Christmas Party - Celebrating 25 years Norwegian Style
We had a lot to live up to after an incredible Christmas Party in 2014, so of course we stepped it up a notch for 2015 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Our Authentic Nordic Christmas Party, Norwegian Style was be held on the roof-top of Next Generation Health & Lifestyle Club in Parnell on Thursday 3 December. The evening was a great success due to the joy and participation of all those present including the honorary consuls of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. We were about 60 participants eating a delicious Norwegian buffet and drinking one healthy schnapps after another with effect that the singing got better and better. The singing and music that was particularly enjoyable was that of Swedish singer Caroline Lekstrom and her band - The Beat Merchants. It looked like we would make a loss on the party but Volvo and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Shipping impromptu stepped in and auctioned one week test drives with the new big Volvo XC90 and guided tours to the huge car transport ships regularly arriving in Auckland. As people were in a great mood the auction raised sufficient funds to secure a small surplus for the evening. Frank Olsson, the Swedish consul, who was in his usual good form, was auctioneer, and provided great entertainment and laughter along the way. Sincere thanks to our sponsors, well done! We were also treated to a very personal and heart-warming insight into Norwegian Christmas celebration through the eyes of Anne Mari Olausson which was accoumpanied by a beautiful slide show. And thank you to all who attended for making it such a fun evening. Finally thank you to Susanna Lewis, Megan Walls & Anne Mari Olausson for all the organizing!!