Dunedin News and Events

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...]

Dunedin Branch March Meeting

DUNEDIN BRANCH NZ CHINA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY                           MARCH MEETING                           THE THREE Ms MEMBERS,  MANDARIN,  AND MLAs MEET branch president Paul Fawcett, new members, old members, and enthusiastic MLAs (Mandarin Language Assistants) from Confucius Institute who are working in Otago schools.  Hear about their experiences and talk about your … [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. TUESDAYS 6PM starting on JULY 29  for eight weeks.       One hour lessons. Venue: Burns Room 3, University of Otago Course cost: $20     Members of NZCFS … [Read more...]

New Branch President

At our recent AGM, PAUL FAWCETT was elected President of the branch for 2014.  Paul has a keen interest in China, with numerous times spent studying and working especially in the North East. He has been involved in joint ventures with Chinese Universities in his area of expertise, pharmacology. He is a keen language student of Mandarin.  We look forward to his infectious … [Read more...]

Dunedin Branch AGM and Guest Speaker

DUNEDIN BRANCH MEETING WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 7.00pm AGM  –  SPEAKER  -  DINNER Venue: Dunedin Chinese Garden, Tower Room. Our brief AGM will confirm branch officers and our goals for the year. Hear about our local project, our growth over the last year and our participation in national NZCFS activities. This will be followed by our guest speaker, Dunedin resident Annie … [Read more...]

Teaching Mandarin in Dunedin

Recently: Zhu Yi was one of our guests at our August meeting.  Here she writes of her New Zealand experience. Teaching Mandarin in Dunedin 15 hours' flights - near 10000 kilometers, that's the distance between China and New Zealand. It's a far distance on the map, but so close on the heart.         I think I am lucky that I can be one of the Mandarin assistants of Confucius … [Read more...]

Branch Meeting FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7.00pm

ODT Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae recently visited Beijing as part of an NZCFS Media Tour.  She will share her insights. She writes: From a farming background in North Otago, I have been a journalist for the Otago Daily Times for the past 18 years - 16 of those covering general news and the past two years as farming editor, and business reporter. Travelled to China for a … [Read more...]

“Teacher Exchange – China Insights” Dunedin Branch August Meeting

 Member Karen Jamieson recently spent three months on a Ministry of Education scholarship in China on leave from Tahuna Normal Intermediate where she teaches a Mandarin class. Karen will share her insights at our meeting, together with Yi Zhu, a Mandarin Assistant from the Confucius Institute, who provides a language and culture program to Tahuna’s Year 7 and 8 students over … [Read more...]

JULY 13 Dunedin Branch Meeting

JULY MEETING Dunedin Branch    New Zealand China Friendship Society    You are welcome to come and hear… Chinese University students – Growing up in China and Studying in New Zealand Six Otago Uni students from diverse parts of China share their experiences.  Find out how they became interested in Health Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacology. Undergraduate and Post Grad … [Read more...]