National Notebook

National President’s Notebook March/April 2011

CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE On behalf of all Christchurch Branch members of the Society and its President Judy, thankyou for all the messages of concern and encouragement from other branches, individual members and also from our friends in China. We have been in shock supporting each other and endeavouring to normalize our lives, not wanting to even visit the centre of our city … [Read more...]

National Presidents Notebook February 2011

2011 CHINA DISCOVERY TOUR Our exciting April tour is to be led by our very experienced and knowledgeable Tours Committee Chairman and National Treasurer, Royden Smith of Nelson who reports the tour group will be an intimate number of around a dozen. This will make for an even better experience as they visit the historic cities of Taiyuan, Pingyao and Zhenzhou, the wonders of … [Read more...]

National Presidents Notebook February 2011

2011 CHINA DISCOVERY TOUR Our exciting April tour is to be led by our very experienced and knowledgeable Tours Committee Chairman and National Treasurer, Royden Smith of Nelson who reports the tour group will be an intimate number of around a dozen. This will make for an even better experience as they visit the historic cities of Taiyuan, Pingyao and Zhenzhou, the wonders of … [Read more...]

National Presidents Notebook December 2010

MADAME LI XIAOLIN’S VISIT During Madame Li Xiaolin’s visit to Wellington as an advisor to Asia New Zealand Foundation your National Executive and Wellington Branch were fortunate to host a luncheon for her, Qing Boming, and Linda Wang on Friday 19 November. We were fortunate to also host the new Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, Chinese Ambassador Xu Jianguo and his wife … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook October 2010

1 OCTOBER CHINA NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS Christchurch Branch had a very successful banquet for 150 people well organized by a small committee that attracted Kelvin Coe, Mayor of Selwyn District where the recent earthquake had its epi centre, Member of Parliament Lianne Dalziel and representatives of many local Chinese organisations. A special thanks to the Rewi Alley Chinese … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook September 2010

CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE Christchurch members appreciate the many messages from around New Zealand and from our friends in China enquiring about our well-being following our shocking earthquake. Most members experienced breakages within their houses, a frightening time and the occasional fallen chimney, plus a few who unfortunately experienced serious house foundation moving. … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook July-August 2010

SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO VISIT JULY The World Expo was more than our delegation of twelve Society members expected as the guests of the Shanghai Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. We participated in the New Zealand Honour Day arrangements, saw a number of pavilions, gained an understanding of the immensity of the whole Expo. Our time of five days went very fast … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook May 2010

PROJECTS TOUR VACANCIES There are a few vacancies on this year’s October project tour that has an emphasis on our project partners balanced with some travel into exotic regions. Excellent and varied food experience is promised (tailored to the group’s comfort zone), varied countryside, culture, scenery, people and colour. Places that will be visited are associated with … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook April 2010

GARDEN TOUR SETS OFF 17 April sees a very large group of enthusiasts led by Bill Willmott and Di Madgin arrive in Shanghai to commence our Society’s 2010 Garden Tour that includes amazing sights in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Yangzhou and Guilin. So much effort and preparation has gone into preparing for this group that we know they will have the experience of a lifetime. ANNUAL … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook March 2010

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING Last Saturday we had an excellent meeting in Wellington unfortunately inside while the City bathed in sunshine. Further progress was reported on the extremely worthwhile Sichuan earthquake projects that we all raised money for. I am delighted to report that the results are as good as forecast and we can be very proud of what we and our Chinese … [Read more...]

National President’s Notebook February 2010

2010 YEAR OF THE TIGER Chinese New Year is on 14 February this year when we commence the Chinese Year of the Tiger. People born in the year of the tiger are lucky, powerful, proud, aggressive, courageous, a good leader, vivacious, impulsive, dignified and handsome! REWI ALLEY COTTAGE VISIT Great that two branches over the holiday period visited Rewi’s cottage. Members of the … [Read more...]