Rotorua News and Events

Lunch Time Sharing of Cultures – New Monthly Event

On the last Wednesday of every month there is a chance to practice your English at the Rotorua Library by sharing your lunchtime with many different cultures that exist in Rotorua. This is a Multicultural Association event.  At the start one person shares his or her experience of migrating to New Zealand. Last month was the launch and  a Chinese person shared her experiences … [Read more...]

New Mandarin Language Classes

There are now two Mandarin Language classes available in Rotorua.  One is being held at the Mokoia Community Centre on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact the Community Centre for further information and to book a place. There is a $ 20. fee for the workbook. The other is being held at the Rotorua Library on every Thursday evenings for a 12 week period. Booking is … [Read more...]

Moon Festival and More

Rotorua had a very busy September. The Arts Village, our meeting place, held an Open Day on 19 September where the various organisations who use the facility were able to promote what they were all about to the public. We invited Mr. Cheng, a Rotorua Resident who taught Chinese in China before coming to live in New Zealand. Using his calligraphy skills he wrote the visitors … [Read more...]

Rotorua Moon Festival – Friday 25 September

Thanks to Rotorua Multicultural organisation for organising the the up and coming Rotorua Chinese Moon Festival. It is all happening on Friday 25 September, 6:00 p.m. at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, the building across from the Rotorua I-Site. It will be held in the banquet room which is off to the left side as you enter the building.  A traditional Chinese … [Read more...]

Rotorua Branch Annual Report April 2015

ROTORUA CHINA FRIENDSHIP SOC. ANNUAL REPORT APRIL 2015This year was a steady as we go year for our group with me being away during part of 2014.We had Fred Kanara who taught English in Jilin Province for several years for our May meeting just after our AGM. I was attending the National Conference during that weekend so missed his interesting experiences he had during his … [Read more...]

Shaolin Kung Fu Performance in Rotorua

For the first time the world famous Shaolin Kung Fu preformers will be coming to Rotorua, one show only  on Friday 13 March at 7:00 p.m at the Civic Theatre (1170 Fenton Street)  The cost is $ 20 per Adult and $ 10 per child plus booking fee. Bookings can be made with Ticketmaster.  This is being organised by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, N.Z. … [Read more...]

Introductory Mandarin Classes 2015 in Rotorua

Waiariki Institute of Technology have created new Mandarin Chinese tertiary programmes for the 2015 year. This is being made possible through an agreement with the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and the Chinese Education Department. Min Zhang will return to Waiariki Institute of Technology here in Rotorua to continue basic Mandarin Language classes … [Read more...]

Rotorua Annual Report 2014

CHAIRPERSON / COMMITTEE REPORT APRIL 2014 Another year has flew by and we have had very good attendance of our monthly meetings. Over the year we have had many interesting and informative guests. Fraser Newman told us about his experiences regarding trying to run an English Language business while living there for about 3 years. Min Zhang spoke about the Confucius … [Read more...]

STOP PRESS – Launch of Mandarin Corner

On Saturday 15 March at 11:00a.m - 12:30p.m. Zhang Min, Hanban teacher at Waiariki Institute of Technology, will launch a MANDARIN CORNER initiative. It is open to all in the community to learn the Chinese Language, Culture, Art and Music. There is no charge for this class. Participants will be asked to contribute towards the cost of materials only. This class will be held … [Read more...]

Brief Synopsis of Agnes Moncrieff – YWCA International Secretary China 1930-1945

DON'T TRAVEL IN CHINA AT THE FULL MOON: Correspondence of Agnes Moncrieff from China 1930-1945 - Compiled by Barbara Francis - 2012 While in China from 1930 to 1945 working with the YWCA of China as a Foreign Secretary (later changed to International Secretary) Agnes Moncrieff (known to many as Nessie)  hand wrote or typed hundreds of letters and reports to family and … [Read more...]

Rotorua Welcomes Prominent Chinese Artist

Rotorua Branch was invited to an official welcome to one of China’s renowned national artists, Zhao Qingguo. Mr. Zhao had visited Rotorua five times enjoying the sights and doing some painting of various scenes. He was so impressed by the stunning natural beauty of the city and its surrounds he spent many months creating a five meter canvas painting of Sulfur Point on Lake … [Read more...]