“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 Programme at Victoria University

Thursday 15 September

Celebrate with a day of language and culture.  The Library of Victoria University of Wellington will showcase line up of activities, jointly organised with the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington,  Victoria University’s Chinese Programme, the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and Wai-te-ata Press.

10am – 10.30am Opening performances (level 2, near entrance, Kelburn Library)

  • Lion dance
  • Library Waiata Group
  • Luke Gilkson (student) – English and Chinese talk (TBC)
  • NZSM students’ performance (TBC)

10am – 2pm: Library table with information about Chinese Language Week, Library resources and services and food (moon cakes). Have bilingual material about Library services to give out.

10 – 2pm  Activities from Language Learning Centre (LLC) in the Hub:

  • A stand promoting the Language Learning Centre as well as a sample selection of LLC resources for learning Chinese.

  • A Cha and Chat station (茶is Chinese for tea). LLC Chinese-English Language Buddies to come and have some green tea, chat and meet others. LLC will provide some question prompts graded to different levels (these would incorporate an English side as well so that Chinese students also have a reason to come). LLC will also offer to teach non-Chinese speaking visitors some phrases in Mandarin.

  • Chinese Word Wall – LLC will give out some pieces of paper to Chinese students around the Hub and invite them to write down some colloquial words or expressions which are popular amongst Chinese young people at the moment. When they have thought of one, they can come and post it on the wall and read others’ posts. Chinese learners can come (ideally with their Language Buddy) and learn some new words whilst having some tea. LLC will later display these in the LLC for our learners to benefit from.

12pm – 2.15pm: Workshops and other activities in level 2 of the Hub, Wai-te-ata Press and NZSM

  • 12pm – 12.45pm, Calligraphy
  • 12.45pm – 1.30pm, Martial Arts demonstration
  • 1.30 – 2.15pm – Chinese Dancing
  • 12 – 2pm Chinese-English bilingual zine making workshop in RB007
  • 12 – 2pm Exhibition “One Script Many Voices” that features Chinese letterpress type restoration project at Wai-te-ata Press
  • 12 – 2pm Workshop at NZSM (TBC)

12 – 3pm Screenings of Chinese subtitled film projects involving staff and students, e.g. ‘Thin Ice’, and one by Paul Woffram (ST Lee Reading Room?)

Also: Displays in Library of Chinese Language resources and JCBR resources (levels 2, 3 and 4).

See full details here



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