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2023 NZCFS National Conference & AGM


This year’s National Conference and AGM will be held in Tauranga. The venue for Friday evening drinks, the National Conference on the Saturday morning, and the AGM on Sunday is:

The Armitage Hotel
9 Willow Street
Tauranga 3110

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Dates: 19 – 21 May 2023



“Friendship in Action”

This follows last year’s theme:
“What do friends do? Renewing and enhancing NZ China friendship in difficult times.”

Please book accommodation early, and ensure that they can be cancelled as it is possible that this may need to be converted to an online meeting.

Also, please make travel arrangements at your earliest convenience, while fares are still reasonable.



Registration for the 2023 NZCFS Annual Conference & AGM is now available.

NZCFS Annual Conference Saturday 20 May: $135
(Includes morning tea/lunch and transportation via coach for afternoon tours)

NZCFS Annual General Meeting Sunday 21 May: No additional charge
(Includes morning tea)

Early bird fee (paid before 1 May): $135
Fee paid on or after 1 May: $150

Payment by direct credit to

NZCFS Tauranga Branch ​
Bank Account: 01-0434-0108000-00

Important: Please quote name and ‘Conference’ as reference.

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Current Programme

Please note the programme will be updated as we get closer to the conference.

Last updated: 13/03/2023
Download as a pdf

Friday 19 May

Domain Room,
The Armitage Hotel
9 Willow Street, Tauranga

2.00–3.30 pmNZCFS National Executive Meeting
Final meeting of the outgoing National Executive
4.00–5.00 pmEarly registration opens in hotel foyer

Poolside Restaurant & Bar,
The Armitage Hotel

9 Willow Street, Tauranga

5.00–7.00 pmWelcome function
Presentation by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) TBC

Saturday 20 May

Washington Room,
The Armitage Hotel
9 Willow Street, Tauranga

8.00–8.30 am Registrations continue in hotel foyer
9.45 amManuhiri assemble outside room entrance
9:00–9.20 am Mihi whakatau by local iwi

Introduction & housekeeping by MC Rowan TBC

9.20-9.30 amWelcome by Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor James Denyer
9.20-10.00 am Keynote Speeches
NZCFS National President Chris LipscombeChina Ambassador Dr Wang Xiaolong TBC
10.00-10.30 am Panel discussion — “Friendship in Action: New migrants to Tauranga”
Tauranga Multicultural Council President Premila D’MelloTauranga City Diversity and Culture Advisor Haidee KaliraiRepresentative from local marae TBC
10.30–10.50 am Morning Tea
11.40–11.55 pm Zespri Speaker TBC
11.20- 11.35 amLabour MP Speaker TBC
11.35–12.05 pm Panel discussion — “Friendship in Action: International students in Tauranga”
Former (?) international student TBCRepresentative from Toi-Ohomai Windermere Campus TBCTeacher from Tauranga Intermediate TBC
12.05–12.15 pm Group photograph (VIPs, speakers, panellists and attendees from morning session)
12.15– 1.20 pm Lunch
1.30– 4.30 pmAssemble outside hotel entrance and leave on tour coach
2.50–3.10 pm Tauranga Tours — “Friendship in Action: Primary exports from Tauranga”
Tauranga Port
Port Site Induction — everyone entering the Tauranga Container Terminal (TCT) at Sulphur Point AND the Mount Maunganui port sites must complete this induction before entering the Port.

The Port — Tauranga Port is now New Zealand’s largest port. Forestry, kiwifruit and dairy exports account for almost 75% of exports. Much of this cargo is destined for customers in Japan, China, South Korea, South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. China continues to receive the largest share of New Zealand exports.

Kiwifruit Production
2.30-3.30 pm
Zespri Pack House TBC
3.30-4.30 pm Te Puke Kiwifruit Orchard TBC
5.00pmTour Coach returns to hotel
6.30–9.00 pm Conference Banquet

Venue: Oaktree Restaurant 1237 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

  • Welcome from Tauranga Branch President Tina Zhang
  • Speeches TBC
  • Table seating

Sunday 21 May

Domain Room,
The Armitage Hotel
9 Willow Street, Tauranga

9.00–12.00 NZCFS AGM
12.00–1.30 Lunch (own arrangements)
1.30–3.00 NZCFS National Executive Meeting

Inaugural meeting of the new National Executive




Hotel Armitage & Conference Centre

For individually paid accommodation please to direct all attendees to the The Armitage Hotel website – Click Here

Use the code “DIRECT” to avail discount.
Booking comment to mention: NZ China Friendship Society
Booker can choose the between Hot Deal or Flexible Rate
Booking terms & conditions applies
Rooms and rate are subject to availability upon booking.

07 5748200
9 Willow Street, Tauranga 3110

Roselands Motel

07 578 2294
21 Brown Street, Tauranga 3110

Durham Court Motor Inn

07 5779691
60 Harington Street, Tauranga 3110

Quest Tauranga Central

07 2829100
71 Devonport Road, Tauranga 3110

The Tauranga on the Waterfront

07 5787079
1 Second Avenue, Tauranga 3110


Tauranga Taxis: 07 578 6086
Tauranga Taxi Cabs: 07 57807878
Dial-a-cab: 07 5435050