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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – September 2009




DATE: Sunday 27 September 2009

TIME: 12:30 PM Start Time for a Shared Lunch

VENUE: RAVE (Eric Bridgeman Lounge)

This month our guest speaker is Lei Lei. She will speak on the Chinese traditional culture Tea Art

Lei Lei worked for over 20 years as a language professor in Shanxi University of Finance and Economics in Taiyuan located in the northern part of China. In 2001 Lei Lei was invited as a visiting-scholar to assist with a teaching programme at Waiariki. In 2002 she went to Waikato University to obtain a masters degree. Lei Lei then came back to Rotorua and now works for the New Zealand China Trade and Culture Exchange Centre supported by NZ Supreme Nature Food Ltd. Her interest is in developing the Chinese Language and Culture in New Zealand. She hopes that more New Zealand people will learn more about China and Chinese culture and Chinas development while at the same time encouraging more Chinese students to come to New Zealand to learn more about New Zealand culture.

Lei Lei is a very interesting speaker with a good command of the English language. I am sure you will not be disappointed in spending your Sunday afternoon sharing lunch and learning more about Chinese culture. Please bring a friend as well as a plate to contribute towards lunch.

Members of the China Friendship Society have been invited to attend the Official Opening Ceremony of a Chinese Exhibition of Art and Culture to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China. This is being held on Friday 25 September 2009 at RAVE (Rotorua Arts Village), Hinemaru Street starting at 10:00 a.m. with a Powhiri followed by invited speakers. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by 18 September by e-mail to: [email protected] or phone 3481520 for catering purposes.

This exhibition will remain open for a week with a family market type open day planned for Saturday 26 September.

On Wednesday 28 October The Rhododendron Society will have a Chinese guest speaker

Mr. Guan will speak about Chinese vegetation and plants. This will be held at the Netherlands Society Building located at Neil Hunt Park. This starts at 6:30 p.m. with a $5.00 entry fee. For more information contact Paul Shaw 332-3733.

Oscar Nathan wrote about the China Friendship Prominent persons / Leadership tour in his weekly Daily Post column on 2 September. He wrote this while on tour in China. He obviously was making the most of the opportunity to meet with dignitaries on this trip. It was an interesting article.

If you have not paid you subscription for this year or cant remember whether you have paid please contact Norma Mallard as soon as possible. Ph. 348-2110