Chinese New Year


Last updated on Friday 16 February 3pm

It’s happening at Civic Square! Hopefully no showers while we’re there 🙂


17 FEB

Max24°C Overnight min18°C

Partly cloudy, chance shower until evening. Strong northerlies easing.

Issued at: 11:02am 16 Feb

The plan

Family Fun Fair @ Civic Square – Ni Hao Children’s Community have been invited to be at the centre of the Family Fun Fair so we will be having our classes in Civic Square on the artificial turf (and maybe the safety matting outside Nikau Cafe), and allowing other children and families to watch or join in if they like.

Street Parade – All children and families (from all classes during the week, not just Saturdays!) will be asked to take part / represent the community in the Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday 17 February (1pm meet up, for 2pm start, Tennyson Street). We’re going as dogs! (or some as dragons or lions!)

Help needed:

  • Every family to bring a picnic mat for the ground please. We need to mark out the area as a class area so that the general public do not walk through our groups!
  • FOUR adults to be parade marshals for our section for safety reasons: keep the walking group on course, keep the public away from the moving parade, etc.
  • If others ask or look curious, please be nice and talk to them about your experience with NHCC and why you/your kids like it ; ) and hand out our new business cards.

Here is the document that was handed out during classes this past week: NiHaoCC CNY Notes 17 Feb 2018

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Family Fun Fair – Ni Hao Children’s Community Open Day, Civic Square

Children and adults should slip, slop, slap – we’ll be sitting in Civic Square with no shelter from the sun! A wide brimmed sunhat must be worn for the duration of the class and ensure you have sunscreen already applied and a water bottle handy for thirsty children.

There will be colourful bouncy castles and yummy smells from food trucks surrounding us at Civic Square – so there will be plenty of distraction! Please encourage your children to be involved in class for their session, and then they’re free to roam 😉

There will be only two session times for our Saturday class students, as follows:

  1. 10-10:45 am Early Learners
  2. 11am-12noon School Kids

The classes will have little bit of a Chinese New Year / dog-theme to them as well.

After class, students will receive a Scavenger Hunt activity sheet to explore the rest of the Festival with (so you might want to bring a pen along with you on the day). Bring completed sheets to the following week’s classes, to be discussed in class and also go into a prize draw! If you are not a Saturday class student, please pop along to say ni hao anyway and collect your Scavenger Hunt activity sheet.

The public can also pick up the Scavenger Hunt activity sheets and give it a go! 🙂

Street Parade

This officially starts at 2pm, but we’ll be meeting at 1pm on Tennyson Street.

  • Please make and bring a dog mask to hold/wear during the parade – German Shepherd? Golden Retriever? Pug?? ; ) You can print something from the internet and either attach some elastic band, or stick it to a stick. You can wear a dragon or lion mask if you like too!
  • Please wear red, orange or yellow clothing – this can just be a top or you can try going the extra mile with everything matching! If you’re lucky enough to have a Chinese outfit, please wear that : )
  • NO actual dogs are allowed!

We also have a small Ni Hao Children’s Community banner and it’d be great if some could take turns holding it (as a pair) during the parade.

A map of the parade and where we will be walking will be posted up soon.

What happens if the weather’s bad?

We will update this page, and will endeavour to confirm with enrolled family parents on Friday 16 February afternoon via email and text message. Please ensure that you have your current email address AND mobile phone number updated on the EnrolMy system! There seem to be a lot of mobile phone numbers missing. If you don’t hear from us, please just check this website page!

For those who are taking part in trials, please check this page for an update on Friday afternoon. With so much happening, it is very likely we will not know/remember to contact each of you as you’re not yet enrolled on our system.

If the Civic Square activities and Street Parade do not proceed, we go back to having classes at the usual scheduled times at Lifepoint Church.

What else is happening for Chinese New Year?

You can visit Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival website at . It is for ONE day only this year!

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Stories & Rhymes will be happening on Saturday 17 February, with two sessions at the Wellington City Library (9:30am and 3pm) and one 11am session at Capital E. Each session is 30 minutes long.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Chinese you are going to have lots of fun listening to another language and doing activities all about the year of the Dog.

Bring along a toy dog, dress in your New Year clothes (or Dog costume), or just come as you are, to share familiar stories and songs like ‘Spot the Dog’ or ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’…but in Chinese! Don’t forget while you are down at Central Library to check out all the fun activities that are going to be happening outside in Civic Square.


Come along and join us when Capital E and Ni Hao Children’s Community host a fun and interactive session using music, rhymes, songs, and activities to introduce the Mandarin language and celebrate Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Rooster!


  • When: Wednesday 1st February 2017
  • Time: 10am – 11am
  • Where: Capital E Central, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
  • Price: Free, no bookings required
  • This is suitable for children under the age of 5.

Capital E is also hosting other Chinese New Year related activities during the week.