“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

2015 New Zealand News Coverage

Language journey takes Jack from Wellington to Shanghai

A university exchange to Hong Kong left Jack McCaw determined to speak Chinese, so the young Wellingtonian moved to Shanghai to achieve his goal. MORE

NZ Herald Opinion: Raymond Huo - Census Flawed

Dr Robert Sanders's view in his opinion article "What is Chinese?" is correct but only in a limited sense. MORE >>>

NZ Herald - How many people in NZ speak Chinese?

Chinese will be the third most common language spoken in New Zealand if the NZ Chinese Language Week Trust has its way of counting Chinese language speakers. Trust co-chairman Raymond Huo said, besides Mandarin, it is wrong for Statistics New Zealand to consider different Chinese dialects as independent languages. MORE

Asia NZ Bulletin - Having fun key to children's language learning

Asia NZ Leadership Network member Melissa Heyrick was as bewildered as the next traveller as she watched a heated exchange between a boat driver and a Chinese tourist unfold during a holiday in Malaysia. MORE


One News - Learning Mandarin set to be the job ticket of the future

School principals are saying those who learn Mandarin now will reap the rewards in the future from the world's most-spoken language. MORE

Taupo Times - Students Wellington bound

It’s no wonder the friends and teachers of Wairakei Primary School students Rose Abbott and Myles Sprague are jealous. The ten-year-olds recently won the PechaKucha New Zealand Chinese Language Week video competition which will see them fly with their families to Wellington for a tour of the Weta Workshop Weta Cave and Parliament next term. MORE

Bay of Plenty Times - Students experience a taste of China in autumn

As New Zealand moves into spring, Tauranga Intermediate School celebrated the Chinese Mid Autumn last week. The festival was a chance for 120 selected students to increase their awareness of Chinese language and culture through first-hand experience with a series of workshops. READ MORE

NZCLW e-newsletter September Update

Successful first NZCLW lays foundation for future. READ MORE

Xinhua - New Zealand, Chinese leaders focus on future of relationship

New Zealand leaders at the second New Zealand-China Partnership Forum in China this week will be aiming to future-proof the bilateral relationship with a focus on building people-to-people links, a senior New Zealand delegate has said. READ MORE

RNZ - Is learning Mandarin an economic necessity?

Will speaking Mandarin be  economic necessity for New Zealanders in the future? Do New Zealanders need to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand? Is there an economic need to have more New Zealanders communicating with and understanding China in a cultural context? The Principal of Wellington East Girls College says it's time to shift our gaze from the UK to Asia. Her school is encouraging students to think about Asia for future employment and career prospects. Lynda Chanwai-Earle attends the launch of the inaugural New Zealand Chinese Language Week at the college to learn more. MORE

NZ Herald - Putting Mandarin in the spotlight

School showcases traditional activities as part of week of events across NZ. New Zealand's inaugural Chinese Language Week opened with a flurry of traditional Chinese activities and dances at Wellington East Girls' College. Read More

Stuff - Only one Hutt Valley school will be teaching NCEA level Chinese next year

It might well be the most spoken language in the world. But it's hard to find a high school in the Hutt Valley teaching NCEA-level Chinese. This comes despite Education Minister Hekia Parata launching New Zealand's first Chinese Language Week last week. READ MORE

NZCLW in Canterbury

More than 400 Christchurch students and their families attended a Chinese Immersion Day, as part of New Zealand Chinese Language Week at Avonhead School, on Sunday September 6. The Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister for Customs and Disability Issues, Associate Minister of the Earthquake Recovery, Labour Party MP Poto Williams, Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in Christchurch JIN Zhijian and City Councillor Jimmy Chen were present at the event. READ MORE

Rotorua Daily Post - Pupils on trip to learn Mandarin

Pupils at a Rotorua intermediate school are polishing their Mandarin skills as they prepare to fully immerse themselves in the Chinese language and culture. Kaitao Middle School is sending 14 pupils to China next week to experience the country, language and history first hand. Read More

Nelson Mail - Sister City anniversary celebrated between Nelson and Huangshi

A powhiri at Whakatu Marae, tree-planting in Queens Gardens and a visit to a cross-cultural children's art exhibition were parts of celebrations for 20 years of Nelson's Sister City relationship with Huangshi. Huangshi Mayor Don Weimin and Nelson Mayor Rachel renewed the Sister City agreement at an official re-signing ceremony and, along with a delegation from Huangshi, visited different attractions around the city on Tuesday. READ MORE

NZ Herald - Wang Lutong: Golden September shows bright future for relationship

September is early spring in New Zealand and is "Golden Autumn" in China. This year it heralds a golden time for China-New Zealand relations, furthering cultural exchanges and deepening mutual understanding and co-operation to build a better future. Read More

The Timaru Herald - South Canterbury celebrates first Chinese Language Week

South Canterbury is getting a Chinese experience without needing to leave New Zealand. This week marks New Zealand's first Chinese Language Week. To celebrate and promote the week, special Chinese cultural performances have been organised at Timaru schools. Read More

Waikato Times - Chinese Language Week hits Hamilton

Now is the time for people who want to move their knowledge of China past fried rice and wontons. Mooncakes, calligraphy, dance troupes and craft classes are some of the activities that make up New Zealand Chinese language week. Read More

TV3 6pm bulletin - NZ Chinese Language Week

Monday Sept 7, 6pm bulletin - Dancing? Heck yeah! Education Minister Hekia Parata encourages school students to show as much enthusiasm for Chinese language as she does for Chinese pop music. WATCH HERE 

Maori TV - NZ celebrates first official Chinese Language Week

A Māori real estate agent says learning to speak Chinese has provided her with economic benefits.  For the first time, New Zealand is celebrating Chinese Language Week in a bid to encourage more Kiwis to speak Chinese and bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand. READ MORE

One News - CLW helps bridge gap with NZ's largest trading partner

Today marks the start of the first ever Chinese Language Week, in a bid to bridge the cultural gap with New Zealand’s largest trading partner. READ MORE

Stuff - Hekia Parata shows off her dance moves for Chinese Language Week

Education Minister Hekia Parata showcased her dance moves at the launch of New Zealand's first Chinese Language Week, joining students who performed a Gangnam-style Chinese dance. But before taking time to boogie, Parata announced that every year New Zealand will hold a Chinese Language Week from September 7 to 13. The aim of the week is to encourage more Kiwis to try speaking Chinese in an attempt to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand. READ MORE


Media release - Launch of the first NZCLW

New Zealand Chinese Language Week, September 7-13 was launched today (Monday 7 September) at *Wellington East Girls’ College by Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education. The week is about encouraging more New Zealanders to try their tongue at Chinese and seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand. Read more

Paul Henry - More Kiwis need to learn Chinese

China is our most important trading partner, our largest source of international students and our second-largest tourist group. But how many of us can even pronounce a basic greeting in Mandarin? Today marks the start of NZ Chinese Language Week, a new initiative aimed at bridging the linguistic divide between China and New Zealand. But just how important is it for us to learn the language? See more

NZ Herald - Stay with us all day

New Zealand Chinese Language Week starts today with an official launch in Wellington. Read More

Kiwi becomes reality star in China

Wellington lawyer Patrick Rosevear took time out three years ago to go travelling in China, and to study Mandarin. But after appearing on a Chinese TV dating show, and translating a Flight Of The Conchords song on national television, he found himself cast in a travel show with a film crew of 120. Now the former Wellington College and Victoria University student is hoping to use his unexpected celebrity to make a show promoting New Zealand tourism to Chinese tourists. READ MORE

Chinese learning key to Hamilton's future

Hamilton will continue to be a 'city of the future' if more residents learn Chinese. That is the view of university students and co-coordinators of New Zealand Chinese Language Week (September 7-13) in Hamilton, Sarah Thomson and Zhixia Zhao. READ MORE


Children's art brightens China Week

Combining cultures and celebrating friendships that transcend the Pacific Ocean is the theme behind children's art on display as part of Nelson's inaugural China Week. Students from Nelson College for Girls, St Joseph's School and Maitai School have their artworks up at the Refinery Art Space, alongside work by students at schools in Nelson's sister city Huangshi, China. The Nelson-Huangshi art exhibition and exchange has been more than a year in the making and is coinciding with Nelson's inaugural China Week and Chinese Language Week. READ MORE

Nelson gets ready for China Week

Nelsonians will have the opportunity to get a taste of Chinese culture this September, with China Week launching next Monday. READ MORE

China Week Gift for Nelson

Steven Chen wants to give back to the community that made him and his wife feel at home in their new country. For Nelson's inaugural China week he has brought 50 childrens' garments from Guangdong province in China, where he is from, to give away to people in Nelson. READ MORE

Hanban congratulates NZ Chinese Language Week Trustees

New Zealand Chinese Language Week Trustees, On the occasion of the launch of the first New Zealand Chinese Language Week, I wish to extend my warm congratulations on behalf of the Confucius Institute Headqaurters (Hanban). READ MORE

China Week programme unveiled

The programme for Nelson's inaugural China Week has been launched with an exciting array of activities, performances and business talks to celebrate and promote cross-cultural relationships and connectivity. Join us in celebrating the launch of China Week at the top of Trafalgar Street at 6pm on Monday 7 September for an evening of Chinese song and dance, taniwha and fire performances, accompanied by complimentary Chinese tea and dumplings. Read more

Hamilton Press - Chinese Language Week at Hillcrest High

The student body at Hillcrest High is a very mixed crew - these days comprising representatives of 85 cultural groups and 50 languages. More

NZ Herald - London OE Too Tough? Head east

Following the revelation that finding a career job in London may not be easy as once thought, a high school principal is saying we need to be looking to Asia as the next possible boom. MORE

Hamilton News - City exposed to Chinese culture

A shared passion for Chinese language and a desire to collaborate will see more Hamiltonians exposed to Mandarin and encouraged to have a go at Chinese language in September.

NZCLW e-newsletter August Update

Progress report on the build up to New Zealand Chinese Language Week. Read More

Beehive Media Release

Twenty-two groups of schools have won funding to establish new Mandarin, Japanese or Korean programmes, or expand existing ones, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. READ MORE

Media Release: Hamilton youth prepare for NZCLW 2015

A shared passion for Chinese language and a desire to collaborate will see more Hamiltonians exposed to Mandarin and encouraged to have-a-go at Chinese language in September. New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW), will be celebrated on a national level for the first time this year from 7-13 September. During New Zealand Chinese Language Week, Hamilton can expect a colourful line-up of Chinese culture and language activities and events. Activities include free Mandarin lessons, traditional Chinese music performances, and a Chinese film night. READ MORE

Canterbury student becomes Mandarin champion

Bradley Meredith, an Engineering student at the University of Canterbury (UC), has won top prize in the international finals of the 14th ‘Chinese Bridge’ competition held this week in Beijing, China. The ‘Chinese Bridge’ Chinese Language Proficiency Competition is an annual event held in China to encourage excellence in speakers of Chinese as a foreign language. Preliminary rounds of the competition included 800,000 students from more than 97 countries. Bradley was amongst 133 students from around the world selected to compete in the semi-finals. He travelled to Changsha, China for the semi-finals, which began on 8 July. He then competed in three rounds of the competition and made it through to the final round of six contestants, held on 2 August. READ MORE

China Now: Understanding modern China vital for NZ

Understanding the complexities and dramatic changes shaping life in modern China is crucial for New Zealanders wanting to do business there, according to lecturers from Massey University’s Chinese language programme. MORE

NZ Herald China Business: Language teaching out of kilter with trade

Chinese language learning in New Zealand secondary schools is way out of step with the country's growing trade and cultural relationships with China - the world's biggest economy. A New Zealand China Council report has revealed that, for every $1 million of New Zealand's exports to China, just two students are learning Chinese - compared with 63 for French, 31 for Spanish, 17 for German and 10 for Japanese. MORE

Dominion Post: Op Ed: NZ China relationship is one of firsts

OPINION by Wang Lutong Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand: Chinese Language Week was established in 2014 to promote Chinese language across society for one week every year. This is the first Chinese language week organised by a Western country with a "bottom-up" approach. READ MORE

Dominion Post: Op Ed: We must do more to prepare Kiwi kids for Asian Century

OPINION by Steve Maharey: This is the Asian century and China will be at the centre of the world's economy, as it was two centuries ago. But there is more to China than its economy. And there is more to being the world's leading economy than trade. READ MORE

Media Release: Ambassadors Support New Zealand Chinese Language Week

New Zealand’s Ambassador to China and the Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand have been announced as patrons of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW). Read More

Radio NZ: NZers Missing Chinese Chances

A new report suggests this country risks missing out on opportunities in China if the amount of people learning Mandarin remains low. Read More

NZ Herald: Raymond Huo and Jo Coughlan: A greeting goes a long way

We can build rapport with China through language, say Raymond Huo and Jo Coughlan. Read More 

Chinese Garden helps promote NZ Chinese Language Week

The Dunedin Chinese Garden is helping to promote New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW) by holding a series of film and documentary screenings from 12 to 14 September 2014. Read more

University of Auckland Confucius Institute: Chinese Language Week

Xie xie (thank you) to Labour MP Raymond Huo for initiating the first Chinese Language Week. Read More

Chinese Language Week launched in Havelock North

Xie xie (thank you) to Labour MP Raymond Huo to initiating the first Chinese Language Week. The event was launched in Havelock North yesterday. Read More

Launch of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week

For the first time in New Zealand an initiative will be launched to develop awareness of Chinese language and culture. The New Zealand Chinese Language Week will be a bipartisan event that creates awareness of Chinese language and etiquette used in business and in social contexts. It will also be an opportunity to showcase Chinese art and culture. Read More

New Zealand China Trade Association: Launch of New Zealand Chinese Language Week

New Zealand China Friendship Society Conference Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. Read More

Phil Goff: 'Critically important' NZ becomes multi-lingual

Phil Goff: 'Critically important' NZ becomes multi-lingual. New Zealand must become more multi-lingual to reflect its increasingly multi-cultural character, Labour's spokesperson on ethnic affairs says. Read More

Media Release: Launch of New Zealand Chinese Language Week

For the first time in New Zealand an initiative will be launched to develop awareness of Chinese language and culture. The New Zealand Chinese Language Week will be a bipartisan event that creates awareness of Chinese language and etiquette used in business and in social contexts. It will also be an opportunity to showcase Chinese art and culture. Read More


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