National News and Events

Re-screening of SS Ventnor film: The Lost Voyage of 499

Great news! Those who missed the first showing have another chance to see the documentary on the SS Ventor 'The Last Voyage of 499'! It is programmed on Maori TV:  Monday 9th February at 8:30pm.  So we hope you don't miss it this time. - Duncan France Apologies for late report - only received last night! Apparently the film is very good, so am grateful for this re-screening … [Read more...]

China’s highest science honour for Christchurch member!

Congratulations are due to long-standing Christchurch member, Phil Rolston, who has recently returned from Beijing with China’s highest award for foreign researchers.   The International Science & Technology Co-operation Award was given to Phil in recognition of his work in China since the early 1980s, which has helped to change the face of that country’s farming systems. A … [Read more...]

Obituary for June Clark – 26 June 1936 to 25 Dec 2014

June Lindsay Clark (née Milne) was born in Dunedin but spent her early years on her parents' farm at the foot of the Rock and Pillar Range just outside Middlemarch, in Central Otago.  Their home was a stone cottage.  June lived with her grandmother while she attended Otago Girls' High School.  She then gained a B.A. Degree in History and Geography at Otago University before … [Read more...]

Get your own DVD of ‘Inside Red China’ film!

You can now buy the DVD of the historic 1958 film 'Inside Red China' for $NZ 25 + $NZ 5 postage & package.   You can pay by direct internet credit to:  NZ China Friendship Society, Auckland Branch's Kiwibank account: 38-9007-0250812. Please give "Red China DVD" as reference.  Then e-mail George Andrews gageorge08@gmail.com with your postal address.  'Inside Red … [Read more...]

Report on Prominent Persons and Leaders Delegation 2014

Barbara Markland from Nelson branch filed the following comprehensive report on the recent Prominent Persons and Leaders Delegation of 2014. She gives an interesting account of their activities and the objectives they pursued. Two of the young ambassadors on the tour, Carla Lindley and Kristina Eddy, also filed their reports and their thanks for the once-in-a-lifetime … [Read more...]

SS Ventnor: ‘The Lost Voyage of 499’

A film "The Lost Voyage of 499" was screened for the first time on Maori Television on Monday 17th November, at 9:30pm. The film is a documentary about the story of the steamship SS Ventnor, which, in 1902, sank off Hokianga, North Island, with the remains of 499 Chinese gold miners on board.  The following is extracted from the Timeline of the NZ Chinese Community Facebook … [Read more...]

Remembering Robin Brown 1930 – 2014  

The following is from Nelson Branch October 2014 Newsletter:Robin Brown, a Life Member and past President of Nelson Branch, died on Sunday, September 7, aged 84.Although Robin had not been well for several years, his influence still ran very strongly through our branch as he was the major force behind the establishment of Huangshi as our Sister City and the early development of … [Read more...]

China’s global position on Hong Kong, October 2014

  At the last meeting of Auckland branch, Sunday, October 19 2014, Consul Mr Zhang Heqing stood in for Consul General Niu who had accepted an invitation to discuss the “Occupy Central “ protests in Hong Kong.  Consul Zhang read Consul-General Niu’s written speech below: "The so called “Occupy Central” (OC) protest by a small number of people in Hong Kong is in the … [Read more...]

Christchurch branch Yunnan Earthquake appeal raises $5770

Congratulations Christchurch branch, in your efforts to raise money for victims of the Yunnan earthquake, Aug 2014. Chris Goodwin, President of the branch, says:   "Overall all, including nearly $1000 raised by other branches notably Nelson, Rotorua and Hibiscus Coast, we were able to donate $5770.00 which will be on its way to China this week.   We had our annual … [Read more...]

Our ‘writer in Shanghai’ sends her first report

Award-winning novelist and poet Alison Wong was chosen as our writer to travel to Shanghai as a guest of the Shanghai Writers Association to join the Shanghai International Writing Programme.   In return NZCFS have agreed to host a writer from Shanghai at the Michael King Writer's Centre in 2015.   She currently lives in Australia, although her writing is centred on New Zealand … [Read more...]

Our DVD ‘Inside Red China’ is making waves already!

 'Inside Red China', a 1958 film by then-Society members, Rudall and Ramai Hayward, will be relaunched tomorrow evening at a reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the PRC.  It will be held at the Consulate in Auckland and guests will be branch members of NZCFS.  'Inside Red China' gives an honest and unbiased report of China at a time when the West had a very jaundiced view … [Read more...]