We are the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Chinese Association the oldest Chinese Association in Christchurch. 

It is a non-profit community association founded by members who have migrated to New Zealand from China and many members are have now had parents and grand parents who were members. It helps us to maintain our culture and introduce others to our culture and to create and support network for all.

We have our own association hall and as an association we organise many events. Each year there is the Chinese New Years celebration and then the Jung Festival and Moon Cake festival celebrated at the Association hall with entertainment and lunch all provided by the volunteers from our members and also the Christmas Picnic.

The big event each year where the members get together is the Easter Culture and Sports Tournament held each year in a number of different centres and hosted by us here in Christchurch every four years 

We also run many events for the members of the association. We are the only association that teaches Cantonese Chinese Language.


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2017 Chinese Lunar New Year Lunch


will be held at the Chinese Association Hall

22 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

on Sunday 22th January 2017 at 12.00 noon


On behalf of NZCA Canterbury branch,

Greetings for a Very Happy Chinese New Year!


May you and yours experience good fortune, good health, happiness and best wishes for a prosperous 2017 to celebrate the auspicious Year of the Rooster.


You are warmly invited to attend our annual Chinese Lunar New Year lunch to celebrate this happy occasion. Bring along your family and friends to share with us in a special Chinese festive gathering.


For non-members attending the lunch, a charge of $15 per person will be collected at the Hall.



Sunday 22nd January 2017 - NZCA Canterbury celebrating 2017 Chinese New Year. Lunch held at the Canterbury Chinese Association Hall, 22 St Asaph St from 12noon.
Sausage Sizzle Fundraising - Help required towards the 2017 NZCA Sports and Cultural Tournament held in Christchurch.
- Saturday 14th January - Mitre 10 (Harewood)
- Saturday 21st January - Bunnings Warehouse (Tower Junction)
Your help will be very much appreciated to support this major event on the NZCA calendar. 
Please contact Jenny Yee on  Jeniy28@hotmail.com or 021 138 3530  
Acknowledging an appreciation of thanks to the following for their continuing support and generous contributions during the year of 2016:
Canterbury Executive committee, Canterbury Easter Tournament committee, Activity group leaders, language school teachers, fundraising volunteers, and to our members who attends our many activities.
NZCA Canterbury wishes you all a safe and joyous festive season sharing with family and friends. 


Social Activities

Ballroom and New Vogue Dance Classes Learn classical ballroom and various social dances. Taught by Maurice Edwards, a professional dance tutor held at Edwards Dance Academy(23 Livingstone Street, Linwood, Fitzgerald Street end) from 7.30-8:30pm. Cost $7.Contact Emmie King (graem88@xtra.co.nz)

Beijing Health Promoting Exercise Classes Beijing style exercise routines held Saturday mornings from 10-11.00am at The Association Hall 22 St Asaph St. Gold coin donation.Contact Mrs Sum Duncan (ph 342 7822)

Canterbury Chinese Basketball Club Basketball training at Burnside High School on Sundays. Tini-ball, mini-ball Intermediate and U17 age group sessions run from 9.30-11am. High School and Open grades from 11-12.30pm. Term fees apply. Contact Simon Chan (chan-clan@xtra.co.nz)

Cantonese and Mandarin Classes Preserving our Cantonese heritage language as the only Chinese organisation in Christchurch that offers Cantonese lessons. Cantonese and Mandarin classes held every Sunday mornings at The Association Hall 22 St Asaph St. Cantonese classes begin at 9.30am and Mandarin at 10am. Chinese School terms held during normal primary school terms. Contact Quoon Chin (027 285 2859, quoon@xtra.co.nz).

Cooking Classes Enjoy cooking and sampling of foods from tried and true recipes. Held monthly on a Sunday at 2pm at the Association Hall. Cost $5. Contact Rhonda Ding (rding@xtra.co.nz, 021 259 0745)

Line Dance Group Every Saturday mornings from 11-12noon at The Association Hall 22 St Asaph St. Join a group of enthusiastic dancers by moving to the latest popular music. Socialise and keep fit while enjoying the music. Gold coin donation. Contact Jennifer Chin (ph 358 5778).

NZCA Young Professionals Canterbury to be renamed NZCA Canterbury Future Dragons.

Set up by enthusiastic young adults for young professionals aged between 20-35 years who meet up fortnightly. Organised activities such as social functions, running life skill courses, fundraising and other fantastic lineup of events for 2015.Contact Melissa Wong (m.carley.wong@gmail) or Tony Ng (ngtony85@gmail.com)

Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team Christchurch Recruiting new members to perform in a Chinese Junior Lion and Junior Dragon Dance team for future Chinese Cultural events. Saturday trainings at Hall from 3.30-4.30pm. Contact George Chan (gwhchan71@yahoo.co.nz, 021 188 6096)

Senior Group Social Walking Group that meets up every Friday morning at 10.00am. Catchup and keep fit following up with refreshments and a social chat afterwards. Contact Tim Ng (ng.tim@hotmail.com, 339 0188) or Nelson Sue (nelsondoreensue@hotmail.com, 332 8148)

Tai Chi Classes Learn the traditional art of Tai Chi on Sunday from 9-10am at The Association Hall 22 St Asaph St. Gold coin donation. NZCA Canterbury extends a warm welcome anyone interested to participate in our activities.

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Calendar of events

NZCA CANTERBURY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY: Sunday 22nd January 2017 - NZCA Canterbury celebrating 2017 Chinese New Year. Lunch held at the Canterbury Chinese Association Hall, 22 St Asaph St from 12noon.