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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

To see the video of Stuart Prior, Prior Group Chairman, talking to National Business Review about Russia - New Zealand business opportunities please go to

http://www.nbr.co.nz/nbr-video/stuart-prior

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

It was something of a revelation to find that in a country like Russia, where the civilized arts and sciences are supposed to make slow headway, the art of Pavlova has reached its apotheosis.NZ Truth, 1926
Откровением было узнать, что в такой стране как Россия, где цивилизованное искусство и науки, кажется, должны тормозить, искусство Павловой достигло своего апофеоза.НЗ Правда, 1926

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Russia - New Zealand History

Every day that we were there the Zealanders would arrive at our sloops at about 10 in the morning and would remain until evening. Having traded their goods they would have lunch with us. They ate our dry bread, peas, kasha and sugar with real appetite. They did not like our salt beef at all and were not great fans of the pork, nor were they able to drink our rum and wine. From time to time they would help our sailors in their work, for which the hardest workers would be rewarded with nails. Sometimes, making merry, they would give us the pleasure of watching their dances and listening to their songs. For this, about 15 men would stand in a single line. One of them, stamping his foot, would begin to sing. In mid-verse there would suddenly be a common, quite quick and wild shout, then they would lift their arms up, extend them, and let them fall, while strongly stamping their feet, distorting their whole bodies and making fierce faces. They would finish this song by going down on one knee and making a frightful, lingering laugh. Our sailors adopted their dance and song very well indeed, and on our sloop at the South Pole where the daily dangers depressed the spirit, they would sometimes cheer everybody up with their imitation (of the haka - translated by Prior Group). N.Galkin, surgeon on board the Russian vessel “Mirny” (Peaceful), during their stay in New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound, Russian Expedition, 1820

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