The Dunedin Chinese Garden (“LanYuan”)

February 2009
Report by Malcolm Wong
The Dunedin Chinese Garden (“LanYuan”) has now been gifted to the City and has been open for over six months. Whilst the Trust doesn’t have the actual attendance figures we understand that numbers have been significantly higher than budgeted. We are also aware of numerous instances where visitors have come to Dunedin especially to visit Lan Yuan.

Now that the Garden has been completed the Trust is moving into a different phase involving governance of the Garden’s authenticity in association with the DCC. The Trust also has other objectives this year which include completion of a DVD, book and promoting membership to the “Friends of the Garden.” In addition, the Trust will still need to continue fostering its good relationships with the Shanghai Museum and other Shanghai friends. A limited number of spaces are still available for name plaques in various categories. Donations are eligible for a tax rebate. Please contact a Trustee if you are interested.

You will all have read in the paper of Peter Chin’s stepping down as chairman at the Trust’s recent AGM. It is fitting to reaffirm the Trust’s gratitude for Peter’s contribution and statesman-like leadership of the Trust since its inception. Without a doubt his position as Mayor has also significantly benefited our cause. Peter continues as a trustee. We are also fortunate to have Peter Sew Hoy continuing as deputy chairman. Adrian Thein has agreed to assume the position as secretary and Yuet Kwan (YK) Marshall (nee Choie) is the new treasurer. Thanks must go to all trustees for their assistance on the project.

One of the objectives of the Trust is to promote enlightenment of the Chinese culture through the Garden to the younger members of Society and to the wider populace. So far this has been promoted by numerous school visits to the Garden and other specific projects in some schools. Presentations to service groups continue to be given by the Trust. In addition a local writer has drafted an article for possible inclusion in the School Journal, a nationwide school resource used in all primary schools. If this is accepted it will be a fantastic additional step in promoting our Chinese culture and heritage. The Trust firmly believes that as everyone learns more about different cultures it can only help us to be better societies and more tolerant of each other.

For those wishing to obtain more information on joining the Friends please contact Frances Wong. Those wishing to contribute by volunteering their time may contact Siew Gek Sim at the Garden.

Thank you all for your contributions in making the project the success it is.

With every best wish
Malcolm Wong