NZCTA workshop - Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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

Consul-General JIN Zhijian giving a talk

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.

Zhai Xiaojuan demonstrating a tea ceremony

Photo 2: MLA Xiaojuan Zhai demonstrating the tea ceremony


Michelle McWilliams speaking

Photo 3: Michelle McWilliams speaking at the workshop


People talking

Photo 4: Guests networking at the event

Zhai Xiaojuan with man looking at a wall hanging

Photo 5: MLA Xiaojuan Zhai speaks with a guest at the event

Chinese calligraphy hanging from the walls

Photo 6: Some of the wall hangings displayed at the event.


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