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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – May 2013




DATE: Sunday 26 May 2013

TIME: 12:30 P.M.


Our Guest Speaker this month is Fraser Newman. He will talk about “Out on a Limb: small business in modern China.”

Fraser Newman is manager of McLeod’s Booksellers on Pukuatua Street and director of a small Chinese language consultancy which specializes in Chinese social media. Before moving to Rotorua in 2011 he spent a number of years in Western China where he first went to university and later managed a private English training school. He speaks Chinese, has an interest in inter-cultural communication and a passion for economic/business issues. He has a BA in Political Science and Chinese, a Honours degree in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in International Management. He now lives in Rotorua with his wife and two children.

Fraser has had a few articles in the Daily Post on the business pages. I am sure like his articles his talk will be of great interest to all so bring a friend along to learn more about China. We always have time for questions. Don’t forget we have our social shared lunch before our guest speaker.


Members enjoying our shared luncheon before the guest speaker
Members enjoying our shared luncheon before the guest speaker

For our June meeting Min Zhang from Institute of Technotogy of Xuzhou assisted by Hanban Council and affiliated with Victoria University Confucius Institute and working at Waiariki Institute of Technology for 2 years promoting the Chinese language and culture will be our guest speaker. In July Helen Sun will be our guest. She was scheduled last year but she had an accident which prevented her from coming at short notice. 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. As you can see we have a very interesting programme, as always, for the rest of this year. We are hoping that in October some of the Rotorua Intermediate Chinese language students will come and tell us about their visit to China.

We had a small gathering at the AGM. The committee remains unchanged. Our subscriptions will remain the same and any shortfall for expenses will be covered by the legacy kept in our term deposit. So as a reminder our Subscriptions are as follows:

Single – $ 15

Partners/Couples – $ 25.

Organisations – $ 25.

These are payable now either at our next meeting or post to Norma Millard, 24a Union Street, Rotorua 3010. We appreciate your loyal support which enables us to provide successful meetings.


Rotorua Multicultural Council 17th Annual General Meeting

Date:     Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Time:    7.00pm-7.30pm (light dinner) followed by meeting at 7.30pm

Venue: The Community House, ground floor meeting room (next to the library)

Alexis Lewgor would like to encourage many of you to come along and see what the council has done throughout the last financial year. Many things have happened and they would like to share it with you. The meeting should finish about 8:30 pm.

Min Zhang is now teaching Mandarin Chinese as well as Chinese Culture at Waiariki

1. In-house seminars designed for your business (by arrangement)

2. A Taste of Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture (LANG.F001)

     a 10 week part-time Recognition of Participation course,

    Tuesdays 4.30pm-6pm

    Fees: $100 for New Zealand Residents

    $200 for International Students

3. Short Award in Mandarin Chinese (LANG.5001)

    a 15-credit course, 5 hours per week,

    starting Semester One, week beginning 18 March

    Fees: $670 for New Zealand Residents

    $2408.00 for International Students


The following is a recent communication from the present national president Eric Livingstone.

At extremely short notice we have an enquiry from our Honorary Patron’s assistant, Brianna Wang whether any member(s) would like to be the guest of the Chuxiong Government during July – 29th to 2nd August, which includes their largest festival time. A delegation came from there to Auckland inApril at our invitation which Simon Deng Li requested and this has eventuated in return.

Chuxiong is in Yunnan Province and is about 120 km west of the capital, Kunming. Such a visit at short notice may suit someone already planning to be in the region or who has strong connections in Yunnan. If there is anyone interested in this invitation and advise me as soon as possible

Kind Regards, Eric Livingstone.

If anyone is interested please let me know ph. Brenda 3325731 or [email protected] and I will pass your contact details on to Eric.

Also don’t forget in October there is another China Friendship Project Tour. The leader is Dave Bromwich. He will be taking you to the areas where the Society is supporting coop projects. Also they will be visiting Guilin and Yangzhou as well as the Rice Terraces near Guilin. These are some of the places visited by the Photographers tour which Cliff and I visited, a very spectacular area. I don’t think they will be doing the 17 Kilometer walk we did !! Check it out on the China Friendship Societies website: nzchinasociety.org.nz

Also the Conference is being held in Christchurch 24 – 26 May at the University of Canterbury. If you are heading down there you might want to register and attend. Again more information is on the website: nzchinasociety.org.nz or contact me Brenda ph 3325731.

There are lots of interesting things happening because of two new funding streams so that is another reason to check out the website !! You might have a project suitable for assistance from these funds.