Welcome to the New Zealand China Friendship Society in sunny Hawkes Bay.
The branch was founded in 1958 by Bill Youren, a local farmer, and re-formed in 1985 by Dr Don McKenzie, a Horticultural Researcher and Fruit Scientist. Under his leadership, a horticultural exchange programme was established and connections are still maintained today.
The aims of the Branch are: to promote mutual understanding, good will, and friendship between the peoples of China and New Zealand by encouraging the exchange of visitors, ideas, information and trade; to support development projects particularly in Guangxi: and to foster interest in the study of China’s history and culture.
The branch meets for dining events and cultural activities throughout the year and encourages Sister-City relations between:
- Hastings and Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
- Napier and Lianyungang
- Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Xuzhou, both in Jiangsu Province