The first Chinese Language Week of New Zealand was launched at East Girls College in Wellington on Monday.
Prime Minister John Key said in a congratulations-video that learning Chinese is beneficial to both countries and a lot of fun.
Hekia Parata, New Zealand’s Education Minister, said that events during the Language Week will give New Zealand students opportunities to learn more Chinese and better understand Chinese culture.
Hekia Parata, New Zealand Education Minister:
Good afternoon. I’ m happy to be here at East Wellington Girls College to celebrate the challenges of the Chinese language and to brace the light of the rich Chinese culture. And take this opportunity to wish all of you investigate and explore the richness of this culture.
John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand,
Da jia hao. I am John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. I want to congratulate to you to run for the incredible initiative of the first Chinese Language week. China and New Zealand’s relationship continues to grow from strength to strength. There’ re so much engagements with our peoples. So, of cause learning Chinese here in New Zealand, learning Mandarin, in some cases Cantonese, is very important thing to do. It’ s beneficial to both side and it’ s a lot of fun. So I encourage everyone that has interests to learn a little Chinese and to about convenience to those who speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, in a way, that’ s welcoming and encouraging. So, xiexie, and have a great Chinese Language Week.