21 June 2017
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull opens a new Confucius Classroom in Dunedin
12 June 2017
Winners from the South Island competition participated in the national competition arranged by the Confucius Institute at the University of Victoria in Wellington.
1 June 2017
University of Canterbury students and members of the public celebrated Dragon Boat festival together, by eating 'zongzi' and learning about the history of the festival.
23 May 2017
Kezhong SUN went to the Sumner area to give a work shop on martial arts for the children in the area.
5 May 2017
Dr SONG Zhifang gave a Confucius Institute Forum of Cultural Understanding Series lecture on 'A Chinese Village'.
13 April 2017
The 2017 Principals Delegation has spent 10 days visiting Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing. Principals from around the South Island enjoyed and profited from their time in China.
1 April 2017
CIUC held the 10th regional finals for the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition.
25 March 2017
CIUC staff participated in the Race Relations Day celebration in Timaru, serving dumplings to around 300 people.
4 March 2017
CIUC staff travelled to Marlborough to participate in Blenheim's multicultural festival, organising a booth and giving performances.
19 February 2017
CIUC provided cultural activities such as calligrahy and Chinese knot making that people could try at the 2017 Christchurch Lantern Festival held in Hagley Park..
10 February 2017
CIUC participated in the 2017 Oamaru Lantern Festival, providing martial arts instruction and lantern making.
22 - 27 January 2017
CIUC's new batch of Mandarin Language Assistants have arrived and attended orientation in Christchurch before travelling to the places that they will be teaching.
25 January 2017
NZCTA held its annual meeting to support people in Christchurch who are interested in trade with China.
25 November 2016
Prof Hong Hu returned from China to be presented with a civic award from the Christchurch City Council.
17 November 2016
CIUC held the 2016 Chinese prizegiving for the Canterbury region at St Margaret's College.The ceremony was well attended with over 200 students receiving prizes.
7 - 8 October 2016
MLAs from around the South Island travelled to Dunedin to attend a workshop on teaching in New Zealand. Various specialists in language teaching helped them to improve their skills.
26 - 27 September 2016
On 26th and 27th September, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury together with Shirley Library and Upper Reccarton Library held a Chinese blossom painting activity.
19 September 2016
The new Confucius Classroom is the first in its region. It was opened by the mayor of the Clutha District Bryan Cadogan and Consul-General JIN Zhijian.
15 September 2016
A large group of students joined CIUC to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.
11 September 2016
The NZ Chinese Language Teachers Association and CIUC jointly hosted the 2016 Chinese Immersion Day held at Avonhead School.
8 - 10 August
Kezhong Sun travelled to Dunedin to teach Tai Chi at the Tahuna cluster of schools in Dunedin. The students very much appreciated his instruction.
13 July 2016
Eight new Mandarin Language Assistants arrived in Christchurch on 13 July 2016 for their orientation. A further three MLAs joined them the next week. The MLAs have dispersed to different parts of the South Island.
9 July 2016
CIUC sold lanterns and dressed in traditional Chinese clothes to take part in the More FM Lantern Parade.
3 July 2016
On 3 July, staff from CIUC travelled to Queenstown to participate in the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.
26 June 2016
On 25th June, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) held a farewell reception for the eight MLAs leaving in July to recognise their hard work in New Zealand schools.
3 May 2016
CIUC held a farewell party for Professor Hong Hu on 3 May. We were very sad to see her leave Christchurch and return to China after all her hard work in New Zealand.
15 April 2016
The NZ South Island Principals’ Delegation to China has completed its eleven days’ tour and returned to New Zealand on 15 April.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury held the New Zealand South Island Finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Comptition
2 April 2016
Competitors from around the South Island travelled to Christchurch to participate in the finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition.
22 March 2016
On 22 March, CIUC participated in the opening ceremony for a new Confucius Classroom in St Kevin's College, Oamaru.
28 February 2016
After a one-year gap, the Lantern Festival returned to Christchurch, with CIUC hosting a range of cultural activities in a dedicated booth.
29 November 2015
Sponsored by CIUC, Prof Zhang Xianglong (Peking University) was invited to deliver the keynote lecture “A Philosophical Explanation of the Confucian Position in Inter-Cultural Dialogue: Finding Ultimate Truth in Non-Universalism”.
CIUC has farewelled fourteen MLAs who are returning to China. They have lived and taught in New Zealand from February 2015.
17 November 2015
CIUC held a Chinese prizegiving in Otago for the first time, during which the plaques were unveiled for three new Confucius Classrooms.
12 November 2015
CIUC held the 2015 Chinese Prizegiving in Christchurch to celebrate the achievements of Chinese learners in the upper South Island.
12 September 2015
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in Nelson’s China Week Community Day, which was the closing event for the week.
6 September 2015
On 6 September, a Chinese Immersion Day, as part of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week was held at Avonhead School, Christchurch.
University of Canterbury student Bradley Meredith participates in the International Finals of the Fourteenth “Chinese Bridge” Chinese speech competition: World Champion
4 August 2015
Bradley Meredith, an Engineering student, won the international finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Competition.
26 July 2015
On 26 July, a number of staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury visited Blenheim. They were invited to attend the annual Multicultural Festival in Blenheim, which was a great opportunity to display Chinese culture in the Marlborough region.
16 July 2015
Confucius Institute Mandarin Language Assistants helped out at the NZCFS Nelson Branch Holiday Programme for children.
On the evening of 26 May, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury CIUC celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of its establishment.
16 May 2015
The national finals of the Eigth Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Competition for Secondary School students took place at the University of Canterbury on 16 May and was hosted by CIUC. The top twenty-nine competitors from the regional competitions in the North and South Islands participated.
On 9 May 2015, CIUC held the 8th South Island High School Students’ “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition and the 14th University Students’ “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition at the University of Otago in Dunedin
On 29 April 2015, at the invitation of the Christchurch Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), the Hon JIN Zhijian, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch, delivered a speech called ‘Great Opportunities Facing Sino-NZ Relations.’
14 April 2015
In April, 56 students and eight teachers visited China for the 2015 Cultural Immersion Summer Camp in China.
The Principals’ delegation consisted of principals and deputy principals from thirteen primary and secondary schools from all around the South Island, and were representative of New Zealand’s educational system
On March 6, a number of staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury visited Blenheim.
Chinese Consul General Mr JIN Zhijian welcomed the new MLAs at CIUC on 28 February. Mr JIN presented the orientation certificates to the MLAs and delivered a warm welcoming speech.
25 February 2015
On 25 February 2015, the University of Canterbury Confucius Institute Resource Centre (CRC) was officially opened at the Greymouth campus of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
On the 18th of February, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, Deputy Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch LI Xin visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and sent greetings to all CIUC staff and their family members for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.
On November 21st, the 2014 Annual Chinese Prizegiving of South Island New Zealand was held at University of Canterbury.
20 November 2014
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury Formally Launched the Book Visions of Peace and Accompanying Exhibition.
19 November 2014
On November 19, the Chinese Vice Minister of Education and accompanying delegation visited the University of Canterbury, and also paid a visit to CIUC, donating books and scholarships.
10 November 2014
The new Chinese Consul General to Christchurch the Hon JIN Zhijian visited CIUC to see the institute for himself and to encourage the staff in their work.
2 November 2014
CIUC organised a Chinese Exhibition Room at the South Canterbury International Festival held at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru.
CIUC has held the fifth teacher's workshop for 2014 at the University of Canterbury for Mandarin Language teachers from around the South Island. The guest speaker was Christine Ward, who specialises in 'brainfriendly' teaching methods.
On Sunday 17 August, the Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury (CIUC) together with the New Zealand Chinese Language Association Canterbury and Rewi Alley Chinese School held the first Chinese Culture Immersion Camp in Christchurch.
1 May 2014
Nine school principals and 48 students return to New Zealand after spending time in China. They found the time in China rewarding and exhilirating.
On Saturday 29 March, the annual Chinese Bridge Speech Competition South Island Regional Finals were held at Columba College’s Confucius Classroom in Dunedin.
22 February 2014
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was an important contributor to 2014's lantern festival, held at Hagley Park in Christchurch, NZ.
26 November 2013
CIUC has held a prizegiving to celebrate the acheivements of Chinese learners in the South Island.
10 November 2013
CIUC together with the Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch co-organised the 8th Chinese Film Festival.
CIUC Officially Opens a Resource Centre at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, the opening was presided at by the Chief Executive of NMIT Tony Gary. He said that the establishment of CRC will be recorded as an important part of the institute’s history.
On 3 November 2013, the 4th South Canterbury International Festival was held at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru. This year had the highest number of countries represented at the festival including China. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury, due to its excellent display last year.
9 October 2013
On 9 October 2013, the University of Canterbury Confucius Institute Resource Centre (CIUC Resource Centre at SIT) was officially opened at the Southern Institute of Technology
Professor Ouyang, Vice-President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Gives a Lecture at the University of Canterbury
Professor Ouyang Kang gave a Confucius Institute Forum of Cultural Understanding Series Lecture (CI FOCUS) on "Chinese Values and Its World Meaning"
This year CIUC has a held a series of events to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival with the aim of enriching New Zealanders understanding of Chinese culture, alongside its important task of developing the teaching and learning of Chinese in the South Island
On the 14 of September, CIUC together with International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) organized the 2013 third term Chinese teachers’ workshop.
A New Zealand Contestant has Won Second Prize in the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Language Proficiency Competition
Kana Deguchi, a Chinese language student from the University of Canterbury, has given an outstanding performance in the world final of the twelfth “Chinese Bridge” competition held in Beijing, China.
Xingyuan (Nancy) Chu of the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has been given the top award for MLAs in Oceania.
CIUC hosted the second workshop this year for Chinese language teachers in the South Island at the University of Canterbury.
On May 24, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) hosted a CI Forum for Cultural Understanding Series (CI FOCUS) lecture. The guest speaker was Peter Chin, former mayor of Dunedin City and his topic was “The Importance of Sister Cities in China to New Zealand”.
The New Zealand China Friendship Society held their national conference at the University of Canterbury. At the same time, CIUC hosted an exhibition of traditional Chinese painting.
CIUC celebrated the establishment of three new Confucius Classrooms at Christchurch Schools at a gala event held at the theatre at Middleton Grange School. The gala included a performance by the Wulin Hanyun Performance troupe that was truly spectacular.
The aim of the trip was to give the boys real experiences of China. The boys visited Xi'an, Wuhan and Beijing.
The first NZ South Island Principals’ Delegation to China has completed its ten day tour and returned to New Zealand on 15 April. The principals appreciated the opportunity to understand China and its people better and have made contacts that will benefit them in the long term.
(6 April 2013) On Saturday morning 6 April 2013, the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and the 6th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held at the University of Canterbury
(23 March 2013) The Discovery Programme of the NZ China Friendship Society aims to improve the present day relationship between the peoples of China and New Zealand by exploring the history of exchanges between the two countries.
CIUC's exhibit at the Lantern Festival attracts a lot of interest.
The Third NZ Chinese Calligraphy Competition 2012
Thank you for the many entries. The results are available below.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) and the Consulate General of the PRC in Christchurch jointly provided a week long orientation for newly arrived Chinese teachers and Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) from China on 22 – 26 January 2013.
On 9 December 2012, a State Councillor of P R China, Her Excellency Dr Liu Yandong, paid an official visit to New Zealand. A group of 11 students who learned Chinese in the past year at Lincoln High School, Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti and the University of Canterbury were invited by Hanban, the Headquarters of the Confucius Institutes, to meet her Excellency at Auckland University.
On the evening of 3 December 2012, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) Christchurch Branch and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) jointly held a prizegiving ceremony at the CPIT.
On the second of October 2012, Mr Zhang Defang, at the invitation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), gave an outstanding demonstration of traditional Chinese calligraphy to staff and students of CIUC, as well as to members of the general public who have an interest in calligraphy.
CI and the New Zealand China Friendship Society co-hosted a combined celebration of Chinese National Day and the Moon Festival
On 30 September 2012, the Confucius Institute of the University of Canterbury (CIUC) and the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) co-hosted an event to celebrate Chinese National Day and the Moon Festival at the North and South Restaurant, Addington, Christchurch.
Dr Li Licheng of Beijing Language and Culture University and Dr Song Zhifang of the University of Canterbury gave a seminar on the Analects at CIUC.
Chinese Consul-General to Christchurch Madame Tan and the Hon. Amy Adams opened a new Confucius Classroom at Lincoln High School. This is the second Confucius Classroom in the South Island.
A delegation headed by His Excellency Mr Zhao Leji, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provincial People's Congress, visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury on 6 August 2012.
On 3 July 2012, Confucius Institute Director Dr Adam Lam gave six local schools more than 3000 teaching resources on behalf of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
CI DirectorsDr Adam Lam and Prof Hong Hu recently attended the 2012 Joint Conference of Asia-Oceania Confucius Institutes which was organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok from 24 -26 June 2012. Read more
The New Zealand national final “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Speech Competition was successfully held at the University of Canterbury on Saturday May 26, 2012.
The top four students will represent New Zealand to compete with other contestants from all over the world in July 2012. Read more
The Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury (CIUC) hosted the annual Chinese Bridge Competition for students from the South Island of New Zealand on Saturday May 5, 2012. Read More
More than 50 representatives from all circles of life in Christchurch including Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Chinese Consul-General Tan Xiutian attended the opening ceremony. Read More
To provide a better understanding of the language spoken by one fifth of the world population, the series was suitable for a wide audience including current Chinese language teachers, people who wish to become Chinese language teachers and advanced students. Read Seminar Report
The annual Nelson Multicultural Festival with the theme of Race Unity Day was held in Victoria Park on 11 March 2012. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) had been invited to this special event by the organizers the previous year when CIUC organized a Chinese Culture Day at the local high school.
At the beginning of the dragon’s year, the students performance troupe from Huazhong University of Science and Techology (HUST) presented a series of southern-China-styled performances to the public in Christchurch, NZ. Read more
The Confucius Institute was a highlight at the Chinese Theme Market Day at Riccarton House last Sunday, 16 October, 2011.The Chinese calligraphy demonstrations were a major attraction for local residents who were excited at receiving their Chinese names which were carefully chosen according to the pronunciation or meaning of their English names. Read more
On October 14, 2011, an Award Ceremony for the Second Chinese Character Calligraphy Competition was held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) in CIUC’s Seminar Room. The competition was divided into categories: hard-pen calligraphy and brush-pen calligraphy. Read more
(31 August 2011)
The seminar was co-hosted by CIUC and NZALT Christchurch branch participated by 14 local Chinese teachers. Discussions include: Chinese culture immersion for NZ students, Chinese teachers training and benchmarking research of the HSK and NCEA. Read more
On On July 6, 2011, a Chinese Culture Day along side with a Chinese Book Corner Opening was celebrated at Nayland College in Nelson, New Zealand. Present at the function were Mr Wang Shenggang, Education Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy, Mr Li Yucai, Education Counsellor from the Chinese Counsel General in Christchurch.
The Tai chi class is still taking place at 4—4:30pm outside of Music Building every week day with the supervision of the CI staff and the involvement of more UC staff and students.
2011 Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK)
Enrolment is now open for the Chinese Language Proficiency Tests, which take place on Sunday 23rd October 2011 at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).
Dozens of students from all over New Zealand’s schools and universities joined in the competition. The“Chinese Bridge” is extending all the time on the South Island of New Zealand.
An initial Chinese Speech Competition for the forthcoming Fourth New Zealand “Chinese Bridge” Speech Competition was held on 9th of April in Columba College, Dunedin.
Great Wall Chinese Online Course Building Up Chinese Teaching Platform for Schools in Post-Quake Christchurch (March 2011)
22 February 2011was the darkest day for people in Christchurch with the 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Within 24 hours Hanban released 10 sets of accounts to the Great Wall Chinese, an advanced online course for people to teach and learn Chinese. CIUC organized a Great Wall Chinese workshop in Lincoln High School. CIUC staff introduced the Great Wall Chinese Course to the local teachers and trained them into using it.
Confucius Institute has organized a calligraphy class in the Students Union and a calligraphy competition at the end of the school year. After a careful judgement, three levels of prizes were given to the winners of each group by the Confucius Institute.
The Tai chi class takes place at 4:30—5:30 every week day since the beginning of October with the supervision of the CI staff and the involvement of quite a lot of UC staff and students.
UC Represents NZ Tertiary Institutes at the East Asian Summit's Higher Education Cooperation Forum (October 2010)
Prof Weaver and Dr Lam were the only New Zealand representatives among over one hundred delegates from fifteen out of the sixteen member countries of the East Asian Summit (EAS).
The poetry reading to celebrate the Moon Festival Celebration was hold at the University of Canterbury on 24 September 2010.
During the 2nd Executive Workshops in Xiamen for Confucius Institute Directors, Adam Lam, Director of Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury, was interview and talked about the development of CI and its cross culture promotion of Chinese language teaching.
Mr Zhang Limin, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand presented the inaugural lecture in the Forum of Cultural Understanding Series (CI FOCUS) by the Confucius Institute, at University of Canterbury on Monday 12 July 2010. To listen to the soundbyte, click on title above.
A opening ceremony for this wonderful exhibition was held at the Christchurch Arts Centre on 3 July. The exhibition will close on 8 July.
With the sounds of traditional Chinese instruments filling the air, the official launch of UC's Confucius Institute was celebrated in style on 27 May 2010.
Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury Hosted the 2010 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition on the South Island of New Zealand
An agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has been signed in the presence of the First Vice- Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Li Keqiang.