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G'Day & Kia ora


Welcome to CANZA – the Czech Australian New Zealand Association! Our mission is to promote the interests and cultures of Australia and New Zealand in the Czech Republic and give expats and locals alike the opportunity to experience the Australian and New Zealand way of life in the Czech Republic. Please register on our website to receive news of our forthcoming events and activities!

A jste tu na stránkách CANZA. Vítejte! CANZA je Česko australsko novozélandská asociace, založená v České republice za účelem sdružování lidí, kteří mají zájem o kultury a propagací těchto zemí. Máte zájem dostávat informace o společenských událostech, které CANZA pořádá? Není nic snazšího, než se přihlásit a zařadit se tak do seznamu adresátů našeho e-bulletinu. Poznávejte kulturu protinožců bez nutnosti absolvování dlouhého letu či delší plavby lodí… vše zcela zdarma





Ball Tickets are on Sale!

You are invited to the 12th Anniversary CANZA / ABIE Ball.
9 December, 19.00 onwards

This is our showcase event of the year and it will be a night to remember. 

Join us at one of the most stunning venues in Prague, The Boccacio Ballroom inside the 5-star Grand Bohemia hotel. The ballroom was built in 1927 and due to its opulence quickly cemented its place as the top venue for Prague's high society events. The ballroom was recently restored back to its 1927 glory - marble, guilded statues and a 4,000 piece chandelier are all ready for you to enjoy in all their glittery glory.

You will be enjoying food prepared exclusively for this event and served at your table.  Fine dining with an Antipodean twist will be paired with Australian and New Zealand wines and cold Pilsner Urquell beer.

Prepare to be entertained all night with Whakaari Rotorua opening the ball with a Haka as well as other traditional Maori rites. The world-class band Tram 69 will be performing Aussie, Kiwi and classic rock tracks, and finally a DJ who will be playing til the early hours.

The evening will also include a raffle and auction where you have the opportunity to bid on and win some amazing items. All proceeds will be going to our charity of choice Pink Crocodile which helps underprivileged children with complex learning needs. 

The theme of the night is CREATIVE BLACK TIE. What does that mean? Well keep it black tie but with a twist. So for men think a colourful tie or a play with fabrics, for women think of out there accessories.

This year's venue is smaller than usual, so tickets are strictly limited and already selling fast, we look forward to seeing you at the 12th Annual CANZA/ABIE Ball!

See the full invitation below and register here.


Exclusive Tour of the Czernin Palace

18 October -  09.00 - 11.00

Thanks to the generosity of Martin Klepetko, Director of the Asia Pacific Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his team, we are delighted to be able to offer ABIE and CANZA Members an exclusive chance to see the interior of the Czernin Palace, the home of the Ministry in Prague.

This is the largest of Prague's baroque palaces and has served as the offices of the Czechoslovak and later Czech foreign ministry since the 1930s. It was commissioned by the diplomat Humprecht Jan Černín z Chudenic, the Habsburg imperial ambassador to Venice and Rome, in the 1660s.  The tour will include the opportunity to see Jan Masaryk's apartment as well as historic state rooms.

The building is not normally accessible to the public, and so this is a unique chance to see some recent and not so recent history.

The tour begins at 0900 sharp and will last for approximately two hours. During the tour there will be the opportunity to meet with other attendees as well as representatives of the Ministry.

There is no charge for the tour, but re-registration is essential, as is close attention to the logistic details below:


For security reasons, we will need to enter the building as a single group, at 0900 sharp.  If you arrive late you will be unable to join the tour, so plan to meet us outside the building in good time.

For those that don't know it, the building is located at Loretánské nám. 5, 118 00 Praha 1

For security reasons, pre-registration is essential.  Please pre-register at info@abiecz.org on or before Thursday 12 October.  Note that we will need the full names of all participants as well as your nationality and passport of obchanka number.  If you fail to pre-register, you will be unable to join the tour.  This tour is not suitable for children.

We look forward to you joining us.

CANZA Leadership changes

Over the last year of so we have been working hard to make CANZA more relevant.  We have also set up Australasian Business in Europe (ABIE) which has corporate members and is functioning as the Chamber of Commerce for both Australia and New Zealand.  It organises business focused networking and similar business events and helps support CANZA with 'corporate support'

That frees CANZA up do do a better job of organizing social, cultural and sporting events.  We would also like to make what we are doing more relevant to our younger members and offer a range of great activities accessible to all Aussies, Kiwis and Czechs irrespective of budget.

As part of that, we have made some changes:

New President

Larissa Petryca, long time CANZA committee member, has taken over as President.

Welcome Larissa and best of luck with the new role!

James Turnbull

James will still be around and will stay as a CANZA committee member.  Running both CANZA and ABIE was proving a little too much commitment as so James is now going to be focusing his energies on ABIE - which is now a busy and active chamber of commerce, organizing around one business-oriented event each month.

Other Board Members

Over the years, many people have actively contributed to CANZA's board, including especially current members Len, Shane, Doug, Daniela, Carine, Vladimir, James H, Alex and Richard.

Having said that, there is always lots of room for new blood.  If you would be interested in getting involved with CANZA, email us at info@canza.org.  We especially welcome younger people as it really helps us put on activities that are relevant to a younger audience.

Remuneration consists of a sense of wellbeing and occasional free drinks.  It also looks great on your CV!



Let's Get Arty: Paint Lesson and Wine

(Take Home Your Own Canvas)

22 October



Did you know that famous street artist Banky's Australian works have all been removed/destroyed?

Well, at this event we are going to recreate our own version of Banksy's most iconic image

- "Bansky's Girl".

You DO NOT need any artistic ability at all to join because American artist Alysa Stephens

will be guiding uson how to recreate the below painting step by step.

Of course you can add your own artistic twists to the picture.

5:00pm - 5:15pm: mingle with other CANZA members (get to know other Kiwis/Aussies living in Prague!)

and enjoy your first glass of wine on us

5pm - 7pm: Painting Lesson

If you'd like to eat anything or have more to drink you are in luck because the paint lesson will be held in

a great brewery in Vinohrady with great options for food and drink.

*****What you get for your money:

- Expert tuition from an experienced Artist

- Everyone takes home their own masterpiece

- All materials are provided including paint brushes, canvas, paints, easel and apron.

- A fun night out eating, drinking and listening to music whilst you get creative


(no we cannot reduce the price if you don't drink, but you can get a soft-drink instead -

please let me know beforehand)

*****What you will learn:

- Be guided step by step

- Instruction to create your own interpretation of the selected painting

- Explore and enhance your creative side in a supportive atmosphere


Please click here to secure your spot and purchase your ticket (places are limited)

Because we are paying the supplier we are unable to refund you if you cancel within 7 days of the event.


All information on how to find us is on the event page where you can purchase your ticket.

Once again you can access it by clicking here.

We hope to see you there!



Announcing the Launch of Australasian Business in Europe

As you may already be aware, we have been working for some time to establish a business focused Australian and New Zealand chamber of commerce

This new organisation, which will compliment CANZA, will be better resourced and will provide support and assistance to CANZA's existing activities.  CANZA will continue to focus on social cultural and sporting aspects while ABiE will focus exclusively on business in a much more traditional 'Chamber of Commerce' model.

If you, or your company, are interested in business, check out the ABiE website where you can subscribe to the newsletter and get more information about membership.


Partnership with CNZBA

We are very pleased to announce a partnership with CNZBA (the Czech New Zealand Business Association).

The CNZBA is dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting reciprocal trade, business and investment between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

Since its establishment in December 2012, CNZBA has become officially recognized as a bilateral platform helping New Zealand and Czech Republic businesses and business oriented individuals expand their mutual business relations.

The CNZBA is a non-profit membership organisation fostering and protecting interests of its members and prospective members, who recruit from broad range of industries. Membership in the CZNBA is available to every company and individual involved or interested in undertaking trade, investment and/or any other form of legitimate business between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

The CNZBA works independently, but maintains very good relations with the Czech and New Zealand government delegations and their trade & investment departments.

For more information visit www.cnzba.co.nz or Facebook.

If you are a Czech business looking to expand into New Zealand (or Australia) or a NZ or Australian business that has recently arrived in town, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

Partnership with Czech Cricket

cz_team_in_Vienna_2013_resized.jpgCANZA is delighted to announce that it has formed a partnership with Czech Cricket (Českomoravský Kriketový Svaz). Cricket as a sport and outdoor activity is very popular in both Australia and New Zealand with the national men's and women's teams of both countries performing at the pinnacle of the international game. Through the partnership we will be working on two fronts:

1) to help inform Czech-based Aussies and Kiwis that their time in the Czech Republic does not have to be without cricket, with regular senior and junior tournaments being played

2) to help introduce local Czech people to the Australian and New Zealand pastime and our beloved sport, cricket.

CMKS_logo_bigger.pngCzech Cricket has been steadily expanding since its formation in Prague in 2000. Czech Cricket coordinates and support local international and Czech State schools towards participation in the Czech Cricket Winter, Spring and Summer tournaments, which have been showing fantastic growth since their introduction in 2012. The expansion of these tournaments alongside the introduction of an additional team in the men’s game and a major facilities development overhaul project mean that 2014 is set to be a fantastic year for cricket in the Czech Republic.

If you or any of your friends, colleagues or relatives are interested in learning more about cricket, please contact info@CzechCricket.cz or for upcoming events, please keep an eye on the Czech Cricket website here www.czechcricket.cz/.


Opportunity for business referrals from Austrade

The Australian government trade, investment and education promotion agency - Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) - would like to offer an opportunity to register Service Providers interested in co-operation with Australian companies. To register, please complete this online form: http://www.austrade.gov.au/About-Austrade/Contact-us/Referrals-Database-Registration. The registration is open to companies offering Legal services; Interpreters / Translators; Consultancy companies; Accountancy companies; Providers of other services to companies.

Once approved, the registered company will be listed in the database of potential services providers to Australian companies interested in doing business in Central Europe and/or those already operating in this region.


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