A social network for all nationalities
Established in 1994, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Beijing (ANZA) was a non-profit group that aimed to provide a support network for Australians, New Zealanders and other international expats living in Beijing. Throughout the years, members, their families and friends meet each other socially, to share information and experiences about life in Beijing, as well as have fun in true Aussie and Kiwi style.
Each month ANZA had an informal morning tea for members and newcomers. These gatherings were a lot of fun, with the opportunity to chat with friends, meet new people, and in the ANZA tradition, enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne with morning tea. The events were often themed around a particular part of the year, for example Australia Day, Waitangi Day, Easter, Mother’s Day or Christmas, which also added to the fun.
Each year, ANZA hosted a Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon. This was always held on the first Tuesday in November, in conjunction with the famous horse racing event in Australia. The Luncheon allowed participants to show off their style with Fashions on the Field and have some fun around a great event. We also raised a fantastic amount of money for charity too.
In 2006, ANZA held its first Great Wall Dinner which proved to be a huge success. Having dinner on the Great Wall of China was an incredible experience here in Beijing and ANZA did it best, with dinner, dancing and a wonderful evening in such a unique location. The Great Wall Dinner grew in popularity so much that it became one of the most sought-after tickets on the ex-pat event calendar. It was our biggest fundraiser for charity and we loved hosting it!
On occasion a guided tour was organised for members. ANZA called them “Walkabouts” and they sometimes included a tour to a downtown area or perhaps an easy hike in the hills. They were a great way to meet people and get to know Beijing a little better. ANZA recommends that everyone get out and see the nooks and crannies of this amazing city!
As a community contribution, ANZA nominated a particular charity each year to donate a major portion of its annual profit, or the ANZA committee allocated funds to a charity or cause on an “as-needed” basis.
ANZA was run on a voluntary basis. Membership fees, event entry fees and raffle ticket sales all contributed to the running of the events and any profits made were donated to charity.
We thank everyone for their involvement and generous contributions.
The ANZA Committee
Patrons for ANZA were
ANZA was delighted to have Her Excellency, The Australian Ambassador for China, Jan Adams and His Excellency, The New Zealand Ambassador for China, John McKinnon as its Patrons.
ANZA enjoyed the support of the Australian and New Zealand Embassies which helped to cross-promote events and activities here in Beijing. Thank you, Ambassador Adams and the Australian Embassy team and Ambassador McKinnon and the New Zealand Embassy team, for your support of ANZA events over the years.