Family was important to Rewi, who kept in constant touch with his mother who was a regular correspondent and a determined supporter of her son’s endeavours. His brothers and sisters all supported Rewi in various ways, all visiting him in China and all giving warm support on his infrequent trips back to New Zealand. Rewi’s Chinese family was very important to him. The successes of his adopted sons were proof of the value of education. Rewi had a wide circle of friends in China and abroad who in diverse ways contributed to his knowledge of China, supported him in crises and provided a sounding board against which he could test his ideas. He owed them a great deal.