Chinese Language Week Celebrated

Posted on September 20, 2016

New Zealand Chinese Language Week (NZCLW) is a Kiwi-driven initiative that aims to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand.

The initiative is the first of its kind in any Western country and emerged in the context of a rapidly strengthening relationship between New Zealand and China.

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, ranging from programmes and resources in schools and libraries to business and government organisations.

NZCLW was officially launched by Raymond Huo as a sitting Member of Parliament on 24 May 2014 at the National Conference of the New Zealand China Friendship Society.

The Macleans College Chinese classes participated in various activities to celebrate, including going to a local Chinese restaurant, making dumplings, drawing Peking opera facial masks, making Chinese knot, writing Chinese calligraphy and learning about Chinese history.