“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

Celebrations and activities in schools are happening all over Auckland




12 Sep

Mission Heights Junior College

Language Week

12 Sep

Meadowbank Primary School

Chinese Art Exhibition

12 Sep

Whangarei Heads School (Northland)

Making Fried Rice and Playing Games

12 Sep

Holy Cross Catholic School, Henderson (West Auckland)

Paper Cutting

12 Sep

Kelston Intermediate School

Chinese Kungfu

12-14 Sep

Target Road Primary School

Mid-Autumn Festival Posters

12-18 Sep

Stonefields School, St Thomas's School, Glendowie Primary School

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

13 Sep

St Peter's College

Chinese Movies and Chinese Tea Tasting

14 Sep

Howick Intermediate School

Dumpling Making

14-16 Sep

St Heliers School

School Drama Show (with some Chinese content)

15 Sep

Ponsonby Primary School

Making Dumplings or Moon-Cakes

15 Sep

St Michael’s Catholic School

Mid-Autumn Festival Activity

15 Sep

ACG Strathallan College

Making Chinese Lanterns

15 Sep

Henderson Intermediate School

Mid-Autumn Festival Morning Tea

15 Sep

Waitakere College

Riddle Games for Mid-Autumn Festival

15-16 Sep

Auckland Girls' Grammar School

Mid-Autumn Festival Food Stall

16 Sep

Bucklands Beach Primary School

Chinese Dance Show

16 Sep

Macleans College

Making Chinese Dumplings

16 Sep

Lincoln Heights Primary School

Guzheng and Tea

16 Sep

Takapuna Primary

Assembly with Chinese Items, Dumpling Making

16 Sep

Northcote College

Chinese Songs

16 Sep

Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School

Paper Cutting

22 Sep

Chelsea Primary School

Chinese Assembly

23 Sep

Milford School

Chinese Traditional Dancing, Kungfu Performance

 For more information contact m.jin@auckland.ac.nz




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