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National Conference Keynote Address: Bridging Cultures and Connecting Young Minds in a Post-COVID World


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In her presentation to conference, Dr. Peggy Burrows, the esteemed Manukura/Principal at Haeata Community Campus in Christchurch, New Zealand, will address a pressing issue facing us today: how to connect the young people of New Zealand and China. With over three decades of experience in mediation, governance, and leadership across various sectors, Peggy embodies leadership resilience and a commitment to putting people at the forefront of her endeavours.

Peggy’s journey with Haeata Community Campus in building international relationships with schools in China reflects her dedication to providing students with global opportunities. Her involvement in the Education delegation to Gansu commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and New Zealand and honouring Rewi Alley’s legacy, marked a significant step in fostering sister school relations and cultural exchange,

Returning from China enriched with insights into language, culture, and people, Peggy is now focused on facilitating meaningful engagements between Haeata Community Campus students and their counterparts in China. The recent hosting of the Gansu delegation in New Zealand signifies the beginning of an exciting exchange, with plans underway for a reciprocal trip to China in 2025.

In her presentation, Peggy will delve into strategies for building connections between young people in New Zealand and China in the post-COVID era. By leveraging her experiences and advocating for cross-cultural understanding, Peggy aims to empower the next generation with the skills and insights needed to thrive in an interconnected world.