East Coast Bays’ International Friendship Group has just celebrated its silver anniversary. For 25 years, new migrants have received the warmest of welcomes as they acclimatise themselves to life in NZ.
It all began when Lois Dudding (who worked for Adult Literacy and was on the committee of the ECB Community The group’s members are (or have been) from China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Holland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Syria and Tanzania. The world really does get together every week in Browns Bay! Project) got talking to Sally Cargill about all the new migrants attending English classes at the centre. Speaking at the group’s special birthday lunch, Sally recalled those early days. “Lois started offering cookery classes for foreigners. They wanted to take Kiwi food with them to social events, so Lois taught them a few basics, like banana cake and mushroom flan.”