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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – June 2013

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GREETINGS TO ALL:NZCFS-Logo

OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE:

DATE: Sunday 23 June 2013

TIME: 12:30 P.M.

VENUE: ROTORUA ARTS CENTRE (RAVE)  1240 Hinemaru Street 

Our Guest Speaker this month is Zhang Min from the Institute of Technology of Xuzhou.  

She is being assisted by the Hanban Council which is affiliated to the Chinese Education Department and the Confucius Institute of Victoria University. She is an experienced teacher of Chinese to foreigners and has a Masters in Chinese linguistics from Nanjing University. Zhang Min arrived at Waiariki in March and will be based there for 2 years. As part of her role she will also visit local schools where Chinese is taught and assist the International Office with cultural activities.IMG_6196

Don’t forget we have our shared luncheon before hearing from our guest speaker. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend. 

COMING MEETINGS

Just to recap for the future in July Helen Sun will be our guest. Helen has just received her teaching certificate and during her studies did a study comparing a Chinese student with a N.Z. student of the same age. For August we have invited Barbara Francis from Wellington who has been doing research on Agnes Moncrieff who worked with the YWCA in China during 1930’s through to 1945. We will be inviting both the Hamilton and Tauranga Branch to this meeting. In September we will support activities arranged by the Newcomers network celebrating the Moon Festival. We are hoping that in October some of the Rotorua Intermediate Chinese language students will come and tell us about their visit to China.

As you can see we have a very interesting programme, as always, for the rest of this year.

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE NEWS

The New President of the National Body is Dave Bromwich. There are three new faces on the elected executive; Deborah Rhode, Tony Tian and Miao Fan. Co-opted members are Sylvia Yang and John Hodgson to help develop the youth initiative and the cultural and language initiative. As they ran out of time regarding committee chairs they will be decided in July at the next executive meeting in Wellington.

A reminder of the next tour in October ‘Diverse China.’ If you know of anyone contemplating a trip to China this one is well worth looking at. The tour includes Nature – The Li River Trip from Guilin a photographers delight; Culture – the unique Yangshuo show on water depicting the different minority groups and History – pre 1949 revolutionary sites. For more information contact Dave Bromwich Ph. (06) 877-9930 or Ann White. (03) 614-8944. For those who are computer users I am attaching the flyer and Dave’s message regarding this tour.

Message from National President regarding an additional Invitation to Yunnan Province

Hi colleagues

This is an update to the invitation that has come via Simon Deng to participate in the annual torch festival in Chiuxiong county in Yunnan, plus a lot of extra activity visiting local scenic and historic sites.  A total of 5 days (July 29 to August 2) in Yunnan at no charge, Simon’s assistant Brianna Wang advises that: “Chuxiong has  confirmed that our delegates pay for their own air ticket, visa fee and personal expenditure such as gifts. Our hosts will cover all the costs during their visiting period (accommodation, transportation, etc). Our hosts will pick up the delegation at Kunming airport. So Kunming is the place our members will need to get to at their expense.”

So far we just have two members to join this tour, but invite further interest from NZCFS. Please advise your branch members of this exciting  opportunity, and get back to me with any further enquiries.

Thanks,

Dave Bromwich

NZCFS President.