Archive - 2015

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Our Nation’s Diversity: A Key To New Zealand’s Future Success – New Rotary Initiative
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Photography, poetry, writing and teaching: Twenty Years of China
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Discover China – Shenzhen Cultural Week
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International Friendship Day
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AIESEC-NZCFS China Exchange: Volunteering in Chongqing, China
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Wellington Branch Meeting – NZCFS National Conference
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Wellington Branch Meeting: China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania
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Bali Trip Recollection

Our Nation’s Diversity: A Key To New Zealand’s Future Success – New Rotary Initiative

Rotary District 9940 is establishing a new online Rotary Club. This E-Club is based on the Rotary District’s values of respecting, connecting and investing in the well-being and development of diverse local communities.

The District is looking for people from many different localities, cultures and walks of life across New Zealand to gather together via the E-Club to change perceptions, increase understanding and inspire communities to thrive and improve their own self-worth and well-being. The New Zealand China Friendship Society is interested in hearing if any members would like to join this online Rotary Club. Additional information on the club and how to join is below:

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Photography, poetry, writing and teaching: Twenty Years of China

On Wednesday 19 August 2015, Michael Powles, the President of the NZCFS Wellington Branch welcomed attendees to the monthly meeting. The speaker for the night was Madeleine Slavick, who lived in Hong Kong for 24 years as a teacher, fundraiser, campaigner, photo-journalist and editor. She has published several books of photography, poetry, and non-fiction, and travelled to Mainland China to document various anti-poverty projects. Madeleine has had two recent exhibitions in Wellington and Auckland: RED (photographic images of China) and Hong Kong Song (a retrospective of 25 years of living in Hong Kong). Her presentation focused on both her personal artistic work and professional work with Oxfam.

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Discover China – Shenzhen Cultural Week

Monday 10 August 2015 marked the beginning of the Shenzhen Cultural Week, which was organised by the Wellington City Council and was launched at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. The night began with a reception to welcome guests to the Cultural Week. Political Counsellor Fang Qiu, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Vice President of the Shenzhen Association for International Cultural Exchanges Liu Jiachen, Chairman of the Asia – New Zealand Foundation John Luxton and other guests including a number of Mandarin Language Assistants based in Wellington attended the ceremony.

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International Friendship Day

In July 2015, an International Friendship Day was held at Victoria University of Wellington. This was organised by the Victoria University International Student Association, and a number of cultural clubs contributing to the event by showcasing their culture through food and performance.

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AIESEC-NZCFS China Exchange: Volunteering in Chongqing, China

In April 2015, the NZCFS Wellington Branch and AIESEC, the world’s largest student run organisation that sends university students on internships and exchanges around the world, called for applicants who wanted to go on a 6+ week AIESEC exchange to China. Funding to support the exchange for successful applicants was to be provided through the Simon Deng Li Fund.

Tess Pilkington, from the Auckland University of Technology, was selected as one of the winners of the NZCFS-AIESEC China Exchange project. She is currently studying Business Management and Health Science and has previously travelled to China through the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2011.

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Wellington Branch Meeting – NZCFS National Conference

The focus of this meeting was the NZCFS National Conference which was hosted by the Nelson Branch in May. The theme chosen was “有办法 YO BANFA: There is a way!” based on the title of a book from Rewi Alley, and there was a strong focus on the initiatives in progress to pursue the society goals in new ways, especially in relation to youth work. Seven Wellington Branch members attended the conference, and Christine Strickland, Branch Vice-President, and Kirk McDowall, Local Committee Member, gave a PowerPoint presentation of the conference during the monthly meeting.

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Wellington Branch Meeting: China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania

The New Zealand China Friendship Society meeting on 15 April began with Michael Powles, President of the Wellington Branch, welcoming all those in attendance. After informing the audience of general matters with the Society, and also reminding that member subscriptions were due, Michael began his speech. In February, Michael organised a conference, China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania, which attracted over 150 participants, including many academics, politicians, and officials from the Pacific, China, New Zealand and elsewhere. The Conference was sponsored by Victoria University, National University of Samoa and Sun Yat-sen University of Guangzhou and was held on the campus of the National University of Samoa.

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Bali Trip Recollection

This post is about everything I have read about Bali on the internet and promptly figured them out by myself.

This is not a step by step how to organise your travel, where to go guide, unfortunately 🙁 It has been too long since I visited Bali last year in December. I have only managed to finish this post recently, and most of this trip is barely stored in my memory now. For this reason, I cannot remember some places’ and restaurants’ names, prices of the tickets or some of the people I’ve met. But I do remember how I felt when I visited certain places, when I talked to the people, and how I felt when I ate certain food.

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