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NZCFS CONFERENCE/AGM 2021, update March 27


This year’s National Conference and AGM will be held in Havelock North, Hawkes Bayat 
the Havelock North Community Centre, which is within walking distance of motels and 
The theme of the Conference is “What it means to be a friend of China” 为中国的朋
友意味着什么  (zuo wei zhong guo de peng you yi wei zhe shen me.) 

Registration costs:
$135 per person (paid by 30th April)
$150 per person (paid on or after 30th April)
Student: $60 per student 

Registration includes Friday afternoon welcome nibbles and drinks; morning and afternoon 
teas and lunch on Saturday; morning tea on Sunday 
Conference Banquet Saturday 22nd May: $45 per person. 

The registration form can either be downloaded (Registration_form.pdf) or can be submitted online below.



Friday Afternoon 21 May, open to all to attend.

1.00–2.30NZCFS Exec Meeting

  • Financial reporting issues
  • Constitution review
  • other
4.30–6.30Registration opens.

  • Opening ceremony
  • Speaker(s) to be confirmed
  • Nibbles and drinks

Saturday 22 May

9.00Opening: Powhiri

  • Conference opening, Mayor of Hastings, Sandra Hazlehurst
  • Open address – welcome, overview – National President Dave Bromwich
9.20Key Note Speaker, Chinese Ambassador Wu Xi (by Zoom or speech to be read out, to be confirmed).
9.40–10.10The Right Honourable Sir David Carter KNZM, NZCFS’ newly appointed patron.
10.10-10.30Morning Tea
10.30–11.00Performance from Hawkes Bay Youth Orchestra and introduction to three exchange visits to China from
11.00-11.20Naisi Chen, Labour list MP. Naisi was born in China, and came to New Zealand as a
11.20–11.40Liz Remmerswaal, NZ representative of World BEYOND War, recipient Sonya Davies Peace Award 2017.
11.40-12.30Feature on Kathleen Hall introduced by Miao Fan. It is the 125th anniversary of Kathleen Hall’s birth.

  • Video on Kathleen Hall
  • Miao Fan introduces some of the HMQ scholars
1.30-1.45Introduce a new project to promote other New Zealanders who have been active in
China over the last 100 years, and have known what it means to be a friend of China. A brief introduction to
some of the participants.
1.45–2.15Zoom connection to Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
(Beijing Youxie), to speak on the theme.
2.15-3.00Panel “What it means to be a friend of China”

  • Readings of contributions on the theme from branches.
  • Panel discussion, introductions from the panellists Christine Ward, Nelson, Michael Wang, Hamilton, Dave Bromwich, Hawkes Bay, one other to be confirmed. Facilitated by NZCFS life member and media
    expert George Andrews.
3.15-3.40Afternoon Tea
3.40-4.30Panel discussion continues with audience participation, questions from the floor.
4.30–4.45Summary, close.
7.00pmConference Banquet in the venue, theme of Chinese/local fusion, fitting with the conference theme.

  • Entertainment and speakers (brief!) to be confirmed.

Sunday 23 May: Annual General Meeting

9.00–12.00NZCFS AGM
1.30–3.00Inaugural meeting NZCFS Executive.

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