Last updated 12/1/19

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.



2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Lunch

will be held at the NZCA Canterbury BranchHall


22 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

on Sunday 10thFebruary 2019 at 12.00 noon



A warm welcome to all new members


On behalf of NZCA Canterbury branch, we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year!


May you and your family experience good fortune, good health, happiness and best wishes for a prosperous 2019 to celebrate the auspicious “Year of the Pig”. 


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 in the special Chinese festive gathering.


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



2019 South Island Lantern Festival - Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd& Sunday 24thFebruary 2019 (5pm – 10.30pm)

Celebrating the ending of the Chinese Lunar New Year with Chinese food stalls, cultural entertainment and activities held at Hagley Park. Updates with more information to follow, to come along and enjoy the delights of Lanterns and experience the atmosphere of celebrating Chinese culture.


Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Fundraiser - Sunday 24thFebruary 2019

NZCA Canterbury requests volunteers for village help duties at the annual Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. This involves assisting in the village tents and supporting a good cause with a positive enforcement. The aim is to encourage children to give exercise a try and to achieve a goal. Held nationally over New Zealand with the Christchurch event situated around Jellie Park. Volunteers must be over 16 years of age and will be rewarded with a Weet-Bix goodie pack for their time and effort. 

Please forward your names along with family and friends by Sunday 20thJanuary to help support NZCA Canterbury towards a beneficial fundraising event. Contact Emmie King at




Results of 2018 New Zealand Chinese Association Academic Awards

Our warmest congratulations to Grant Wong (Canterbury student), who was the successful recipient of the national NZCA Academic Award - NCEA Level 2 for 2018.

Grant was awarded a prize of $500 for attaining this achievement.

The results this year, were of an extremely high standard and we thank all students who took the time to submit their applications. We wish Grant every success in his future endeavours.

NZCA Canterbury Social Activities Resumes in 2019

Regular weekly activities held at the NZ Chinese Association Hall, 22 St Asaph Street, unless specified. 

Beijing Health Promoting Exercise Group - Resumes Saturday 12th January.Beijing style exercise sessions from 10-11.00am. Members $2, non-members $3. Contact Jane Gin (021 175 5866)

Chinese Language Classes - Cantonese, Advanced, Intermediate & Beginners Mandarin
Term one classes commences on Sunday 3rd February.
Held Sunday mornings. Beginners Mandarin 9.30-11am, Intermediate Mandarin 10-11am, Advanced Mandarin 10-11.30am, Beginners Cantonese 9.30-11am, Cantonese 9.30-11am. School terms and holidays coincide with the public primary school timetable. $25 student fee per school term.
Contact Fran Yee (ph 021 138 3663 or

Lifestyle Walking Group Social walking group that meets up every Friday morning at 10.00am.Contact Tim Ng (ph 339 0188,

Line Dance Group - Resumes Saturday 12th January. Saturday mornings 8.45-9.45am. Fee $3. Contact Emmie King (ph 021 211 7441,

New Vogue and Ballroom Dance Classes – Resumes Sunday 3rd February from 7.30-8:30pm. Held at Shilouette Studio Ltd, 23 Livingstone Street. Linwood (Fitzgerald Street end).
Fee $8 per dancer. Contact Emmie King (

NZCA Canterbury Multi-Sports Programme – Resumes Sunday 17th February                                                                 Venue: Graham Condon Recreation and Sports Centre - 3 Sisson Drive, Papanui.
Sunday trainings from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Cost: $3 per session. (No training on public or school holidays)Contact Emmie King (ph 021 211 7441,

NZCA Future Dragonz Canterbury Young adults aged between 20-35 years who meet up for regular activities such as social functions, running life skill courses, fundraising events, connecting and networking with other young Chinese etc. Contact Tony Ng ( or visit:

Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team Christchurch Saturday trainings at the Hall from 3.30 - 4.30pm.Contact George Chan (ph 021 188 6096,

Tai Chi Class - Resumes Sunday 13th January. Sunday's from 9-10am. Gold coin donation.Contact Marisa Yeung (ph 021 112 6265,

Social Activities

Regular weekly activities held at the NZ Chinese Association Hall, 22 St Asaph Street (Hagley Park end) unless specified. For interest contact the following:

Beijing Health Promoting Exercise Group Beijing style exercise sessions. Saturday mornings from 10:00 -11:00am. Members $2, non-members $3.Contact Mrs Sum Duncan (ph 342 7822)

Chinese Language Classes - Cantonese, New Beginners Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin & Advanced Mandarin Sunday mornings. $25 student fee per school term. School terms and holidays correspond with the public primary school timetable.

Contact Fran Yee (ph 021 138 3663,

Line Dance Group Saturday mornings 8:45-9:45am. Cost $3. Contact Emmie King (ph 021 211 7441,

New Vogue and Ballroom Dance Classes Sundays 7:30-8:30pm. 

Held at Shilouette Studio Ltd, 23 Livingstone Street. Linwood (Fitzgerald Street end). $8 per dancer. Contact Emmie King (ph 021 211 7441,

NZCA Canterbury Multi-Sports Programme - Open to all ages

Venue: Graham Condon Recreation and Sports Centre - 3 Sisson Drive, Papanui. Sundays from 11.30am – 12.30pm. Cost $3 per session. Contact Emmie King (ph 021 211 7441,

NZCA Future Dragonz CanterburySocial adult group aged between 20-35 years who meet up and network with other young Chinese and other like minded young adults.

Contact Melissa Wong (m.carley.wong@gmailor Tony Ng (

Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team Christchurch Saturday trainings at the Chinese Association Hall 

from 3:30 – 4:30pm. Contact George Chan (ph 021 188 6096, 

Lifestyle Walking Group Social walking group. Friday mornings from 10.00am. Contact Tim Ng (ph 339 0188, or Marisa Yeung (ph 021 112 6265,

Tai Chi Class Sunday from 9-10am. Gold coin donation. Contact Marisa Yeung (


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