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September 23, 2019

Newsie | Parliamentary Prayer marks Chinese Language Week

MP Raymond Huo will officially celebrate this year’s New Zealand Chinese Language Week (“NZCLW”) by reading the Parliamentary prayer in Chinese at 2pm on Tuesday September 25 2018.

September 25, 2019

The AM Show | The importance of Chinese Language Week

This week is Chinese Language Week.  Tourism is the main focus, but a tri-lingual children's book is also being released as well as a five days, five phrases challenge.  To celebrate Kiwi woman and Mandarin-speaking superstar Lucy Mills spoke to The AM Show.

September 19, 2019

NZ Herald | Local Focus: Young Rotorua Māori student translates for Chinese tourists

He may be a tour guide, but 18-year-old Jimah Ruland Umata is himself proving to be a big attraction at Rotorua's Tamaki Village.

"A lot of people are like "wow, ni de zhongwen tebie hao - your Chinese is especially good," Ruland Umata said.

"It's like they want to laugh but they're smiling at the same time. It's like they're in a moment of shock when they hear me speaking Chinese and it's such a great expression to see."

September 22, 2019

Stuff | Chinese Language Week: Learning a little Mandarin goes a long way for travellers to China

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention... The "no tossing" notice in the busy Xi'an train station made me smile.  One of the few signs in English, I presumed it was designed to deter anyone tempted to take a short cut by throwing their suitcase over the barrier to avoid toting it down the escalator. 

September 22, 2019

Stuff | Chinese Language Week: How do you learn a language you can't read?

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...Learning any language is a daunting undertaking for most people, so how much more difficult is learning Chinese when the characters it's written in are completely different to the Roman alphabet English speakers are used to?

September 21, 2019

RNZ | Learning Mandarin not as intimidating as it might seem

'Mandarin Superstar' Mike Insley began learning the language when he and his wife moved to China to work in a winery in the remote region of Ningxia in 2015. He's back in New Zealand now, but is brushing up on his Mandarin skills as part of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week, which commences today. He looks back on his time in the Chinese wine industry and offers a few tips to those who might be considering taking up the language.

September 22, 2019

Stuff | Chinese Language Week: Mandarin teacher sees interest soar

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When Angeline Tan started teaching Mandarin at an Auckland primary school three years ago, there were only about 80 students interested in learning one of the world's most popular languages.

Today, interest has swelled, with about 180 children learning, joining millions globally who are learning the language.

About twice a week for two hours, students from New Lynn's Arahoe School join Tan in discovering more about Chinese culture

September 02, 2019

AirNZ Kia Ora Magazine | Celebrating Chinese Language

Next time you're on an Air New Zealand long-haul flight, have a listen. You might be surprised by how much Chinese language you hear - from passengers and crew alike. 

September 01, 2019

NZ Herald Be Well | Dumpling Class

If a craving for dumplings is keeping you awake at night, one of the events in the upcoming NZ Chinese Language Week is going to stop you popping a coat over your jim-jams and trawling Dominion Rd.

August 25, 2019

A Kiwi-led initiative celebrating Chinese language and culture, NZCLW will run from September 22-28 2019. This year’s Mandarin Superstars include students, a winemaker, government officials, and a journalist, all who value the Chinese language and encourage other New Zealanders to give it a try.

August 12, 2019

With registrations already open, the New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest week yet. Now in its fifth year, the Kiwi-led initiative is aiming to double the number of events to be held across New Zealand between September 22-22 2019.

August 12, 2019

Seeking to raise awareness of Chinese language and culture, NZCLW celebrates multilingualism in New Zealand and recognises the economic and social advantages of learning Chinese in our increasingly globalised community. Chair of the NZCLW Charitable Trust Jo Coughlan says that last year, New Zealand Chinese Language Week facilitated and promoted 100 events throughout Aotearoa.

June 25, 2019

Newshub | Must-see tourist attractions in Guangzhou, China

Last year Newshub Journalist Dan Lake travelled to Guangzhou with China Southern Airlines New Zealand and the New Zealand Chinese Language Week competition winners. In his recent report on the stopover city, Dan shares how you can make the most of 48 hours in the city that gave rise to the famous Cantonese cuisine!

March 04, 2019

Newshub | A day at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park

Dan Lake from Newshub Travel visited China as a guest of China Southern and New Zealand Chinese Language Week with the winners of our 2018 #5days5phrases challenge. Read on to experience a day at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou. 

January 17, 2019

New Zealand Chinese Language Week dates announced for 2019

New Zealand Chinese Language Week announced to run from 22 - 28th September 2019. Following the success of the 2018 cultural initiative, the New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW) Trust is excited to announce the dates of the 6th annual language week for 2019.

October 07, 2018

A combination of enthusiasm for learning about Chinese culture, creativity, and a great attitude to giving Chinese language a go has won five young Kiwis an all expenses paid trip to China. 

October 01, 2018

Master Chinese calligrapher Stan Chan spent an afternoon painting at the National Library of New Zealand Chinese Language Week. He translated people’s names into Chinese calligraphy as well as explaining the skill behind his art.

October 01, 2018

Local artist and calligrapher Stan Chan hosted a calligraphy demonstration at Wellington’s National Library as part of Chinese Language Week on Wednesday. Chinese Language Week is a yearly celebration of Chinese culture running from the 23rd to the 29th of September.

October 01, 2018

Ilminster students took part in various arts activities to celebrate Chinese Language Week on Friday.

Throughout the term they had workshops that focused on various celebrations in China, including Dragon Dance, Lantern, Chinese New Year, Hungry Ghost and Peking Opera festivals.

September 30, 2018

Labour Party list MP and founding trustee and co-chair of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Raymond Huo joins The Long Lunch to take a look at the success of the initiative. Mr Huo also explores the growing awareness and acceptance of Chinese culture from New Zealanders.

September 30, 2018

A new bi-lingual picture book for children is teaching the meaning and significance of Waitangi Day. Aimed at early readers, it follows the story of a Chinese boy William who lives in New Zealand. 

September 29, 2018

New Zealanders embraced Chinese language and culture during New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23 to 29 September 2018), with more than 100 events taking place across the country and a reach of 200,000 across Facebook and Instagram.

September 27, 2018

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions, has celebrated New Zealand Chinese Language Week with a number of initiatives designed to cater to the Chinese visitor. 

September 26, 2018

With New Zealand Chinese Language Week in full swing, Justin Watson, Chief Aeronautical and Commercial officer for Christchurch Airport, reflects on the airport's importance as an entry point for Chinese tourists to New Zealand.

September 26, 2018

Ahead of New Zealand Chinese Year of Tourism in 2019, the 2018 New Zealand Chinese Language Week has a tourism theme. There is a strong interest in NZCLW in the Bay with activities happening at Tauranga Library and workshops and cultural activities happening in a number of schools across the region.

October 24, 2018

The New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2018 is held from 23 - 29 September. Wellington Access Radio has this special programme on air for the New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2018.

October 25, 2018

There was no shortage of Chinese fans or fans of China at Columba College yesterday, when pupils celebrated New Zealand Chinese Language Week with traditional folk dance and martial arts training.

September 25, 2018

In a video recorded especially for New Zealand Chinese Language Week, the Prime Minister encourages more Kiwis to learn the Chinese language.

September 25, 2018

There was no shortage of Chinese fans or fans of China at Columba College yesterday, when pupils celebrated New Zealand Chinese Language Week with traditional folk dance and martial arts training.

September 24, 2018

It is Chinese Language Week and students at Makaraka School have been getting into the spirit of things by learning a variety of Chinese cultural arts.

September 23, 2018

Twenty-eight Whanganui High School students are about to find out what life as part of a Chinese family is really like. The Year 9 to 13 students left for China on Saturday to visit sister school students. They are accompanied by International Dean Lee Su'a, Chinese teacher Beck Ding and Kapa Haka teacher Lynaire Simon.

September 23, 2018

MP Raymond Huo will officially celebrate this year’s New Zealand Chinese Language Week (“NZCLW”) by reading the Parliamentary prayer in Chinese at 2pm on Tuesday September 25 2018.

September 23, 2018

It is Chinese Language Week and younger people around New Zealand are taking up Mandarin in record numbers. It follows a nationwide trend of primary and secondary students learning the language, which reached record levels last year.

September 21, 2018

A multicultural celebration aims to share people's new skills and build bridges between locals and newcomers. A NZ Chinese Language Week celebration is being held tomorrow, 12pm to 2pm, at the Discovery Space in Rotorua Library.

September 21, 2018

New Zealand Chinese Language Week kicks off today – Sunday 23rd September, a Kiwi-led initiative that aims to promote the benefits and opportunities of learning more about Chinese language and culture. Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Week has a tourism theme ahead of next year’s China NZ Year of Tourism.

September 19, 2018

Teaching and learning developments for Chinese language in the Pacific are the focus of the summit.

An educational summit at Massey University’s Auckland campus will look at issues and innovations in teaching and learning the Chinese language in Pacific countries in schools, universities, workplaces and homes.

September 15, 2018

This year's Moon Festival celebrates its Chinese roots with a dash of Kiwi culture at Palmerston North's Regent on Broadway on Sunday. This is the city's fourth time marking the festival, organised by the Palmerston North Chinese Students' and Scholars' Association.

September 04, 2018

Thanks to a competition from New Zealand Chinese Language Week, five lucky winners will be winging their way on an all-expenses-paid trip to China. Launching today, the competition is sponsored by China Southern Airlines, supported by the Guangzhou Tourism Bureau. 

September 03, 2018

The 10th anniversary of the Dunedin Chinese Garden will be commemorated with a variety of events, including public talks and photographic exhibitions in Dunedin and Shanghai.

August 23, 2018

Those who have been learning how to speak Mandarin are encouraged to come forward and share their skill at a celebration of the language.

August 16, 2018

A cultural festival will run alongside Kawerau WoodFest this year to celebrate Chinese Language Week. The community is invited to the September 28 and 29 event to enjoy competitions and cultural workshops such as making dumplings, paper-cutting, Chinese calligraphy and much more.

August 14, 2018

This year, the fourth year, the Week takes place from 23 – 29 September. NZ Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-led initiative to raise New Zealanders’ awareness of Chinese language and culture. It aims to promote the opportunity represented by an increased connection to China for students, individuals, businesses and the wider community.

April 29, 2018

For two consecutive years, Mandarin has become New Zealand's number one foreign language. New Zealand is also the first Western developed country to launch a nationwide Chinese Language Week.

April 02, 2017

There's no way I could write this column without mentioning the recent visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Premier Li's visit follows on from President Xi Jinping's just over two years ago, and Foreign Minister's Wang Yi earlier this year.

March 26, 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the Chinese civilisation values openness and inclusiveness, and New Zealand is known for its multicultural dynamism.

November 02, 2017

Chinese civic leaders representing 80 million citizens will be heading to Wellington for talks with New Zealand counterparts over strengthening ties between regions in both countries. The New Zealand China Mayoral Forum on December 3 and 4 is the second of its kind after the inaugural 2015 event in Xiamen. 

October 20, 2017

Mandarin language assistant Yuning Long leads a tai chi class at Makaraka School. Originating in ancient China, tai chi is known for its many health benefits where the mind and body work together to promote mindfulness, serenity and reduce stress.

October 22, 2017

Whanganui High School students had the chance to learn about Chinese language and culture during Chinese Language Week celebrations. Led by the school's Chinese language teacher, Beck Ding, students were invited to take part in a range of Chinese-themed activities last week.