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.
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.
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.
The NZCFS and the VUW Chinese Club will be holding a quiz night on Thursday 30th at 6.00pm at the Hotel Bristol on Cuba Street.
It’ll be a Chinese New Zealand themed quiz with 6-8 rounds of questions! Come along with you friends on the day and make a group of 4 to compete! But if you don’t have a group of 4 come along and meet some new people on the day!
But it would be great if you can hit attending if you are coming so we can get a gage of numbers!
Can’t wait to see you there!
Sister Cities New Zealand (SCNZ) recently held their Annual Conference in Wellington on 10 – 11 April, and the New Zealand Friendship Society (NZCFS) were lucky enough to attend the conference. SCNZ was established in 1981 as a non-profit organisation, with the aim of supporting New Zealand cities, towns, districts and ports that have entered into a sister-city, twinning or friendship relationship with an overseas counterpart. These relationships often start at the local level, and may be economically, socially or culturally based, such as business-to-business or school-to-school.
Part of the role of SCNZ, is to help facilitate these intercity links and highlight the amazing stories and achievements of those around the country, who are working to foster such relationships. This includes business groups, grass-root community organisations, local councils and government groups, schools and education providers, who are all promoting people-to-people relations with international counterparts around the world.
The New Zealand China Friendship Society has recently partnered with AIESEC New Zealand (http://www.aiesec.org.nz/) to help fund and support students wanting to go on an exchange to China for 6+ weeks. I have been lucky enough to be involved in an AIESEC exchange in China, and it was a life changing experience.
This is an excellent opportunity for a university student in New Zealand who wants to experience living in a different culture and country.
The year 2014 is passing by so fast, it felt like yesterday when it just started, and now it’s the end of the year!
I’m sorry, I have not been able to update the website recently. However, I plan to do more writing soon as I am going on a holiday! To China!! Yah~~!!!
So much things happened this year.
Dr Adrian Macey spoke at the Wellington Branch meeting on Wednesday 15 October. From 2006 to 2014, Adrian was New Zealand’s first climate change ambassador, and he was responsible for the international climate change negotiations, coordination of international policy and domestic outreach. In June 2010 he was elected Vice Chair of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol negotiations, and then served as Chair for 2011. Adrian is also an Adjunct Professor at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. In addition, Michael Powles, the President of the Wellington Branch, was Adrian’s first boss in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.