Michael Feiner, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy
Tobias Maletz – President Deutsch in Christchurch
Marie Osment – Vice President Deutsch in Christchurch
Matthew Nichols - Regional Manager, Ministry for Ethnic Communities
Special call out to Rachel Gould, from the Riverside Market
Thank you to the Deutsch in Christchurch for all you do to celebrate your culture and to share that with us at the at this German Mid-Winter Christmas event.
I have been to many events – The celebration of the piece of the Berlin wall, symbol of division - now a symbol of unity across the world.
Thank you Tobias and the team – amazing
Thank you to the whole team for today.
A mid-winter celebration of food and culture unites us, as does Christmas in Germany.
This afternoon I was to fly with SOFIA, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. They have been coming here since I was first elected Mayor. It is a collaboration between NASA and the German Space Agency. The mission concludes with my mayoralty but I mention it because it represents the very best of science and co-operation. And that sense of unity is what today is all about.
Lastly I have a smidgeon of German blood running through my veins, thanks to my paternal grandmother’s forebears.
Schönes Wochenende, have a great weekend