National Notebook

A week in the life of the NZCFS President in China

Over the week of September 15 to 22, 2016, there have been a range of activities in Beijing and Gansu province, largely focused on the legacy of Rewi Alley.  It brought together a very interesting group of international and Chinese people for this time. The key international players were: Brian Hewson, counsellor at NZ Embassy Beijing; Maurice Alley and Dorothy Waymouth, … [Read more...]

National President’s AGM Report May 2016

The following is the report by Dave Bromwich, NZCFS President, at the AGM, following the NZCFS National Conference in Tauranga, May 29, 2016:"The 64th year of New Zealand China Friendship Society has been an active year on a number of fronts, with some significant progress being made in some areas, and new activity and initiatives developing.While fuller details come from the … [Read more...]

National President’s Newsletter – March 2015

Wedding of Wang Fang, our favourite tour guide:In early March, I had the great fortune to attend the very happy occasion of the wedding of NZCFS’ tour guide and agent, Wang Fang, who many members will have met on tours over the last 6 years.  For a report and more photos, click HEREWest China Women’s Handicraft seminarI attended a recent seminar that was held recently as part … [Read more...]

National President’s Newsletter February 2015

I hope everybody had a good break over the holiday period, and are keen to get back into an active year with NZCFS! The early focus for this will be the Conference and AGM in May, where Nelson is looking for exciting inputs of Branch activity from around the country.  Here in Hawkes Bay, our focus has turned to a specific goal to send up to 20 members of the HB Youth Orchestra … [Read more...]

President’s Report on September activity in China, 2014

Youxie Friendship Forum, Guiyang, September 1 to 5 The focus of the Prominent Persons and Leaders delegation this year was to attend the Youxie Friendship forum in Guiyang, Guizhou province.  Our delegation consisted of Jeanette Jones, Barbara Markland, June Wild, Carla Lindley and Kristina Eddy, all from Nelson; Craig Ashby and Kevin O’Halloran, both from Christchurch; … [Read more...]

NZCFS President’s Newsletter – July 2014

This is just a quick overview of some of the recent past, current and proposed activities of the Society.RECENTLY DECEASEDI would like first to acknowledge the loss of four of our members in the past several weeks.Isobel Thompson and Cecil Fowler from Auckland Branch both made very significant and long serving contributions to NZCFS.  Also from Auckland Branch, Ramai … [Read more...]

National Notebook December 2013

Season's Greetings As the year comes to an end, it is time to reflect on what has been achieved, and what opportunities lie ahead. Firstly I would like to thank Eric Livingstone for his leadership of five years to the AGM in May this year. He has consolidated the foundation of our Society for the coming years. With increasing engagement between New Zealand and China across … [Read more...]

National Notebook October 2013

Rewi Alley in China —an exhibition at the Canterbury Museum 21 September - 30 October 2013 in the Visitor Lounge On Friday 20 September Mayor Bob Parker opened the Rewi Alley in China exhibition at Canterbury Museum. This fascinating exhibition, which has been facilitated by the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Youxie) in conjunction … [Read more...]

National Notebook July 2013

 AGM thanks outgoing President Eric Livingstone and welcomes incoming President Dave Bromwich  At our May National Conference in Christchurch, Eric Livingstone was warmly thanked for his five years as our National President. Eric contributed greatly to the work of our Society with his dedication, good humour and support to members and new initiatives. His commitment and … [Read more...]

National Notebook March/April 2013

  Honorary Patron of our Society Simon Deng Li At the Wellington Branch New Year banquet Simon Deng Li (left) was presented with a certificate by President Eric Livingstone, to mark his appointment as Honorary Patron of our Society.   NZCFS National Conference 2013Christchurch, 24 – 26 May 2013Lecture Theatre C1, University of Canterbury“Chinese Culture”  Well, … [Read more...]

National Notebook December 2012

NZCFS 1952 - 2012 Sixty Years Season’s Greetings As we come to the end of a very historical and busy year, I would like to wish you all the very best for the coming Christmas festive season. Historical because we celebrated our first Sixty Years since our formation in Auckland in February 1952 with a number of very important celebrations and events.  But historical also … [Read more...]