About Us

in New Zealand


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 - 202

Hawkes Bay Cornish Association - Thursday 6 June at 11.30am - lunch time meeting taking place at "Jarks"    118 Maraekakaho Road, Hastings.

Christchurch Cornish Association - Saturday 8 June at 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.


You can download pdf files of past newsletters here.


Visit our GALLERY to see the sort of thing we get up to.

Like to join us?

Our contact details are below if you would like to email or phone one of us. Alternatively click HERE to go get more details of membership.

Contact us

Click on the names below to send them an email.

National Association

President: Judy Wright

+61 426 867 197

Secretary: Nick Bartle

027 578 8568


President: Jeanette Beaumont

03 3329869


Secretary: Carol Cowling

06 7583750

027 5552331

Hawkes Bay

Coordinators: Paddy & Richard Bayley

                         027 6993621