CHAIRMAN’S NOTE                                                                            March – June 2020

 I hope that all our members and their relatives survived the Civi-19 lockdown and are safe and well. Due to the lockdown we could not produce a newsletter in April. However, we are delighted that the country has survived this crisis albeit with 22 deaths. Now we are in level 1 things are getting back to normal. It is disheartening though that many businesses may not reopen, and some major companies closing some of their stores with thousands of jobs lost. It may take some time for the economy to recover. The New Zealand government handled the crisis well, but other countries have suffered greatly. Countries must all get together and make China accountable for this virus so that future generations will not have to endure another such pandemic.

10th March Commemorations: Thank you to all our members and supporters who gathered at various places throughout the country to remember the 10 March uprising in Tibet in 1959 against the illegal occupation of Tibet by China. See photos in this issue.

HH Panchen Lama: HH the Panchen Lama’s birthday falls on ANZAC Day and we in New Zealand could not do anything publically to highlight his plight. It was also during lockdown. The Central Tibet Administration in Dharamsala had earlier requested that individuals burn candles in their homes on 17th May to observe the 25 years since his disappearance in May1995. This was done by Members of Friends of Tibet (NZ) and Auckland Tibetan Association. It was observed throughout the world. The Auckland Tibetan Association made a video of activities here, which was sent to Dharamsala. The banner on my balcony is the one that Friends of Tibet (NZ) had had made when His Holiness was first taken away by China. Nothing has changed in his situation since then.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday: This will be celebrated on Saturday 4th July in Auckland. The Central Tibetan Administration had asked that this year 2020 be to thank His Holiness for his tireless efforts for Tibet and for humanity in general. See our ad. in this newsletter. For activities in other centres, please contact your local branch.

Recently we heard the sad news of the passing away of two of our great supporters: Mrs Noeline Gannaway in Wellington and Alice Clare Devereaux in Christchurch. They will be missed. As we say in Tibet:  May Their Souls find Rebirth Soon”

Best wishes and Tashi Delek

Thuten Kesang

National Chairman