The NZ Chinese Association dates back to 1937 in Christchurch. The Hall provides a meeting place and a sense of belonging for our members. Our people are the hub of our organisation - we came to a foreign land to make it our home, learning to integrate but also to hold on to our grassroots.

We are showcasing the unique identity of early Chinese migrants by exhibiting the historical Chinese New Zealander experiences and their stories. We reflect on the hardships and highlights of the early Chinese settlers who chose to call New Zealand their home, to the present day - celebrating cultural diversity in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Join in these classes and the other activities throughout the day.


  • 9am to 10.20am:  Line dancing.
  • 10.30am-11.30am: Beijing health exercise class.
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm: Traditional tai chi for beginners.
  • 3pm to 4pm: Qiao Yi lion dance - training and performance.

Throughout the day

  • Chinese food sales,  BBQ pork buns, deep-fried donuts.
  • Try your hand at calligraphy or playing Mah Jong.
  • Chinese Calligraphy Masters painting - hands on.
  • View the display of historical publications, photos and Chinese cultural material and the Powerpoint showing activities and historical filming of the NZCA community.
  • Tour around the building - and see the Chinese language school and full Chinese kitchen.