The enchanting tai chi kung fu fan dance along with the Chinese tribal dance was part of the entertainment at the Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Auckland South.
The celebratory evening at Te Tuhi Centre of Arts on Reeves Rd, Pakuranga was a feast for the senses. It started with tables laden with scrumptious Chinese fare, followed by an introduction from the well spoken past District Governor Ron Seeto and exchange of Rotary banners with other clubs in and out of the area.
Members and presidents of different Rotary Clubs that included the Rotary Clubs of Somerville, Pakuranga, Newmarket, Drury, Ellerslie Sunrise, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe West and St Johns were present in a strong show of support for the new Taiwanese club in New Zealand.
Assistant governor Avalua Tavui, district governor elected Jennie Herring, assistant district governor Sue Fairburn were also seen partaking in the celebration.
Adding a poignant touch to the evening was Phil Tchernegovski.
The Kiwi sculptor’s son Reuben had gone missing in the mountains of Alishan, Taiwan, in 1998.
Mr Tchernegovski spoke about how he travelled to Taiwan in search of his son.
“I lost my son but made 24 million friends,” he said. “I was so overwhelmed with all the love from strangers in Taipei, the local mountain people, the media and the police who came out of their way to help me in my search of my son.” The grateful father presented a copy of his book titled Mountain of the beautiful moon, based on the search for his son to Kitty Chung, president of the Rotary Club of Auckland South.
The evening ended with guests being presented traditional red packets that symbolise good fortune.