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New Zealand Chinese Language Week - 新西兰中文周

China General Interest

By Raymond Huo, Labour List MP

I am writing to you to report on the progress of the establishment of a Chinese Language Week in New Zealand. We floated the idea in 2010, and after wide consultation and positive feedback, I believe the time is right to move forward with this proposal.

I have so far received support from Chinese Ambassador HEXuJianguo, Consul General Niu Qingbao and Consul General Tan Xiutiantogether with a large number of other stakeholders across New Zealand.I have also written to my Parliamentary colleagues inviting them to join me inpromoting this initiative.

We are in the process of forming the New Zealand Chinese Language Committee which will administer the organisation, resources and promotion of such an initiative, which I hope will be officially inaugurated later this year. As you may appreciate the establishment of such an event is not by legislation but by consensus.

A Chinese Language Week in New Zealand would align with the foci of the Asia New Zealand Foundation by striving to enable the development of more effective relationships in the region. As the Labour Government’s 2007 White Paper Our Future With Asia pointed out, China is a key area of growth to focus on. In that regard, the language week would not only prepare our future generation for the increasingly important market that China represents, but would support the development of a more globalised and inclusive New Zealand that celebrates cultural diversity.

As a part of the Prime Minister’s delegation to China in April this year, I was encouraged by the Rt Hon John Key’s successful state visit, which demonstrated that many healthy Government and business friendships exist between the two nations. Exports, tourism and international students from China are recognised as vital to our economy and increasing New Zealanders’ knowledge of Chinese culture and language will better equip us to maximise our relations with China in the years ahead.

New Zealand currently has an estimated 225,000 Kiwi Chinese people living here, and a range of colourful cultural events already fill the calendar each year. A Chinese Language Week would be a way in which our community can be celebrated and shared with all of New Zealand.

I would welcome your support and participation in promoting Chinese Language Week, and hope to involve you with further discussions as this initiative advances.









Kind regards and best wishes,

Raymond Huo霍建强

Labour List MP工党国会议员

Spokesperson for Building & Construction; Export Education; Statistics and Associate Ethnic Affairs工党建筑与建设发言人、出口教育、统计发言人及民族事务副发言人

Raymond Huo MP is also:霍建强议员同时担任:

Trustee, Asia New Zealand Foundation亚洲:新西兰基金会董事局托管人

Honorary Advisor, New Zealand China Council新西兰-中国关系促进委员会荣誉顾问

Honorary Professor of Law, China University of Political Science and Law中国政法大学荣誉教授

Honorary Senior Associate, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law维多利亚大学法学院荣誉高级顾问