On the 13th April 2022, the France New Zealand Association celebrated its 40th (+1) anniversary at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, an event which had been postponed since 2021 due to the pandemic. The event was a great opportunity for the French-New Zealand community to get together after two years.
France New Zealand Association President, Georgia Aussenac, opened the evening by welcoming all those present and introducing the new New Zealand Ambassador to France, Portugal, Senegal, Monaco and the OECD, Caroline Bilkey, who gave some welcoming remarks.
The evening continued with a recital of French and New Zealand songs composed by Albert Roussel and Anthony Ritchie by French soprano, Anne-Sophie Petit, and flautist, Alexis Kossenko, and a poetry reading by the very first Katherine Mansfield Fellow, Owen Leeming, from his book Latitudes published in 2021.
This was followed by a cocktail and a magnificent cake prepared by the President and Secretary of the Association, Georgia and Clément Aussenac.
Guests received copies of the 40th Anniversary Gazette, published for this special occasion, that recounts the last 40 years of the Association.
For more information about the Gazette, click here.