Tiny Toones in New Zealand 2012
Happy Cambodian New Year (2557) & Susdey Chnam Thmey
On behalf of the Cambodian (Khmer) Community of New Zealand, I would like to express sincere gratitude for your support, and cooperation in the previous year and at present to serve our community.
I Wish you and your family all the best, and with the four gems of Buddhist blessing: Longevity, nobility, health, and strength.
Cambodian (Khmer) Community of New Zealand
Khmer New Year 2013 the year of 2557 BE (Buddhist Era – based on the Buddhist calendar) Choul Chnam Thmey, is celebrated for three days according to the lunar Calendar, and starts on the 13th or 14th of April. The New Year in Cambodia celebrates the end of the harvest season.
New Year celebration schedule for Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Watt Khmer) in Auckland & Hamilton Cambodian Mohar Sangkran.
Waikato Khmer Association Inc. - Watt Arang Raingsey (Hamilton) - 3285 Ohaupo Road Kuhia (RO2) Hamilton
Auckland Khmer Buddish Association - Watt Khemarak Pitaram (Auckland) - 455 Porchester Road, Takanini, Auckland
Khmer Krom Association Inc. - Watt Sovann Mony Sakor (Auckland) - 36 Hain Road, Mangere East, Auckland.
CCNZ recived a letter from the Cambodian Ambassador wishinf CCNZ a Happy Khmer New Year. Click here to view.
Daylight Savings in New Zealand begins on Sunday 7th April at 3am.
History & Origins of Daylight Saving
New Zealand Standard Time is currently defined in the Time Act 1974
As meaning the 12 hours in advance of Co-ordinated Universal Time.
(Bon Pkar) Flower festival (Fundrasise to improve the Buddhist temple)
Personal donation - $100NZ
CCNZ president was invited to Sangkroas Jeat night out fundraising at the Star Seafood Coffee restaurant in Denamora, Auckland. CCNZ contributed a small personal donation. We wish them all the best in helping to serve the nation.
An email from the organiser:
Thank you very much for your participation in last night dinner party.
Your contribution made the event a very successful one. Donation raised for the Sangkrous Cheat $3,295.00.
Cheers to all
Census NZ team would to Thank to all Cambodian community members for helping and supporting New Zealand Census.
CCNZ also received a certificate of appreciation from NZ Census. The certificate was in recognition of the valuable partnership in promoting the 2013 Census to our Communities and reminding them of the significant role that statistics play in our everyday lives and the future development of New Zealand.
Census 2013 - Thank you to the Census team for a small donation towards CCNZ.
CCAP &CCNZP & Auckland Youth Recreation Trust Chairperson were invited by the Cambodian Canterbury Association President and Auckland Sky Tower to attend the game in front of 35,000 spectators at Eden Park, Auckland City.
On Friday 16th March 2013 - Mam Sondando was released from prison, and was carried on the shoulders of his jubilant supporters.
A Cambodian Prisoner of Conscience is Set Free
Human rights activist Mam Sonando has been released, in a surprising reversal of policy that has many Cambodians and Cambodia-watchers genuinely shocked. Analysts are now questioning whether the release constituted an official indication that Cambodia’s top-brass are lightening up on freedom of speech — or if it was instead a somewhat cynical attempt at displaying tolerance for democracy to both local and international.
CCNZ wishes Mam Sonando with sucess with his humanitarian work and perserve democracy in Cambodia.
Merry Christmas and happy New Years from CCNZ. We wish you and your families all the best. May the joys of the season fill your heart with goodwill and cheer.
CCNZ would like to thank everyone for thier generosity throughout the year. May god bless you all. We wish you and your family with the four gems of Buddhist blessing: longevity, nobility, health and strength.
Check out our Facebook page for photos throughout 2012!
See you all again next year!
To Cambodian (Khmer) Community of New Zealand President and members - Season ‘s Greetngs and Best Wishes for a happy and Prosperous New Year.
H.E. Mr. Chum Sounry,
Cambodian ambassador Royal Embassy of Cambodia Canberra.
The ASEAN Festival is a non-stop cultral extravaganza from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Auckland Khmer community participated in the event for the first time with displays of Khmer culture such as art, music and a cultural dance performance.
Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the festival.
During the festival, a colorful parade is started before an offering ceremonies at the end of monks´ retreat at the local temple. During this full moon day, Ubasork Ubasika go to their local temple for prayers and also pay respect to the sacred relicts.
Owk- Pansa is also the beginning of a 30-day period of merit making which affords a special opportunity for prayers to Buddha and for the presentation of gifts to the monks for preserving the faith. This thirty-day span of meritmaking and religious gift. Giving is referred to as Thord Pha Kathin. Thord Kathin takes its name from the "laying down" of new robes to the monks.
The offering of new, saffron robes to the monks is particularly meritorious and important . Other gifts to the monks may include basic utensils, toiletries, writing materials and food. All gift giving are acts of appreciation and gratitude to the monks individuals or community groups may perform them. Many people combine efforts by collecting money donations for the maintenance of their local temple.
Independence Day in Cambodia
Cambodian Independence Day is a commemoration of Cambodia’s independence from the French rule in 1953. People in Cambodia observe the anniversary of Independence Day as a public holiday on November 9 every year. The annual celebration of Cambodian Independence Day is full of festal atmosphere since festivals, parades, and street events are organized throughout Cambodia
Cambodian Educational Network (CEN) made a 4 day visit to Auckland, New Zealand to help raise funds to fight poverty in Cambodia.
Willie has worked with Cambodian Humanitarian Aid for 12 years. During this time he has helped thousands of Cambodians in desperate need of food, water, clothing and shelter.
He has also helped to build many schools and temples. CCNZ admires his work as he takes a break from working in the USA to go and help Cambodia.
CCNZ would like to thank Willie and wish him all the best for his hard work in helping to fight poverty in Cambodia.
Cambodian Abot of Watt Tonle Neam thanks CCNZ, its members, Buddhist monks, Ubasork, Ubasika who donated $2100 NZD to help 130 ophans in Champey Commune, Angkor Chey District, Kampot Province, Watt Tonle Neam. $500 USD was for rice, $500 USD for clothing, and another $500 USD for school equipment. We would also like to thank all our donators for your help.
Emotional orphanage children crying during thier interview. All are poor and miss thier parents. CCNZ ask you all to kindly help them.
CCNZ celerated the final fundrasing party at the Imperial Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand. 150 Cambodian people from across New Zealand attended the event.
CCNZ also congratulated, and presented a trophy to The Auckland Cambodian Youth soccer team, who won this years New Zealand Cambodian Soccer Cup 2012. The tournament was held on Sunday, 21st October 2012 at McLennan Park, Arimu Place, Pakuranga, Auckland. Cambodian teams from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, and Christchurch participated in the tournament which was organised by the Auckland Cambodian Youth Recreation Trust.
A memorial for his majesty Norodom Sihanouk was held at Watt Khemarak Pitaram on Sunday 21st October 2012. Many members of the cambodian community came to pay thier respects, and pray according to Khmer Buddhist customs.
During the special memorial service, $150 was each donated to five monks totalling $750NZD, while a further $1175NZD was donated to Watt Khmerak Phitaram to help improve its facilities. We would to thank all those who donated, and wish you all the best with Buddhist gems.
Anamo Tanea. Orpreah kun and orkun.
Auckland will this year be hosting the tournament and will be played at McLennan Park, Arimu Place, Pakuranga on Sunday 21st October 2012 (Labour Weekend). Cambodian teams from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, and Christchurch will be contesting the tournament. CCNZ donated $100 NZD to supported the tournament organised by Chakara Lim.
CCNZ would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Cambodian people and to the family of the former monarch Norodom Sihanouk. Retired Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk died of natural causes in the early hours of Monday morning in Beijing, China. He was 90 years of age. Sihanouk had been receiving medical treatment in Beijing for a number of years.
Sihanouk came to the throne in 1941, and had been a key figure in Cambodia through decades of upheaval. In 1953 he led Cambodia to independence from France. Despite his ill health, he remained an influential figure and played a pivotal role in ending Cambodia's civil war in 1991 by bringing the warring parties to the negotiating table. In 2004 he abdicated the throne in favour of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni.
Price Sisowath Thomico who is Sihanouk's assistant and relative discribes "his death was a great loss to Cambodia" and further adds "King Sihanouk did not belong to his family, he belonged to Cambodia and to history"
CCNZ President Sarath Lim was invited by the Cambodian working group to participate in a welcome dinner for the new Cambodian National Rescue Party President, its deputy, and delegates with special guests from Cambodian community leaders, Association leaders, and Cambodian Chinese association leaders from Auckland, and Hamilton.
Venue: Lucky Star restaurant - Great South Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland.
HE Sam Rainsy, HE Kem Sokha, and his delegates from the new Cambodian National Rescue Party gave a speech. The party which has been newly established and united between Sam Rainsy Party, and the Human Right party in Phillippines.
Donations were given via CCNZ to support the new party:
In total $550 NZD was donated to support CNRP.
So far CNRP has raised over $20,000 NZD from the New Zealand Cambodian community during thier three day visit to New Zealand.
We have celebrated Kan Ben as the traditional ceremony of the Cambodian Buddhist for our ancestors, by offering food, drink, clothing to pay our respect to the spirit of our loved ones who passed away. We received a generious donation from the Buddhism belivers who had been attending the special occasion. The donations totaled $8,500 NZD.
After offering all the Buddhist monks food and drink. $6,600 NZD was donated to help and improve the temple.
We would like to thank everyone who donated generiously to help support Watt Sovann Mony Sakor.
We wish you all the best for helping to improve and serve the Cambodia Buddhism. Happy Pchum Ben!
Orpreah Kun and Orkun.
CCNZ president Sarath Lim was invited to give a speech during fund raising eveningin Hamilton. In his speech, Sarath gave a welcome to all the Waikato association president, and its members and all the people who attended the event. Sarath also took the opportunity to thank the Buddhist monks, and everyone who helped looked after him during his stay in Hamilton hospital.
CCNZ celebrated the Pchum Ben Season and Full Moon festival at the Imperial Restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand. Cambodian people from Auckland, Hamilton, Australia, and USA were present. 28 tables totalling 350 people attended the event. Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the evening.
A total of $1850 was donated. CCNZ would like to thank everyone who donated, and everyone who attended the fundrasing party. We wish you all the best for helping us to improve and serve the community.
Auckland Khmer Buddhist Association
Wat Khemerak Pitaram
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012
455 Porchester Road, Takanini, Auckland, New Zealand
Waikato Khmer Association letter to CCNZ
Wat Arang Rainsey (Hamilton)
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012
3285 Ohhaupo Road, D2 Rukuhia, Hamilton 2021, New Zealand
The Cambodian Singers will also be performing in Hamilton on the 29th September 2012.
Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association
Wat Sovann Mony Sakor
Sunday 14th and Monday 15th October 2012
36 Hain Ave, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand
They will be performing at the following cities over the coming weeks:
Flower Festival (Bon Pkar Prark] and Inauguration of the road development project.
Buddhist and Ubasork Ubasikar from Australia, Wellington, Hamilton, Parmiston North, and Auckland City were invited to participate in this special ceremony..
Ribbon cutting ceremony by Buddhist Monks & representatives from different cities including CCNZ who had the honour of cutting the first and final ribbon.
CCNZ Kan Ben Festival at Watt Sovan Mony Sakor Mangere
Kan Ben festival is the traditional Ceremony of the Cambodian Buddhist that our ancestors have been observing for generations as the worthy heritage to the next generation. Our forefathers defined this ceremony from the 1st to 14th day of lunar cycle of waning moon in the month of Bhadrapada (September) as Kan Ben ceremony and the 15th day of waning moon as Phchum Ben (Festival of the ghost). These 15 days are called Phchum’s season (Rodov Phcum).
CCNZ will be organising and celebrating the Kan Ben festival at Watt Sovann Mony Sakor in Mangere, Auckland on Saturday, 6th September 2012 and Sunday, 7th September 2012 (Pjum Ben Season).
We would like to invite all Ubasok, and Ubasika to come and join this special celebration and ceremony with us.
Orkun and Preahkun
Ubasika Same Ek
CCNZ has sponsored Cambodian singers Devid Samnang, and Soton Chea (Lay Srey Pech) to perform during the Pchum Ben Festival. The first is scheduled to be on 22th September 2012.
We would like to thank all the organisers, sponsors, and supporters for making this possible. We wish everyone a prosper Pchum Ben.
On Saturday 23rd August 2012 CCNZ will be invited by the New Zealand-Cambodian Foundation for democracy to attend a special fundrasing dinner to help the poor in Cambodia at the Star Cafe Restaurant.
CCNZ was invited by the Waikato Cambodian Association to attend the Watt Arangraingsey temple ceremony on Saturday 23rd October and Sunday 24th October.
All the best to the Cambodian Olympic team at London 2012. The 6 athletes will becompeting in the 100m, marathon, judo, taekwondo and swimming events.
This is thier 7th appearance at an Olympics (5th consecutive). The world will get to see Cambodia participate at a major sporting event. Please give them your best support!
JL Partners is recruiting a Graduate Accountant from the Cambodian Community.
An Opportunity exists for a Junior Accountant role who has just graduated from University with a Degree in Accounting.
The role will initially be part-time which will eventually become full-time
Please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application will be closed on 08th August 2012.
Only short-listed candidate will be contacted for an interview.
Hi Mr Sarath and Man Hau,
Hope you are both keeping well. I just wanted give you an update on the success of the Tiny Toones project. We managed to raise just over $10,000 to donate to Tiny Toones NGO in Cambodia which is great news. We couldn't have done this without your help.
Tiny Toones wanted me to pass on their thanks and appreciation for the Khmer community donations and all your support.
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Khan Chamkarmorn Phnom Penh
5 July 2012
Dear Cambodian Community NZ Association & Auckland Khmer Buddhist Association,
I am writing to let you know how extremely grateful we are for your support for Tiny Toones. The opportunity to visit New Zealand, interact with people from a different culture and perform internationally is one that Tiny Toones performers could not have dreamt of when they first came to us. Not only will it be a cherished memory and a fantastic experience for all those involved, it shows the next generation of Tiny Toones kids what can be achieved and raises aspirations across the whole organisation.
Your assistance and support throughout the project and your generous donation of $1,090 not only helped make this possible but – as the New Zealand tour made a profit in excess of $10,000 – it will also help us to continue transforming the lives of some of the poorest children and young people in Cambodia.
Tiny Toones opened a new centre earlier this year in the impoverished neighborhood of Chba Ampov, Phnom Penh, and registered over 200 new children in our first week of opening. The new center provides a safe space in which children can enjoy learning, explore their creativity and develop a positive sense of identity and community. Our work would not be possible without the support and generosity of organisations such as yours.
Our website – www.tinytoones.org – has pictures, videos and news about the latest developments at Tiny Toones and you can sign up to our monthly newsletter there. You should also feel free to contact me directly with any queries you may have regarding Tiny Toones work and future plans.
Thanks again from everyone at Tiny Toones and we hope that you’ll be able to pay us a visit sometime.
Fundraising and Communications Manager
Tiny Toones performed in New Zealand for the last time on Friday 27th April 2012 at Auckland Girls Grammer School.
The show at Auckland Girls Grammer School featured music produced by Tiny Tonnes rappers and DJ, and breakdancing choreographed by KK and the kids themselves.
The show takes in the history of Cambodia and the personal stories of each of the performers.
Special guests included National MP, Auckland Grammer School Principal, Cambodian communites, and others. About 400 people attended the event. Tiny Toones were given a standing ovation at the end of the show.
CCNZ would like to congratulate Tiny Toones on a successful performance.
Our Deep Condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Activist Chut Wutty. CCNZ is truly saddened by the death of Mr Chut Wutty, the President of the Natural Resources Conservation Group who was killed on 26 April 2012 while guiding two journalists to investigate illegal logging in Phnom Kravanh (Cardamom) Mountains in Koh Kong province.
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Tiny Toones were invited to dinner at Otahuhu restaurant on behalf of Dr Manho Liev. Everyone would like to thank Dr Manho Liev for his generosity and paying for the dinner.
CCNZ and ABA organised for Tiny Toones to perform at Watt Khemarak on 21st April in front of Buddhist monks and the Cambodian Community.
$1090 NZD was raised towards Tiny Toones during the performance including donations of rice, and boxes of noodles, in order to help Tiny Toones and thier youth project.
Most of the children in Tiny Toones are from marginalised and underprivileged rural areas. One of the aims of Tiny Toones is to help the children become positive and active in society.
CCNZ wishes them and thier team all the best and a happy Cambodian New Year (Year of the Dragon). Thank you also to all those who donated.
(Sanskrit word‘‘Maha Sankranti’’), the day is the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year. People light candles and incense at shrines where members of each family would like to offer thanks for the Buddha by bending thier knees and bowing down three times. It is not the real Buddhist tradition but it is derived from Hindu.
The second day of the New Year is called Virak-Wanabott’s Day.
In the morning, people go to the pagodas and they bring food and fruits to give to the monks there. It means that they show their respect, politesse, kindness and gratitude to others. Some pledge donations to charity to help the poor people like food or money. In the afternoon both children and adults play and participate in a variety of traditional games at the pagodas or at the villages where they live.
The third day is the Tngay Lerng Sakk
The third day marks the beginning of the end of the New Year Celebration. People always wash the Buddha statues and their parents or grandparents with perfumed water. They do it because the water is very important for all types of plants and life. It is also believed to bring life, happiness and prosperity. By bathing their grandparents and parents, children can obtain from them thier best wishes and good advice for the future
Mr Kevin Chiv (Charted Accountant, JL Partners, and Immigration adviser) was interviewed on CCNZ radio with with Mr Holy Khemara .
At a Buddhist ceremony at thier residence. Mr and Mrs Savath Sam donated $100 NZD, and other Khmer families donated $200 NZD during Khmer New Year to support CCNZ radio.
CCNZ would like to thank everyone for their generosity.
From left: Lao bunsarak (singer); UdomBoty (Former Cambodian Actor); Sarath Lim (CCNZ President); Dr Manhau Live; Cambodian singer.
Below: Chakara Lim (Youth Recreation trust Chairperson); Sarath Lim (CCNZ President); Dr Manhau Live.
CCNZ was invited by Cambodian Youth and Recreation Trust to attend a special New Year’s dinner celebration at the Lucky Star restaurant on 7th April.
Guests included Cambodian communities, Cambodian business, and those living in Auckland city. Entertainment was provided by a Khmer band.
CCNZ would like to wish by Cambodian Youth and Recreation Trust a very happy Cambodian New Year.
Watt Khemarak Pitaram on 13th,14th, and 15th April 2012 (555 Porchester Rd ,Takanini, Auckland.)
Watt Sovann Monysakor on 13th, 14th, and 15th,April 2012 (36 Hain Ave, Mangere East, Auckland)
Watt Aranh Rangsy Waikato on 14th, and 15th April 2012 (3285 Ohaupo Road (RD2) Rukuhia Hamilton
Mach Sovannara. President of Khmer Post Media Center (LA, America) was interviewed on CCNZ radio with with Socheat Lim and Someda Lim during his New Zealand fundraising visit.
To listen click below
CCNZ President, and members contributed $700NZ to help his independence
Media service to help the Cambodian people inside and out side the country. We wish him and his team all the best and a happy Cambodian New Year, year of the dragon.
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There is also a YouTube file to watch, which is very helpful - click here
We would like to thank you for all your support on our film Enemies of the People. We are now delighted to announce that a special edition disc 2 DVD set is available to buy from February 28, in North America, and will be available in Europe and Asia very shortly.
It isfilled with extras including siz hours of extra footage with more exclusive revelations from Nuon Chea, aka Brother Number Two and a whole new documentary- One Day At Po Chrey: Anatomy of a Massacre featuring another group of Khmer Rouge militia who did not appear in the original film. See details of the extras here.
Please find attached some more detailed information about our DVD release which we would be very happy if you would circulate within your networks.
Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin
On 28th January Lisa Ho had an interview with CCNZ radio to discuss the upcoming Tiny Toones New Zealand tour. Press play below to hear the full interview.
Lisa Ho - project organiser of Tiny Toones tour to NZ met up with CCNZ members last Thursday to ask for help and support from the Khmer Community in regards to the project.
Tiny Toones is a youth organisation that aims to improve children’s livelihoods in Cambodia by providing a safe and positive environment for at-risk youths to channel their energy and creativity into the arts and education in order for them to build self-confidence, and have better employment opportunities.
Part of their vision is for all youths in Cambodia and beyond to live healthy lives free of HIV and drugs, and to realize their potential through educational and creative opportunities, so that they can pursue their dreams and become positive leaders of tomorrow.
Most of the children at Tiny Toones are from marginalised and underprivileged rural areas. To help the children become positive and active in society. Tiny Tonnes facilitates and offers various programmes such as:
To keep the facilities and various programmes running. Tiny Toones have been touring the world to do fundraising concerts. CCNZ would like to encourage everyone in New Zealand to help support Tiny Toones tour of New Zealand.
Tiny Toones in New Zealand 2012
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