“I lead a team of Council Mandarin students on a once in a lifetime visit to four cities in China to promote a cultural experience and to foster our sister city relationships.
The travelling crew arrived in Xiamen, one of our sister cities, before heading to Xian in the central northern of China.
“From there we went to Beijing (a sister city of Wellington’s since 1994) and then took the train to Shanghai to wrap up the tour.
“It was a very full-on trip over just nine days.”
Of the experience, Bruce beams and says “it was once in a lifetime – I’ll never forget it!”
Wellington, like many places, has transformed since the 1970s – and Bruce has definitely taken notice.
“Since I moved from Malaysia, the city has become a lot more vibrant,” he ponders.
“There’s a lot more activities available for the public.”
It’s a happening city that the happily married Bruce gets to share with “three law-abiding sons and a cat”.
“We’ve lived out in Johnsonville and have been there for about 40-odd years – and I don’t see us going anywhere."
It’s 2021, so we’re sharing stories about 21 of our people who have worked at Council for 20 years or more. Find out more about the series in this story.