“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

2016 News Coverage

Cambridge Students on Language Pathway

Seven Cambridge schools have successfully secured funding to establish an Asian Language Learning Pathway.

This means students can learn the Chinese language of Mandarin from primary school through to high school.  More

Otago Schools

A DUNEDIN school was taken over by Chinese for the first time yesterday but only for the day.

Twelve schools in the Otakau Mandarin Cluster converged on Tahuna Intermediate to get a taste of Chinese culture. Read More

Celebrations in Gisborne

Plenty happening in Gisborne to celebrate NZ Chinese Language Week. More

Paul Henry Greets in Mandarin

TVNZ Breakfast TV Presenter Paul Henry greets his co-hosts in Mandarin as part of Chinese Language Week MORE

The Importance of Mandarin

Let’s use this opportunity to give Mandarin a go, starting with a basic greeting. Given the importance of Chinese to our tourism market, the opportunity for more Kiwis to start communicating and understanding China in a cultural context has never been more important. Opinion Piece, Chris Roberts, NZ Tourism Association

Massey Auckland celebrate

Chinese calligraphy and painting, dance presentations, a Chinese language quiz and a series of films are just some of the activities planned to celebrate Chinese Language Week at Massey University’s Auckland campus this week.

Chinese language lecturers Dr Michael Li and Dr Liangni Sally Liu have been coordinating activities for the week, which includes a visit to the campus by the Consul General of the Chinese Embassy and Jinan University, and a day of festivities to celebrate Chinese Moon Festival on September 15.

“This is the first time we have celebrated Chinese Language Week on campus so extensively, and it is a fantastic way for people to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture,” says Dr Li.


New Zealanders are being urged to learn more Chinese

New Zealanders are being urged to learn more about its biggest trading partner, China with Chinese Language Week.

Interview with Paul Henry on TV3 Breakfast Show. More

Bridging the cultural gap between China and New Zealand.

Interview with [Asia New Zealand Foundation executive director] Jeff Johnstone.on Radio Live

Learn Chinese

Have a Go Learning Chinese. Capital Day promotes Chinese Language Week Here

Students embrace ways of China

Wellington schoolchildren are dancing like lions, becoming experts at making dumplings and perfecting their calligraphy,as more primary and secondary schools teach Chinese language and culture classes. MORE

Whanganui Activities

Activities in Whanganui for NZ Chinese Language Week. MORE

Palmerston North celebrates

A sellout last year, this year’s Chinese Moon Festival moves to Palmerston North’s larger Regent on Broadway.

Confucius Institute Wellington

Wellington Confucius Institute celebrates NZ Chinese Language Week. More

Victoria University Launches First Chinese Edition of 25 Best New Zealand Poems

The first ever bilingual edition of 25 Best New Zealand Poems was launched on 15 March 2016 at Victoria University's Wai-te-ata Press.  More

Wellington Mayor Walks the Talk

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown walks the talk in learning Chinese.  More

Survey: Many NZers know nothing about Asia

Many New Zealanders still know little about Asia and its people despite widespread recognition of the region's economic importance, a new survey says. An Asia New Zealand Foundation survey - an annual exercise running for two decades - found almost two-thirds of respondents said they knew little or nothing about Asia, despite 80 per cent of those surveyed saying it was important to develop economic and cultural ties. The region was identified as the second most important to New Zealand, behind Australia. MORE

Happy New Year - Year of the Monkey

New Zealand Chinese Language Week wishes you a successful, prosperous, healthy and happy Year of the Monkey. We are looking forward to a busy and successful 2016. Make sure you mark New Zealand Chinese Language Week on your calendar - September 12-18.


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