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A visiting group from NorthTec’s partner college in China were the guests of honour at the opening of an art exhibition at the Geoff Wilson Gallery.
In Dialogue, which runs until 30 March, features the work of tutors and former students from the Haikou College of Economics and Haikou Experimental Middle School, working in pairs.
The exhibition was launched on Thursday (2 March) with the help of the local community, with a kapa haka performance by students from Whangarei Girls’ High School, and a display of Chinese dancing by girls from Whangarei Intermediate School.
Mark Ewen, NorthTec’s Acting Chief Executive, formally welcomed the visiting group and said the exhibition reflected the strong relationship between the two colleges.
Sun Zhi, Vice President of Haikou College of Economics, said how much the group were enjoying their visit to New Zealand. He also spoke of the partnership between the two colleges and the educational opportunities made possible by the strong links between Whangarei and Haikou.
Whangarei Mayor, Sheryl Mai, and Deputy Mayor, Sharon Morgan, also attended, with Mayor Mai extending a warm welcome to the Chinese delegation. The city of Haikou, in Hainan province, is a sister city to Whangarei.
The exhibition follows the showing of artwork by NorthTec staff and students, which was exhibited at three locations in China late in 2016, including Haikou, and was very well received.
It will be open for public viewing until 30 March at the following times: Tuesdays, except 7 March (10am to 1pm); Wednesdays (10am to 6pm); Thursdays and Fridays (10am to 4pm).
The title In Dialogue plays on the idea of tutors and their former students working together to create original works, and also refers to the opportunity for the people of Whangarei to engage in communication, through the arts, with their Chinese counterparts.
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