In 1989, Rewi Alley asked Tom Newnham to write the story of the New Zealand nurse, Kathleen Hall. Baoding was the closest city to the village of Songjiazhuang, where Kathleen had worked, and it was there that Tom met Madam Ma Baoru in the Municipal Foreign Affairs Office. He asked about He Ming Qing, Kathleen’s Chinese name. She was a little surprised that he wanted to find out about a Chinese woman.
Ma Baoru accompanied Tom for a week and discovered that Kathleen was not Chinese, but a very special New Zealand woman. Inspired to begin her own research, Ma Baoru is today Kathleen’s most devoted disciple, escorting increasing numbers of New Zealanders to Quyang County.
Colin and Viv are hosting her for several days in Milton – join us for dinner at Milton on Weds June 13. ….plus see her quality photographs of NZCFS projects. Contact us.
AND ……Your last chance to meet …Mr Liu Guozhong. We celebrate the 60 year anniversary of NZCFS on Tuesday 5 June. Nanking Palace Restaurant, South Dunedin. 6.30pm
If you have not let us know you are coming and still want to come, please confirm by 1 June. Please join us. Our guest and speaker is Mr Liu Guozhong, Assistant Principal, Shandan Bailie School.
During his stay with us he will be visiting agricultural enterprises in Central Otago, and Telford Rural Polytechnic in Balclutha.