North Asia CAPE was delighted to partner with the Confucius Institute in Auckland to offer the inaugural Chinese Cultural Camp to 20 gifted New Zealand secondary-school students studying Mandarin.

Running from Sunday 6 to Friday 11 December, the students engaged in an intensive week of Mandarin lessons, fun cultural activities such as dumpling making, lectures, and career-focused visits to organisations and businesses.

A range of speakers presented to the students on New Zealand's relationship with China and their personal journeys studying Mandarin, including the New Zealand China Council’s Rachel Maidment, NZTE’s Jane Liu, David Mahon of Mahon China, and North Asia CAPE’s Paul Clark and Charlie Gao.

The students also visited several businesses, including New Zealand New Milk in Mangere and Zealong Tea Estate in Hamilton.

Visit to NZ New Milk, an infant nutrition business selling to China

On the final morning of Chinese Cultural Camp, the students dressed up in traditional costumes and gave a series of cultural performances.

Tea ceremony performance

Year 11 student Te Auraki Fraser from Fairfield College in Hamilton said, ‘I started studying Chinese because I have a passion for languages. Ever since I was young I have tried to learn many different kinds. I was given the opportunity to start studying Chinese and I committed to it. For the future I wish to go to university to study Chinese and perhaps be given the opportunity to go to China and study overseas.’

North Asia CAPE will continue to support New Zealand students to further their Chinese language learning, and the students' dedicated teachers.

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