It is a sad time for all of us. My colleagues and I come here today to bid farewell to Mr. Tom Newnham, a long standing friend of China. On behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, I'd like to convey our condolences to the family members of Tom.
Tom was a life long member of New Zealand China Friendship Society and was named Friendship Ambassador of China. He had put endless efforts in promoting better understanding and friendship between China and New Zealand. He got interested in China in early 1950s and went to Hongkong to learn Chinese, a real forrunner among New Zealanders to get to know China. Since then, he had visited China again and again. He became an expert on China and he had done so much to help his country man to understand China.
Today we enjoy friendly and cooperative relationship between China and New Zealand. We are getting ever closer to each other in economic, political, cultural and other fields. All this could not have been achieved without the contributions by far-sighted friends like Tom. I believe that the best way we honor and remember him is to continue his cause of furthering the friendship and cooperation between our two peoples.
Tom will forever live in the hearts of his friends both here in New Zealand and in China.