“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

For Beginners

Virtual reality Language learning tool

Use virtual reality to learn Mandarin!

Confucius Institutes

The Confucius Institutes in New Zealand offer language and culture courses including conversational language classes.

NZ China Friendship Society

One of the aims of the NZ China Friendship Society is to promote the study of the Chinese language by New Zealanders and advanced English studies in this country by Chinese. People searching for Mandarin learning should contact NZ China Friendship Society branches in their area. This may be especially helpful for adult learners in some smaller centres where there is an active programme running. MORE

First 1000 words in Chinese (Mandarin)

Online resources for parents and children gathered by Ni Hao Children’s Community a fun and friendly place for young Kiwi children and their families to learn Mandarin Chinese in Wellington.

Yoyo Chinese

Learn Chinese online with clearly-explained video lessons made for English speakers.

Self learning Chinese

This free crash course is a practical introductory course for beginners, suitable for anyone interested in learning Mandarin for the first time. This class is made up of comprehensive lessons and is intended to provide an overview of the language structure. 

For Business

China Toolkit | The tools you need to understand and cater for our growing Chinese visitor market

Why a China Toolkit? This toolkit is designed to inform your business about the Chinese visitor market and enable you to provide the best possible experience to our Chinese visitors. It is all about helping the visitor sector to develop and deliver experiences that Chinese visitors value and enjoy. Visit website

The Confucius Institute in Auckland

The Confucius Institute in Auckland has put together a useful guide to business etiquette and culture in China. China 101 - An introduction to travelling in and working with China. The Institute also offers Basic Business Mandarin Language Classes as well as Tailored Classes

New Zealand China Council

The New Zealand China Council forms part of the New Zealand Inc China Strategy and was launched by Prime Minister John Key in February 2012. The Council supports a key goal of the Strategy – to retain and build a strong and resilient relationship with China. Visit website

For Schools

Asia NZ Foundation's reasources for secondary-nzclw

New Zealand Chinese Language Week Guides for Primary and Secondary Schools from the Asia New Zealand Foundation

Press release

Is your school planning a cool event to support NZCLW? Download your press release and tell your local newspaper!

How will your school be celebrating?

We want to know what events your school will be running to support NZCLW in 2017. 

Asia NZ Funding for Events

Why not celebrate NZ Chinese Language Week at your school by holding an event? Schools can apply for funding to support events that enable students to increase their knowledge and understanding of Asia. Visit website

Flying Kiwis Essay Competition for Schools

We are offering your students the opportunity to submit an essay (in English) for publication in our book. Each essay should be no more than 500 words and present a vivid picture of New Zealand. The topic of the essay is up to each child but could be, for example, centered on cultural identity, a day in the life (family, friends, school, food, hobbies) and so on. The two main criteria for the work are creativity and ingenuity. read more

Teacher Professional Development Languages (TPDL)

TPDL is an in-service year-long professional development programme for teachers at all New Zealand schools. Asian languages supported include Chinese and Japanese. Visit website

Downloadable NZCLW posters

NZCLW posters are available for download to help promote the event. read more

China Teaching Units

Teaching units about China are readily available for teachers to download from Asia New Zealand read more.

Learning Languages on TKI

This is the Ministry of Education’s portal for teachers to access language learning information regarding professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links. Visit website

Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary

Participation in the VLN Primary provides a growing number of opportunities for your students to access online learning that may not be available to them in their own schools including language learning. Visit website


Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

ICBC NZ  New Zealand China Council