The Confucius institute at University of Canterbury (CIUC) and New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) jointly held the NZCTA Annual Meeting of the South Island
Photo 1: Consul-General JIN Zhijian speaking at the workshop
On 25 January, the Confucius institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) and New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) co-organised the NZCTA Annual Meeting of South Island. Consul-General JIN Zhijian was invited, and he gave a presentation on trade relations between China and New Zealand in the Canterbury region. Guests included included Martin Thomson, Chairperson of NZCTA, as well as 50 guests from different organisations in Christchurch.
CIUC carried out a traditional Chinese culture exhibition of this function, which included traditional Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. Zhai Xiaojuan who is an MLA from CIUC, performed a wonderful Chinese tea ceremony to the guests. Chinese New Year lanterns as well as Chinese knots decorated the exhibition hall, and all the guests from Christchurch enjoyed this exhibition.
During the function, Ms. Michelle McWilliam, Executive Committee Member South Island NZCTA, said ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If we want to have a better trade relationship with China, I recommend everybody should start by learning Mandarin and the evening Chinese classes at CIUC are a good way to achieve this.’
After the meeting, lines of guests come to talk about the evening classes at CIUC.
Photo 2: MLA Xiaojuan Zhai demonstrating the tea ceremony
Photo 3: Michelle McWilliams speaking at the workshop
Photo 4: Guests networking at the event
Photo 5: MLA Xiaojuan Zhai speaks with a guest at the event
Photo 6: Some of the wall hangings displayed at the event.