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Welcome to

Canterbury Tamil Society

World is One, All are My Kin


கன்ரபரி தமிழ்ச் சங்கம்

யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளிர்

Welcome to

Canterbury Tamil Society

World is One, All are My Kin

About Us

In 1995 group of Tamils lived in Christchurch region realised the need of formal representation of Tamils in the Canterbury region. As a result of this the Canterbury Tamil Society was formed in 1996. The society represents Tamils living in the Canterbury region and actively involve in promoting Tamil language and its cultural values to their younger generations.


Gnanasuhathipan Sivasubramaniam

President’s Message

Tamilians are scattered all around the world, but the Tamil language and culture connect all of us together. Reasons for the migration of our community may differ, but there is a need for us to unite to leap forward as a society to preserve Tamil history, language and its cultural values, and pass them into our future generations. Tamil language is one of the oldest languages in the world, with a history of at least five thousand years. The Canterbury Tamil Society (CTS) is helping our families with keeping our values alive in Canterbury region. It’s been active from 1995 and still going from strength to strength.

As per the objectives defined in our constitution, we thrive to promote our language and cultural activities, to foster enhanced relationship between our community and other communities, to support humanitarian causes related to Tamil speaking communities, and to help other communities or relief organisations in their needs.

The CTS has accomplished several milestones in the past including, but not limited to, Tsunami relief in 2004, expressing our concern about humanitarian aspects to parliamentarians of New Zealand, continuous Tamil classes and cultural activity training every week for the kids aged from 3 to 16, and promoting our cultural events and activities among our community and other communities.

We would like to thank our members and Christchurch city council for providing the funds to the CTS. We have done successful fundraising events too. We welcome all people with roots of Tamil to join us and help to grow the society and give us strength to carry on our objectives.


Ravishankar Thamotharampillai


Koneswaran Nagaiah


Nivethanan Thiraviam

Our Objectives

  • To promote Tamil Language education, Culture and Sports.
  • To foster improved relationship between Tamil community and other communities in New Zealand.
  • To show solidarity to and support humanitarian causes relating to Tamil speaking communities.
  • To help and assist any community or relief organisation
  • Constitution of Canterbury Tamil Society

Tamil School

Tamil School Coordinator

Sasikala Koneswaran

Tamil School Coordinator’s Message

I landed to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010 December. You will possibly marvel that why I reflect of my arrival. I would like to look back the period when Tamil school was not functioning as we lost our venue due to the earthquake occurred in 2011. We heard that our Tamil School venue held at community centre going to be demolished, with all of our Tamil school resources that we collected little by little since we started the Tamil school in 1995. That was really shocking news for all the Tamil community in Canterbury Region. I could visualize that, how it would be challenging to start the school again without any resources. After a short while our Society decided to run the school in one of the members house at a very basic level with the available resources that was the re-start of Tamil School in 2011!….Yes. I started my contribution to Tamil school as a teacher from that period. I think it’s time to discontinue my story…not my story….believe me….it’s the post-quake, pick-up of Tamil school.

Let me start in a professional way….

Welcome to CTS - Tamil School. CTS - Tamil School is a Non-Profit School for teaching Tamil and cultural activities to young generation in our society. The curriculum that we currently follow is flexible and changing according to the interests of the children. New curriculum development is underway by the teaching team. Currently, the teachers follow an emergent curriculum. However appropriate resources from various sources will be adapted into the main syllabus.

Objectives of CTS - Tamil School

  • Empowering children to communicate in Tamil
  • Supporting children to learn, read and write in Tamil
  • Encouraging the society to transmit the language and culture to successive generations
  • Integrating Tamil culture and language

Future Plans

  • Curriculum planning and implementation
  • Formulating developmentally appropriate activities
  • Experience learning through traditional play
  • Emerging plans will be further incorporated according to the interest of children
  • Celebrating Annual Tamil Day

Tamil School Staff Members

Kalpana Ealasukanthan

Kiruba Gnanasuhathipan

Hamshayini Piratheepan

Tamil School Terms -2017

Day: Every Saturday (excluding 11th and 25th November)

Time: 3.00pm to 4.30pm

4th February – 1st April
6th May - 24th June
29th July - 23rd September
28th October - 16th December

Waimairi Road Community Centre,
166, Waimairi Road,
Ilam, Christchurch 8041.


Cultural Coordinator

Kaushalya Devi Vijeyakumar

Cultural Coordinator’s Message

Tamil culture is the culture of the Tamil people. This culture is rooted in the arts and ways of life of Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and more importantly, across the globe. This rich culture is expressed in language, literature, music, dance, theatre, folk arts, martial arts, painting, sculpture, architecture, philosophy, religions, etc. Tamilians have strong attachment to the Tamil language which is recognized as one of the oldest languages in the world, and is often venerated in literature as "Tamil Annai", "the Tamil Mother". On the other hand, Tamil literature is of considerable antiquity, which ranges from lyric poetry to works on poetics and ethical philosophy, is remarkably different from contemporary, and represents the oldest body of secular literature in South Asia.

As a coordinator I am very proud to work on bringing Tamil families and friends together and closer to each other, and carrying our cultural values to other New Zealand societies as well. The events set out by CTS give us better chance to pass our Identity, language and culture on to our younger generations, which is vital than anything else.

Cultural Events

  • Annual Sports Meet

    Annual Sports Meet

    Saturday 28th January,2017
    10.00am onwards
    The Groynes
    Groynes Drive, Northwood,
    Christchurch 8051

  • Tamil New Year Celebration

    Tamil New Year Celebration

    Saturday 22nd April, 2017
    6.30pm - 10.00pm
    Fendalton Community Centre, 170 Clyde Road

  • Mid-Winter Function

    Mid-Winter Function

    Saturday 1st July, 2017
    6.00pm - 9.00pm
    Fendalton Community Centre, 170 Clyde Road

  • Navarathiri Function

    Navarathiri Function

    Saturday 30th September, 2017
    6.30pm - 10.00pm
    Fendalton Community Centre, 170 Clyde Road

  • Theepavali Festival

    Theepavali Festival

    Saturday 11th November , 2017
    6.30pm - 10.00pm
    Fendalton Community Centre, 170 Clyde Road

  • Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day

    Saturday 25th November , 2017
    3.00pm - 4.30pm
    Waimari Community Hall, 166 Waimairi Road


Sports Coordinator

Piratheepan Rajenthira

Sports Coordinator’s Message

"Sport has the power to change the world," - Nelson Mandela

Our mission of the Sports is to focus on the development of healthy children and communities.

The CTS Sports Club consists of a Badminton Club, a Cricket Club and a Cultural Club. Currently our members and friends play badminton at St. Thomas College, during the weekends, and cricket at South Hagley Park, during the summer period. More importantly, we play cultural sports at the end of year picnic season.

As a sports coordinator I have been on drawing a plan for having an Annual Sports Meet for the CTS Tamil School children and Cultural Sports Meet for CTS men and women. In addition, a plan for sort tramping for families and kids is underway.

Sports Activities

Members has free access to CTS sports gear. Should you wish to borrow these please contact us.


Please support Canterbury Tamil Society by becoming a member. Annual membership fees are as follows.

Category Full membership Associate membership
Family $20.00 $15.00
Individual $15.00 $10.00
Student/Senior Citizen $10.00 $5.00

The annual membership fee is valid from 1 of April to following year 31 of March. To become a member please fill out the membership form below.
The Canterbury Tamil Society has the absolute right to decline membership and you understand this application is subject to approval by the society's commitee.

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