Recently, Mr. Ma Qinglin, vice chairman of the standing committee of Gansu Provincial People’s Congress, attended the commemoration marking the 120th anniversary of Rewi Alley’s birth held in Christchurch, New Zealand, leading Gansu delegation. Ma Qinglin attended the welcome banquet jointly held by Christchurch City Council and China Consulate General to Christchurch and delivered a speech. He attended the Alley Research Symposium, visited Alley Chinese Language School, appreciated the Pictures Exhibition of Alley’s Life, attended the Site Opening Cerempony of Amberley Alley Garden and paid respect to Alley’s statue in Springfield.
The governor-general of New Zealand, Reddie attended the Site Opening Cerempony of Amberley Alley Garden. The mayor of Christchurch Liann Darziel and China Counsul-general to Christchurch Mr.Wang Zhijian both attended all of these activities. Chinese People''''s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, New Zealand and China Friendship Association, China Gong-He International Committee, Alley family, Lanhzou City University and Zhangye municipal delegation all attended the commemoration ceremony.
In 1943, Alley relocated the Bailie School he founded to Gansu. He lived and worked in Gansu for nearly 10 years and cultivated a large number of pragmatic talents to China’s national emacipation and construction. Under his promotion, Gansu and Christchurch established sister city relation in 1984, carrying out lots of fruitful exchanges and cooperation in agriculture, husbandary, education, culture, sports,etc, greatly enhancing economic and social development of both sides. In 1985, Alley was honored “honorable citizen of Gansu”; In 2009, he was awarded as “one of the top ten international friends of China”. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Alley’s birth and the 30th aniversary of his death, so both China and New Zealand have held various kinds of national and rgional commemoration ceremony.(translated by Wang Jingfei)