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Event of the year :

New Zealand was country of honour at the 2006 International Kite Flying Festival in Dieppe, France. At the invitation of the Festival, a group of 22 Māori arrived in France to demonstrate ancestral traditions for the first time ever outside of New Zealand. Read more ...


Archived event - 1993 :
New Zealand film "The Piano", directed by Jane Campion, starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Holly Hunter received the "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
Film Festivals
Festival du Cinéma des Antipodes : New Zealand and Australian film festival to be held in St Tropez, France, 9th to 15th October 2006.
Archived event - 2001 :
Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez (Brittany, France). A series of films on "The Māoris of New Zealand" - "Les Māoris de la Nouvelle-Zélande" was held in 2001, at the Film Festival of Douarnenez, in Brittany, France. This yearly festival focuses each time on the culture of a different minority.

Three documentaries in DVD format, realised by Chantal Perrin (in French and in English) :

  • Graeme Allwright. Chantal Perrin is currently working on a documentary concerning Graeme Allwright's return visit to New Zealand. This DVD should be available within the next few months.

Buy these DVDs here :

If you are buying in New Zealand "The Story of Suzanne Aubert" may be also be obtained via the Sisters of Compassion website


Archived event - May 2006
New Zealand singer, 18 year old Hayley Westenra, sang during the first half of the Il Divo concert at the Palais des Congres, in Paris, France, last May. Although Hayley has been (and still is) touring extensively throughout the UK and the US, this is the first time she has appeared in France - albeit briefly. We hope it won't be the last. Her interpretation of "Amazing Grace", without backing, was particularly appreciated.
Special events
Māori presence at the International Kite Flying Festival, Dieppe, France, 9th to 17th September 2006.

New Zealand was the country of honour this year at the International Kite Flying Festival, which is held in Dieppe, France, every two years. A group of 22 Māori have been representing New Zealand several times each day for the duration of the Festival with cultural performances, traditional kite flying, traditional games, a New Zealand stand. Read more...

2006 :

"Princesse Maorie" by Bernard Simonay (Novel in French). Editor : Presses de la Cité.

This novel was published in 2006. The story is set in New Zealand, in the 1860's. A young english aristocrat sets out from Great Britain to New Zealand in order to try and find the mother she never knew, Cecilia, who disappeared at the time of the Flagstaff War in New Zealand, in 1845.

2011 :
The World Rugby Cup is programmed to be held in New Zealand, in 2011.
Kiwi Corner - New Zealand restaurant in Paris - perhaps the only Kiwi restaurant in France...
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