New Zealand Chinese Language Week Launched and Chinese Culture Enters Millions of Households

[Source] [Time]    2017-11-03 14:30:13 

On October 19th, local time, an article on Skykiwi pointed out that with the constantly deepened people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and New Zealand, the enthusiasm of learning and speaking Chinese in New Zealand is constantly growing. The Chinese Craze initiated by the “Chinese Language Week” from October 16th has swept the country.

The article is edited as follows:

The Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland held a banquet celebrating its 10th Anniversary on October 16th, local time. Chinese educators and representatives of Chinese-learning students from different schools in Auckland, together with political and business representatives, witnessed and celebrated the milestone of Chinese education process in Auckland.

Yao Zaiyu, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland, said in her speech that in the past decade, the institute is supported by people from various circles of New Zealand. She said, “Currently, there are many students learning Chinese in New Zealand. We are delighted to see them making such a great progress. I believe that more and more students can speak Chinese fluently in the future.” According to Yao, recruiting excellent Chinese language teachers is the key to promoting Chinese programs.

Mitchell Brett, a student representative from ACG Parnell College, expressed his best wishes to the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland in fluent Chinese—“Upon this special occasion, I wish you a greater progress and a brighter future.”

The “Chinese Language Week” in New Zealand started from 16th. It is reported that New Zealand is the first country to run the activity in the official calendar. Chinese language and culture are no longer unfamiliar to New Zealanders. The two co-chairs of New Zealand Chinese Language Week claimed that this event has enhanced the popularity of Chinese language, thus deepening the cultural and language exchanges between China and New Zealand.

“This year is special. We even attached and pinpointed the Chinese renditions below the names of places in the weather report. Besides, we will release a new publication, the Flying Kiwi, with a Chinese publisher. The book is the collection of Chinese speeches of primary and middle school students in New Zealand. We hope that we can promote Chinese culture through more positive immersing ways and popularize Chinese Language Week among more non-Chinese-speaking communities in New Zealand”, said Raymond Huo, a member of New Zealand Parliament.

(, October 19th)


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