Tauranga News and Events

Gap Year, overseas volunteering 2017

  Wondering what to do after leaving school ? You could join The Chinese Friendship Soc and involve yourself in some of the aide projects listed on our National Web site. But obviously there are more choices than this and the Internet has a wealth of information. Many people want to do more than just travel, they want to make a positive contribution to the communities they … [Read more...]

Arrowtown Chinatown 2017

I recently visited Chinatown in Arrowtown. The focal point is Au Lum's store.  Here's another photo of the store which closed after Ah Lum's death in 1924.  There were about 40 Cantonese miners living in 20 stone buildings as shown below.  These buildings are the first Chinese homes in New Zealand, many of the men returned to China after finding enough gold in the … [Read more...]

Christmas Lunch at Devonport Road Chinese Restaurant

On Sunday 4th December 2016 seventeen adults and two children celebrated lunch at Simon's restaurant. We had an excellent 5 course meal for $25.00. It was a good chance for members to meet again and celebrate Christmas. President John has done an excellent presentation on the recent student trip to China which  you may have a read in your email box. I have received many … [Read more...]

President John Hodgson and the Tauranga Students recent trip to Nanchang

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21 August 2016 Branch meeting at old Peking Restaurant

Nineteen members of the NZCFS Tauranga Branch attended a lunch at 88 Devonport Road. Restaurateur Simon gave us a delicious four course meal at a very reasonable price. Branch President John Hodgson passed around photos of the recent trip to China by students; Jaime Harrison, Hannah Campbell, Philip Cho and Brooke Maddison. My apologies for no photographs of the event. As the … [Read more...]

BBQ at Sue and Rogers Sunday 13 March 2016

About twelve members attended a BBQ at Sue and Rogers place. Thanks Roger for your prime Angus beef.It was good to see Madison one of the four commerce students soon to visit China with President John Hodgson.I hope you are all gearing up for the NZCFS Conference at the Historic Village in Tauranga, 27-29 May 2016. … [Read more...]

Dragon Boat Festival 21 June

On Sunday 21 members celebrated the Dragon Boat festival at the Peking restaurant. It was pleasing to see several Mandarin language assistants (MLA's) there. Thanks Frank King for organising such a successful occasion.  … [Read more...]

Christmas Celebration December

Fourteen people attended a Christmas lunch at the Cameron Road Café restaurant, welcome to new members Sheldon Lin and Richard Van der Jagt. I recommend the food at this restaurant for value and quality. Stay in touch for more events  planned in 2015, the year of the sheep. All the best for Christmas and New Year … [Read more...]

Joyful Lunch at Eastern Ocean.

Committee member Frank King organised a successful lunch of twenty people with many new faces and establishment members Dave and Heather Blanchard who hadn't been for a long time. I hope we can continue to encourage new and younger people to attend. The lunch was at the Eastern Ocean restaurant and was to celebrate the coming winter solstice. President John Hodgson made a short … [Read more...]

Tauranga Branch Presidents Report March 2014

New Zealand China Friendship Society : Tauranga Branch President’s Report to The Annual General Meeting on 26March2014. In the year that has gone since our last General Meeting the branch has had a range of activities including the irregular meetings that generally involved an evening meal or a Sunday lunch with our members and friends at one of our local Chinese restaurants. … [Read more...]

Sandra King leaves for Orphanage trip in December

2013 Nov news letter Sandra King … [Read more...]