The Confucius Institute (CIVUW) is dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and to fostering international cultural and intellectual exchange.

The Institute’s renowned Mandarin Language Assistant scheme trains top graduates to deliver Chinese language classes to government leaders and New Zealand schools. Through our festivals, lectures and workshops we share insights into Chinese cultural knowledge with artists, students, writers, researchers and the public.

Mandarin Language Assistant

MLA’s support natural pronunciation and intonation in Mandarin language classes, giving insight into Chinese culture and assisting classroom teachers.

Chinese Opera in the Park

The Peony Pavilion, a tale of love and desire in a Chinese garden from classic Kunqu opera

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The Peony Pavilion
Mandarin Corner

Mandarin Corner

Mandarin Corner is a relaxed weekly meet up with native Chinese speakers for conversation and cultural activities for anyone interested in learning Chinese.

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Central Wellington, New Zealand

Chinese Language Proficiency tests

The Institute are offering oral and written Chinese Language tests for adult, university learners and school students throughout 2017.

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Discover China! workshops

Discover China! workshops are free, themed cultural events for schools or community groups with performances, calligraphy, martial arts and Chinese cuisine.

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Discover China Workshop
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  • Chinese New Year Festival 2018

    The Confucius Institute was proud to continue its sponsorship of the Chinese New Year Festival, and help Wellington usher in the Year of the Dog in style.

  • Orientation Week For Class Of 2018 Mandarin Language Assistant

    VUW CI Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) Class of 2018 arrived in New Zealand over the first weekend of February, before heading straight into their week-long orientation programme to prepare them professionally and personally for their year-long placements across nearly 150 schools from Wellington to Tauranga.

  • Mother of all operas at Wellington Outdoor Concert

    On a perfect summer evening in early February, over 200 Wellingtonians came to Wellington’s Botanical Gardens to be treated to an outdoor performance of The Peony Pavilion (Chinese: 牡丹亭; pinyin: Mǔdān tíng).