Enhancing knowledge of Chinese language and culture
The vision at the Confucius Institute in Auckland is to continue and to enhance the longstanding tradition of friendship, respect and co-operation between China and New Zealand. It dedicates itself to enhance knowledge of Chinese language and culture and extend New Zealanders’ engagement with China through various programmes and collaborations with partners in New Zealand and elsewhere.
Model CI unveiled by Mme Xu Erwen, President Xu Ningsheng, Chancellor Scott St John and Deputy VC Jenny Dixon
Confucius Institute in Auckland unveiled by PM Helen Clark, and Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Prof. Gui Yonghao, Vice-President of Fudan, and Mr Zhang Yuanyuan, Chinese Ambassador to NZ
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?
Mutual Respect and Understanding
The vision of the Confucius Institute of New Zealand recognises the vital and continually evolving social, cultural, political and economic links between New Zealand and China at all levels of our respective societies.
We envisage a future of harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships based on an understanding and respect for the languages and cultures of our two peoples.
As a centre for sharing ideas and information, the Institute aims to move New Zealanders from simply talking about China, to actively engaging with Chinese language, culture and communities through our courses, programmes, events and strategic initiatives.