|A woman displays her Chinese name in Chinese calligraphy at a community library in Wellington, New Zealand, September 27, 2022. [Photo by Meng Tao/Xinhua]|
The growing popularity of the Chinese language throughout New Zealand society is a reflection of the ever-closer relationship between the two countries, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Xiaolong said.
WELLINGTON, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — The 2022 New Zealand Chinese Language Week opening reception was held Monday evening at the Great Hall of the Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
During this week, New Zealand will host a series of traditional Chinese cultural activities.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended her congratulations to the event in a video speech beginning with greetings in Chinese.
“Since 2014, Chinese Language Week New Zealand has helped promote and encourage Chinese language learning here in New Zealand,” she said.
Ardern encouraged more New Zealanders to learn the Chinese language. “Our country is home to over 240,000 Chinese New Zealanders who all play an important role in contributing to our diverse culture. Communicating with someone in their language allows you to see things from a different perspective. is as easy as learning a new greeting, I encourage you to try Chinese this week.”
|Photo taken on September 27, 2022 shows a scene of a Chinese calligraphy experience activity at a community library in Wellington, New Zealand. [Photo by Meng Tao/Xinhua]|
Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Wang Xiaolong said the growing popularity of the Chinese language in wider New Zealand society is a reflection of the ever-closer relationship between the two countries.
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic ties,” Wang said, noting that over the past 50 years, the two sides have been open and inclusive enough to appreciate each other and learn from each other. one another, thus promoting practical cooperation for mutual benefits and win-win results.
“From what we have seen today eight years after its inauguration, Chinese Language Week in New Zealand has become an iconic hallmark of the multilevel and multifaceted people-to-people ties between our two countries, which have supported the growth of our comprehensive friendship, culminating in the evolution of the comprehensive strategic partnership between our two countries,” Wang said.
|A student learns Chinese calligraphy as a Chinese teacher helps at a community library in Wellington, New Zealand, September 27, 2022. [Photo by Meng Tao/Xinhua]|
Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan and Ambassador Wang jointly presented honorary certificates to the 2022 Young Ambassadors and Mandarin Superstars .
Chinese Language Week in New Zealand was first held in 2014. This is another language week held in New Zealand after Maori Language Week and Island Language Week of the Pacific.