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New Zealand Chinese Language Week
25 September -
1 October 2022

New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-driven initiative launched in 2014 by Chair Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo. NZCLW is designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand. The first of its kind in any Western country, NZCLW seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist Kiwis to learn Chinese.

Now a popular event in the national calendar, we have many communities involved including school children, government officials, politicians (including the past three Prime Ministers), and business owners. If you would like to support us or be involved in the Week, please do not hesitate to get in touch! 

Lanterns

 

     She dreams sounds clear as stitches on her province’s

     embroideries. Duck-squawk, as ducks walk on broadening

 

     feet from the countryside into the town. Next thing

     the whole city tastes it, the coming of winter––

 

     duck and preserved egg stew. Sounds of the Sichuan

     seasons enter her dreams. They quarter her émigré years.

- DIANA BRIDGE

DREAM SOUND

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PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Port Blakely

China Forestry Group

Rayonier

Hancock

Pan Pac

One Forty One

Timberlands

GOLD SPONSORS

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SILVER SPONSORS

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SPECIAL PARTNERS

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None of this would be possible without our incredible sponsors and partners.

 

They are the reason New Zealand Chinese Language Week can happen.

Keen to support more Kiwis to learn Chinese language? We would love to hear from you.

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“China and New Zealand enjoy an impressive and proud list of ‘firsts’ in China’s relations with developed countries. To name a few, New Zealand is the first developed country to conclude bilateral negotiations on China's WTO accession, the first to recognize China's full market economy status, the first to sign and implement a bilateral FTA with China, the first to join the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, the first to hold a nationwide Chinese Language Week, the first country to announce the launch of negotiations to upgrade bilateral FTA.” 

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of  People's Republic of China 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE IN NEW ZEALAND

By Nigel Murphy

In the 118 years between the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants to New Zealand to the first tentative easing in 1961 of the heavy restrictions against Chinese migrants imposed after WWII, 99 percent of the Chinese migrants to New Zealand came from the Pearl River Delta district of the south-eastern province of Guangdong. Throughout Chinese history emigration has occurred in only two provinces, Guangdong, and its immediate neighbour to the north, Fujian.

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SUPPORT FOR NZ CHINESE LANGUAGE WEEK

“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.”

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—Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop

 

New Zealand Chinese Language Week Charitable Trust

PO Box 8066

Wellington 6011 

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