CHAIRMAN’S NOTE                                                                                    May – June 2019                                                              

7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet: This was held at Riga, Latvia from 7th to 10th May, 2019. It was organised by the Tibetan Parliament-in exile, the international networks of Parliamentarians on Tibet, and the Latvia Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet, which hosted the event.

Invitations to the Convention were issued to all Parliaments around the world, and I invited several MPs in New Zealand to attend. Mr Gareth Hughes, Green Party M.P. agreed to attend on behalf of us.

Such a gathering of M.P.s is the only way that the Tibet issue can be discussed amongst politicians. We were delighted when Mr Hughes was asked to chair one of the sessions. His report is in this issue.

I have discussed the rejuvenation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group in New Zealand with both my local M.P. Dan Bidois and Gareth Hughes. We will be organising a meeting to which all M.P.s will be invited to attend and join the group, and once the meeting is in place I will urge you to write to your local M.P. asking them to join the PFG.

TEAM TIBET – Home Away from Home Documentary:  I know many of you have asked when the DVD for this documentary will be ready.  I am glad to inform you all that Miss Robin Greenberg, the producer of the documentary, has informed me that it’s finally on its way for duplication and should be ready by the end of this month.  I will email you when it is ready and also will put an order form in our next Newsletter.

Undermining Tibetans in exile: The Chinese government has for a few years now being undermining the Tibetan communities in exile by establishing cultural groups who support the communist party ideology by performing so called Tibetan dances by Chinese women in various countries. We have such performers here in New Zealand also, and now they have established the so-called Tibetan Association in Canada to fool the general public of Canada. (read the article on page 5)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday 6th July: Celebrations of the 84th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be held at various venues in New Zealand and around the world. In Auckland this will be held at St Andrews Church Hall, 172 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead on Saturday 6th July at 6.30 pm for a shared dinner. See our advertisement on the back page. We look forward to seeing many of you coming to celebrate with us.

Best Wishes and Tashi Delek

Thuten Kesang

National Chairman