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.






69th Annual NZ Chinese Association Sports and Cultural Tournament 2017 http://nzcaeaster2017.org

NZCA Easter Tournament Logo Red3 

NZCA Canterbury branch will be hosting the 69th Annual NZCA Sports and Cultural Tournament in Christchurch during Easter weekend from Friday 14th – Monday 17th April 2017. Planning is well underway in organising this major sporting event on the NZCA calendar.

Please click on the link to find out full information on the tournament http://nzcaeaster2017.org


See Below for Events 



Web: http://nzcaeaster2017.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZCAEaster2017
Instagram: @nzcaeaster2017
Twitter: @nzcacanterbury



Opening Ceremony2 


Friday R18 
Saturday R19
U18 Flip Out2         
Generations Dinner3
Sunday House Party4    
Closing Ceremony2

Please express your interest to help support or be part of this great event for the many NZCA members to meet up, make new friends and to rekindle old friendships.

If you would like to participate in the various sports, assist with organising social functions, Opening/Closing ceremonies, cafeteria and administrators, we invite you to join our enthusiastic team.


The 2017 Sports and Cultural Committee team and contact details are as follows:


Tournament Controller: Tony Ng ph: 021-335-760 

Secretary: Melissa Wong ph: 021-131-0177 

Email address: canterbury.easter@gmail.com

Canterbury Branch Representative: Emmie King ph: 021-211-7441 


The tournament is open to all members and their families of the Association. 

While we have volunteers who are contributing their endless effort and time, we also require much needed financial support from our community in the form of advertising or sponsorship.


A tournament magazine will be published to commemorate this annual event. This includes important information regarding the rules, venues, social activities and player profiles from participating centres. We welcome you to promote your business by offering you the following advertising proposals as sponsors in our Tournament Souvenir Magazine.


Double page advertisement (A5 Coloured) for $200


Full page advertisement (A5, Black & White) for $100


Half page advertisement (A5, Black & White) for $50


For interest and further information contact Canterbury Controllers: Tony Ng or Melissa Wong at canterbury.easter@gmail.com or visit the website http://nzcaeaster2017.org or Facebook page 


Controllers and Venues: 

Opening Ceremony/Cultural Show: Aurora Centre (Burnside High School) Athletics: Burnside High School (Atheletics Track) - Bruce Chin 

Badminton: New Zealand Institute of Sports (Christchurch) - Des Gee 

Basketball/Mini-ball: Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre - Thomas Yee

Golf: Coringa Golf Club - Wing Gin 

Indoor Netball: Howzat Indoor Sports Centre - Tony Ng

Indoor Football: Howzat Indoor Sports Centre - Tony Ng

Outdoor Netball: TBC - Jenni Snowdon

Tennis: Wilding Park - Winston Chin & Rhonda Ding

Touch Rugby: Centennial Park - Kenny La

Lawn Bowl and Table Tennis and Volley ball no longer offer and this 2017 Tournament due to lack of entries



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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting


An Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Chinese Association will be held at the Association Hall, 22 St Asaph Street on Sunday 30th April 2017 at 2.00pm. Following the AGM, an afternoon tea will beprovided by the Association .



Jung Festival and Family Day 2017 

held at the Chinese Association Hall

22 St Asaph Street, Christchurch 

Sunday 28th May at 12.00 noon


The 2017 Jung Festival will be held at the Association Hall, 22 St Asaph Street, on 

Sunday 28th May at 12.00 noon. A luncheon consisting of a variety of tasty Chinese dishes including Jung will be served. Bring along family and friends to celebrate the Jung Festival.

An entry fee will be collected at the door:- Members - $8, Non-members - $15, 

Students 12-15 years - $8, Children under 12 years - Free. Donations will be kindly accepted.

 Due to construction work around the Hall, the committee is looking into alternative carparking sites for our members. We will keep you informed once approval of sites become available.




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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An Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Chinese Association will be held at the Association Hall, 22 St Asaph Street on Sunday 30th April 2017 at 2.00pm.