“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

2017 Auckland Events

September Events

Due to the General Election, some schools are celebrating NZ Chinese Language Week early! Check out what is happening in your area this September...


October Events

Victoria Avenue School

Victoria Avenue School will invite a group of Chinese musicians to perform both Chinese traditional and Western music to the pupils during the Chinese Language Week. Chinese paper art work, such as Chinese lanterns, dragons, cultural fans and Peking Opera Face Painting made by the pupils of all year levels will be displayed in the library. Every pupil is encouraged to vote for his/her favourite art work from the display. The pupils whose art works have gained the most voting will be the winners. VAS Mandarin Specialist Mrs Rissetto will also be offering tutorials in Chinese fan dancing on Thursday during the CLW. 

Confucius Institute Auckland University

Confucius Institute in Auckland 10th Anniversary Schools Dinner

Date: 16 October 2017

Venue: Auckland Museum 

The Confucius Institute will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary, and will be welcoming the start of New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Belt & Road and the New Zealand – China Connectivity

Date: 26 October 2017

Venue: Confucius Institute University of Auckland

For more information, contact  +64 9 373 7599 or  info@ci.ac.nz

Confucius Institute Auckland:  School Workshops

The following schools will be taking part in a variety of cultural activities, assisted by The Confucius Institute at Auckland University.

Date  Venue  Events   

16 October – 20 OctoberChelsea Primary SchoolChinese Week

16 October – 20 OctoberHenderson Intermediate School gym Chinese Cultural Day

16 October – 20 OctoberSt Heliers SchoolLanguage Week

16 October – 20 OctoberMonte Cecilia Catholic SchoolChinese Talent Show

18 October Moanataiari SchoolMandarin Week

16 October – 22 OctoberMangare CollegeChinese Language Week

20 October Hillcrest high schoolThe Mid-Autumn Festival

Poster Competition

20 October Aberdeen Primary SchoolChinese game show


Massey University, Albany Campus Events

Read the full programme for Chinese Language and Culture Week

Read the full programme for Event day Thursday 19th October 

Highlights of the Week include:

Chinese Singing Competition

Date: 19 or 20 October 

Venue: Massey University, Albany campus 

This will be co-sponsored by the Chinese Embassy, Jinan Chinese School and the Chinese Programme at Massey University. The competition attendees will be from the local schools of whole North Island.


Chinese Language and Culture Quiz

Date: 19 or 20 October 

Venue: Massey University, Albany campus 

Massey students welcome.

Chinese Film Festival

Date: weekdays of 16-20 Oct

No bookings necessary.

Chinese Day at Mission Heights Junior College

Date: Wednesday 18 October 

Venue: Mission Heights Junior College

This is an annual event for Mission Heights. There will be guest performers ( music, Chinese calligraphy, etc) and some students will perform Chinese Fan dance at lunch time. 

The school will be providing lots of dumplings this year!

Activities at the school are made possible thanks to the "Experience Asia" funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation

Movie: "Dial M for Murder"

Dates: 19-21 October

Venue: The PumpHouse Theatre

The Hitchcock classic, Dial M for Murder, is about to hit the stage courtesy of IStart Chinese Theatre 冰点话剧社. This Mandarin language production is the perfect way to celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Don't worry if your Mandarin skills are a little rusty (or non-existent) there'll be a detailed English language synopsis to help you work out who dunnit. View movie trailer.

2017 NZ School Students Short Film Contest

Prize-Giving Ceremony: 20 October,  Epsom campus of the University of Auckland.

New Zealand School Students Chinese Short Film Contest is organized by International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) and New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association (NZCLTA).
 It is intended to encourage student interest and enthusiasm in learning Chinese and to enhance their understanding of Chinese language and culture. The contest was started from 2016 and there are 314 students from 27 schools nationwide registered for this contest this year and 37 films collected.

Chinese Week at Albany Junior High School

Date: 16-20 October

Venue: Albany Junior High School

A week of activities is planned: View the programme here


Chinese Day at Howick Intermediate School

Date: Friday 20 October

Venue: Howick Intermediate School

The school will be  running a cultural on Friday:  A cultural group will to come to the school and take the classes in some different cultural activities such as:
  • calligraphy,
  • waist dancing,
  • origami and
  • 3D paper cutting. 
They will be in the school for the day on Friday, running 45 minute session for the different classes.

Activities at the school are made possible thanks to the "Experience Asia" funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation


The awards include Best Film Award, Best Creative Award, Best Performance Award, Best Script Award, Best Language Award, Best Guidance Award and Merit Awards.

Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

  New Zealand China Council