The Alliance Française Dunedin is a centre for French language and French culture. Although some of our events are in French, most are bilingual. Members do not have to be fluent in French to take advantage of our various activities.

Most of our events are held at our clubrooms at 15 Bond Street, behind the Exchange post office. Everyone is welcome… come and practice your French!

Our regular meetings (and opening hours) are:

    • Soirée Crêpes – Pancakes night: 2nd Thursday of the month from 6pm – 2ème jeudi du mois à partir de 18h00
    • Le p’tit déj – French Brunch: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30am – 1er et 3ème samedi du mois à partir de 10h30

From time to time, we do change the day of those events not to clash with some other events, so please contact us beforehand or check our FB page to be sure we’ll be there.

For more information, email


Last Chance to win 2 movie tickets!

Last chance to renew your Alliance Francaise Dunedin membership subscription for 2017 and be in the draw to win 2 movie tickets to the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival . Cut-off date is February 15 and we will do the draw on Saturday during the Petit Dejeuner. Thanks to all those who have already renewed their membership for 2017.

Renew your membership here:

Last chance also to enrol for classes this term as classes are starting this week: 

French Dancing with Les Belles Vilaines

Now for something different… French dance classes right here in Dunedin! Who’s in? Kate Grace from Les Belles Vilaines is starting a block of six adult dance classes (French traditional dance) on Tuesday 7 March in NEV – 7pm to 8:30pm.

French Dance often has to do with historical dance as the roots of some regional dances from France can be traced to a specific period in history. In this class we will explore the ancient dances that are still currently danced in France and the new ones that are being created. This is a block of six Tuesday dance classes staring on March 7. Tuition partly in French. Venue still to be confirmed. 7pm to 8:30pm. $40 for the block. $8 casual. Beginners most welcome, no partner required. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Check the FB event for updates on location.

Kate is also hosting a “19th Century Promenade and Picnic” at St Clair on March 4th.

Recipes / Recettes

The delicious dinner we had at Quarantine Island on Waitangi French Immersion week-end was “Porc aux pruneaux” with “gratin dauphinois”. After multiple requests, we’ve decided to publish Marine and Pascal’s recipes here! 🙂

Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Bake for 4 people / pour 4 personnes)

  • 800g potatoes / de pommes de terre
  • 25cl full cream milk / de lait entier
  • 30cl fresh cream / de crème fraîche
  • sel / salt, poivre / pepper, nutmeg / muscade
  • 1 big knob of butter / grosse noix de beurre
  • 3 cloves of garlic / gousses d’ail
  1. Wash, peel the potatoes. Cut into approximately 3mm thick slices. / Lavez, épluchez les pommes de terre. Coupez des tranches de 3mm d’épaisseur environ.
  2. In a saucepan cook the potatoes with the milk, butter, salt, pepper and nutmeg. / Dans une casserole, faire cuire les pommes de terre avec le lait, le beurre, le sel, le poivre et la muscade.
  3. Bring to a boil, gently lower the heat and continue to cook for 8 minutes. Keep mixing. / Portez à ébullition, puis baissez légèrement le feu et poursuivre la cuisson 8 minutes. Remuez.
  4. When the potoatoes get covered with a creamy layer, pour in the cream. / Les pommes de terre s’enrobent d’une crème. Versez à ce moment la crème.
  5. Leave to cook another 5 minutes / Laissez cuire encore 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the garlic / Retirez du feu. Ajoutez l’ail.
  7. Carefully place the potatoes in a baking dish / Disposez délicatement les pommes de terre dans un plat à gratin.
  8. Smooth the service and leave to cool / Aplanir la surface et laissez refroidir.
  9. Place in an oven at 180C and bake for 20 minutes / Enfournez à 180 degrés et cuire 20 minutes.

Pork and Prunes (for 6 people) / Porc aux pruneaux (pour 6 personnes)

  • 1 porc shoulder / rôti de porc (1kg)
  • 25 prunes / pruneaux
  • 100g bacon chopped into small pieces / de lardons fumés
  • 6 onions / oignons
  • 50g butter / de beurre
  • 25cl chicken stock / de bouillon de volaille
  1. Slice the onions thinly and heat the chicken stock/ Émincez les oignons et chauffez le bouillon.
  2. Melt the butter in a crockpot, brown the pork shoulder, remove and replace with onions. Fry the onions 5 minutes / Faire fondre le beurre dans la cocotte, faire dorer le rôti, le retirer et remplacer par les oignons. Faire revenir 5 minutes.
  3. Add the bacon and return the pork to the pan / Ajoutez les lardons et remettre le rôti.
  4. Pour the Chicken stock in / Versez le bouillon.
  5. Cover and cook 45 minutes (add water if needed) / Couvrir et cuire 45 minutes (ajouter de l’eau si nécessaire).
  6. Add the prunes and continue to cook for another 20 minutes / Ajoutez les pruneaux et continuez à faire cuire pendant 20 minutes.


French Classes Term One


Registrations are now open for our Term One French Classes – we have lots of classes on offer for all ages and levels of French – all classes take place at 15 Bond Street, Dunedin (Top floor):

  • French for 0-5 year olds – Wednesdays 4.00-4.45pm
    Term One: Wed 8th Feb – 12th April 2017
    Free Orientation Day: Wed 1st Feb
  • Primary School French (Years 1-8) – Tuesdays 4.00-5.00pm
    Term One: Tues 21st Feb – 11th April 2017
    Free Orientation Day: Tues 14thFeb
  • High School French (Years 9-13) – On request 
  • Adult Conversation Classes (1hr) – Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm
    Term One: Thurs 2nd Feb – 13th April 2017
  • Adult Beginners Classes (2hrs) – Mondays 6.30-8.30pm
    Term One: Mon 13th Feb – 10th April 2017
  • Adult Intermediate Classes (2hrs) – Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm
    Term One: Tues 14th Feb – 11th April 2017
  • Adult Advanced Classes (2hrs) – Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm
    Term One: Wed 15th Feb – 12th April 2017
  • Bilingual Kids Class – Saturdays 12.30-1.30pm
    Term One: Sat 11th Feb-8th April 2017

Visit our classes page for more details and prices.



Due to most of the committee being involved in hosting visitors from Le Quesnoy this week our monthly Crêpes Evening for February has been cancelled. Our next event will be our bi-monthly Brunch on Saturday 18th February, 10.30am-12.30pm, 15 Bond Street – bring a plate to share or $5 donation per person – we look forward to seeing you there!


La plupart de nos membres du comité étant occupés cette semaine à accueillir nos visiteurs de Le Quesnoy, notre Soirée Crêpe mensuelle a été annulée cette semaine. Notre prochain événement sera notre Petit Déjeuner bimensuel le samedi 18 février, de 10h30 à 12h30 , 15 Bond Street – apportez quelque chose à partager ou $5 donation par personne – en espérant vous retrouver là !

Farewell to our good friend Ted Nye, NZOM

Ted Nye, NZOM, long-time associate of the Alliance Française (and of the Sherlock Holmes Society in Paris) sadly passed away on February 1st. He celebrated his 90th birthday last year. He was born in Belgium of English parents and went to school in Paris before the war. He trained in tropical medicine after service in the army in India and Malaya and migrated to New Zealand where he became a lecturer in the school of medicine. He was a pioneer of the use of exercise rather than rest for cardiac rehabilitation and founder of the Phoenix Club in Dunedin to provide exercise support. A convinced pacifist and supporter of pacifist causes, he was a champion fencer and had an alarming collection of ancient swords, one of which he used to cut his birthday cake. Our thoughts go out to his family during this sad time. His spirit and good humour will be greatly missed by all that knew him.


Good Luck Romain Mirosa / Bonne Chance Romain Mirosa


We want to wish Romain all the best for his race on Saturday – Romain is competing against the best of the best in the prestigious Tarawera Ultra  Marathon race in Rotorua on Saturday 11th February – a 102km race through mountainous terrain.

Toutes nos pensées sont avec Romain Mirosa ce weekend lorsqu’il participe contre les meilleurs coureurs du monde dans l’Ultra Marathon de Tarawera à Rotorua Samedi 11 février – une course prestigieuse de 102km à travers un terrain  montagneux.

Marathon Runners

First Immersion Weekend a Success / Premier Weekend D’Immersion un Grand Succes

Quarantine Island became French for Waitangi weekend as 33 of us (17 adults and 16 kids) embarked on a boat to Quarantine Island. The beautiful weather allowed us to enjoy an interesting and picturesque guided tour of the island, a bit of kayaking, swimming, jumping from the jetty; we were able to have a few games of pétanque, play in the playground and enjoy picnics and each other’s company in the lovely surroundings of the main lodge. As is the tradition in France food seems to have been an important part of the experience with: homemade quiches and taboulé for lunch; baguette and chocolate for afternoon tea; freshly picked cockles, delicious fois gras and tapenade provided by Marine and Pascal for apéritif, accompanied by a selection of Kir, Pastis and grenadine for the kids; gratin dauphinois (potato bake), ratatouille (Zucchini, Aubergine and tomato stew), Porc aux pruneaux (porc and prunes), as well as a variety of desserts and crêpes to commemorate the festival of “La Chandeleur” for dinner; and croissants for breakfast! We’d like to thank all the organisers for all their hard work and everyone else who attended for making it such a success. We look forward to hosting more of you at our next immersion weekend, hopefully later this year. For more information about Quarantine Island check out their website:  Photos of the weekend can also be viewed at our QI-FrenchImmersionWE-5/6 février 2017 Photo Album on Facebook:

Quarantine Island est devenu français pour le weekend de Waitangi. Nous étions 33 (17 adultes et 16 enfants) à embarquer le bateau pour l’île. Le temps magnifique que nous avons eu nous a permis de faire un tour guidé de l’île, du kayak, de la natation, des sauts du haut de la jetée ; nous avons pu faire plusieurs parties de pétanque, jouer dans l’aire de jeux, pique-niquer et profiter des uns des autres autour du logement. Comme le veut la tradition française nous avons eu une variété de délicieux plats français : quiche et taboulé pour déjeuner ; baguette et morceaux de chocolat pour le goûter ; des coques fraîchement récoltées, du délicieux foie gras et de la tapenade que Marine et Pascal ont apporté pour l’apéritif, accompagné de Kir, Pastis et grenadine pour les petits ; pour dîner un gratin dauphinois, ratatouille, porc aux pruneaux et une variété de desserts et crêpes pour fêter « La Chandeleur »  et des croissants pour le petit déjeuner ! Nous remercions tous les animateurs pour leur travail et tous ceux qui sont venus pour avoir rendu ce weekend un tel succès. Nous espérons pouvoir accueillir d’autres d’entre vous lors de notre prochain weekend d’immersion, peut-être à la fin de l’année. Pour plus d’information sur Quarantine Island veuillez vérifier leur site web. Vous pouvez aussi voir les photos du weekend sur Facebook (FB group prive pour les membres) dans notre Album Photo : QI-FrenchImmersionWE-5/6 février 2017