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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – August 2012




 DATE: Sunday 26 AUGUST 2012

 TIME: 12:30 P.M.


                  1240 Hinemaru Street

Pedestrian Street in Guilin




This month our Guest Speakers are Cliff and Brenda Lee. They will make a presentation on the N.Z. China Friendship Photo-graphers Tour which they went on in April. The tour visited Guilin,Yangshuo, Zhangjiajie National Park, Fenghuang, Huangshan, and Shanghai. Being a photographers tour they certainly saw some of China’s outstanding scenery as well as visiting many minority rural villages. They will share many photos along with their experiences and first impressions of China.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a wonderful afternoon with a friendly group of people. Remember we start off with our shared lunch and the presentation will follow after.


This meeting will be your last chance to purchase raffle tickets at $5. per ticket with $1 staying with our branch. The winning ticket is for return airfares to Shanghai for 2 – includes domestic airfare connections. Travel is between 1 October 2012 September 2013 (cannot be taken between 1 Dec. – 29 Feb.). To be drawn on 1 Oct 2012. Second prize is a set of kitchen stoneware and third is a wall hanging. We have sold 30 tickets to date and will be returning the stubs along with unsold tickets at the end of August.

The Committee nominated Phil Andrews and Waiki Edwards for this years Prominent Persons and Leaders Tour. Both of our nominations were accepted so both will be leaving on this tour on 5 September. We wish them well on this tour and will be looking forward to hearing about their experiences in the future.

If you have not paid this years subscription it would be appreciated if you could do this soon if you still wish to continue supporting the society. I will be sending out friendly reminders to those who have outstanding subs in the future.

Do you ever check out the Society’s website to see what other branches are doing as well as what projects in China the Society is supporting ? Check it out https://nzchinasociety.org.nz/ Information regarding next years tour Exploring China – South East with a draft itinerary has been posted on their website. It looks to be very interesting. They are taking expressions of interest now.

Also the Rotorua Chinese Association is planning a Moon-Cake Festival celebrating this important time in their culture. The tentative plan is to hold it at the Soundshell on Saturday 29 September from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. There will be cultural performances and moon-cake tasting. So mark this on your calendar. More information will be available next month.