Last updated 23/1/18

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.



2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Lunch


will be held at the Chinese Association Hall

22 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

on Sunday 18th February 2018 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, and happiness.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2018, to celebrate the auspicious Year of the Dog.


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 join with us in a special Chinese festive gathering.

A presentation of the NZCA Academic Awards for 2017 will be awarded to our successful students.

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

Youth 12-15 years (non-members) $8, Children 12 and under (non-members) are free.

Due to roadworks on St Asaph St, parking is available at 52 Stewart St (Auto Restorations)






70th Annual NZ Chinese Association Sports Tournament and Cultural Show 2018

Final Registrations Due 

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Christchurch Lantern Festival 2018 - Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March


Christchurch Chinese Lantern Festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday 10th- Sunday 11th March from 5pm-10.30pm to celebrate the ending of the Chinese Lunar New Year.Chinese food stalls, cultural entertainment and activities are in store and are held around Avon City precinct and Cathedral Square.Come along, support and enjoy the delight of the lanterns and experience the atmosphere of Chinese culture. NZCA Canterbury branch will be participating in a fundraiser selling at the food stalls. Fundraising towards Hall maintenance and supporting participants attending the annual NZCA Sports tournament. We welcome your contribution as a member to volunteer with any assistance.Please forward your names if you wish to help at the NZCA Canterbury stall, contact Emmie King at or 021 211 7441. 

Culture Galore - Saturday 10th March

Enjoy the beat of the drum at the cultural festival of Culture Galore, held at Ray Blank Park from 12-4pm. Unfortunately due to the clash of the Christchurch Lantern Festival, NZCA Canterbury branch will not participate at the event.




Social Activities

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).



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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