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National President’s Notebook May 2010

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PROJECTS TOUR VACANCIES

There are a few vacancies on this year’s October project tour that has an emphasis on our project partners balanced with some travel into exotic regions. Excellent and varied food experience is promised (tailored to the group’s comfort zone), varied countryside, culture, scenery, people and colour. Places that will be visited are associated with Kathleen Hall’s work, Chinese Industrial Co-operatives and other projects, some stunning places including Tibetan townships, Chengdu, Duan and Guilin. Contact Dave Bromwich on [email protected] for more details. Dave reports that he has just visited with the New Zealand Ambassador to China, a Miao minority village that this group will visit a project. This village has high impact, is exotic, very colourful, beautiful, with the villagers providing a very sincere welcome, far removed from being commercialised.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE HAMILTON IN MAY

Hamilton reports plans are going well for a great conference in three weeks time – The Conference runs from Friday evening 21 May to midday Sunday 23 May at the Hamilton City Council Chambers. Rush your registration to Meryl Lanting email [email protected]

QUALIFIED TEACHERS REQUIRED AT LANZHOU CITY UNIVERSITY, GANSU PROVINCE

Lanzhou City University that includes the Lanzhou Bailie Oil School, with whom we have had a long association, is looking for two qualified English teachers. The university has 13,000 full time students, provides a free flat and pay is 3700 to 4700 Yuan monthly, for a 10 months year, depending on the teacher’s degree and teaching experience. There is a internal China travel allowance and return air tickets home once a year, depending on the length of the teacher contract. Contact me if this appeals.

DAVE BROMWICH – CHINA TRAVELS

Dave, recently in Guizhou on Society project work, had the New Zealand Ambassador Carl Worker plus the Embassy’s Second Secretary Alexandra Pierard visit for two days. This was an excellent opportunity for them to be updated on our project activities of which they are well aware and most impressed by the outcomes. We can be certainly proud of our effective use of the NZ Aid funding granted for our various projects. The Ambassador is very supportive of our activities. Great news to learn that, with Dave’s assistance, the Zhangye Womens’ Federation have been successful in their bid for financial support from the Embassy’s Development Fund for their women’s health project in Gansu. This certainly underlines our effectiveness in supporting projects beyond what we can cope with funding directly ourselves.

TWO GREAT NATIONAL TOURS FOR 2011

Good recent discussions with Youxie and House of Travel have resulted in plans being developed for two excellent National Tours for next year – 2011.

The first will be a two week tour to Tibet in late May to early June 2011 which will include Beijing, flying to Xining with visits to ethnic minorities and the lake before going by train to Lhasa where five days will be spent in surrounding areas, returning through Chengdu with three days there. The second will be a Chinese Autumn tour during September 2011 also of two weeks visiting Pingyao, Zhenzhou and Xian cities, concentrating on places not normally travelled to by commercial tours but also visiting the terracotta warriors. Interested? Let the Ann White, Royden Smith or Trevor Linyard of the Tours Committee know so your interest can be recorded.

SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO

The opening date has come and China is on show in Shanghai. There is an extensive and interesting virtual website that will keep you up todate at www.expo.cn

PROMINENT PERSONS & SOCIETY LEADERS DELEGATION

Let Margaret Cooper or Alistair Shaw have your nominations before the deadline of 14 June.

Best wishes

National President