“My greatest regret in business is I don’t have the skills to speak the Chinese language, due to the significant amount of time and impact the Chinese creative industries have had on my career. We are intimately linked to China and a good understanding of each other’s language can only further advance this already rich relationship.”

Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop

“[Chinese Language Week] sounds like a worthy initiative that builds on successful bilateral relations between New Zealand and China, and acknowledges the important role of Chinese language in this growing relationship. On behalf of Wellington City Council I would like to express my support for the New Zealand Chinese Language Week initiative”

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

“Chinese Language Week is an excellent initiative that we would be happy to endorse as we strongly believe that improving the depth and breadth of engagement and understanding is critically important to the long term relationships between China and New Zealand.”


“This is an idea coming at the right time, and the Council and Mayor Len Brown are very supportive of such an initiative coming to life nationally.”

Auckland City Council

“We would welcome the establishment of a Chinese Language Week in New Zealand.”

New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

“Thank you for your letter with respect to NZ Chinese Language Week and Weta Workshop would be interested in supporting this initiative.”

Weta Workshop

“Immigration New Zealand is supportive of the establishment of this initiative, and we would be happy to assist with its promotion through our wide networks”

Immigration NZ

“Our Society has a long term goal to promote Mandarin throughout New Zealand and we are very interested to work with your people in this regard.”

New Zealand China Friendship Society

“The Foundation would be pleased to support and promote this event.”

asia:nz – The Asia New Zealand Foundation

“We’d be supportive of a language week, to encourage a shared understanding and promote the benefits of a growing closer relationship between New Zealand and China.” 

Christchurch International Airport

“We are very keen to support the idea. [The Albany-based Asia Dialogues group] would welcome an opportunity to host a meeting with you and the others involved in this initiative.”

Massey University

“The University of Canterbury, its College of Arts (where degree level Chinese courses are offered) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury applaud your proposal and would like to provide our full support.”

University of Canterbury

“Victoria University of Wellington, in particular the Confucius Institute and the Contemporary China Research Centre, are very keen to support this in whatever way we can.”

Victoria University

“The relationship between New Zealand and China should never be under estimated and while we tend to focus on the economic and trade aspects, we need to invest more heavily into culture and language. The New Zealand Chinese Language Week will make a difference to how we engage and work with China in the years and generations to come.”

Sir Don McKinnon, Chair New Zealand China Council


Chinese Books Donation Ceremony 

Reading Chinese culture for pleasure.

Massey University Library, Chinese book corner, Level 3,

15th September 11:30am-1:00pm,

The purpose is to enhance more culture exchanges between China and New Zealand, to further promote the development of Chinese learning, education and research in New Zealand, to effectively ease the shortage of Chinese books in New Zealand schools/universities.

Attending Guests/Schools

·      Massey University

Prof  Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of  Massey University

Professor Peter Lineham, Regional Director of Regional Director for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

·      Auckland University of Technology

Sharon Harvey, Head of the School of Language and Culture

Peilin Yang, Senior Lecturer, School of Language and Culture

·      King’s School

·      Willowbank School

·      Pinehurst School

·      Kristin School

·      Elim Christian College

 (2) Guests from New Zealand

·      Chen Yue, counselor of Education office of the Embassy of the PRC in NZ;

·      Raymond Huo, co-chairperson of “New Zealand Chinese Language Week”;

·      Xu Erwen, Consul General of  the PRC in Auckland(TBA);

·      Fang Dongbo, Consul of Education office of the PRC in Auckland ;

·      Nora Yao, Director of the Confucius Institute in Auckland (TBA).

(3) Delegation from Jinan University, China

•   Yi Shao, Dean of College of Chinese Language and Culture;

•   Yan Liang, Head of Division of Liaison;

•   Shengqiang Tong, Head of Chinese Language Department in College of Chinese Language and Culture;

•   Mingliang Wen, Director of Admission and Social Cooperation office, College of Chinese Language and Culture.

• Director of the Book Donation Event: Winnie Liu, the Principle of JNU Chinese School of NZ.







Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

ICBC NZ  New Zealand China Council