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Rotorua Branch Newsletter – September 2012




 DATE: Sunday 23 September 2012

TIME: 12:30 P.M.


1240 Hinemaru Street


Guilin Street Scape

This month we will be showing a DVD TV Documentary“Western China, Land of Hope.” It appears to have been made in early 2000. The region makes up a vast expanse of land time honored in history and rich in cultural tradition. It encompasses 12 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities which includes Shan’xi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Chongqing are just a few. I found it interesting viewing. It is only 30 minutes and is in English with no subtitles.

 We will start with our usual shared lunch so bring a friend and enjoy a very social afternoon.


 We will have Helen Sun speaking to us. She is now doing training at Westbrook Primary School. Helen is a Chinese National studying here. I am sure she will have some interesting things to talk about.


 I am very pleased to inform you that John Burbidge is home from hospital and is on the way to a full recovery. John has been very ill for a long time so it was wonderful to hear from Jan saying that things were very much improved. We wish them both well and hope to see Jan back with us.

 Waiariki Institute of Technology is offering “A Taste of Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture.” This is for 15 hours. Starting on 11 September and finishing on 13 November. It is being held on Tuesdays at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in O Block. The cost is $ 200 per individual or Groups of 2 or more; $100 each student. To enroll or more information phone the admin office 34 6-8964 or email [email protected]


 The Chinese Association along with the Multicultural Association is holding a “Moon Cake Festival” at the Sound Shell 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday 29 September. This is a mid-autumn festival where families gather to watch the full moon rise and taste the delicious moon cakes. There will be cultural performances; dancing, tai chi, musical instruments, along with moon cake tasting. There will be a $ 2. entry fee.

 Traditional moon cakes contains filling with lotus seed paste or red bean paste as well as black bean paste with an egg yolk in the centre representing the moon. More elaborate versions can contain four egg yolks representing the four phases of the moon. I am sure it will be an interesting evening. Well worth attending.


 N.Z. China Friendship Society now have a Facebook page. Anyone can go there and be kept up to date on events. Go to www.facebook.com/NZChinaSociety?ref and “like”.