“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

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Chinese culture comes to Whanganui High School

Some Whanganui students had the opportunity during NZ Chinese Language  Week to speak Mandarin and learn about Chinese culture.  More

Mooncake Baking in Manawatu

Several bakers showed how to make traditional mooncakes, or Yuebing, to a small audience of New Zealanders and internationals in a demonstration held as part of the week-long New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

This year the week coincided with the moon festival, said organiser Lei Ye, from the Manawatu Community Chinese Trust.    More

NZ Marketing Man builds video bridge with China

As New Zealand is celebrating Chinese language week – and one Kiwi’s mandarin-language video series is reaching tens of thousands of Chinese speakers in China and New Zealand.

The series is created by Aucklander Simon Young, who describes it as “the world’s only online platform in Chinese, for Chinese, by a Kiwi.”  More

China expert warns against ignoring language

A China expert is warning New Zealanders that they are ignoring the Chinese language at their own peril.

Dr Martin Jacques says despite an increase in numbers learning the language at school, New Zealand adults are still in the dark when it comes to knowing much at all about our giant neighbour to the north.

Tim Yen, Westlake Girls' Chinese teacher, thinks learning Chinese is so much more than textbooks and practice.  More

Learning Chinese has never been more important

As tourist numbers from China explode, Kiwis speaking Mandarin or Cantonese has never been more important.


Giving Chinese A Go

New Zealand has been celebrating its second Chinese Language Week.

Schools, universities, libraries and businesses across the country have been promoting Chinese learning through events ranging from workshops on calligraphy and basic Mandarin greetings, to Peking Opera performances.  More

Ethnic Communities Welcome Chinese Language Week

Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has welcomed Chinese Language week, which starts today.

“China is one of New Zealand’s largest trading partners.  Our trade relationship with China has nearly tripled over the past decade to $23 million in the June 2016 year,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.  More


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