It was a night of celebration on Monday 16th October as Confucius Institute in Auckland held its 10th Anniversary Dinner at the Auckland Museum Event Centre.

Northcote Intermediate kicked off the festivities with their lively lion dance followed by performances during the night from Saint Kentigern Girls’ School, Kristen School and Confucius Institute’s multi-talented Mandarin Language Assistants.

VIPs included representatives from the Embassy and Consulate-General Office in Auckland of the Peoples’ Republic of China; MPs Jian Yang and Raymond Huo; Bill Cashmore, Deputy Mayor of Auckland, many other distinguished guests and principals and staff from the Institute’s network of schools.

In recognition of the achievement of students and teachers in Mandarin learning and teaching, prizes were awarded to winners of the 10th "Chinese Bridge" Auckland Regional Speech Competition, the 11th New Zealand Chinese Essay Competition, Confucius Institute Anniversary School Chinese Video Competition, as well as NZ Chinese Teacher Awards.

Confucius Institute director, Ms Nora Yao concluded the evening with special thanks to everyone’s support in promoting Chinese in schools and expressing her hope for the emergence of more outstanding Chinese learners.