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CIUC Farewelled Departing MLAs and a Hanban Teacher

Attendees of the farewell dinner

On 23 June local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC)organised a farewell reception for ten Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) who are about to leave New Zealand and one Hanban teacher in Dunedin. The Education Consul at the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Christchurch, ZHAI Jianjun, the Director of CIUC, Adam Lam, the deputy director of CIUC, JIANG Jing, as well as local school principals and teacher attended the function.

These ten MLAs arrived in New Zealand in last July and will go back to China in three weeks after their one year of service in New Zealand. The MLAs and the Hanban teacher teach Chinese at local primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Christchurch, Dunedin, Balclutha, Mosgiel, Nelson, Oamaru, and Invercargill.

Their contribution in promoting the Chinese language and culture across the South Island has been recognised by the local schools. Martin Dodge from the Balclutha Primary School commented on Huanhuan Zhao’s work, “I really appreciate your efforts in teaching our kids Chinese and bringing a lot of cultural elements to our classrooms. I wish you all the best in the future!”

Lingli Shang, the MLA based in Mosgiel said:” I made lots of friends here. I really enjoyed my stay in New Zealand and appreciated all the help and support given to me by the Confucius Institute and the local schools. ”

At the end of the reception, Education Consul ZHAI Jianjun, on behalf of the Consulate General in Christchurch acknowledged the work of all the departing MLAs and presented certificates of appreciation to them.

MLAs and teacher

John Douglas gives a speech to the group

SHANG Lingli with her supervisor Sharon Heazlewood

Group at Governor's cafe

Second photo at Governor's cafe

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