Christine was a very well known and highly respected member of our society. At the time of her passing, she was secretary of the Nelson branch and Vice President South Island.
With husband Bruce she was very active in the society for many years. Christine was the sort of person that when she said something, everyone listened because they knew whatever she said was always balanced, sensible and erudite.
On 5 February a memorial service for her was held in Nelson. Covid meant our national president was unable to attend in person, but he gave the following address via Zoom:
I made the hard decision to cancel my travel. I do not want to risk being a spreader of Omicron.
But my spirit is here. I wish to be present to acknowledge Christine. Both personally and as the National President of NZCFS.
Personally, I wish to state that Christine was special. It is infrequent to know and have the honour of spending time with someone as sincere, genuine and open as Christine. She was a rare Kiwi, who really got it. Deep understanding, compassion and courage. In her relationships with China, and Chinese people. And she gave generously of herself, committed fully to promoting that. Thank you Christine.
On behalf of NZCFS, I know that ALL members had full respect for these attributes. We are all grateful for her friendship, support and wisdom. It is perhaps best expressed in a statement a colleague said: “Christine is the epitome of why NZCFS exists, of why I am a member.” When Christine spoke, people listened.
So, Christine, I hope you knew that. You will remain in our hearts and memories for all the good you gave to us all, and to the world.
For those unable to attend, the livestream archive is available at: https://youtu.be/6YmI7RSVfwk
NOTE It is uncertain as to how long this link will remain available.