Kōrero: Greeks – the Hellenic community

The first Greek school in New Zealand, about 1939 (2 o 3)

The first Greek school in New Zealand, about 1939

In the 1930s a Greek school was established in Wellington: the first teacher was Lefcothea Ambatzi (shown here in the back row). Lessons took place outside regular school hours and there was a strong emphasis on teaching the Greek language. Reinforcing Greek culture was also an important aspect of the programme, as the traditional costumes in this photograph suggest.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Greek Orthodox Community of Wellington and Suburbs Collection (PAColl 4924)
Reference: 1/2-177645; F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Greeks – the Hellenic community - Settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/125/the-first-greek-school-in-new-zealand-about-1939 (accessed 26 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 30 Mar 2015