“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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New Zealand the first Western developed country to launch a nationwide Chinese Language Week

30 April 2018

For two consecutive years, Mandarin has become New Zealand's number one foreign language. New Zealand is also the first Western developed country to launch a nationwide Chinese Language Week. READ MORE>>

Simon Draper: Asia conversations must expand

OPINION: There's no way I could write thiscolumn without mentioning the recent visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Premier Li's visit follows on from President Xi Jinping's just over two years ago, and Foreign Minister's Wang Yi earlier this year. READ MORE>>

Exclusive: To New Zealand, with love

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the Chinese civilisation values openness and inclusiveness, and New Zealand is known for its multicultural dynamism. As I am about to begin my official visit to New Zealand, "the land of the long white cloud", I wish to extend my sincere greetings to the warm and hospitable people of this country. READ MORE>> 

Chinese and Kiwi Mayors to meet

Chinese civic leaders representing 80 million citizens will be heading to Wellington for talks with New Zealand counterparts over strengthening ties between regions in both countries. The New Zealand China Mayoral Forum on December 3 and 4 is the second of its kind after the inaugural 2015 event in XiamenREAD MORE>>

Celebrating Chinese Culture 

Mandarin language assistant Yuning Long leads a tai chi class at Makaraka School. Originating in ancient China, tai chi is known for its many health benefits where the mind and body work together to promote mindfulness, serenity and reduce stress. READ MORE>> 

Celebrating Chinese language and culture

Whanganui High School students had the chance to learn about Chinese language and culture during Chinese Language Week celebrations. Led by the school's Chinese language teacher, Beck Ding, students were invited to take part in a range of Chinese-themed activities last week. READ MORE>>

Celebrating Chinese culture

Mandarin language assistant Yuning Long leads a tai chi class at Makaraka School. Originating in ancient China, tai chi is known for its many health benefits where the mind and body work together to promote mindfulness, serenity and reduce stress. READ MORE>> 

Rebecca Needham: The Benefits of Speaking Chinese

The perks of being able to speak Chinese are becoming a well known in New Zealand, particularly in the business world. This week is Chinese language week, and Rebecca Needham from the Confucius Institute joined us to talk about her work with Chinese language and culture in New Zealand. READ MORE>>

Chinese Language Week: Kiwi teen gets teeth into Mandarin

Kamo teen Nathan Mitchell has been learning how to speak Mandarin for the last six years. And with New Zealand in Chinese Language Week, he's urging others to give Mandarin - the official language of China - a go. He said he had wanted to learn the language for a long time before he actually started. READ MORE>> 

Radio NZ: Chinese Language Week co-chairs Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo

This week is the third New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Eva Radich is joined by the co-chairs of the week Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo. Jo Coughlan is formerly a Wellington City councillor and a press secretary for the Bolger National Government. She’s managing director of PR firm Silvereye. Raymond Huo is a Labour list MP who has worked in journalism, and rose to the level of Partner in his career as a lawyer. Listen

Eastern Courier's enjoyable Chinese learning experience

Ni hao (hello), huan ying lai dao zhong wen zhou (welcome to Chinese Language Week). For this week's official New Zealand Chinese Language Week, the reporters and news director of the Eastern Courier decided to learn some spoken Mandarin Chinese. Learning simple expressions in an unfamiliar language that are commonly used in daily life can be satisfying, and they had a go at expressing themselves in the ancient Oriental language. READ MORE>> 

The case for learning Mandarin and te reo Maori

Ni hao! It’s Chinese Language Week. There has been some attempt in our local media to wrap their lips around the unfamiliar sounds of Mandarin, a few pieces about the local Chinese community, but mostly pieces about the importance of business with China promoting the idea that learning Mandarin makes economic sense.READ MORE>>

Celebrating Chinese Language Week at Russell McVeagh 

Russell McVeagh is marking New Zealand Chinese Language Week with a number of events to raise the profile of the language, business etiquette and culture amongst its staff. Russell McVeagh CEO Gary McDiarmid says the firm is proud of its work supporting Chinese investors, and events are being held across the week to break down barriers for staff in understanding the opportunities, complexities and challenges of the Chinese market. READ MORE>>

New Zealand Chinese Language Week opens in Wellington 

A book written by school children that celebrates Kiwi identity has been translated into Mandarin to celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week and encourage a deeper mutual understanding between the countries’ two cultures. The New Zealand Chinese Language Week Trust (NZCLW) launched its first book, “Flying Kiwis” today (Tuesday, October 17) at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington. READ MORE>>

Mandarin identified as key employee skill 

Workers who can speak Mandarin are increasingly an asset to business, said local tourism retailer Aotea Gifts, half of whose 150 staff speak the language. "To be able to talk with our customers in their language, understand their needs and explain our products, makes for a much better customer experience," NZ Herald quotes company director Donald Hanson. READ MORE>>

Week of Chinese culture in schools 

Gisborne schools embracing New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Several Gisborne schools are embracing New Zealand Chinese Language Week by running special programmes designed to promote and celebrate the language and culture. READ MORE>>

Tokoroa primary school students 'embracing Mandarin' during NZCLW

Tainui Full Primary School in Tokoroa has been learning Mandarin for the past year. Its principal, Tania Morrison, says, "embracing Mandarin is important, especially in the 21st century". And her students agree. Dennis Fuapau says he practises speaking the language on his mum when he gets home, and says it's "good learning new things". READ MORE>>

Nĭ Hăo! Chinese Language week kicks off

Today marks the beginning of the third New Zealand Chinese Language Week. So it’s a good time to get a primer on some of the basics. Language teacher Chunxiao Lu has been helping RNZ presenters up their skills, and she was kind enough to help to brainstorm a new name for Eva Radich. READ MORE>>

Learning Mandarin can benefir Maori and business - Professor Margaret Mutu 

It's Chinese language week. Auckland University Professor Margaret Mutu says learning Mandarin can benefit Māori and business. Professor Margaret Mutu says, "If we want to trade with China, the most important thing is to build relationships with them and that means being able to have conversations with them." READ MORE>>

Jo Coughlan: Language week builds bridges to China 

Jo Coughlan is a co-chair New Zealand Chinese Language week and managing director of public relations company Silvereye. The popular Lantern Festivals are one way we strengthen our growing cultural ties with China. This week we celebrate New Zealand's third Chinese Language Week. READ MORE>>

Chinese speaking staff increasingly an asset 

Mandarin speaking staff are increasingly an asset to business as tourists from the country continue to flock to our shores. In recent years, Chinese tourists have shifted from group package tours toward independent travel which has seen visitor numbers increase greatly. READ MORE>>

Embracing Chinese Language Week makes business sense 

Learning the language is the first step for businesses that want to become China-ready, businesswoman Jo Coughlan says. China is New Zealand's second-largest trading partner, its biggest market for export goods, a fast-growing service market and an increasingly major source of foreign investment. READ MORE>>

Kiwis urged to give Chinese ‘a go’ for Chinese Language Week

A Kiwi-driven initiative, the week (16-22 October), now in its third year, aims to raise awareness of the need for greater understanding of culture and language between New Zealand and China – our largest trading partner. READ MORE>>

NZCLW Preview Release

Preview: New Zealand Chinese Language Week 16-22 October 2017

Encouraging New Zealanders to know their nǐ hǎo from their xièxiè: If there’s one thing Bill English and Jacinda Ardern can agree on, it’s their support for New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW), which takes place from October 16-22 2017. Read more


A Chinese singing competition and free film festival are among activities to mark New Zealand Chinese Language Week at Massey University’s Auckland, Albany campus from October 16 to 22. Read more

A good dose of Culture in Palmerston North

Palmerston North celebrates shows off a good dose of culture this month, featuring Chinese culture and  language. Read more...

Surge in number of students learning Mandarin

With New Zealand Chinese Language Week just around the corner, Stuff.co.nz looks at a growing number of Kiwis who are taking up learning Chinese. Read More...

Take the 5 Days 5 Phrases Challenge

“Do you know your nǐ hǎo from your xièxiè?” is the catch-phrase for this year’s New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Take our social media challenge today and dare your friends and family to have a go! Find out how to participate here.

Languages policy a smart investment: New Zealand China Council

The New Zealand China Council welcomes the announcement of a new initiative ensuring all primary age students will have access to learning a second language. READ MORE

Surge in number of students learning Chinese Mandarin

With New Zealand Chinese Language Week around the corner, Suff.co.nz looks at the surge in the number of students learning Chinese Mandarin around the country. Read more.

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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