Rotorua Branch Newsletter – March 2012

GREETINGS TO ALL:

 We had a great start to the year with a good turn out for our first meeting. A welcome was extended to five new visitors which we hope that they will be able to attend again.

 MARCH MEETING

DATE: Sunday 18 MARCH 2012

TIME: 12:30 P.M.

VENUE: ROTORUA ARTS CENTRE (RAVE) 1240 Hinemaru Street

 Our Guest Speaker will be Eric Livingstone. Eric has been the President of the National organisation of the New Zealand China Friendship Society for 4 years. Previously he was the Managing Director of Guthrey Breeding Services where he was involved in trade delegations and visits to China, one led by the 1984 Trade Minister Mike Moore. He advised Gansu Provincial Government on Animal Breeding. He led a sister City delegation to Gansu as well as other tour groups for the China Friendship Society. Eric has been a member of the Society for 25 years and lives in Christchurch.

 Eric will speak to us about Tibet. He will cover the geography of Tibet and its connection to Australia. Eric will explain where the people of Tibet might have originated from and what has been found in recent DNA studies. He will also give us some of the history regarding the ruling powers along with the religions in Tibet.

 I am sure it will be a very interesting and informative presentation. Everyone is welcome. We will start with our social shared lunch followed by Eric’s presentation. Remember this is a week earlier than our normal meeting time.

 COMING MEETINGS and EVENTS

 April is our AGM. New members to assist on the committee would be welcome. If you have any recommendations for speakers or other options for our meetings your contribution would be most appreciated.

 The committee will be hosting Eric and Judy for Dinner Sunday evening at the Chimney Restaurant at 1280 Eruera Street. If you wish to join us you are most welcome. Please RSVP to Norma Millard Ph 3482110 or email Norma <normam@kinect.co.nz> by Wednesday 14 March.

 An invitation has been extended to us by the Rotorua Chinese Association to a JP Association Luncheon at the New Zealand Supreme Gourmet House, 1225 Amohau Street. The cost is $ 16.50 per person Saturday 24 March. Please RSVP to Thomas George 3468904 or email georget@waiariki.ac.nz by 19 March (Monday) at 12:00 p.m.

 

Menu

Dumplings

Wonton Soup 

Szechuan Shredded Pork w/ steamed buns 

Long Beans with Mince 

Chicken and Cashews

Beef and Spring Onions

Peking Roast Duck

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Fruit

The purpose of this luncheon is to meet the local JP’s who will explain what their roles are in the community and the District Court. It is hoped that this luncheon and networking will encourage those attending to give some thought to who has been involved in local community activities and is of good standing that might be suitable to be nominated for our local Member of Parliament to consider in becoming a Justice of the Peace. For some time the Justice of the Peace in the Rotorua District have been aware of the lack of representation of some ethnic groups, i.e. Chinese, as JP’s in Rotorua. Please give this issue some consideration.

 NATIONAL EVENTS

The dates and itinerary for the 60th Anniversary Tour has been released. It combines the Silk Road attractions along with meeting project partners by visiting the villages in Shandan and Shaanxi along with visits to the Rewi Alley and Kathlene Hall heritage sites. It also includes the Great Wall and other classic tourist attraction. The dates are 29 August – 24 September 2012. Cost all inclusive $ 7490. subject to currency changes. For more information contact Dave Bromwich ph. 06 8779930 or email dbchinz@xtra.co.nz. (Complete details are attached to email version of newsletter.)

This year the 60th anniversary conference is being held in Auckland 18 – 20th May. More detail regarding the programme will be forthcoming. President of Youxie, Madame Li Xiaolin will lead a delegation to visit our 60th Anniversary Conference. After many years as Vice President of the Chinese Peoples’ association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Madame Li has been promoted to the most senior position of President, a most important post in Chinese foreign relationships. She will be responsible for all sister-City and Friendship Societies.

Don’t forget raffle tickets for return flights to China will be available until 1 October. at $ 5. each. They will be available at our meeting or contact Brenda Ph 3325731 or email c.lee@clear.net.nz