“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

2016 Waikato Events

To celebrate this important event here in Hamilton, we will be holding some exciting activities around the city, including:

  • Waikato Chinese Moon Festival Celebration Show
  • Free Mandarin lessons
  • Chinese Culture stalls
  • Poster making competition
  • Traditional Chinese crafts
  • Chinese film night

Take the chance to experience and understand more about the Chinese culture, or have a go at learning some Mandarin. We warmly invite you and your family and friends to join us in celebrating Hamilton Chinese Language Week this September. And the best thing... most events are free!

Introduction to Chinese culture: Customs and Traditions of China

Monday 12 September, 6pm to 7pm

Waikato Institute of Education, 48 Ward St, Hamilton
RSVP: info@chinese.ac.nz

This introductory class is best for people who are interested in Chinese culture, learning Chinese or visiting China in the future. The class will include an introduction to Chinese traditions and customs, as well as some daily phrases and simple characters in Chinese. (Free)

Waikato University Chinese Language Day

Monday 12 September & Tuesday 13 September, 12 pm– 2 pm

Waikato Uni Library, Level 0 & Level 2
RSVP: Gavin 021 0819 7340

Come to try free dumplings, and Chinese mooncakes – a traditional food eaten at mid-autumn festival; have your name written in calligraphy; or check out some of our awesome Chinese costumes and art. This event is organised by Chinese Students Association of Waikato. Entry is free.

Chinese Cultural Hour

Wednesday 14 September, 1pm

Waikato Uni Library, Level 2
RSVP: Leila (Wechat: zx1812291579); Mars 021 024 8891

Learn how to prononuce and write some simple Chinese characters, and get a chance to enjoy some candies as a reward (free entry).

Mandarin 101

Wednesday 14 September, 5pm

Waikato Uni Student Centre, Level 2, M2.04a
RSVP: Jessica Clark (Wechat: sonder_) or Adrian Ropata Seymour 0221890733

An introduction to Mandarin absolute beginners, run by the Waikato Mandarin Corner. The Chinese Language teachers from Hamilton Chinese Learning Centre and the volunteers from the Waikato Mandarin Corner will teach you some of the basics of Mandarin, such as the four tones in Mandarin, and some basic phrases. (Free entry)

Chinese Culture Stalls in Wintec

Thursday 15 September, 12pm-2pm

Wintec Library
RSVP: Frank 021 381 666

Try out Chinese green tea, have your name written in calligraphy, and learn some basic Chinese from our Confucius teachers. This event is organised by the Hamilton Chinese Students Association. Entry is free.

Mandarin Class for Kids

Friday 16 September, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Waikato Institute of Education, 48 Ward St, Hamilton
RSVP: info@chinese.ac.nz

Free introductory Mandarin class for kids 5 years and up. The class will include basic phrases in Chinese, simple Chinese character writing, culture stories, and fun activities (Free).

Chinese Film Night

Friday 16 September, 7pm

Metro by Hoyts
For tickets email: hcsa.nz.co@gmail.com

As part of Chinese Language Week, the Hamilton Chinese Students Association will be holding a Chinese film night at Hoyts cinemas. The movie will be a new release, so we can (almost) guarantee you won't have seen it! There will be English subtitles.

All are welcome, so bring along friends and family. As tickets will be limited, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

The Inaugural Waikato School Students Mid-Autumn Poster Contest

Registrations: chshi@hillcrest-high.school.nz (no later than 5 pm Saturday 10 September)

Prize-giving Ceremony: 17 September at Hillcrest Chapel (120 Masters Ave)

The contest is intended to encourage student interest and enthusiasm in learning Chinese and to enhance their understanding of the Chinese language and culture. It is open to primary, intermediate and secondary school students in the Waikato. Based on the theme of this contest, express their understanding and connections with the Mid-Autumn Festival, in the form of a Poster.

Chinese Language and Culture Classes for non-Chinese speakers (Free)

Saturday 17 September, 2-4 pm

Hamilton Chinese Learning Centre
Corners of Morris & Masters Avenue (Hillcrest Chapel)
RSVP: skyli1973@gmail.com or 021 0828 9168 (Li Yi)

Non-Chinese Speakers (both adults and kids) who are interested in learning Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Culture are warmly welcomed to join us at the Hamilton Chinese Leaning Centre today – learn some simple greetings that you can use at anytime of the day, how to read and write some simple Chinese characters,and gain traditional Chinese cultural knowledge. Enjoy learning cooking and trying traditional Chinese food as a reward for your hard work :)

Waikato Chinese Moon Festival Celebration Show

Saturday 17 September, 6pm

Claudelands Event Centre
For tickets email: info@waikatoweekly.co.nz or phone: 07 853 8598/021 578 598 (Zhu Xi)

One of the most famous Chinese Performing Art Troupes coming from China,together with New Zealand Huaxing Arts Troupe will bring us an outstanding and colourful cultural experience in two locations in New Zealand, including the mightly Waikato! Their Chinese cultural performance includes singing, dancing, traditional Chinese instruments, and magic show! Very reasonable ticket price! Be quick as spaces are limited.

China-inspired Craft Activity

Sunday 18 September, 10am

Waikato Weekly Chinese Newspaper, Culture Centre
171 Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
RSVP: admin@waikatoweekly.co.nz or 021 0828 9168 (Li Yi)

A great weekend activity for both the adults and the kids! Have a go at some traditional Chinese crafts, including paper cutting (free entry and you will receive a free gift!)


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New Zealand China Council