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Tauranga Branch of the NZCFS

Tauranga Branch President and AmbassadorWelcome to the Tauranga Branch of the New Zealand China Friendship Society. 

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This branch was formed in 1971. We have a membership of about 60 people, most of whom have visited China in the past as tourists, technical officials, trade advisors, or English language teachers, or are people interested in visiting and/or working in China in the future.

The branch holds monthly general meetings, usually alternating between the second Sunday afternoon, and the second Tuesday evening of the month. (Visitors should check in advance, as this can vary in special circumstances.)

Most meetings feature a speaker – either a person who has recently visited China or a person who can enlighten members on aspects of Chinese history, culture or contemporary society. The branch also holds some social functions to mark such events a Chinese New Year, National Day, and some Chinese festivals.

Committee meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month.

Tauranga is a sister-city to the important coastal port city of Yantai in China’s Shandong Province – one of the 14 original coastal special economic zones created in the 1980s. The sister-city link was established in 1986, and has involved a variety of educational, technical and cultural exchanges over the years. Business links are also developing steadily with commercially sponsored trade offices in Tauranga and Yantai able to assist trade development in both directions. These offices can help with business introductions, document translation, and general advice not just in Shandon Province, but northern China generally.

Tauranga branch is involved in promotion of Standard Chinese language studies in New Zealand, and general education of the community about modern China. It also co-ordinates commercial stands for New Zealand companies interested in exhibiting at annual trade fairs in Shandong Province.

The New Zealand Fenglin College Work Experience Programme is a plan whereby selected students on a three year horticulture course at Fenglin College in Jiangxi, China will come to New Zealand to gain practical experience with selected contractors in the local Tauranga Kiwi Fruit Industry. President John Hodgson is currently setting this up.

To find out more about any Tauranga Branch activities please contact:

Co-President, & Nat Executive, Secretary, Treasurer:
Andrew Hart

We recommend the Chinese Language School: Every Saturday 1.00pm  to 2.30pm at Tauranga Girls College, 930 Cameron Road. A great chance for children to learn Mandarin. $50.00 a term.

Annual membership: Ordinary Members $20.00, Senior (over 65) $15, Student $10.00, Host Family $20.00, Couples $25, and Corporate $50.00. 

To join the NZCFS Tauranga Branch: please complete the online membership application form below.