National News and Events

NZCFS PP&L Delegation (2015) with Focus on Health

Fascinating facts and significant differences in attitude to health between New Zealand and China were highlighted during the visit to China by the New Zealand China Friendship Society's Prominent Persons and Leaders Delegation (2015).  Each year, the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) is invited by the National China People's Association for Friendship with … [Read more...]

Ni Hao – It’s New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2016

Noticing an increase in the number of people saying 'Ni Hao" at work today? Well that's not surprising given that Monday 12th September 2016 marked the start of New Zealand Chinese Language Week - which runs until Sunday 18th September 2016.  This is only the second year that NZCLW has been held (the first being 2015) following the Kiwi-driven initiative's official launch by … [Read more...]

A Chinese Pavilion for Masterton!

Masterton will soon be the proud owner of a genuine Chinese pavilion, complete with beautiful traditional roof tiles, thanks to the efforts of the New Zealand China Friendship Society's Wairarapa Branch, the Masterton community, and the Foreign Affairs Office of their sister city, Changchun, capital of Jilin Province. The two cities wanted to celebrate their 30 years … [Read more...]

Air New Zealand Award for Nelson’s Art-Exchange Project

As part of the Sister Cities NZ Conference this year (May, 2016), held in Nelson, at the Sister City Awards Dinner, NZCFS Nelson Branch's Immediate Past President, Christine Ward,  received a well-deserved award from the sponsor, Air New Zealand, for the "Best Youth Education or School Project”.  The prize was 'air travel with Air New Zealand to the value of $1500'.  (For the … [Read more...]

Grant on offer for Kiwis engaging with China

NZCFS has recently joined with the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in awarding an annual Fellowship for Kiwis who wish to add and build value to their vocation, pastime, etc. -- New Zealanders from all walks of life. This Fellowship is for travel to China to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of Chinese culture and values, and sharing of New Zealand … [Read more...]

Screening of ‘Inside Red China’ film for Chinese Media in Beijing

17 young journalists from 14 Chinese media outlets attended a screening of the Rudall Hayward 1958 film 'Inside Red China', which was subtitled in Chinese, at the NZ Embassy in Beijing, May 19, 2016.  https://youtu.be/_4usiDpM4Tg The main purpose of the event was to promote bilateral relations and tell the New Zealand Story to Chinese journalists. From our observation, the … [Read more...]

Call for young people to attend 2016 International Youth Forum & Beijing Sister City Youth Camp

Beijing Youth Federation is pleased to invite members of the NZCFS, particularly youth members, to the 2016 International Youth Organisation Forum & Beijing Sister City Youth Camp from October 24 to 30.   The event is aimed at enhancing communication, co-operation and friendship among international youth organisations, expanding their influence in the world, and providing a … [Read more...]

Volunteering with ‘Xinxing Aid for Street Kids’

Joanna Chan at the entrance of Baoji City Centre for Aid and Protection of Minors and also for the NGO "Baojing Xinxing Aid for Street Kids". In November 2011, the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) published a story about the need for a doctor/psychologist who desperately wanted to help traumatised children in an orphanage near Xi'an.  The NZCFS was fortunate in … [Read more...]

NZ Chinese Language Week in full flow

The New Zealand Chinese Language Week, from September 7 -13, 2015, is in full action, with activities both National (1) and in the main centres - Auckland (10), Waikato (12) Wellington (10), Nelson (6), Christchurch (12), Timaru (1) and Dunedin (7).  For a full list, click here .The organisers are to be congratulated on their initiative and their magnificent effort in arranging … [Read more...]

Bill Willmott receives ‘Gung Ho’ award

On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, Bill Willmott, the doyen and life member of the New Zealand China Friendship Society, was honoured by ICCIC [Gung Ho] with an award for his many contributions to projects in the spirit of Rewi Alley.The presentation by Michael Crook, Chairman of ICCIC, took place in front of a bust of Sun Yatsen in Song Qingling's superbly restored garden at her mansion … [Read more...]

NZCFS’ favourite tour guide gets married

Those who enjoyed the Society's 'Diverse China' Tour in 2013 will be happy to learn that Wang Fang, our guide, has tied the knot and Society President Dave Bromwich was one of the guests at her wedding. Dave says he felt honoured to be invited to Wang Fang’s marriage to Ye Xi [pronounced Yeah Shee, means 'Leaves Hope'], son of a diplomat in Europe, who is currently … [Read more...]