Last updated 5/12/17

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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Due to popular demand the 3rd edition has now been printed and due for sale mid- December, 2017. $40 per book plus postage of $6.50.

Orders taken directly by Carolyn, email

Or by phone 0212581568





Sundays  - Multi-Sports Programme for Children (5 - 17 years old)

Date commencing: Sunday 8th October   

Venue: Graham Condon Recreation and Sports Centre - 3 Sission Drive, Papanui 

Time:  11am - 12noon (During the two weeks school holidays). Sessions from 29th October: 11.30am - 12.30pm                                                                                                                                                                                          

Cost: $3 per training session

An activity programme has been initiated by NZCA Canterbury to assist youngsters an opportunity to socialise and develop as team players from an early age.  The multi-sports programme is to encourage children to play sports, prepare for future NZCA Sports tournaments and to develop early skills in sports.

The focus is on teamwork, fair play, confidence building, coordination skills and leadership roles.

Basketball, football and fitness training will be our main disciplines, with introducing various other sports.

Held every Sunday except public holidays. Coached by representative players in basketball and football.

Encourage your children, grandchildren and friends to come along to experience the importance of sports.

For interest and further information contact Emmie King, (ph 021 211 7441).


STAR session Sunday 12 November 1:30pm  at Upper Riccarton Library 71 Main South Road Sockburn

Come and learn about all the free resources that the library can offer you and your family!
Everything from electronic books, magazines and newspapers from China, to family history help and something for the children.
Bring CCC library card (if you have one) and your devices. Look forward to seeing you there! 
Contact Lois 0225647933


Sunday 22nd October - Chinese Language Classes Resumes (Term ends Sunday 19th December)

Cantonese lessons from 9.30 - 11am, Advance Mandarin 10am - 12noon.

Beginners Conversational Mandarin. Please note new time change  9.30 - 11am.

Contact Mr Quoon Chin, ph 027 285 2859.



Guangdong Winter Camp - Registration closing contact Virginia Chong, or 021 982 726

Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) - Applications close Sunday 15th October. 



Friday 17th November - Canterbury A & P Show Day Clean up:  NZCA Canterbury FUNDRAISER

NZCA Canterbury Fundraiser for you and your family to gain free entry to the annual Canterbury A & P show. 

Be part of the volunteering team at the Canterbury Anniversary Day cleaning up the show grounds. 

Two hours fundraising and a great day out to support NZCA Canterbury!

Please forward your names as soon as possible to Emmie King, or ph 021 211 7441.


Sunday 26th November - Annual NZCA Canterbury Chinese Picnic: Family event held at the Groyes.


70th Annual NZCA Sports Tournament and Cultural Show - Planning is under way for Easter 2018!

Hosted by NZCA Wellington Branch next year from Good Friday, 30th March - Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018.

Express your interested to participate at the 70th Annual NZCA Sports Tournament and Cultural Show in 2018.

The sports on offer are: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Golf, Indoor Netball, Indoor Football,  Lawn Bowls, Outdoor Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Rugby and Volleyball. 

We’d love to have you represent Canterbury and be part of this special weekend.

Like their Facebook page “NZCA Wellington Easter Tournament 2018” to keep up to date with the latest news and information.

Get in contact with the Canterbury Branch Sports Co-ordinator Angelina King for further information.

email: or Mobile 021 266 0222.


Visit NZCA Canterbury Website for further information:

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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 (

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)

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,

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 (, 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 (

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 (, 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 (, 339 0188) or Nelson Sue (, 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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