Cornish people left their homeland when tin and copper mining went into decline from the late 1800s. They have settled in countries all over the world ever since and continue to do so. There are many people in NZ who can trace their family back to emigrants who came here for a new life. The are some who came here for the same reason not so long ago. There are others who are attracted to Cornwall because of its beauty and culture. We all like to acknowledge that there is something special about Cornwall and its people.
Read our history in in just 43 pages in a booklet celebrating our 60th anniversary, published in December 2022. Download a copy by clicking on the picture.
What do we do?
We love Cornwall. We hold meetings in Christchurch, New Plymouth and Hawkes Bay to talk and hear about Cornwall. We issue newsletters with all sorts of information about Cornwall, make and eat Cornish food, enjoy Cornish music and celebrate everything and anything to do with Cornwall. Contact details are below if you would like to come along. Find out more about Cornwall by clicking HERE.
Upcoming Meetings - 2024
Taranaki Cornish Association (AGM) - Saturday 24 February @ 1.30pm, Telford Retirement Village, Merrilands, New Plymouth - car parking available. If transport is required, please contact Carol 027 5552331
Hawkes Bay Cornish Association - Lunch time meeting, Thursday 29 February @ 11.30am, Hygee Cafe at Clifton Bay. If transport is required, please contact Richard & Paddy 027 6993621.
Christchurch Cornish Association - Saturday 9 March & 2.00pm, St Paul's Church Hall, 1 Harewood Road, Papanui - car parking and access ramp available.
1. Judy Wright, our president, gave a presentation to the Cornish Association of Victoria on the Holyer an Gof publishers' awards and the Tregellas Tapestries. Our 60th anniversary booklet was entered into the awards competition (see above to download a copy) and Judy's mother embroidered one of the panels of the tapestries. Click here to view the video of her presentation on You Tube.
2. During her last visit to Cornwall in 2022, Judy recorded a rehearsal of the Red River Singers who sang 'Cornwall My Home' by Harry (Safari) Glasson which is featured in the movie Fisherman's Friends: One and All. Click here to view the video of the choir on You Tube.
We also have a collection of books about Cornwall or written by Cornish people or about the Cornish in New Zealand. A list of the books, which are available for members to borrow is available HERE.