NZCFS Project Updates

Diary of the 2016 NZCFS Environmental Delegation to China – Part 1

This is a daily record of the visit to China of a group of 6 people, including some NZCFS members, to a number of interesting environment-oriented institutions as well as sites of ecological and environmental significance throughout China. Kirk McDowall has written a full and fascinating account of the efforts of the Chinese people to address many of these problems and, in many … [Read more...]

2016 Environmental Delegation to China produces some surprising results

A deeper insight into the environmental problems facing China and the fascinating methods to address them was gained by the six members of the Environmental Delegation to China recently.  Deborah Robertson, Youth Ambassador in 2014, and the other delegates have produced a fascinating report of their findings. All six members had expertise in fields of work - such as … [Read more...]

Shandan Bailie School Diary – Our Teacher’s 2nd Report

The following is the second report from Michelle Elia, 'our' latest teacher at Shandan Bailie School. "It’s 9.12pm on December 4th, 2016, in Shandan.. and it’s -8°C.  But I still love the place! "I’ve been teaching here at SBS for about four months now and the same instant love I had for Shandan has blossomed. I have nothing negative to say about the wonderful place that I … [Read more...]

Call for applications for Simon Deng Li funding 2016

For all NZCFS National Executive elected members, branch presidents and subcommittees:  You are invited to consider projects that may be appropriate for funding from the 2016 round of the Simon Deng Li Fund. Note that projects which will be considered for  funding  by the Simon Deng Li Fund should be for 'consolidating and deepening friendship between the peoples of China and … [Read more...]

Projects receiving Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange Funding – 2016

The New Zealand China Friendship Society's 'Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange' (RAFE) Fund began in 2012 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the founding the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS), and to reflect the spirit of Rewi Alley in promoting friendly exchange between China and New Zealand. According to the Memorandum of Understanding for the RAFE fund, a sum of … [Read more...]

Status of ongoing RAFE Fund projects – 2016

The RAFE Fund began in 2012 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the founding the New Zealand China Friendship Society Inc, and to reflect the spirit of Rewi Alley in promoting friendly exchange between China and New Zealand. According to the Memorandum of Understanding for the RAFE fund, a sum of 200,000 RMB (approximately $NZ40,000) will be provided annually, for a period of five … [Read more...]

Michelle Elia starts teaching at Shandan Bailie School

Kia Ora! My name is Michelle Elia and I am Shandan Bailie School’s newest English Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Originally from Porirua in the Wellington region, I grew up in a Pacific Island household where my mother migrated from the Cook Islands and my father from Samoa at a young age. My cultural background is something I hold very dearly and I celebrate it every … [Read more...]

Hawkes Bay Orchestral Society’s cultural exchange to China a success

The Hawkes Bay Orchestral Society’s 10-day cultural exchange to China (April 2016) was a great success. The exchange was funded by the New Zealand China Friendship Society's Simon Deng Li Fund.  As a result of this tour, it is highly likely that a visit from a performance and arts group from Guilin Childrens' Palace to Hawkes Bay will take place in 2017, and more school … [Read more...]

Auckland poet heading to Shanghai

Auckland poet Heidi North-Bailey has been selected as the second New Zealand writer to join the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s Writing Programme.  Her residency is part of an exchange initiated through the New Zealand China Friendship Society's Simon Deng Li Fund in partnership with the Michael King Writers Centre.Heidi will join writers from Argentina, Spain, Israel, Russia, … [Read more...]

Call for applications for RAFE funding, 2016

BackgroundIn 2012, the China Oceania Friendship Association (COFA) entered into an agreement with the New Zealand China Friendship Society whereby, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the society, COFA would provide 1 million RMB to our society over a period of five years, at the rate of 200,000 RMB (approximately NZ$40,000) per year, for a period of five … [Read more...]

Applications open for 2016 Shanghai Writers’ programme

New Zealand's literary exchange with China continues with the call for applications from New Zealand writers to attend the international writers' programme run by the Shanghai Writers’ Association in September and October 2016.The successful writer will receive free accommodation in an inner-city apartment, a small stipend for living expenses and return economy-class air … [Read more...]