NZCFS National Executive

The National Executive includes all Branch Presidents and the elected members below:

National President: Dave Bromwich

Dave Bromwich was elected as NZCFS President in May 2013. He has had active involvement in China since 1990, with around six years total spent in China through 35 visits. In 1995-1996 he spent one year with his family in Napier’s sister city Lianyungang teaching English, and has travelled and worked extensively throughout China.Since 2002, his main work activity has been in … [Read more...]

National Vice President North Island (Northern): George Andrews

George Andrews first went to China in 2004 on a Prominent Person’s Tour. He succeeded Cecil Fowler as President of the Auckland branch in 2007. He was directly associated with introduction of both the recent funding stream totally $80,000 per annum which created new opportunities for NZCFS.The RAFE Fund was announced at the 2012 Conference that George hosted, and the Simon Deng … [Read more...]

National Vice President North Island (Central): Luke Qin

Luke Qin is from Sichuan, the “Province of Abundance”, home of world famous spicy cuisine and pandas. Luke arrived in Christchurch as an international student and played 1st XV rugby in his first year in the country despite not knowing the rules of the game previously. He was a school prefect and received many academic awards.His first job in New Zealand was putting inserts in … [Read more...]

National Vice President South Island: Dave Adamson

Dave Adamson has been a member of the Christchurch branch of the NZCFS for twelve years, and is currently the South Island Vice President.Until he retired in 2009, he worked for 11 years in the Christchurch City Council Civic and International Relations team. The role’s main focus was the city’s relationships in China, predominantly the sister city links with Wuhan City and … [Read more...]

National Secretary: Simon Appleton

Simon Appleton, known as 方志杰 to his Chinese friends joined the New Zealand China Friendship Society in 2015 and was elected to the position of National Secretary in 2016.  Simon has lived in East Asia for a decade, including stints in both Beijing and Seoul, he speaks both Mandarin Chinese and Korean. During his time in Beijing Simon studied a Masters in Chinese Law at Renmin … [Read more...]

National Treasurer: Chris Goodwin

Chris Goodwin has a background in business management with key experience in negotiation and facilitation. Chris has always lived and worked in Canterbury and over the last 16 years has been working as an administration manager.Chris has been a Christchurch Branch member since 2009, a committee member since 2011 and Christchurch Branch President since 2014. In 2012 he was asked … [Read more...]

National Executive Member: Miao Fan JP

Miao Fan is originally from Wuxi, Hamilton’s sister city in China. After she became a student advisor at the University of Waikato Language Institute in 2002, she was invited by the NZCFS to be on the discussion panel to help host Chinese students and has been actively involved with NZCFS activities ever since.From 2003 to 2005 she was positioned at the Western Institute of … [Read more...]

National Executive Member: John Hodgson

John Hodgson comes from a career in teaching. In 2003 he and his wife went to China to teach English in Nanchang (Jiangxi Province) where they taught for four years making many connections particularly in education. John was very keen to establish a student work experience programme for students from China to New Zealand and at that time laid foundations for future student … [Read more...]

National Executive Member: Heiko Lade

Heiko Lade first became introduced to the NZCFS when he saw their stall at the International Cultural Day in Hawkes Bay which the local branch has been organizing for over 10 years. He then went onto become a member and has spoken at branch meetings on acupuncture and his visits to China. After joining the Hawkes Bay executive in 2010, he was then appointed to be the National … [Read more...]

National Executive Member: Kirk McDowall

Kirk McDowall first joined the NZCFS in 2014 after spending six months volunteering in Guangzhou and Shanghai. It was during this time he strengthen his passion to learn Mandarin, and upon returning to New Zealand, began learning Mandarin part-time and became actively involved in the NZCFS Wellington Branch. He has been responsible for coordinating youth events, editing the … [Read more...]

National Executive Member: Deborah Rhode

Deborah Rhode was voted onto the National Executive of the NZCFS in 2013 and has been a member of the Christchurch Branch since 2001, and is currently Vice President.Deborah first visited China in 2002 as part of an ambitious 10,000 km, six-week overland trip organized by the Beijing Peoples Friendship Society. Starting in Kunming, they drove to Lhasa, north to Qinghai, through … [Read more...]