Event marks garden's 10th anniversary

Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust chairman Malcolm Wong (left) and a Shanghai Municipal Education...
Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust chairman Malcolm Wong (left) and a Shanghai Municipal Education Commission leader Zhu Chenguang meet in Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Songs were sung in Maori and Chinese at the Dunedin Chinese Garden yesterday in the first of a series of cultural events to mark the garden's 10th anniversary.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said the garden reflected the continuing strength of the links between Dunedin and its Chinese Sister City Shanghai.

Mr Cull also welcomed a dozen leading young Shanghai students to Dunedin to take part in a two-week educational scholarship programme organised by the mayor's office.

The programme is backed by the University of Otago and Otago
Polytechnic and has run for the past five years.

These scholarships reciprocated long-running support from the Mayor of Shanghai for students from Shanghai's sister cities, through which Dunedin students had been able to visit and learn more about Shanghai, Mr Cull said.

Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust chairman Malcolm Wong said it had been a ``great honour'' for Mr Cull and the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission to have allowed the gardens trust to be involved with this year's scholarship programme.

Backed by a generous sponsor, the trust had run an essay competition to mark the 10th anniversary of the garden, also known as Lan Yuan, Mr Wong said.

The efforts of a team led by City of Literature director Nicky Page had ``made the whole process a breeze'', and key support also came from Dunedin City Libraries.

Shanghai student Tian Ying won the contest's $1000 first prize.

Other prizes: 2nd equal, Tian Yi Long, Yu Jiahui, $375 each; 4th, Yin Yirou, $100.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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