“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 Wellington Events

National Library Events

These events are open to the public in celebration of New Zealand Chinese Language Week- All welcome


Tai Chi Chuan demonstration and instruction

  • Date: Monday, 16 October, 2017
  • Time: 12.15pm to 12.45pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: National Library forecourt (indoors if raining), corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact Details: For more information, email events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
  • Event details: Click here

Talk: Reading Chinese

  • Date: Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
  • Time: 12.10pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact Details: For more information, email events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
  • Event details: With guest speaker Duncan M Campbell. For more details, Click here

Talk: Chinese language and cultural competency

  • Date: Friday, 20 October, 2017
  • Time: 12.10pm to 1pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact Details: For more information, email events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
  • Event details: With guest speaker Rebecca Needham, Director of the Confucius Institute Victoria University of Wellington. For more details, Click here

Listen: RNZ Voices with Lynda Chandwai-Earle for  NZ Chinese Language Week

Monday16 October,  3:00pm

Listen: Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM NZ Chinese Language Week

Wednesday 18 October,  4:00pm – 5:00pm

New Zealand Chinese Language Week Programme 
Programme host: Susan Zou 

This year the New Zealand Chinese Language Week is held from 16 to 22 October. Wellington Access Radio has a special programme on air about it.  Find out more


NZCLW Lunch Menu at the Portlander Restaurant

To celebrate  NZCLW, the Portlander restaurant is serving up a traditional dish with a Portlander twist!

From October 16th - 22nd you can try Chef Jiwon's creation featuring Scotty's Smoked Pork and housemade Mapo Sauce, exclusively on our lunch menu! 🍴

'Mapo' roughly translates to 'crater-faced old woman,' referring to the originator of the dish, who suffered from smallpox as a child, leaving her disfigured. She lived in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, over 100 years ago. She apparently operated a makeshift roadside café on the outskirts of town serving Tofu Mapo - her signature dish. 

So pop into Portlander and say xièxie (thank you!) to Chef Jiwon for this tasty number!

Portlander: Call 04-498 3762 for inquiries

Confucius Institute VUW:  Discover China! Workshops

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

Date  Venue  Events  Performer 

16 October St Brendan's School Dumpling  Grace 


17 October  St Bernard's School   Martial Arts/ Dancing        Meng Fanxiao/ Haibo

17 October  Wadestown School Painting  Mabbett

17 October  St Brendan’s School Dumpling Grace

17 October  Scotts College Dumpling Grace

17 October St Brendan’s School Painting Mabbett


18 October Wadestown School Dancing  Haibo

18 October St Joseph’s School Martial Arts/ Dancing Meng Fanxiao/ Haibo

18 October Brooklyn school Martial Arts Meng Fanxiao

18 October  Thorndon School Dumpling Grace


19 October St Joseph’s School Dancing Haibo

19 October Torata Park Painting Stan

19 October Cardinal McKeefrey Martial Arts/ Dancing Meng Fanxiao/ Haibo

19 October Totara Park Dumpling Grace

19 October Wadestown School Painting Mabbett

19 October Scared Heart Primary School Martial Arts Meng Fanxiao


20 October Otaki College TBC


Scots College Events

Date: 16-20 October 

Monday: Teachers and students will be encouraged to speak a short phrase greeting each other ( a short lesson will be held at staff meeting in the morning)

Tuesday: A Chinese movie will show to students at lunch time.

Wednesday: A student will have a presentation at the school assembly.

Thursday: An Chinese culture (food, martial arts, painting, etc) display/workshop will be held at lunch time.

Friday: School canteen/tuck shop will offer Chinese meal.


Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Events

Book Launch "Flying Kiwis"

Tuesday 17 October

Venue: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

This event celebrates the creation of a unique book of essays in English and Chinese. Written by 50 Kiwi School Children, they offer unique perspectives of what it means to be a kiwi.

The book will be launched at 1:30 pm, with dignitaries, NZCLW Trustees and the school community.

Invitation only. Click for Programme.

For media inquiries, contact sylvie@nzclw.com


School activities during NZCLW

Wednesday - Calligraphy and Chinese painting by Stan Chan at lunch time

Thursday -  Year 13 Chinese class students leading/teaching Chinese modern dance at lunch time

Friday -  Chinese language and cultural knowledge (Kahoot) and dumpling tasting at lunch time

Mandarin language Tours at Te Papa

Date: 16 - 22 October 

Venue: Te Papa Tongarewa

The regular Daily Mandarin Tour starts at 11.30 – 12.30pm.

An additional Mandarin Tour for this week will be from 13.30-14.30pm.

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Wellington Libraries

Central Library

12:00-1:00 pm

16 October

Chinese Language Lesson

10:30-11:00 am

19 October

Chinese (Mandarin) Story times

12:00-1:00 pm

19 October

Central library tour in Mandarin

1:00-2:00 pm

19 October

Read Chinese magazines online with Wellington City Libraries DragonSource database

11:00-12:00 pm

21 October


Dance, martial arts, calligraphy and music instrument performance, by the Chinese Cultural Centre and the New Zealand Chinese Cultural & Art Association. View the full programme here

4:00-4:30 pm

21 October


Children’s dance and music performance by Wellington Chinese Language School

Karori Library

11:15-11:45 am

19 October

Chinese (Mandarin) Story times, by Cicada Creative Space and the library

Johnsonville Library

10:30-11:00 am

20 October

Chinese (Mandarin) Story times

Free giveaways (Chinese character colouring pages) are available at all Wellington City Libraries branches and Community Centres 

Ni Hao Children's Community : Tang Yuan workshops, stories and rhymes

Date:         Friday (20th October)
Location: Lifepoint Church, Mt Cook. 
Time:        from 9:15am to 10:45am.


We will make Tang Yuan (colourful glutinous rice sweet dumplings, some filled with paste - only natural food colourings will be used) and run a Stories & Rhymes session as well. This will be a fun little activity for children 5 and under, and their parents/caregivers! $5 per person. Everyone must register to attend.


Registrations requiredRegistration website link is here



Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

  New Zealand China Council