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.








Chinese Language Classes - (Term 2 ends Sunday 9th July)

Term 3 Chinese language classes resumes on SUNDAY 30th July(Term ends 1st October 2017)                                                                                                                          

Cantonese lesson from 9.30-11.30am, Mandarin 10am-12noon, Beginners Conversational Mandarin 10am-11.30-am.

For further information contact Mr Quoon Chin: mob 027 285 2859.


NZCA Canterbury STAR Group - Techno for Seniors

The following Sundays are confirmed for NZCA's Techno for Seniors sessions. You are required to register with Lois for attendance. 

1.  Sunday 9th July 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2.  Sunday 30th  July 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                      

3.  Sunday 13th August 2017

1:30-3:30pm  at Upper Riccarton Library, 71 Main South Rd, (Sockburn)

Contact Lois Yee 0225647933     yeelois@yahoo.com  or Kim Gin 3415498


NZCA Canterbury Line Dance Group 

Wanting to keep fit while listening to music? Love to dance and no need for a partner! 

Time to get out your dancing shoes to join in our weekly Saturday Line Dance sessions!

Enjoy dancing with the experienced and talented dance tutor Vivienne, from 9-10am at the Chinese Association Hall (22 St Asaph St). Cost $3.

Come along, make friends and keep warm by moving to the beat of the music!

Contact Emmie King mob: 021 211 7441 (graem88@xtra.co.nz) or Jennifer Chin  


Moon Cake Festival and Family Day 2017 

24 September Noon at the Association Hall 22 St Asaph Street.



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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