National Chinese Adviser

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Dr Jiwei Fu 付继伟

T: 09 623 8899 Ext 48 613
M: 021 819 286

Dr Jiwei Fu provides support and advice for teaching and learning of Chinese in New Zealand schools. The position is co-appointed by the Ministry of Education of New Zealand and China. Jiwei also works in close association with the Chinese Embassy and the Consulate – General of China.

Jiwei has an academic background in language philology (PhD), over 17 years’ experience in teaching Chinese as a second language, and administration experience in international education organisations, Jiwei is enthusiastic to facilitate the teaching, learning and understanding of Chinese language and culture in New Zealand. Jiwei has worked in China, South Korea, Pakistan, and the USA, in the capacity of Associate Professor, Exchange Professor and Assistant Director of the Confucius Institute of National University of Modern Languages and Western Michigan University. 

Jiwei supports the development of Chinese language education by:

  • Offering workshops, courses on effective language learning pedagogy, teaching materials and resources that promote intercultural communicative language teaching 
  • Supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining Chinese language programmes.
  • Offering school visits and feedback on improvement and professional development pathways
  • Providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of Chinese
  • Advice and guidance on immersion opportunities and scholarships   
  • Connecting teachers with professional learning opportunities in New Zealand and abroad


Professional Organisations
Resources and Support
Immersion and Scholarship Opportunities

Professional support for teachers of Chinese in New Zealand are offered by the following organisations:

  • International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)

Supports teachers to implement Learning Languages curriculum area through a five stage professional learning pathway for teachers in years 7-13. For more information contact Jiwei Fu at

  • New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association (NZCLTA)

A subject association organising events for students and provides professional network opportunities and professional development opportunities at primary and secondary level, to promote effective Chinese learning and teaching. For more information or to join NZCLTA, visit

  • NZCLTA list serve

This email group for teachers of Chinese is an excellent source of information and resources. It is the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students. To register, email

  • New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)

A professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives to support teachers including competitions and professional development opportunities. To join visit

  • Chinese Embassy


  • Confucius Institute in New Zealand

Promotes Chinese language and culture study through educational programmes, exams, events, and scholarships.

1. Confucius Institute at University of Auckland, visit

2. Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, visit

3. Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury, visit

  • Asia New Zealand Foundation

A leading non-government organisation on Asia-New Zealand relations, their education programme provides information, resources and professional development opportunities to help school leaders develop students with skills and knowledge to embrace future prospects in Asia. Visit

Resources and support for Chinese Language Programmes are:

  • Chinese National Adviser

Provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining Chinese language programmes. For workshops and events click here.

  • National Coordinators

Focus on effective implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA realigned achievement standards, as well as the development of literacy and language practices. Contact Jeni Lemberg for Central South and Southern regions and Belinda Sydenham for Northern and Central North regions.

  • TKI Learning Languages

The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language teachers informed about important deadlines and events. Visit

  • Confucius Institute Online

Provides a wide variety of Chinese learning resources, covering interactive live classes, video & audio courses and Chinese character writing tools. Visit

  • Resources

Hăo! An introduction to Chinese. This resource provides multi-media materials for teachers and students new to language learning. The series is  for year 7 and 8 students and supports Level 1 and 2 achievement objectives in Chinese. Schools may request free copies of the two folders of units for each teacher of the specified language.

Access the digital version through Digistore, email to request copies or phone 0800 660 662 

A few selected resources:

For more information email Fu Jiwei at  or phone 09 623 8899 ext 48613.

The following immersion and scholarship opportunities available to teachers of Chinese are:

Up to 15 scholarships are offered to New Zealand teachers of Chinese to attend a 3-week intensive language and culture programme in China. Visit China Scholarship.

AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences to China. Visit the website