2017 ANZBYC Opening Ceremony

The historical 20th 2017 Australia New Zealand Buddhist Youth Conference (ANZBYC) which took place at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple Christchurch began their Opening Ceremony on the 4th of August with VIP guests attending such as the Minister for Disability Issues and Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon. Nicky Wagner, MP for Wigram, Dr Megan Wood, Chief Abbess of Oceania, Venerable Manko, Abbess of FGS NZ, Venerable Manshin, Abbess of Chung Tian Temple Queensland, Venerable Chueh Shan, General Manager of Hsing Yun Education Foundation, Venerable Juefang, BLIA World Headquarters Executive Council Member, Mrs Dominique Yu, Deputy Director of BLIA Oceania Fellowship Committee, Ms Dolly Tsai, Strategic Advisor Race Relations at the NZ Human Rights Commission, Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, former NZP Detective Superintendent Virginia Le Bas, Inspector Al Stewart, Detective Inspector Tony Hill , Detective Inspector Rachel Jefferies and distinguished artists.

At the start of the opening ceremony, five flag bearers of YAD from each state guided the VIPs into the venue followed by a local Maori Haka war dance to welcome everyone. Later on, the Chief Abbess of Oceania presented shoulder scarfs representing the 20th anniversary of ANZBYC to all the Venerables, VIP representatives and participants as a symbol of recognising the growth of Oceania YAD in the past 20 years and a mission to pass on the faith for the future.

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