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Rotorua Branch Newsletter-March 2013




DATE: Sunday 24 MARCH 2013

TIME: 12:30 P.M.

VENUE: ROTORUA ARTS CENTRE (RAVE)   1240 Hinemaru Street


This meeting will be something a little different. Nellie Wong will demonstrate how to prepare and cook one of China’s popular dishes “Chang shou mein” (Chow Mein). In Northern China people eat wheat products more than rice. In other words they eat noodles every day instead of rice which is more popular in Southern China. “Chang shou mein” means long life noodles. There are many ways to cook noodles; deep fry, steam or dry mixed with oyster sauce. They can be be mixed with all sorts of meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. Lan Zhou China is very famous for beef noodles. The noodles are made by hand and are both thick and thin eggs noodles. Visitors to Lan Zhou can watch a demonstration of noodle making. During festival or birthdays the Chinese people cook Chow Mein or noodle soup to wish all a long and prosperous life. I hope everyone will contribute by telling about their favourite Chinese dish or one of their more interesting experiences eating Chinese food either here in N.Z. or in China. We will taste Nellie’s finished

Crunchy Prawn Noodle Ball
Crunchy Prawn Noodle Ball

dish. It should be a fun and interesting afternoon. Do some homework about Chinese food customs and contribute to the day.  

Yes we will still have our shared lunch before the demonstration. Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring a friend along to join us.


Our April meeting (Sun. 28th) will be our AGM. The National Secretary has requested that we consider changing our financial year. Evidently the constitution states that the Branch financial year is to be different from the National Society’s to enable our financial statement to be finalised well before the Annual Conference. This will be up for discussion along with other items. We hope you can attend


One of our members is looking for a set of bowls. She is looking for size 1 or 2. So if you have a set sitting in your closet or you have a friend who has given up this past time and may have a set Robhan would be interested in negotiating a purchase. Phone Robhan 348-5090.


The Annual Conference is being held in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury on 24-26 May. If you are planning a trip to Christchurch at this time Registration fees are $110. paid before 30 April and after that $ 140. If you are interested please let me know and I will send you all of the information. The National AGM will be held on 26th of May.

Auckland will be hosting a Chinese Writer in the Michael King Centre. Thanks to the Shanghai Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries the Shanghai Writers Association have issued an invite to a N.Z. writer for 2 months in Sept.-Oct. 2014. If you know of anyone you think might be worthy of such a residency please let us know. This is a result of one of the projects for the new funds set up to honour Rewi Alley.

A Projects Tour; Nature, Culture and History traveling from Yan’an, Shaanxi in the North to Guilin, Guangxi in the South is scheduled in October for 21 Days. They will visit the waterfall on the Yellow River, the sights of Guilin, Yangshuo and have diverse food experiences from north to south. To express interest or for further information contact Dave Bromwich [email protected]   Cost is about $6,950 or visit www.nzchinasociety.org.nz