RAFE Fund Project News

Young Ambassadors from Western Heights High School, Rotorua, report on their project visit to Nanchang

To mark the 2012 sixtieth anniversary of the founding the New Zealand China Friendship Society, and to reflect the spirit of Rewi Alley of promoting friendly exchange between China and New Zealand, the China Oceania Friendship Association (COFA) provided 1 million RMB, to be provided to NZCFS at 200,000 RMB annually for five years, for the annual funding of “… projects in terms … [Read more...]

Call for applications (from branches) for RAFE funding of Projects

BackgroundAs you know, in 2012 the China Oceania Friendship Association (COFA) entered into an agreement with the New Zealand China Friendship Society whereby to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the society, COFA would provide 1 million RMB to our society over a period of five years, at the rate of 200,000 RMB (approximately NZ$40,000) per year, for a period … [Read more...]

Chinese exchange student completes English Cert and Rewi Alley study in Christchurch

Mr Bao Zhiming, teacher of English at Lanzhou City University, arrived in Christchurch in early October 2014,  having been chosen as an exchange student and subsequently received an opportunity to excel in speaking English and receive a Certificate that has given him an internationally-recognised qualification.  In fact, Bao Zhiming was the first beneficiary of a new project … [Read more...]

Teaching Chinese Children the Kiwi Way

The biggest problem facing the Chinese when learning English is to speak the language naturally. This may sound obvious but often the reason is the way it is taught. If one considers that young Chinese children have first to learn their own huge number of characters and tones and then, in a few short years, they are required to learn an entirely new alphabet system of written … [Read more...]

Projects funded by the Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange (RAFE) Fund – 2015

We are pleased to announce that 10 projects are presently being funded by the Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange (RAFE) fund, including four from 2013 and one from 2012.The Fund mainly supports projects commemorating the legacy of Rewi Alley: friendly exchange projects agreed by both NZCFS and Youxie, and other projects, which aim to promote China-New Zealand friendship, … [Read more...]

Society’s First Youth Intern has Successful China Trip

Our first NZCFS Youth Intern to China, Charles Rowe, has returned with nothing but praise for the Society’s help in paving the way in the form of introductions and access to people and organisations of potential benefit.The internship led to his successful application to complete a Master’s degree at Peking University and at the same time an offer of Liaison Officer for Charles … [Read more...]

Opening a New Chapter in Chinese New Zealand Relations

Our first Rewi Alley Scholar, Huo Yan, has returned to Beijing after what the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland’s Devonport declared was “a most successful residency”. During her eight-week stay as their first overseas writer in residence she completed a new murder story set in China as well as a story about the experience of Chinese migrants living in New Zealand Ms … [Read more...]

Huo Yan Selected As First Writer’s Fellow

NZCFS/Michael King Writers’ Centre first Writer’s Exchange gets extensive coverage in English Media in China The selection of Huo Yan as the first writer to take up a fellowship at the Michael King Writers Centre has been widely publicised in English language publications in China, with great promotion for NZCFS and its exciting most recent engagement with China.  Huo Yan is … [Read more...]

The first Society Youth Internship has been awarded

The Society has established an “NZCFS Youth Internship” following the recent study for the Society by Inès Roth le Gentil where she suggested several initiatives for young people. It is open to young New Zealanders to engage in activity in China with a view to providing closer co-operation in a range of activities between the two countries. The Youth Internship is aimed at … [Read more...]