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24th February -  The Manager, Barbara Haughey, and Vivienne Parker were  the guests of the New Zealand Chinese Association for the launch of a book  “The Fruits of Our Labours Chinese Fruit Shops in New Zealand” commissioned by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust. The Authors Ruth Lam, Beverly Lowe, Helen Wong, and Carolyn King have produced a fully illustrated, two volume set. It combines personal stories with historical research and statistics of Chinese fruit shop families to illustrate the hard work and sacrifice that led to their eventual prosperity and that of their descendants.

At the launch there was a wonderful photographic display of some of the many fruit shop families from all around the country and everyone enjoyed looking at them.

The NZSG was presented with the two volume set and these will be available for consultation as Reference Only Books in the FRC Library in Panmure. 

Anyone who is unable to travel to Panmure may request a look-up by contacting



15th February - Franklin Branch Cemetery Project. – This week presentations were made to Judith Hull of St Brides Anglican Church Mauku and to Noel Surrey from the Pukekohe Catholic Church.  In appreciation of their co-operation and assistance, each received a copy of their respective cemetery books and an electronic version that records all the Headstone Inscriptions and photographs at the time of our project visits.

Mary & Judith with St Brides cemetery book

Mary & Noel at Pukekohe Catholic Cemetery



22nd September -  Papamoa Branch celebrated our 10th birthday with cake and a visit from the Chairperson of the Board of the NZSG, Robyn Williams on Monday 11th September 2017. Other guests included librarians from next door and Sylvia the Community Centre Manager. A good time was had by all!



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