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New Zealanders making a difference – Two commemoration activities in Auckland.



Featuring Kathleen Hall and Rewi Alley.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China, two New Zealanders famous in China from the 20th century are featured in events from November 26 through to December 5 in Auckland.

Kathleen Hall will be commemorated with an art exhibition, with art works for sale and proceeds going to the He Ming Qing scholarship. Rewi Alley week features several activities from December 2th – 4th. See below for an overview. Further details to follow.

Kathleen Hall, a New Zealand-Chinese ambassador of friendship, was sent to China in 1923 as a missionary. She helped to set up hospitals and clinics to treat diseases and injuries for the people in impoverished mountainous areas. During the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, she transported medicines and equipment and treated the wounded for the Eighth Route Army. The Chinese people will never forget her.

In order to let more New Zealanders know about Kathleen Hall, commemorating the 126th anniversary of Kathleen Hall’s birth, the New Zealand China Friendship Society and the New Zealand Academy of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting hold a “Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition to Commemorate the 126th Anniversary of the Birth of Kathleen Hall” on level 1, UUNZ Towers, 76-78 Symonds Street, Central Auckland.

An opening ceremony will be held at 2 pm, Friday 26 November 2022, and the exhibition will run until 5 December 2022. It will be open every day from 10.00 am to 3.00pm. All artworks are all for sale, and the money raised will go towards the He Ming Qing scholarship.

The Rewi Alley programme has three events.

Day 1, December 2, 10.30 to 3.00pm, in the Rewi Alley Commemoration Hall, level 2 UUNZ Towers, 76-78 Symonds St, Auckland.

Rewi Alley forum to promote Rewi’s legacy, and his ongoing significance to those engaging in the NZ-China relationship. A programme of VIP speakers, key note speakers, entertainment and videos, with lunch provided.

Day 2, December 3.  An exciting youth focused programme is being prepared. Venue and details to be informed. Watch this space!

Day 3, December 4, 10.00 to 3.30pm, a picnic in the park! A fun day at Rewi Alley Reserve in North Shore. Karakia, a few speeches introducing Rewi Alley, performances, picnic lunch, fun activities for kids, kites, etc.