CHAIRMAN’S NOTE July – August 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday celebrations: It was great to see the good turnout to celebrate His Holiness’ birthday in Auckland on 8th July. It was pleasing to see the members of Friends of Tibet, the Tibetan community and the Chinese-Tibet Friendship Group members. Special thanks go to Ven. Karma Dorje who kindly set up an altar with His Holiness’ portrait with all the brocades required. Afterwards he donated these brocades to the Tibetan community for future use. Other centres celebrated His Holiness’ birthday in various ways. May His Holiness live for eons.

New Zealand International Film Festival: After 22 years of research and recording about Tibet and its environment, director Miss Robin Greenberg’s documentary; Team Tibet-A Home away from Home made its world premiere to a sold out theatre on 22nd July at the Festival. It is now doing the rounds with film festivals around the country. Robin hopes that it will eventually be shown at film festivals around the world. Comments on the film have been very positive. It will be available in DVD form in due course.

Book Launch: I have been recording my life story over many years, and finally, to coincide with my being in New Zealand for 50 years, I had the launch of my memoires on 15th July. The book is entitled Tibet-The home I left behind but will Never Forget: My Story. Over 90 people came to the book launch. I have had good feedback from those who have read it. If anyone would like to purchase a copy, they are available from me. The cost is $25 including postage. Please email me at kesang@pl.net with your address details etc.

Auckland Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Wednesday 20th September at 18 Valhalla Drive, Beach Haven at 7.30 pm. We would like to see as many of you as possible. Extra committee members are
needed, so please think about coming on to the committee. I will send you a reminder by email closer to the date.

With best wishes and Tashi Delek,

Thuten Kesang
National Chairman