Chinese New Year

  • Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament

    Image of Rt Hon John Key and Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with a Lion Dancer

    Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted an event at Parliament on 10 February 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

    “The Year of the Monkey is said to be a year that will bring opportunities and inspiration,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

    “What makes New Zealand such a great place to live is the way in which we share and celebrate each other’s cultures and traditions.

  • Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey!

    Image of Musician playing a Gu Zheng

    Gong chi far chai shen tee ji-an kang.

    Gong hay fat choy shen tay ki-in hong.

    May you be happy and prosperous, and to good health.

    It’s not just China that celebrates the lunar new year. This festival is also commemorated in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea.

    Chinese are some of New Zealand’s earliest settlers, arriving here in the 1860s.

    There are now over 170,000 people of Chinese heritage living in New Zealand, making Chinese our third largest ethnic group.

  • From Traditional to Heavy Metal

    Musical Artist

    They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and that’s certainly the case for Xi Yao Chen. The Hamilton-based musician, who moved to New Zealand 13 years ago, is the latest in a long line of family members to play the Guzheng, the traditional 21-stringed Chinese zither.

  • Gong Xi Fa Cai

    Prime Minister John Key and Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Liga with the Poon Fah Lion Dancers at New Zealand Parliament Buildin

    Happy Chinese New Year

    More than 200 people joined staff from the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA), the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, the Minister for Ethnic Communities, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, and members of the Chinese community at Parliament last night to welcome in the Year of the Sheep.

  • Young people show what the future of New Zealand will look like

    I recently congratulated 55 young people from 24 different ethnic groups who completed the Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders Programme.  This innovative course aims at building future public sector leaders and it was exciting to hear that many participants have already found jobs.  These young people show what the future of New Zealand will look like.  Statistics show we are becoming an increasingly multicultural country.

  • Gong Xi Fa Cai

    Image of a horse, chinese characters for 2014

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year

    Chinese New Year celebrations start on the first day of the first lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar and end on the full moon 15 days later. For 2014 the new year starts on 31 January. This year's celebrations will mark the beginning of the year 4712 on the Chinese calendar.