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China’s Ambassador to New Zealand visited NorthTec’s Raumanga campus to discuss the growing relationships between the tertiary provider and its Chinese partner colleges.
The Ambassador, Wang Letong, visited with his wife, Yang Pengbo, and the Education Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy, Chen Yue. They met with NorthTec’s Chief Executive, Mark Ewen, the International Director, Rhonda Brodie, and other senior management.
Paying his first official visit to Northland, the Ambassador took the opportunity to find out more about NorthTec’s strong relationships with partner schools in several regions of China and in particular the sister city relationship between Whangarei and Haikou. He said he was very proud of the educational relationship between China and New Zealand, and of the work being done between Whangarei and Haikou.
As well as the educational links between the two areas, the Ambassador was also interested in opportunities to bring more Chinese tourists to New Zealand.
The visiting group enjoyed a tour of the campus, and especially appreciated the contemporary Māori artwork and carvings which decorate the walls of the marae.
A second group of Chinese visitors, from Haikou Vocational Tourism School, also visited later in the day. Principal, Zhao Jinling, was accompanied by three of her directors.
Representing one of the biggest vocational schools in the Haikou area, the group agreed to an exchange trip by cookery tutors this year, and committed to NorthTec providing further English language teaching and tutor training in China. The Haikou Vocational Tourism School has the largest Western cookery programme in its region, and currently has two students studying hospitality at NorthTec.
Rhonda Brodie said the sister city relationship has been very important in developing ongoing links between Haikou and Whangarei. The Haikou group, on their first trip to New Zealand, also visited Whangarei Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools as part of an educational collaboration between the two cities.
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