“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


Dunedin Chinese Garden Events

Always wanted to learn a few greetings and basic phrases in Chinese? Come to this beginner’s class and get started. Limited space, please make a booking.

Chinese Language Classes 中文:

Beginners Class Chinese Tuesday, 13 September, 1–1.45pm | tower room

Saturday, 17 September 1.30–2.15 pm | tower room

Chinese Corner 

Higher level Chinese language learners have the chance to practice their Chinese language skills with this discussion group on Chinese topics. Limited space, please make a booking.

Saturday, 17 September | 3.30-4.45pm | tower room

Chinese Exercises Classes 广播体操 :

When the land is bathed in the first sunlight, thousands of people do exercises in parks, courtyards, and on footpaths. The exercises are short and easy for people to follow, and thus allows nationwide participation by everyone regardless of age, gender, and physical fitness.

Come to the garden and join in. Learning the moves is easy, doing it is fun and has a lot of health benefits. And, you’ll learn how to count in Mandarin! No bookings required, just come along.

Monday to Saturday, 12-17 September, two sessions daily |10.15am and 2pm | courtyard

Chinese Children’s movies screening 中文儿童

Monday to Saturday, 12-17 September | 10.15am and 2pm | tower room

Popular Chinese children's stories will be screened in Chinese with English subtitles for children and adults to enjoy |tower room

Children Movie Screening 

Monday to Saturday | tower room

Monday, 12 September 

  • 10.15am | Selection of children's Chinese stories (Chinese with English subtitles)
  • 2pm | Confucius –  cartoon for children (Chinese with English subtitles)

Tuesday, 13 September 

  • 10.15am | Confucius –  cartoon for children (Chinese with English subtitles)
  • 2pm | Selection of Chinese stories for children (Chinese with English subtitles)

Friday, 16 September

  •  10.15am | Selection of Chinese stories for children (Chinese with English subtitles)
  • 2pm | Confucius – cartoon for children (Chinese with English subtitles)

Saturday, 17 September

  • 10.15am | Confucius – cartoon for children (Chinese with English subtitles)
  • 2pm | Selection of Chinese stories  for children (Chinese with English subtitles)


All week throughout the garden 其它:

  • Learn a few Chinese words, greetings and phrases and practice them with the staff
  • Chinese language quiz with prizes. Test your knowledge of the Chinese language and find the answers around the garden
  • Admire some calligraphy and try it out yourself at a calligraphy practice station in the tea house
  • Take part in the poetry competition with the topic 'many moons ago…'

For further information and bookings please contact the Dunedin Chinese Garden (03) 477 3248 or email chinesegarden@dcc.govt.nz

All events are free with paid entry to the garden.

Dunedin Chinese Garden | Corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets Dunedin | www.dunedinchinesegarden.com





Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

ICBC NZ  New Zealand China Council