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你好 Nǐ hăo,

New Zealand Chinese Language Week 2023 is getting closer. We are excited by the activities that will be happening throughout New Zealand, big and small.

It’s great to see people getting involved in so many different ways. Shortly, we will reveal the people who have stepped up to be Chinese Language Superstars, prepared to share their language journey and to encourage others to give Chinese Language a go.

NZCLW comes alive through the passion and creativity of people like you! As we gear up for this year's celebrations, we eagerly invite you to take the lead and organize your own NZCLW event. No event is too big or too small – whether it's a cozy gathering among workmates or friends to savor dumplings or a captivating book reading at your local district library – every initiative contributes to the pulse of NZCLW.

We are continuously inspired by the incredible events that take place during this week, and we'd love to hear about your exciting plans. Share your event details with us, and we'll gladly feature it on the official NZCLW website and showcase it on our social media platforms.

NZCLW is all about fostering a sense of community, embracing diversity, and celebrating the rich tapestry of languages and cultures that weave us together. Your event can be a powerful expression of unity, providing a platform for others to connect and learn from one another.

So, seize this opportunity to shine as a creator of unforgettable experiences. Unleash your creativity, gather your friends, family, colleagues or community and inspire others to do the same.

Let the countdown to NZCLW begin, and let's make this year's celebration the most inspiring and inclusive one yet!

We can hardly contain our excitement as Dumpling Day approaches! This annual event holds a special place in our hearts because we know food brings us together like nothing else can. Dumpling Day is not only a time to indulge in delicious dumplings but also a fantastic opportunity to practice language skills.

As the date draws near, our team is bursting with creativity. We've planned a series of competitions that will take place on our social media platforms and website. Get ready for some serious fun and exciting prizes!

But that's not all – this year, we're bringing in food influencers to take you on a virtual journey, exploring various dumpling experiences from all around the country. Prepare yourself for a mouthwatering adventure!

To make your Dumpling Day even more delightful, we are associating with Restaurants all around the country, and you will have the whole list on our website. Finding the perfect spot to celebrate Dumpling Day has never been easier! Simply visit our Dumpling Day section, and you'll discover a selection of top-notch eateries near you.

And here's a little secret: there might be some surprises in store for you when you visit our associated restaurants. But hush! We can't reveal all our secrets just yet!

Finally, as you probably already know, this year our 5 Days 5 Phrases challenge will be centered around dumplings. You'll not only learn how to order your favourite dumplings but also express just how delicious they are!

Mark your calendars and get ready to savor the joy of Dumpling Day with us. Let's come together, share our love for food, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Stay tuned for more updates following up on Social Media, and we can't wait to celebrate Dumpling Day with each and every one of you!

Dumplings are great, but Chinese food culture is more than just dumplings – the richness of local expertise was showcased in the television Sik Fan Lah! earlier this year. “Sik Fan Lah is Cantonese” for “time to eat”, and the producers of that series took viewers on a culinary adventure across New Zealand, highlighting different cultural traditions. With work from Jennifer Yee Collinson, Jess Wong and Pearl Pan, Sik Fan Lah! is now accompanied by a cookbook to go with the series.

It’s guaranteed to make you feel hungry!

The cookbook does give instructions on how to cook dumplings in different ways, as well as a great recipe for chicken-free laksa dumplings. So it could be handy for Dumpling Day!

A limited amount of Sik Fan Lah! recipe books are available! Books cost is just $25!

To order:

1. Email:

2. Please include your name, email, postal address and quantity you'd like to to order. They are unable to deliver to P.O Boxes.

3. Payment details and an order number for your order will be sent to you afterward that. Please be aware orders cannot be dispatched until payment is received.

Exciting news for New Zealand's Chinese community! has taken a significant step towards inclusivity by introducing a dedicated RNZ Chinese section on their homepage!

Stay informed with original stories in Simplified Chinese script, as well as translations of RNZ news articles catered to the interests of the Chinese community.

The RNZ Chinese section is a result of a two-year collaboration with NZ On Air, highlighting their commitment to providing news that resonates with Aotearoa's diverse communities.

Join in celebrating this milestone in daily translated news and make sure to share your feedback as RNZ seeks to refine and improve their translations in the future.

Every year, we embark on a heartwarming journey of producing a children's storybook, thoughtfully translated into three languages: Mandarin Chinese, Te Reo, and English. And this year, we're taking it up a notch by creating an enchanting audiobook, allowing children to immerse themselves in the magical world of storytelling independently.

We believe in the power of sharing knowledge and fostering a love for other languages among young learners. That's why, as every year, we'll be sending complimentary copies of "Weka's Waiata" to all primary schools and libraries across the country.

But that's not all! "Weka's Waiata" will also be available for purchase on our website. Pre-orders are now open, secure your copy today to guarantee a front-row seat to this mesmerizing tale. By getting your hands on a copy, you not only bring home a cherished story but also support our efforts in promoting language learning and nurturing young minds.

Visit our website to pre-order your copy of "Weka's Waiata" and embark on an unforgettable literary journey. Together, let's inspire a generation of young readers and spread the joy of learning other languages!

The Nelson-Marlborough branch of the New Zealand China Association is holding a public event on September 30 to celebrate New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

Last year, this group had its first public event, which was highly successful and well-supported by the Blenheim community.

This year, the event at the Marlborough Event Centre starts at 1pm, with workshops on Chinese calligraphy, tea art, and cultural displays, and from 2pm, there will be traditional dances and performances in Chinese culture.

Spread the word about New Zealand Chinese Language Week. You can help by following us across our social media platforms, sharing our posts and encouraging your friends and colleagues to follow us too!

Xie Xie!

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