Home' The Wellingtonian : February 2nd 2012 Contents 8 THE WELLINGTONIAN, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Use a bit less, make a big difference
Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington
Water levels are currently average in our rivers
and aquifer. However, this summer we're
running on half our usual water storage while
we upgrade our lakes. This will affect everyone
if levels drop, so follow your local watering
restrictions and use water with care.
More info at gw.govt.nz/water
The Wellington Chinese Language School
Many of us will come to know 2012 as the Year of the Dragon,
one traditionally associated with ultimate abundance,
prosperity and good fortune.
With more than 5000 years history of civilization,
Chinese around the world proudly proclaim themselves
"Long De Chuan Ren" (Descendents of the Dragon).
The Dragon has permeated Chinese culture throughout this
long and rich history
More recent and peaceful economic revolutions have seen
the rise of the Chinese economy to the point where it is the
second largest in the world and on its way to the top.
An understanding of the Chinese language is one of the
keys to tapping into this economic powerhouse, whether in
China or here in New Zealand, as well as accessing a wealth
of cultural and historical riches.
The Wellington Chinese Language School offers classes
in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). The classes
use the modern teaching facilities of Victoria University of
Wellington's Kelburn campus and are on Saturday afternoons
1.30-3.00pm, following the primary school calendar.
Pre-enrolments are being accepted now, with classes
beginning on 11 February 2012.
Both adults and children 5 years of age and older -- from
nervous beginners to more confident speakers -- are taught
by native speakers of Chinese from China, who are also
fluent in English. Other aspects of Chinese culture such
as Chinese calligraphy, painting and cooking are also
incorporated. Besides teaching Chinese language and
culture, the School is also actively involved in community
activities and contributes to events such as Wellington's
Chinese New Year Festival.
The Wellington Chinese Language School has formed a
partnership with Confucius Institute at Victoria University this
year. The Confucius Institute helps the School promote Chinese
teaching and cultural activities. All School members are eligible
for 50% off the price of all Confucius Institute courses.
For more details, visit http://www.wcls.ac.nz
Contacts May Yang 04 916 1415 or 021 113 4236,
Bobby Ng 022 626 0599 or 388 7168, or
Ben Ang 971 1806 or 021 436 198.
Learn Chinese for Travelling
Learn Chinese (Mandarin)
Confucius Institute at Victoria University
PO Box 600 Wellington 6140
Wellington Chinese Language School Inc.
PO Box 10-839 The Terrace, Wellington
Room 204, Kelburn Parade
18 Victoria University
Course dates: Monday 6.30pm-8.30pm
Enrolment: January 2012
Victoria University, Kelburn Parade,
Hugh MacKenzie Lecture Block foyer
(Between Murphy and Von Zedlitz
Enrolment: Saturday 11 February 2012,
from 11.30am to 1.30pm Followed by class
from 1.30 to 3.00pm
School $140 per year under the age of 16
Donation: $230 per year 16 years and over
$350 per year for immediate family
Yaru Liu: 04 463 6248 or
022 046 6239
May Yang: 04 9161415 or
May Yang : 04 9161415 or
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Ang : 04 9711806 or 021 436198
Bobby Ng : 04 3887168 or
022 626 0599
Course starts: Late February. 2012
Enrolment day: Saturday 11 Feb. 2012
The Confucius Institute at Victoria University is running for
the first time in the Wellington region a course specifically
designed for those wanting or planning to travel in China.
The course runs for ten weeks (a total of twenty hours of
class time) and covers ten language topics relevant to
travelling in China. Those taking the course will learn how
to introduce themselves, how to get through customs, how
to shop, dine at a restaurant, catch transportation, ask
for help, visit a doctor, go to the bank, engage in cultural
activities, and master basic terms used at the hotel. As the
course is in its preliminary stage, it is open to suggestions
and can teach specific topics on request.
Classes for children age 5 through to adults
(Students from Wellington Chinese Language School are
eligible to 50% discount.)
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Adam Art Gallery puts
best foot forward
By THOMAS PHILLIPS
Expert appraisal: Adam Art Gallery curator Laura Preston takes a look at Camera Work.
Photo: THOMAS PHILLIPS
Nuclear weapons, Japanese
society and Wellington cam-
pus life are explored in Adam
Art Gallery's new exhibition,
The exhibition is a four-part
photographers from New
Zealand and overseas.
Kohei Yoshiyuki's The Park
explores human relationships
in big cities through a look at
Tokyo residents after dark.
documented again in Auck-
lander Fiona Amundsen's
First City in History, which
puts modern-day Hiroshima
in its historical context as the
first city in history to experi-
ence atomic bombing.
English artist Simon
Starling's work, Autoxylopy-
rocycloboros, critiques nuclear
weapons and humanity's mis-
guided attempts at progress, telling a story of self-
destruction about a steamboat that is dismantled to fuel its
The exhibition is brought
closer to home with
Wellingtonian John Lake's
The Campus, which surveys
life at Victoria University last
Curator Laura Preston said
the timing of the exhibition
was ideal, because of the
upcoming Wellington Arts
It's a great time of year
because we're part of a circuit
of galleries around town that
are all putting their best foot
forward; we're really doing
that with Camera Work,'' she
Camera Work will run until
Adam Art Gallery, at Vic-
toria University, is open
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am till
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