December 2016

Goethe Society Wellington 2016 Christmas Dinner

Thursday, 1 December 2016 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Deli (199-201 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn Village)

img_8693The Goethe Society Wellington invites you to join Members and Friends of the Society to celebrate a very busy year of events and activities and to catch up in social setting over dinner (own expense). The Brooklyn Deli is fully licensed. This is a private function so the Brooklyn Deli Team have prepared a set menu and prices for our group. Some parking is available behind the Deli. Please RSVP by Monday, 28 November to and include your choice of main. Find out more »

September 2016

New Zealand/Germany Scientific Relationships, including Associate Professor Nancy Bertler’s work in Antarctica.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 7.30 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, MYLT 101, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade


The Goethe Society Wellington invites you to an evening about New Zealand/Germany Scientific Relationships, including Associate Professor Nancy Bertler’s work in Antarctica.
Part 1: Associate Professor Nancy Bertler, a New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellow, will talk about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – Implications for Global Sea Level. Rapid deglaciation of West Antarctica remains a primary uncertainty in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Predictions for 21st Century sea level rise. The recent and unpredicted collapse of multiple ice shelves, rapid acceleration of Antarctic ice discharge, and large scale changes in atmospheric circulation and ocean currents suggest that dynamical responses to warming play a more significant role than is currently understood and captured in coupled climate-ice sheet models. New results from current research projects (i.e. RICE, ANDRILL, WAIS) indicate a higher climate sensitivity of the Antarctic ice sheets than previously thought.
Part 2: New Zealand and Germany’s science relationship – recent history and future prospects. Rick Petersen, Senior Advisor, International Science Partnerships Team, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, will discuss highlights from the past couple of years in the New Zealand/Germany bilateral science relationship, identify some of the events that are likely to take place in 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement and give a flavour of where the relationship might develop over the next few years. Find out more »

September Filmabend: Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland/Almanya – Welcome to Germany

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 at 5.30 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, VZ 606, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Parade
Hüseyin Yilmaz came to Germany from Turkey in 1964, and later brought his wife and children. With warmth and a sense of humour, his granddaughter recounts their family history – whilst the clan is “back home” on holiday. Where their real home is, is a question they are all confronted with. Find out more »

August 2016

Heike Papenthin: The Current Refugee Situation in Germany & How Germans Handle it

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 7.30 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, MYLT 101, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade


Whenever talking about Germany these days, the topic comes up how this nation in the centre of Europe deals with the current refugee situation. As an active Couchsurfing host, Heike Papenthin has had many encounters with young Germans, who have shared their stories with her about their and their friends’ involvement – stories which should be told. Heike’s mother was a refugee in World War II which might explain her deep interest in the current refugee situation in Germany. Heike is the National Language Adviser for German supporting the development of German language education in New Zealand. Find out more »

June 2016

June Presentation – Sonnenwendefeier with Ingrid Kölle

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 at 7:30 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, MYLT 101, Murphy Building, Kelburn Parade
A reading from “Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt” Join us for the annual Sonnenwendefeier and listen to Ingrid Kölle read from her book “Neuseeland – ein Länderporträt” (German edition). This talk will be in both German and English, and there will be time for questions. Copies of her book (in German) will be available for purchase on the evening ($25, cash only)… Find out more »

May 2016

May Filmabend – Kaddisch für einen Freund

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 5:30 pm
Victoria University of Wellington, Von Zedlitz Building, VZ 606, Kelburn Parade
Kaddisch für einen Freund (2010/11)
Directed by Leo Khasin with a running time of 94 minutes
Ali ist neu im Kreuzberger Kiez. Als Flüchtling aus dem Libanon steht seine Duldung in Deutschland auf der Kippe. Die harten Jungs aus der Gegend geben ihm eine Mutprobe auf: in die Wohnung eines alten Nachbarn einzubrechen, einem russisch-jüdischen Emigranten. Danach muss Ali bei dem alten …   Find out more »