CHAIRMAN’S NOTE September – October 2017

CONFERENCE IN TAIWAN 29TH SEPTEMBER-1ST OCTOBER 2017 – The Asia Regional meeting of Tibet support groups in Taipei was organised by the International Tibet Network, and Friends of Tibet (NZ) as members were invited to attend. I invited Miss Tenzin Choedon, a new committee member of the Auckland Branch, and a member of the Auckland Tibetan community, to go with me. She agreed, and we both paid for our own airfares. The meeting was quite extensive with a lot of workshops to discuss how we can improve our way of promoting the issue of Tibet at large. The 30 + attendees came from New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, India, Burma, Japan and Hong Kong.(by video link)

It was clear at the meeting that we need regional cooperation between supporters of Tibet, especially those in Taiwan and Hong Kong, to be united in our efforts to foster change in China. We agreed to share our group emails so that we can discuss various upcoming campaigns, which will be coordinated by the International Tibet Network. At one of the workshops I explained what Friends of Tibet (NZ) is all about, and what we are doing to help Tibet.

On the final night we had a shared dinner with delicious Taiwanese food, and the sharing of our friendship.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tenzin Choedon for accompanying me to the conference and for looking after me. We came home exhausted, but it was worth the time, cost and effort to attend. Tenzin’s report is included in this Newsletter.

Auckland Annual General Meeting: At our AGM, all existing committee members agreed to continue, which is very heartening for me. We also have two new committee members, including Tenzin Choedon. Thank you all for your support.

Documentary: Team Tibet-A home away from home: Thank you to all of you who attended the showings of the documentary at the International Film Festivals held throughout the country, and to those who purchased my memoire: Tibet, the Home I left behind but will never forget. The film director, Miss Robin Greenberg, has recently organised other showings of the documentary in Auckland and Wellington. In Auckland it will be shown at The Bridgeway in Northcote on Sunday 29th October at 3 pm as a fund raiser for Tibetan projects. Tickets are on sale through us for $25 each, which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice. As time is very short, we need sales quickly. Please send your payment to Friends of Tibet (NZ) Auckland P.O. 66 002, Beach Haven for your tickets.

Wellington committee is contemplating holding the documentary on 10th December 2017.

I look forward to seeing you at The Bridgeway on 29th October.

With best wishes and Tashi Delek

Thuten Kesang
National Chairman