The Staff

We have a highly-qualified staff who understand the value of knowing Chinese and look for new ways to encourage New Zealanders to learn the language and culture.

Nora Yao

Position: Director
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Phone: +64 9 923 7544


Nora Yao, Director of the Confucius Institute in Auckland with over 25 years experience in Chinese language teaching at the University of Auckland.

Nora's research interests are Chinese as a foreign language teaching and learning methodology, and contrastive analysis of English and Chinese.

Nora’s outstanding teaching achievements and her leadership have been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Auckland and ‘Valued Contribution to the University Award’ by the Vice Chancellor of the University. and a ‘Good Citizen Award’, a ‘Medal for Distinguished Women in Auckland’ from the Mayor of Auckland for her local community service.

Nora Yao is council member of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, a member of editorial board for Xiamen University’s journal: Overseas Chinese Education and a member of the expert panel of International Chinese Teaching Materials Development.

Confucius Institute in Auckland, since its launch in 2007, has been awarded 5 times as global Institute of the year and Nora was awarded an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Prof. Bing Zhou

Position: Deputy Director
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Phone: +64 9 923 2440


CI deputy director, Bing Zhou, is a professor of history from Fudan University. His research is specialized on the Western Historiography, especially that in the twentieth century. Currently he is writing a book on the theory and practice of the thriving digital history and digital humanities.

Bing received his PhD at Fudan University in 2005, where he took all his tertiary educations since 1992, and joined the faculty in 2000. He had several visiting research positions at top universities in the Netherlands, Canada and the United States of America. In the academic year 2015 to 2016, he was the Luce China Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, U.S.

Bing also served as the inaugural deputy director at the Confucius Institute in Auckland from 2007 to 2010, and was the associate chair of Department of History at Fudan between 2011 and 2014.

In January 2017, Bing returned to New Zealand to join CI Auckland again.

Janine Chin

Position: Manager
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Phone: +64 9 923 1645


Janine Chin holds the position of Manager at the Confucius Institute in Auckland with a focus on promoting Chinese language and culture in schools through a variety of programmes and with a variety of people and organisations. 

Previously Janine worked at the Asia New Zealand Foundation and has taught in New Zealand schools and overseas.

Nina Zhang

Position: Office Coordinator
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Phone: +64 9 923 9955


Nina Zhang joined the Confucius Institute in April 2016. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology after studying Accounting and International Trade.

Nina has a number of years office administration experience. She worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in China for nearly five years to support New Zealand business growth and development in China and has also worked for the Auckland Council to promote the City of Sails to global markets.

Nina is passionate about everything Kiwiana and China and aspires to help create further synergies between these two great nations.

Lisa Shi

Position: Administration Assistant
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Phone: +64 9 923 4493


Ms Lisa Shi took up part time Administration Assistant position when the Confucius Institute in Auckland was established in 2006.

Apart from her administration role, Lisa has been teaching Chinese language and tutoring Asian Studies subjects at BA level at the School of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland since 2002.

Ms Lisa Shi holds an MA degree major in English Language and Literature from China and an MA degree major in Professional Studies in Language Teaching from the University of Auckland.

Meiju Wang

Position: Coordinator of HSK/YCT Examinations, CI Courses, and CI Resource Centre
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Phone: +64 9 923 1916


Ms Meiju Wang has over 20 year experience in teaching Chinese as a second language. She has taught Chinese at the University of Auckland, Unitec and AIS in New Zealand. She holds a TCFL Certificate issued by The Office of Chinese Language Council International. She is a member of Auckland Chinese Language Association.

She joined the Confucius Institute team in 2006. Her role is to organise Chinese language proficiency Tests, to develop and coordinate Chinese language programs, and to manage the resource centre which has a wide range of materials on Chinese language learning, teaching, Chinese culture and arts.

Meiju also teaches HSK preparation courses and Business Chinese courses at the Confucius Institute in Auckland.

Raewyn Ho

Position: Facilitator
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Phone: +64 9 923 5692


Raewyn Ho is a Facilitator for the ‘Chinese in Schools’ programme. She has supported Chinese language programmes since 2004 and is involved with a number of associations such as the Chinese Language Foundation and the New Zealand Teaching Trust.

She has worked as Head of International Languages and Teacher in Charge of Chinese at Rutherford College; In-School Facilitator (Chinese) for the NZ Teacher Professional Development in Languages Programme, The University of Auckland; Secondary Literacy and a Language Facilitator, Team Solutions, The University of Auckland. 
Raewyn holds a Diploma of Secondary Teaching and Diploma in TESSOL from University of Auckland, a Specialist Certificate in Teaching Chinese from Melbourne University and is currently completing her Masters in Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Auckland.

Grace Zhang

Position: Hanban Teacher
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Grace is a Mandarin Teacher from Hanban. She holds a Master degree in Teaching Chinese. Before joining the Confucius Institute team in 2011, she taught Mandarin at the Confucius Institute at Shanghai Jiaotong University (Malaysia) and Confucius Institute at the Ateneo De Manila University (Philippines).

Grace has taught Business Mandarin at the Confucius Institute in Auckland since 2012. Her clients included Auckland Council and the ANZ Banking Group Ltd. Her current focus is teaching Chinese to adults, organizing cultural activities, language course development and the updating and editing of Chinese teaching materials.

Xinran Peng

Position: Mandarin Language Assistant
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Xinran Peng is a Mandarin Language Assistant working at the Confucius Institute in Auckland during 2017. She is a Masters student, majoring in English from East China Normal University.

Xinran is the contact point for Mandarin Language Assistant's Auckland wide as well as being involved in website activities and newsletters, Confucius Institute social media, Resources in schools, Chinese competitions and examinations and other Institute related projects. Xinran also teaches via the Virtual Learning Network to schools.

Wanyiu Chan

Position: Chinese Art Teacher


Chan Wanyiu studied Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the orthodox discipline with a great number of distinguished Chinese contemporary artists. He has taught in institutions in Hong Kong and New Zealand, including the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

For the past 40 years, his works have been shown in exhibitions in Hong Kong and many other countries, reflecting his great talent in responding to the traditions of the great masters of the Song and Yuan Dynasties and their contemporaries, yet incorporating aspects of their spirits with his new developments.

Since 2006, he has taught Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at the Confucius Institute.