Dunedin News and Events

Dunedin 2016 AGM and New Year Dinner

FEBRUARY MEETING AND AGM                      and CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEARWednesday 10 February.Our guest speaker is NZCFS National President Dave Bromich.  Dave B has had long experience in China, particularly in developing rural cooperatives and more recently has been studying new models in developing sister city relationships.  He will share his insights on our NZCFS theme … [Read more...]

Mandarin Lessons for Beginners

The Dunedin Branch of NZ China Friendship Society (NZCFS) is running an eight week course in Mandarin for beginners, or those with a few greeting phrases (ni hao) who want more.THURSDAYS  6PM starting on OCTOBER 1 2015 for eight weeks. One hour lessons.Venue: St John's  Anglican Church Hall 373 Highgate,  Maori HillCourse cost: $20     Members of NZCFS free. … [Read more...]

Dunedin Branch Meeting September 2015

SEPTEMBER MEETING Thursday Sept 10 2015.Celebrate Chinese Language Week with a Beginner Mandarin conversation and Mandarin Corner at 7.00 pm …  followed at 7.30 pm by a presentation from Branch President Paul Fawcett on his recent NZCFS Tour to Mongolia and North Central China.Venue:  home of committee member Annie Zong    540 Highgate.  See maps in the September 2015 … [Read more...]

August meeting – hear expert on China film and popular video culture

AUGUST MEETINGContemporary China – Visual Culture and New TechnologiesA presentation by Dr Paola Voci, an expert on Chinese Film.Wednesday 12 August 7.00pm Dr Voci is Associate Professor in the University of Otago Department of Languages and Cultures. She teaches Chinese language and culture, as well as papers on Chinese cinema and Asian Popular cultures. Dr Voci's research … [Read more...]

Guest Speakers Forum: China Connections Through The Decades

WEDNESDAY  June 17  2015   CHINA CONNECTIONS...THROUGH THE DECADES A FORUM OF GUEST SPEAKERS1970’s: Yvonne Fogarty -  NZ Champion Table Tennis Player: “Ping Pong Diplomacy”1980’s: Thelma Fisher:  “Meeting Rewi Alley” NZCFS China Tour Dec 1983- Jan 1984 for nurses and educators - how an intermediate school teacher from Oamaru caught a glimpse of life and society in China, … [Read more...]

Mandarin Lessons

Beginner Mandarin Lessons 2015Interested in learning Mandarin?Next course for adult beginners starts Thursday June  18.If you want to receive info, send your expression of interest “Please send me info about the Beginner Mandarin Course”Send to Course Facilitator, Dunedin NZCFS Branch member Martha Bell:bell3patman@orcon.net.nz 021 067 1858 … [Read more...]

Dunedin NZCFS Event: Let’s Learn Mahjong

Let’s learn Mahjong! An evening of Mahjong … for absolute beginners who would like to find out about this Chinese cultural experience - come and be introduced to it by experts who will put you on the right path and show you how to play; for those of you who already play mahjong solitaire on your computer – come and join others in a social game; for those who are … [Read more...]

Feb 2015 AGM and Tea Ceremony

Please join us at the Branch AGM…   and take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with hosts Ming Du and Jenny Chan Time: Thursday 12 February 5.30-7.00pm Place: Tower Room,  Dunedin Chinese Garden … [Read more...]

November 2014 Film evening…

A film by Rudall and Ramai HaywardIn 1957 NZ China Society filmmakers Rudall and Ramai Hayward were among the first westerners to travel widely in the People’s Republic. Their 1958 documentary exploring the new China soon after liberation includes a remarkable sequence when Ramai Hayward presents a Maori cloak to Chairman Mao.A New Zealand China Society Video With additional … [Read more...]

Celebrate NZ Chinese Language Week

 For the last session of the current 8 week BEGINNERS MANDARIN COURSE the venue is changing to the Tower Room at Dunedin Chinese Garden. This wonderful facility has the atmosphere to enhance language with culture. You are welcome to come and watch the class, or join in. See if you would like to try a similar course. Try out some language to help you with your travel, your … [Read more...]


A course, targeted to business people, which includes business etiquette, greetings, introductions and concentrated practice at this - Would this be ideal for you? Dunedin NZCFS, in association with Otago University’s Confucius Institute satellite office, is offering an intensive introduction to Chinese language and culture. Robyn Broughton, International Coordinator, … [Read more...]