Don’t Miss the Library’s Chinese Community Night

Published: 28-May-2018

Calling all of our Chinese friends. The Rangiora Library is hosting a free Chinese Community Night on Saturday March 24, starting at 4pm, to welcome our Chinese residents and help them meet and communicate with each other.

TwoMayorsThe night is designed to allow newcomers to the District to learn more about the services that are available to them in Canterbury.

The event is sponsored by Citizens Advice Bureau and Immigration NZ, in collaboration with the Waimakariri District Council and Waimakariri Libraries.

Denise Wiggins, Community Development Facilitator, for the Waimakariri District Council, has worked extensively in the community to help connect migrants and newcomers.

“We have a growing Chinese community who we would like to welcome, connect with and support, to help them settle and integrate into our district,” she says.

The event, which will include a taste of China through the provision of Chinese cuisine, is similar in design to the hugely successful Filipino and a Pasifika Community nights that were held last year.

Anne Schroeder from the CAB North Canterbury is delighted to welcome all new migrants.

“We are here to help you with any questions you may have, from finding activities to do, consumer issues, employment problems, housing issues etc. Our service is free and confidential, our friendly volunteers are there to help,” she says.

The Waimakariri District Council and NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association are hosting a photo exhibition which provides the chance for Cantabrians to gain a glimpse of our Sister City, Enshi.

The Exhibition will be officially opened by Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers on the night in the Chamber Gallery.

He will be joined by Dr Yafei Zhou, Yang Qin Zhou, and other members from the NZ Hubei Economy Trade Culture Association, who facilitated the Sister City establishment.

The Enshi Vision in Oceania exhibition displays photographs supplied by the Enshi Prefecture Photographic Association, showcasing the finest imagery of its people and surrounds.

Visitors will see some stunning natural features including the world-renowned Chinese ‘Grand Canyon’, the ancient Tusi City, clear water river and the endless mountain tea gardens that are a strong feature of the region.

This exhibition is an example of the way the people of Canterbury and Hubei have begun sharing cultures.

Given the growth in Chinese tourists to New Zealand in recent years, with daily direct flights into Christchurch, Waimakariri’s sister city relationship is already providing opportunities for locals to enhance their understanding of Chinese culture, so that they can better cater for their needs.

Families are encouraged to attend and there will be a Storytimes session, as well as fun activities provided by the Olive Tree Language School to keep children engaged, while the formal speeches occur, to be followed by a taste of Chinese food.

Bookings for the Chinese Community Night are essential; people can register at any Waimakariri Library, or call (03) 311 8901 to register by phone. For more information go to the Waimakariri Libraries website: libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz For further information on Enshi our ‘sister city’ visit: waimakariri.govt.nz