To Facilitated Education Exchanges Between NZ and China

Reported by NZ HB ETC association

Photographed by JianHai Chen

Recent years, the NZ Hubei Economic Trade Cultural Association has made efforts to
promote exchanges and cooperation between NZ and China, via private organization
and local governments, and exchanged ideas and visited each other in the cultural,
educational, tourism, and agricultural science and technology fields in Wuhan and
Enshi. With the interaction, we have achieved positive results.
In May this year, our association helped and organized the mayor delegation of
Waimakariri visited Enshi and Wuhan. The delegation has paid more attention to the
NZ China education exchange, and hope Chinese teachers and students to visit. They
are eager to let NZ children get know of the talents of Chinese children and their
comprehensive quality. Before the Wuhan education delegation arrived, the local
media forecasted the activities of the delegation and attracted the attention of the local
In early July, we organized 37 teachers and students to fly from hot Wuhan to the
southern hemisphere cold winter, and visited schools in Christchurch, Waimakariri and
Queenstown. The youngest student in the delegation is only younger than 9 years old,
it was one of the highlights of the cultural exchange activities of the Wuhan Education
On 2nd July, our association held a unique cultural exchange event at Kaiapoi High
School in Waimakariri. Mr Kevin Felstead, Deputy Mayor of in Waimakariri District,
Consul Jianjun Zai, Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch, Dr Yafei Zhou,
President of the NZ Economic Trade Cultural Association, Ms Elizabeth McMeeken,
Deputy principle and head girls of Kaiapoi High, delivered welcome speeches.
Executive deputy President Dr Gong Qin, members and representatives of our
association, local Chinese community, media representatives, Kaiapoi High School
deputy principal, teachers and students, more than 100 people attended the event.
They sincerely praise and encourage the Chinese students carrying out education and
cultural exchanges, and promote mutual understanding and friendship between
teachers and students of the two countries. The head of the Wuhan education delegation,
Wu Xiaohong, and the deputy principal of Kaiapoi High School, Elizabeth McMeeken,
exchanged souvenirs and expressed their desire for future cooperation. The leaders of
the two sides were pleased to present the honorary certificate of “NZ and China
Cultural Exchange Ambassador” to the members of the educational delegation coming
from Wuhan China, then took group photos.

After the impassioned Maori kapa haka, an elegant Chinese folk songs and dances and the traditional Beijing Opera performed.
The delegation members visited the school’s teaching facilities with enthusiasm,
watched the way the students were studying, and experienced NZ learning style and
atmosphere, participated in cooking demonstrations, tasted creamy scones, then
entered the music class, and enjoying the performance of NZ students, a Chinese
student played a piano as well. Through a short visit and interactions, the teachers and
students of both sides left a deep impression and made friends.
In May this year, with the delegation of the mayor of Waimakariri district, Mrs Sarah
Saunders of Kaiapoi High School, the marketing and project manager, visited the
Enshi and Wuhan. In an interview with the media, she said during the visit, she
watched the Chinese students’ calligraphy performance, electronic video teaching and
experience the 3D anime visual film, interacting with the various teaching methods of
teachers and students, was deeply impressed! She once again thanked the NZ Hubei
Economic Trade Cultural Association for facilitating the exchange of NZ and Chinese
education, and will strive to promote exchanges and cooperation with Wuhan and
Enshi education. The local medias reported on the visit of the Mayor of Waimakariri
delegation to Enshi and Wuhan, and the cultural exchange activities of the Wuhan
Education Delegation.
From July 3rd to 5th July, the delegation visited the Breens intermediate School, Merrin
School in Christchurch, and St Joseph School in Queenstown. They were warmly
received and welcomed by hundreds of teachers and students from each school. In the
auditorium, in addition to speech by both school principals and watching the short
video introduced by each schools, the students exchanged ideas each other, made
Maori handicrafts Putiputi and Chinese papercut art. After interactions such as
conversation, practice, calligraphy demonstration and talent show, they interacted with
each other. Handmade souvenirs donated by students, even though they are not
classmates, but seems better than classmates!
The leaders of each schools met more cordially on the basis of communication prior to
meet and consensus. After the conversation face to face, it was agreed that the
establishment of a friendly school relationship would be beneficial to the long-term
exchanges between the teachers and students of the schools and the cooperation of
the project. Under the witness of the president of NZ Hubei Economic Trade Cultural
Association, the principals of two sides signed the “Letter of Intention for the Schools
During the tour of NZ, the delegation visited the well-known Otago and Canterbury
University, experienced the atmosphere of the iceberg of the Antarctic life, explored the
beautiful scenery of NZ. While spreading the Chinese culture overseas, teachers and
students have also broadened their international horizons. They took home the full of
the learning experience and the love of NZ teachers and students, and look forward
to the bright future with confidence!

Waimakariri Mayor Delegation Visited Sisiter City Enshi in May 2018

Bridging by overseas Chinese,

exchange and cooperation,

aiming win-win situation

Under the facilitation and organization of the NZ Hubei Economic Trade Cultural Association, a delegation of 11 members from New Zealand government and entrepreneurs headed by Mr David AYERS, the mayor of Waimakariri district NZ visited Enshi Prefecture, Hubei Province during 12th ~ 16th May 2018.


Leaders of both parties talked and exchanged information and ideas, to keep tracking and implement, match the goal of “3 years acting plan” that drafted in 2017.
The Waimakariri delegation would make the education field as an entry point for cooperation between the two sides to facilitate the interactive cooperation between business enterprises and tourism, promote humanities and cultural exchanges between the two places, develop NZ and China friendship, and achieve a win-win situation!

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2018 Chinese New Year celebration party.

24 February 2018, sunny day, the flowers bloom luxuriantly in NZ.

NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association members get together, celebrated 2018 Chinese New Year!


Many thanks to Mr JianHuai Chen, Mr Kaiyuan Gao, Mr JiangRong Zhang took photos and video, recorded this lovely time!

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Be a volenteered gardener once for Christchurch Chinese Garden

Hawswell Park in Christchurch NZ was a mining site in the past,  the local municipal government offered part of the parkland to Christchurch’s six sister city committee to use. More than 10 years ago, China’s Gansu and Wuhan city have become Christchurch Sister Cities, every year since then, the City Sister City Committee members and friends paved the way in the park on the slopes, through voluntary labor, reclamation, conservation of this piece of land.

2017 December 9, Saturday, Christchurch temperature was up to 34 degrees, the hot weather did not change more than 40 volunteers’ mind to take part in the voluntary work for the gardening!

Erin Diao (right) was the main organizer of Chinese gardens voluntary work, she is a major designer, and one of the Committee members of the Christchurch Sister City Committee.

Dr Yafei Zhou, one of the Committee members of the Christchurch Sister City Committee, President of NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association (Middle and rear) joined this meaningful voluntary work with passion with association’s members.

Cheerful once completed the task for the day!

Report by Secretary of NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association


“Enshi Vision in Oceania” Photo Exhibition in NZ

Enshi Vision in Oceania


Anniversary of Waimakariri and Enshi sister city relationship

First pages of the Photo Album for exhibited works

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2017 Happy New Year Picnic 2017 新年户外野餐

In Jan 2017, some of our association’s members spent New Year’s holidays in Christchurch, we gathered beautiful outdoor, and enjoined social activity, others took holidays in overseas.
Report by Yang Zhou of NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association
新西兰湖北经贸文化协会 晴阳 图文报导