1 February, 2017

Happy New Year!

This is the first report of the new year and hopefully you have all had a great Christmas and New Year season. We also have Chinese New Year to celebrate so being Chinese has its benefits if you acknowledge both!

I would like to report that the Otago & Southland Branch of the New Zealand Chinese Association still strives to work for the benefit of Chinese in the Otago & Southland area.

Currently we have worked on contributing to the Chinese New Year celebrations in Dunedin with our Lion Dance Team performing around the city over the New Year.

The Otago & Southland Chinese Association in conjunction with the Dunedin Chinese Garden Trust and the Dunedin Chinese Scholar and student Association, and with the co-operation of the Chinese Consul General, the Honourable Jin Zhijian, underwrote and organised the Wuhan Acrobatic and Cultural Concert held on the 19th of January 2017, at the Regent Theatre, Dunedin.

The show was a delight which showcased the skill and dexterity of the acrobats alongside top class musicians, dancers and singers. The show was visually exciting and well worth the price of entry. Ticket sales were very pleasing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who sponsored the event and those who purchased tickets.

Upcoming events are upon us and we will be promoting the relocation of the original Joss House back to its position at the Lawrence Chinese Miners Camp in Lawrence on the 11th February, 2017 from around 12.00.

We are also holding our Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival Dinner on the 11th February 2017, at 7.00pm at the Golden Harvest Restaurant. Tickets are on sale now.

We are also starting to prepare for the NZCA Annual Sports and Cultural Tournament and will be looking for participants and competitors, with practices starting shortly.

University students will begin to arrive in Dunedin to start their studies again, if not already here for summer school. We generally organise a welcome for them and will have a combined welcome BBQ and OSCA picnic. Venue and time to be advised.

Meanwhile, I have been following events with the new President of the United States beginning his term with interest, especially where it touches on Chinese matters. It is going to be a very interesting time, and no one is quite sure whether Chinese in New Zealand will be affected directly, and whether our New Zealand passport will still be respected despite being of Chinese heritage.

We will also be heading towards an election in New Zealand come September.

In parting I wish everyone an auspicious Year of the Rooster.

 

Linus Chin

President Otago & Southland Chinese Association