With Easter approaching, here’s a recipe to make your own Easter eggs at home or get the kids to make them.

Add a personal touch to your Easter eggs this year and discover the joy of making your own. Get the kids on board and with a little time and patience you’ll soon be whipping up impressive Easter egg creations at home.

What you’ll need

  • 400g of good quality cooking chocolate (for 2 large eggs)
  • Easter egg moulds (available from craft stores, such as Spotlight)

Step 1

Break the chocolate into similarly sized pieces and place in a heatproof bowl that will easily fit over a saucepan. Add a little water to the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Place the bowl over the simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. You want to keep the heat as low as possible to prevent the chocolate overheating and seizing.

Step 2

Using a ladle, fill the Easter egg mould about a quarter full with melted chocolate. Tilt and twist the mould to make sure the chocolate completely covers the whole mould, then tip any excess back into the bowl. Clean up the edges of the mould, then place it aside for 10 minutes to set.

Step 3

Once it’s set, pour in another ladleful of melted chocolate, repeating the twisting and twirling action to ensure it’s evenly covered. If you’re chocolate has become too hard, gently reheat over the simmering water until it reaches a pourable consistency. Place the mould aside to set.

Step 4

Repeat the process three or four times until the chocolate is thick enough. Don’t allow the excess to pool in the bottom of the mould, and ensure you keep the edges of the mould clean, otherwise you’ll have a jagged-edged final egg. Place the egg halves in the fridge for two hours to set.

Step 5

To remove the egg halves, gently but firmly pull the corners of the mould, allowing the egg to pop out. Melt a little more chocolate and dip one half of the egg into the hot chocolate. Quickly stick two egg halves together and hold firmly for a few moments to allow it to set. Place in the fridge for a final 10 minutes to completely set.

Step 6

Don’t forget to wrap the eggs in foil, cellophane or paper to add the final touch to your Easter creations.

new zealand chinese new year

New Zealand is famous for its diversity of the cultures and ethnic groups of its residents. Not only is New Zealand home to the Maori and Kiwi people, the country also contains a thriving Chinese community with significant numbers.

Every year, Chinese New Year is celebrated as the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar as well as being one of the oldest events in the world, dating back to more than 2,000 years ago.

Chinese New Year usually falls between the end of January and February with the upcoming 2018 Chinese New Year starting on the 16th of February. Celebrations usually last for 23 days which is derived from the lunar calendar.

The history of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Like many celebrations in the Western calendar, Chinese New Year is filled with traditional Chinese food, decorations, and captivating activities. Many of these traditions are passed down from the practices of ancient Chinese residents.

Chinese New Year is said to fend off a beast in Chinese beliefs. The beast is thought to be afraid loud noises and the colour red. Hence fireworks and the prominent red outfits during the celebrations actually have a meaning behind them.

These ancient beliefs were the foundations of the first New Year celebrations and it has been passed down to today’s generation where Chinese New Year is universally celebrated regardless of race and religion.

Usually, the first few days of Chinese New Year celebrations are observed as public holidays; some countries that do not have a significant Chinese background may have shorter holidays, however.

Things to do in New Zealand during Chinese New Year

Christchurch Lantern Festival

christchurch lantern festival

In the peaceful city of Christchurch, several events are held during Chinese New Year with one of them being the Chinese Lantern Festival on the weekends of the celebration.

Lantern festivals were traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the lunar month when the new year passes. The festival is widely acknowledged to originate from the belief that ghostly spirits can be seen under the light of the full moon.

Ancient Chinese people believed that the lanterns allowed them to spot these spirits during the festival.

Chinese New Year stargazing

Stargazing and star lore has always been an important observation for Chinese New Year celebrations. Since ancient times, the Eastern sky is observed during the night when the moon is in full shape.

Ancient Chinese astronomers studied and observed Jupiter’s orbit, finding out that it took the planet roughly 12 years to complete a cycle. This discovery was the foundation of the Chinese Zodiac, with each of the 12 years being associated with a different animal.

At the South Island’s Lake Tekapo, tourists can head over to famous stargazing spots to experience Chinese New Year in a unique way.  The ancient Chinese believed that Jupiter shines the brightest during Chinese New Year which is seen as an auspicious period for humans.

Auckland’s Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day

Every year in one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse cities, Auckland hosts an annual Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day which usually starts a few days before the date of the celebration itself.

This fantastic event started over 30 years ago and is still growing today with over 200 stalls of sumptuous Chinese delicacies and, cuisine, traditional fine arts and crafts, as well as performances such as the famous lion dance.

If you’re in Auckland at this time of the year, do yourself a favor and head over to the festival – you will love it!

Have a blast at SkyCity Auckland

auckland skytower

For more than 20 years, SkyCity Auckland has been celebrating Chinese New Year with massive fanfare and it has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the City of Sails.

For two weeks, the 328 meters tall Sky Tower will glow red and gold in accordance with traditional Chinese New Year colors. The beaming tower can be seen all across Auckland as a signal for residents to celebrate the new year in style.

Again, there will free entertainment in and around the tower such as will fantastic cultural performances, traditional Chinese drumming as well as modern events like acrobatics mixed with a touch of Chinese heritage.

 

We are nearing the end for our Xmas holiday break. So from us to you, we would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Merry Xmas and a Happy new year.

Our term 1 for 2018, starts on the 12 February 2018 but in the mean time head over to our website to enrol for any or all the courses for next year 

https://www.gcc.co.nz/

Our office will be open from the 5th February 2018 so pop in to say Hi 

 

With Guy Fawkes coming up on Sunday, here is some information on locations on where there will fireworks displays around Auckland.

 

Labour weekend is fast approaching, what will you be doing? Below are events happening in and around Auckland, that you can do with your kids. Lets hope the weather behaves for us too.

Our offices will be closed for Labour weekend but we will be back in the office Tuesday. 24 October, 2017

 

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24 June marks the beginning of Matariki for 2017.

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. This appears over New Zealand skies in June this year, marking the start of Māori New Year.

Bring your whanau and join your community for wonderful celebrations and festivities.

 

Matariki On the Waterfront

Where:Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Website:

Listed by:Fresh Concept

Celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, at Silo Park this year! Experience an incredible light installation by Angus Muir Design, Puna Kai by Food Space, the Mighty Matariki Markets, a UV Zone and loads more over the weekend.

Friday 5pm – 10pm
Kick off the weekend with a drink, tunes and some delicious, hot kai. Some of NZ’s finest street food vendors will be serving Puna Kai – unique dishes with a Māori twist.

Saturday 12pm – 5pm
It’s the first day of the Mighty Matariki Markets! Meander through all kinds of arts, crafts, clothing and other stalls before tucking into some street food. The tunes will be spinning throughout the afternoon thanks to the Māori HiFi DJ’s.

Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Tune your taringas into a variety of performances and enjoy your Sunday by the silos. Celebrate tikanga Māori with the whole whānau at the Mighty Matariki Markets.

The silos will be shining all weekend with the galaxy light installation and UV zone. Our street food vendors will also be serving their delicious dishes across the weekend.

Are you looking for part time work in Auckland? Perhaps you know someone who may be interested? Rutherford College, in Te Atatu Peninsula, is looking for an Assistant Office Manager for their Community Education programme.

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The long weekend is upon us, and the weather doesn’t seem to be behaving itself. Whether you going away or staying indoors, here are a few activities happening around Auckland for the long weekend.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

 

Queen’s Birthday Weekend Events in Auckland – Friday 2 June 2017 to Monday 5 June 2017

Queen's Birthday On Queens Wharf

Queen’s Birthday On Queens Wharf

Festivals & Lifestyle – Family Entertainment Events
Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD

From Saturday 3 June 2017 to Monday 5 June 2017
Tally ho! Queen’s Birthday on Queens Birthday is back again with more entertainment, activities and surprises than you can shake a stick at. We’re pleased as punch to bring you the very best of British culture this… More…


The Music of Cream - 50th Anniversary Tour

The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary Tour

Concerts & Gig Guide – Pop Events
Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD

Today only at 8:00 p.m.
Ginger Baker. Jack Bruce. Eric Clapton. Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. The fiery union… More…


Streetfood Station

Streetfood Station

Festivals & Lifestyle – Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Mt Albert Market, Mt Albert, Auckland Central

Today to Friday 22 December 2017
A weekly event with a revolving selection of Auckland’s best food trucks along with a licensed bar serving craft beer and organic wine. The site is covered so the event will take place no matter the weather outside. More…


Like Sex

Like Sex

Performing Arts – Theatre Events
The Basement, Auckland CBD

Today to Saturday 3 June 2017
The kids aren’t alright. Prudes, sl*ts, users and the used – in a carousel of episodic scenes, Like Sex tears into the tropes of teenage sex as social, political and sexual desires smash together with no sign of… More…


The Classic Comedy Allstars

The Classic Comedy Allstars

Performing Arts – Comedy Events
The Classic Comedy Club, Auckland CBD

Today to Saturday 30 September 2017
Every Friday and Saturday our Comedy Allstars take to the stage at NZ’s home of live comedy. Featuring a selection of our top headliners and rising stars. 4 to 5 comedians in a 2-hour show plus the occasional… More…


Doc Edge International Film Festival

Doc Edge International Film Festival

Festivals & Lifestyle – Festivals Events
Q Theatre, Auckland CBD

Today to Monday 5 June 2017
2017 brings the latest crop of the globe’s best documentaries to New Zealand audiences for the highly-anticipated Doc Edge Festival. Doc Edge Festival is an Oscar-qualifying film festival and Australasian’s… More…


The Winter Night Sky

The Winter Night Sky

Performing Arts – Film Events
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Royal Oak, Auckland Central

Today to Wednesday 30 August 2017
Join us at 8pm to learn about the planets, stars and constellations that are visible in the night sky this winter in this presenter-led show. Sit back and relax in the high-back, reclined seats in the Stardome’s… More…


Queen It's A Kinda Magic

Queen It’s A Kinda Magic

Concerts & Gig Guide – Rock Events
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD

Saturday 3 June 2017
Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, featuring over 20 of the band’s greatest hits such as ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Under… More…


Borderline Music Festival 2017

Borderline Music Festival 2017

Concerts & Gig Guide – Alternative, Indie Events
Whammy Bar, Newton, Auckland Central

Today to Monday 5 June 2017
Once again the genre-bending continues as Borderline Festival returns to Wine Cellar and Whammy Bars over Queens Birthday Weekend in June. Offering up another excellent weekend of underground artists from across the… More…


Orakei Market

Orakei Market

Festivals & Lifestyle – Markets and Fairs Events
Orakei Community Centre, Orakei, Auckland Central

From Saturday 3 June 2017 to Saturday 16 December 2017
A great marketplace for scrumptious locally made eats, beverages and artisan craft treats. Stay awhile, and enjoy live music from the beanbag lounge space, while the kids check out the activity tables and free Capoeira… More…

 

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NZSL Week 2017

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa runs New Zealand Sign Language Week, celebrating one of New Zealand’s official languages. NZSL Week raises awareness of New Zealand’s Deaf community and provides a platform for Deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

The Faces of NZSL Week 2017

This year’s faces of NZSL Week, Monique, Joe, Chelcie and Miggy, represent the focus of NZSL Week 2017 – youth. They are all youth interns at Deaf Aotearoa, spending 12 months gaining work experience, skills and a qualification. Based in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington, Monique, Joe, Chelcie and Miggy demonstrate NZSL’s bright future with young deaf people.

Monique portrait joe portrait

Monique                                                        Joe

Miggy portrait Chelcie portrait

Miggy                                                          Chelcie

 

What’s Happening?

NZSL Week is always a busy and exciting time and this year is no different. Hundreds of free Taster Classes and dozens of events are being held all over New Zealand, with exciting and engaging resources always available online. This year, schools can now register to receive a Taster Class any time during Term Two! Businesses, organisations and other groups can register to have Taster Class any time throughout May.

Background

What’s NZSL?

NZSL is the natural language of Deaf New Zealanders and is used daily by more than 20,000 Kiwis. Rather than simply being a signed representation of spoken English, NZSL is a separate language, with its own structure and grammar.

What does Deaf Aotearoa do?

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand. Deaf Aotearoa also works closely with Deaf communities, government agencies and other organisations to increase awareness, promote NZSL and strengthen the rights of Deaf people. Deaf Aotearoa is the New Zealand representative member of the World Federation of the Deaf, one of 133 members. For more information, visit deaf.org.nz/about-us