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The NZCFS National Conference and Annual General Meeting was held in Christchurch from 19 to 21 May. The theme was REWI ALLEY “The Spirit Continues”, and we celebrated three milestones: 

  • 120 years since his birth
  • 90 years since he first arrived in Shanghai
  • 30 years since his death.

Auckland Branch members were joined by other members throughout the country to meet friends both old and new, to honour and learn from the legacy of Rewi Alley,  and to plan for the future.

Conference opening with a lion dance

 

Conference attendees listening attentively

 

Presentations about projects in New Zealand and China

 

 

Delegates from Auckland Branch (left to right), George Andrews (Vice President Northern), Doreen Brown, Henry Acland (President AK), Ken Liu (AK Committee Member), Raymond Hong (AK Committee Member)

The new Auckland Branch President, Henry Acland, outlines his plan for promoting the Society and increasing membership in the Auckland region.

 

Conference attendee, Teri France, tries her hand at painting during a break

 

Biography of Rewi Alley – both in English and Mandarin – promoted at Conference and now on sale

 

Henry Acland, Simon Appleton, and National Executives Dave Bromwich and Heiko Laden 

 

Patron Phillip Burdon speaking at Saturday night’s dinner reception

 

The new National Committee with delegates from Youxie. National President Dave Bromwich centre front