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Auckland Newsletter July 2015


Linton Rathgen to talk about Mandarin language learning

We’re really excited to have Linton Rathgen to talk about the growing demand to learn Mandarin in Auckland.

Linton RathgenLinton is the Vice President of the Chinese Language Network, and he will explain why more Aucklanders are wanting to learn Mandarin on Sunday 19th of July.

He is an Asia-focused professional, who has spent 5 years teaching in East Asia and the same amount of time teaching in Auckland.

Linton is a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership network, Board Member of Sister Cities New Zealand and the co-founder, past President and current Vice President of the Chinese Language Network.

Next Sunday’s event will be held in the Mt. Eden Church Hall / Village Centre, just off Mt Eden Rd and 50 metres down Ngauruhoe St, in a wooden building on the left.

A meal will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] by next Friday the 17th.

Helpful language learning apps

icons_1Duolingo is an excellent language learning app for Mandarin or any language for that matter. It’s entirely free to use.



iTranslate voice can also be used for language learning. You speak into your smartphone in English and the app translates your words and talks back in Mandarin, or any other language you select. The app costs about 10 dollars.


Invitation to Cecil Fowler’s final farewell

Cecil FowlerA time to remember Cecil, strengthen friendships and enjoy the gardens she loved.

Next Saturday 18th July – 1 pm onwards, Eden Garden, 24 Omana Ave (off Mountain Rd), Epsom, Auckland.

2pm – internment of ashes
2.30pm – afternoon tea

RSVP by 11th July to Anna Lee: [email protected] or phone 09 827 5512

Click here to open the map to Eden Garden


Bangzhen Deng & Bo Lu exhibition “Looking Back” painting and sculpture.

Bangzhen Deng & Bo Lu