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Course: An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Victoria University of Wellington
JUNE 11
8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova   
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee    $160.00 incl GST   
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date    $180.00 incl GST   
$200.00 incl GST   
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Russian is best learnt when both written and oral skills are taught together within the context of the Russian way of life. Russian culture is, therefore, an essential part of this eight-week beginners course designed to help you learn the basic language skills necessary for communicating in Russian.

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Course: Russian Language and Culture for Post-beginners PDF Print E-mail

Victoria University of Wellington
FEB 5, 2015
8 weeks: Thu 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wellington
Presenter: Olga Suvorova
Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee    $160.00 incl GST  
Early Bird Discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date    $180.00 incl GST  
$200.00 incl GST  
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Exhibition celebrating 70 years of Russia-New Zealand diplomatic relations Print E-mail

November 3, 2014 Kia ora! We invite all those of you who are in Moscow from November 1 through November 16 to the Exhibition celebrating 70 years of the diplomatic relations between Russia and New Zealand: http://vz-tushino.ru/2014/11/31-10-16-11-2014g-vystavka-aotearoa-strana-dlinnogo-belogo-oblaka-k-70-letiyu-diplomaticheskih-otnoshenij-mezhdu-rossiej-i-novoj-zelandiej-1944-2014/

There will be some amazing documents, antique books, and other exciting items on the topic including some photos of Russian and New Zealand photographers Olga Suvorova, Roman Matasov, Mark Gee, Tatsiana Chypsanova, Yana Gild and others. Russian Keys Ltd and the New Zealand – Russia Foundation are proud to assist with some arrangements. But that was Roman Matasov (Lomonosov Moscow State University) who has pulled together all the necessary links and that is a huge tribute to him! Also a big thank you to Stuart Prior, Honorary Consul of Belarus in New Zealand and other supporters!

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Russian National Dance Show – Kostroma – in New Zealand Print E-mail

From 7 to 23 November 2014 in New Zealand

Presented by: GRAND INTERNATIONAL CONCERTS LTD
Starring: Russian National Dance Company

November Performed by the world-renowned RUSSIAN NATIONAL DANCE company. "KOSTROMA" is a spectacular and beautiful evocation in dance of ancient Russian culture. This mesmerising event unites centuries of dramatic musical and dance tradition.

This DAZZLING MASTERPIECE featuring 45 elite dancers, masterly techniques, 600 lavish costumes and over 15 breathtaking scenes. 'KOSTROMA' takes the audience on a bewitching journey from the Arctic north to the southern Steppes, the peaks of the Caucasus to the depths of Siberia.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Zealand Print E-mail

by Olga Suvorova, Prior Group

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”           (William Shakespeare)
In fifteen years of working as an interpreter I have found myself in different situations: flying in helicopters above vineyards with potential investors, descending thirty metres into the ocean with Russian tourists, checking out gigantic smelter pots with foreign top managers at one of Russia’s largest aluminium companies, supporting fellow countrymen while they were undergoing surgical procedures, and even going through numerous checks from the relevant services in order to gain access to the New Zealand Parliament to translate for the Prime Minister and Ministers. But until today the thought never entered my head that at some point I should be walking the streets of New Zealand’s capital … with the gigantic head of a 6-metre puppet.

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Interview with Stuart Prior, former New Zealand Ambassador to Moscow (2003-2006) Print E-mail

April 13, 2014 - 70th Anniversary of Russia-New Zealand Diplomatic Relations

Interview with Stuart Prior, former New Zealand Ambassador to Moscow (2003-2006), Honorary Consul for the Republic of Belarus in New Zealand, Chairman of Prior Group
Olga Suvorova conducted the interview at the request of the Editorial Board (Nasha Gavan #63)

1Q Mr Prior, how did you become interested in Russia?

I fell in love with the Russian alphabet at High School. A lady offered to teach basics of Russian in after-school classes. I went along out of interest. The alphabet was fascinating. Russian language was being taught at the University of Otago. I enrolled for Year 1 of Russian – and was amazed by the richness of the culture and thought behind the language, and the history of Russia through the eyes of my extraordinary Professor, an exiled “White” Russian, Dr Nicholas Zisserman.  He gave me knowledge and insights which have shaped my life and career. To him I have a huge debt which I shall repay as best I can.

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Russian Leaders’ Club and Agency for Strategic Initiatives in New Zealand Print E-mail

From 12 to 14 February 2014 representatives of the Russian Leaders’ Club and Agency for Strategic Initiatives established by V.V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, together with journalists from the Rossiya-24 TV Channel paid an official visit to Wellington with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Zealand and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus in New Zealand, Prior Group Chairman Mr Stuart Prior. The aim of the visit was to familiarise Russian colleagues with company registration procedures in New Zealand, leader of the world rating for ease of registration and of Doing Business.

on the photo: Meeting with NZ Minister of Business and Innovations Hon Mr Steven Joyce

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Russia - New Zealand Video

    VESTI 24 Russian TV: Why do leading world powers treat little New Zealand as an equal partner? http://www.vestifinance.ru/videos/5096

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

The first European to find NZ was a Dutch who was looking for smthing else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness, and is usually regarded as the antipodes of England, but is not. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government which did not want it, to keep it from the French who didW.P.Reeves, 1898

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Russia - New Zealand History

Russian knowledge of New Zealand and the Maori dates from the late seventeenth century. New Zealand was the first region of Polynesia of which the Russians had authoritative data, all collected from the Dutch. The Dutch material was complemented in the later eighteenth century by primary accounts of Captain James Cook's several visits to that country and his lengthy stays within Queen Charlotte Sound.
In 1808 and 1814, the first Russian encounters with the Maori took place at Cape Town and Sydney. Though the officers of the Diana and Suvorov found the Maoris from the Bay of Islands (Matara, Ruatara, Hongi Hika, and others) intellectually quick and very friendly, they could not think of them other than as recent and potential cannibals.
The reports of Cook and his associates, published in German, French, and Russian, reinforced this association. Nonetheless, a Russian expedition led by Captain F.F. Bellingshausen paid a visit to Queen Charlotte Sound in 1820, using Cook's charts and accounts. It proved to be most important from the standpoint of ethnology, and was useful for the visitors as well, who were amply supplied with food. Glynn Barratt, Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840, Volume 2, University of British Columbia Press, 1988

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