The Confucius Institute in Auckland is led by a Director, a University of Auckland staff member, along with a Deputy Director on secondment from Fudan University, and a general manager on administration from the University of Auckland. There are another several full time and part time staff members, teachers, and assistants in the team.
Nora Yao, Director of the Confucius Institute in Auckland with over 25 years experience in Chinese language teaching at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are Chinese as a foreign language teaching and learning methodology, and contrastive analysis of English and Chinese.
Prof. Bing Zhou
CI deputy director, Bing Zhou, is a professor of history from Fudan University. His research is specialised on the Western Historiography, especially that in the twentieth century. Bing served as the inaugural CI deputy director from 2007 to 2010. In January 2017, he returned to join CI Auckland again.
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.
Anne Du Plessis
Anne joined the Confucius Institute in April 2018. Originally from South Africa, she has experienced backgrounds in both administrative and managerial positions.
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.
Coordinator of HSK/YCT Examinations
Ms Meiju Wang has over 20 year experience in teaching Chinese as a second language. 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.
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.
Liu Jia is a Mandarin Teacher from Hanban. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguisitcs. Before joining the Confucius Institute team in 2017, she taught Mandarin at the Confucius Institute Freiburg in Germany and Fudan University in Shanghai
Mandarin Language Assistant
Yanwei Hou is a Mandarin Language Assistant working at the Confucius Institute in Auckland in 2019. She is a postgraduate majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Normal University.
學而時習之、不亦說乎。 有朋自遠方來、不亦樂乎。人不知而不慍、不亦君子乎。 Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn't it also great when friends visit from distant places? If people do not recognize me and it doesn't bother me, am I not a noble man?孔子Confucius —
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The Confucius Institute in Auckland was established and is proudly supported by our three Foundational Partners: Hanban - the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Beijing), Fudan University (Shanghai) and The University of Auckland (New Zealand).