National News and Events

‘Legends and Tales of China’, a new way to learn about the Chinese language

New Zealand Chinese Language Association A recent Victoria University, Wellington, PhD thesis has brought a new idea to the acquisition of foreign languages by emphasising how important a knowledge of the sounds of a language are before any attempt is made to study the language.  For the Chinese language this can be done by means of the NZCLA’s bilingual Chinese reader  … [Read more...]

Sister-Cities Hawkes Bay & Guilin 30th Anniversary Celebrations March 2011

Hawkes Bay folk got a chance to experience a cultural extravaganza last week when 13 members of the Guilin Performing Group from China visited the region.  They were here to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Sister-City connection with Hastings (the first in New Zealand) as part of delegations from the Guilin Municipal Government.   The delegations, comprising Mr Huang … [Read more...]

Press Release by Dave Feickert, adviser on mine safety to the PRC government

Following the Pike River gas explosion and the deaths of 29 miners there, the economic impact of the redundancies among the workforce and suppliers became a second tragedy.  The West Coast, hard hit by the recession already, needs all the help it can get.  I believe in practical solutions and so do my Chinese colleagues. It is one of the most enjoyable things about working in … [Read more...]

Speech by Bill Willmott at Friendship Forum

The following speech was delivered by Bill Willmott, Head of the NZCFS Delegation at the Friendship Forum, Nanchang - on the 11th September, 2010. Haere mai, Haere mai i te hui rata ne, Tena Koutou Katoa Pengyoumen, Nushimen, Xianshengmen, Shangwu hao Your Royal Highess Princess Pilolevu Tuita, Vice-President of Youxie, Mme. Li Xiaolin, Our dear friends old and … [Read more...]

China-Oceania and Canada Sister Cities Forum

The following speech was given by Bill Willmott, Head of the NZCFS Delegation at the China-Oceania & Canada Sister Cities Forum in Shanghai on the 9 September 2010. Haere mai, Haere mai, Ko Bill toku ingoa, Ko Kanata toku iwi, Ko Omei Shan toku maunga, Ko Jin Jiang toku awa. No reira, Tena Koutou Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou … [Read more...]

Article by Misa Tapu in NZ Herald

Misa Tapu was a delegate on the recent Prominent Persons and Leaders Tour. Click on this link to see the Monday 27 September 2010 article (followed by comments) on NZ Herald's website: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10676266 … [Read more...]

Rewi Alley Documentary Series on CCTV 10

John Key speaking at a ceremony in Beijing to mark the launch of a Rewi Alley documentary. Ministry for Culture & Heritage Press Release 7 July 2010: A television series celebrating the life of an extraordinary New Zealander premiered in China on 9 July to coincide with New Zealand Day at the Shanghai World Expo. The series on Rewi Alley aired on CCTV, which has an … [Read more...]

‘Tibet – Myth and Legend’ by Foster Stockwell

Download 'Tibet - Myth and Legend' by Foster Stockwell in pdf format. See Prof. Bill Willmott's comments and Society disclaimer at the end. … [Read more...]

Bill Willmott on Radio NZ National

Prof Bill Willmott, Past National President, was interviewed on 25 July on Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw. Bill told Ideas about the Gung Ho Cooperative Movement in the late 1930s, and recalled his first meeting with Rewi Alley back in 1936. You can listen to the audio if you: CLICK HERE then scroll down to "Ideas: The Co-operative Economy". Click on the title to start the … [Read more...]

James Bertram Scholarships

Understanding China is essential for the future of New Zealand, according to a businessman who has funded a new scholarship at Victoria University. "We want young New Zealanders to engage with China, to understand the culture and connect with the Chinese leaders of tomorrow,” says Rodney Jones, who established the James Bertram Scholarships through the Victoria University … [Read more...]