News and Events

2017 Sponsorship Appeal

Here’s a great idea – this year give the gift of sponsorship for Christmas.

Sponsor Tibetan Refugee ChildrenFor only NZ$2.50 a week you can give the gift of sponsorship this Christmas to a family member or friend and help support a Tibetan child in need.

If you would like to give the gift of a child sponsorship please complete the attached form, or if you know of a friend or colleague who might like to take on a Tibetan Child sponsorship, please pass the form on to them.

Annual General Meeting

The Tibetan Children Relief Society of New Zealand 2017 Annual General Meeting was held at 10am on Sunday 20 August 2017 at the residence of Ian & Gabrielle Graham in Albany, Auckland. A new Committee member, Philip Bond, was welcomed onto the committee.

People interested in finding out more about supporting Tibetan Refugee children are advised to check out our website at

New members are always welcome – we usually meet 2-3 times a year.

For further information contact the President via our Contact Us page.

Dr Lobsang Sangay – Leader of a Government-in-Exile.

President Dr Sangay visited NZ in May 2017. Please follow this link to access an interview with this Tibetan Leader. This link provides additional photos from Dr Sangay’s visit to New Zealand.

TCRS President meets Dr Lobsang Sangay

Bev Pownall (TCRS President) met with Dr Sangay during his recent visit and in which he thanked her and the Tibetan Children Relief Society for their years of effort put into assisting the Tibetan refugee children in India. The last photo of Dr Sangay was taken in Wellington during the meeting of Parliamentarians in the Beehive.

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The Truth About Tibet

Please view this 10 min video “ Truth About Tibet“ which is produced by the Free Tibet network. It’s very well put together.

Another Tibetan Girl Bags Gold Medal in Top Indian College

Sonam Dolma secured 1st in the two years of her M.A. Political Science Degree at Madras Christian College. Click here for the full story.

Interested in Travelling to Dharamsala in November?

Insight Tours Australia are organising a 2 week tour to Dharamsala

Here are just some of the highlights you’ll experience

  • Immerse yourself in the ambience of Dharamsala, the political and spiritual home of the Tibetan community in exile.
  • Gain unique cultural insights through visits to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s temple, the Norbulingka Institute, the Tibetan Children’s Village, the Tibetan Nuns’ Project and the Tibet Museum.
  • Engage with the Tibetan people first hand as you experience the delights of Tibetan cuisine, take part in English conversation classes, talk to Buddhist nuns and discuss the current situation in Tibet with local NGOs.
  • Free time to explore, mingle and shop in the village of McLeod Ganj

For further information Click here for the Insight photo galleries and to download an info pack with all the details.

New Zealanders interested might need to contact Insight Tours Australia to establish whether they might be able to provide assistance in crossing the ditch.

Tibetan Homes Foundation (THF) Exam Successes

Tibetan-Homes-FoundationThe THF report that the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) Grade XII exam results declared in May 2017 indicate that 96.3% of all 191 students graduated. Of these Ms Tenzin Chime from the Humanities Stream topped her stream with an excellent 92.6% mark. She was also the recipient of the Special Merit Scholarship Gadhen Phodrang Award.

THF Activity Highlights

Click here to download the Activity Highlights of the Tibetan Homes Foundation.