“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

We’re preparing for this year’s New Zealand Chinese Language Week

How will your school be celebrating?

We want to know!

New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW)  aims to bridge the knowledge and  cultural gap between New Zealand and China by encouraging Kiwis to “Give Mandarin a go” during a week of fun-filled events. Due to this year’s General Election, NZCLW will be held on 16-22 October.

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

Visit our website to find out what resources are available for your school:

   -      Download our beautiful NZCLW posters and put them up at school.  These can be downloaded here

   -       Find out how your School can apply for funding to support events that enable                                                          students to increase their knowledge and understanding- click here

Need help?

Confucius Institutes, Teachers Associations, ILEP and your classroom Mandarin Language Assistants will have good ideas around creating and facilitating activities at your school- we want to hear all about them and post your initiatives in the “Events” section of our website so your community can find out what’s going on.

Need ideas? Why not try:

-          Chinese food appreciation (dumpling making, Chinese food truck, Chinese cooking class)

-          Chinese song and dance - contact your local NZ China Friendship Society, Confucius Institute or local          Council for information.

-          Why not introduce a “Word of the Day” for your students, or design a quiz both parents and students can participate in?

-          Use the school newsletter to test your pupils’ skills: Do they know their Nĭ Hăo from their Xiè Xiè?

-          Calligraphy course- Ask your Mandarin Language Assistant or within your parent community if there is someone skilled in this art- Kids love getting involved!

-          Chinese story telling- selected libraries will have a good Chinese literature section- ask today!

-          Chinese movie day- why not show a Kung-Fu movie in your hall?

-          Flower arrangements and art

-          Martial Arts class in your school hall- why not contact your local Tai Chi, Kung-Fu or Kick-boxing dojo to come and do a demonstration?


Need inspiration?

 You might be interested in hearing from some of our partners in recent years:  Sir Richard Taylor from Wellington’s WETA Workshop added his support to the Week as he has seen Chinese language become an integral part of his business:

“When young people are empowered by the use of each other’s language they can then build stronger artistic, creative, business or political ties between our two countries.”

See his video of support here.

Other media coverage that has encapsulated the week can be seen here and heard here.


To send us your events, please email Sylvie at sylvie@nzclw.com. These will be uploaded onto our website: It’s the central portal where we pool together what’s happening in communities around the country. What will your school community do in 2017?


There are so many reasons to “give Mandarin a go”. We look forward to hearing from you!

Xiè Xiè,


Our Supporters

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is grateful to our sponsors

  New Zealand China Council