace: Hania, Crete
Plays: Right-handed
Current Ranking: 22
Highest Singles Ranking: 22
Career Singles Titles: 2
Their target is a minimum of 3,000 homes with an optimistic goal of
5,000. With Athens hotels having half the capacity of Sydney or Atlanta,
organisers are also bringing in cruise ships to accommodate visitors to
the Games in August. “We have 600 contracted residences with an
average of 15 deals signed daily,” Konstantinos Pallis, managing director
of Filoxenia ’04, told reporters. Filoxenia ’04 is the joint venture of
two consortia appointed by organisers to rent private homes for visitors.
Round 32
Defending Champion, Eleni Daniilidou from Greece, started Round
32 in Auckland with a great win over Jelen Kostanic from Croatia,
beating her in 2 sets, 6-2, 7-6 with 2 tie-breaks in the second set.
After the match Eleni said, “ In the second set I was not moving as
well or hitting the ball well. I just tried to fight and finally at the end
of the second set, I found my game again. I didn’t feel any pressure
as I felt confident due to being the defending champion. I’m happy it
only went to 2 sets, because it was really hot out there.”
Pallis said more than 24,000 homeowners have expressed interest in
the scheme. So far there are confirmed bookings for more than 300
homes. Rates for a minimum stay of six nights range from 2,520 euros
for two to three people in a typical Athenian house to as high as 3,600
euros for the same number of people in a luxury residence in the capital.
Prices also depend on the distance to sports venues and the size of the
homes. Smaller homes in the city centre could be added to the scheme
after the Greek National Tourist Organisation lifted a ban on homes
built before a 1981 earthquake that struck the capital, Pallis said,
provided they met safety requirements.
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) bt Jelen Kostanic (CRO) 6-2, 7-6(2)
Round 16
It was another glorious day in Auckland for Round 16 and for Eleni
Daniilidou. Eleni met Emmanuelle Gagliardi in a heated first set for
Daniilidou, beating Emmanuelle 7-6 with 2 tie-breaks. Eleni showed
in the second set what champions are made of, beating Emmanuelle
Angelina Jolie to Be Torchbearer for
Athens Olympics
Tue February 24, 2004
Oscar-winning American actress Angelina Jolie will trade her leather
Lara Croft outfit for a tracksuit later this year after agreeing to be one
of the final torchbearers at the Athens Olympics. In a letter to Athens
Games organizers released Tuesday, Jolie, star of the two “Lara Croft”
adventure movies, agreed to run one of the very last legs of the relay in
Athens, the day before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the
opening ceremony on August 13.
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) bt Emmanuelle Gagliardi 7-6(2), 6-2
Quarter Final
Quarter Final time and Eleni Daniilidou met Meilen Tu from Japan.
Eleni once again took the first set with a tie-break beating Meilen 7-5
in the first set and comfortably winning the second set 6-2.
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) bt Meilen Lu (JAP) 7-5, 6-2
The 29-year-old actress will carry the Olympic torch for a few hundred
meters on the afternoon of August 12, as the international relay comes
to a close in the Greek capital after crossing all five continents. “I would
consider it an honor to run with the Olympic torch as a gesture of
hope for refugees and to express my active support for sport and world
peace,” Jolie said.
Semi Finals
In the Semi Finals, Daniilidou was determined to go all the way to
the Finals. Her next opponent, Paolo Suarez from Argentina, had bet
her last 3 opponents at the tournament with ease.
Suarez served ten double faults including three in the vital first set tiebreak and made numerous unforced errors as Daniilidou mixed up
the pace and depth of the rallies. The first set tie-break won by
Daniilidou 15-13 equaled the fifth longest in WTA history and kept a
vocal crowd on the edge of their seats. Both players had numerous
chances to clinch the set, before the defending champion finally
clinched the 28-point epic. Fears that Daniilidou would tire after
three matches on Thursday did not come to fruition as Suarez’s
unforced errors continued. Both players struggled to hold serve in
the second set and it was fitting that Daniilidou clinched the match
on Suarez’s 44th unforced error in the tenth game. Daniilidou was far
from perfect herself, serving 8 double faults and dishing up 31 unforced
errors but the crowd left the center court happy. They love Daniilidou
and Daniilidou loves the ASB classic.
Border checkpoints upgraded for 2004
Olympic Games
Athens, 20/02/2004
The Hellenic Tourism Real Estate (ETA) company, in cooperation with
the Development, Public Order, Internal Affairs and Culture ministries,
as well as with regional authorities, has designed and implemented a
renovation program to upgrade Greece’s border checkpoints which,
being entrances to the country, are often vital in creating the first and
lasting impression a visitor has of the country.
The five checkpoints, termed ‘’Olympic Gates,’’ that were upgraded
in view of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games are: Evzonoi, Promahonas,
Public Order Minister George Floridis will inaugurate the Evzonoi
checkpoint on Saturday, while Development Minister Akis
Tsohatzopoulos will inaugurate the Promahonas checkpoint.
The projects began in March 2003 with a total budget of 5 million
euros and involved a complete refurbishment of the checkpoints,
including the external structure and premises used by the public inside.
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) bt Paola Suarez (ARG) 7-6(15-13), 6-4
Eleni Daniilidou retained her ASB Classic title with a 6-3 6-2 victory
over American teenager Ashley Harkleroad in 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Harkleroad had become a favourite during the week of the
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tournament, but the 18year-old was no match for
Daniilidou, who wasted no
time in taking the first set 63 where Harkleroad dropped
her serve in the first game of
the second set to begin an
uphill struggle. Although
the teenager fought back
even in the second set at 11 by breaking the Greek’s
serve, she quickly lost the next two games and could not come
back from 3-1 down. Daniilidou’s victory sees her ranking climb
to 22 in the world. Greece’s defending champion became the first
woman in fifteen years to defend the ASB Classic title in Auckland
on Saturday 10th January 2004. Harkleroad took home a cheque
(Halva for Lent)
Lent is just around the corner and in specific it starts this year
from the 23rd of February-thn+Kaqara+Deutera until the 11th
of April-Pasca ie for 40 days. During this time it is customary
for many people to sacrifice some main components of the
food chain (such as meat, all dairy products etc). The main
reason for this procedure is on the one hand to show respect
and gratitude to Christ who gave up his life for mankind, and
on the other to cleanse their body and soul to receive Holy
Communion. However this by no means implies that your
diet must become boring and mundane, on the contrary several
are those that become very creative during this time of year.
Consequently in order to avoid just eating xero+ywmi a very
easy and delectable recipe has been selected to sweeten up
these religious days of Lent.
+ cup of oil
1 + cups of semolina
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1 +-2 cups of sugar
• Dear Thea, At the baraki night, I was blinded by the amazing
shining medallions hanging off the hairy chests of the Greek
boys. Where can I get a chest like that from? Maria
1 piece of cinnamon
5-6 cloves
Dear Maria,You can order them off the net at hairychestsareus.gr.
Postage and handling is included in the E150 fee. These are exclusive
hair attachment pieces and are to be treated with respect. Good
luck and enjoy. Thea
2 cups of water
• Dear Thea, I went to an Engleziko kafeneo and asked for a trim
goat’s milk latte. They looked at me as if I was the fresh-offthe-boat WOG that I am and gave me cow’s milk instead. How
am I meant to drink this skoupedi? Manoli
Heat the oil in a saucepan with a thick base and add the
semolina. On a low heat, stir until the mixture whitens
quite a bit. Add sugar, spices and water.
Dear Manoli, In New Zealand, we drink cow’s milk. You’re not in
the village now Doctor Manoli. Get use to it! Thea
Mix the halva mixture for a few minutes and when it
thickens remove the saucepan from the element. Then
cover it with a tea towel and the lid to the saucepan.
Leave it for 20 minutes until placing the mixture into a
single big tin/tupper or into several smaller ones. Serve
the halva cold after having sprinkled it with cinnamon or
• Dear Thea, The e-mail has gone around showing the Greek
Olympic swimming team. How do they manage to reach the
finishing line? Efi
Dear Efi, At the finishing line, there is a Yiayia, dressed in black,
with a big piatela of feta, kalamata olives, psomi and baklava
waiting to replace any calories that may have been burnt off in the
race. This is how they keep their amazing figures as well as aiming
high to reach the finishing line. Thea
With almonds: Add to the semolina + cup of finely cut
blanched almonds.
With walnuts and sultanas: Follow the recipe above but when
removing the saucepan from the element add + cup of thickly
cut walnuts and 2 tablespoons of white sultanas.
• Dear Thea, Paska is upon us. I have shied away from church
recently due to my amazing social life at the moment. Can I
just give up kreas for Paska and nothing else? George
Dear George, I totally understand that your social life is vital to
your survival amongst your Englezi friends since the Greek kids are
forced to come around to your house all the time with their parents
to visit. After all, giving up meat is enough as you can still eat
“lamb” like Thea Voula said on My Big Fat Greek Wedding!! To
refresh yourself with this line, hire the video. This is gospel. Thea
1 flitzani+tsagiou ladi
1 flitzani+tsagiou contro simigdali
1-2 flitzania tsagiou zacarh
1 kommati flouda kanelaV
• Dear Thea, Bob the builder, Taso the train driver and now Yianni
5-6 garufala
the rubbish collector. Is this true? (You know who I’m talking
about). Panayioti
2 flitzania tsagiou nero
Dear Panayioti, Bob the builder? Yes. It’s true. From one good
sector to another – especially now after the foods. Thea
Hilton Petone Cup - Olympic A v Brooklyn A
The Wellington Olympic Afc first team started the 2004 Hilton Petone
in solid fashion with a 2-0 win over a combative BNU side. With a
number of practises cancelled due to weather conditions, the players
produced a display that had some inconsistency but overall they shown
signs that they have the ability to build on last year’s efforts.
Joe Lupi in action
The first half saw Olympic dominate across the park with a number of
opportunities being created, Geoff Brown caused major problems with
his pace and control, with solid performance in the midfield from
Darren Cheriton, Steve Romijn and Karl Whalen, with the defence
being marshalled well by Barry Lewis.
Benn Dawson “skirts the tall timber”
The second half saw a continuation of Olympic’s dominance plus the
introduction of Benn Dawson and Joe Lupi, the latter producing a
excellent 45 minutes scoring two goals and hitting the bar once. Overall
the team produced some good passing football and clearly showed
that they have the ability to step to the next level to ensure they are
ready for the beginning of what will be a vital Premier season for all
clubs in the Wellington region
Karl Whalen
in the “thick
of it”
Goal Scorers : Joe Lupi (2)
Olympic: Dave Finley / Rowan Gwilliam / Barry Lewis / Sam Higgins / Jared
Curtis / Darren Cheriton (c) / Karl Whalen / Steve Romijn / Jimmy Haidakis
/ Scott James / Geoff Brown - Subs: Wayne Rooker / Brett Stevens / Joe Lupi
(on for Scott James) / Benn Dawson (on for Jared Curtis).

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