About us

Manawatu Chinese Community Trust (here after refer to as “The Trust”) is an incorporated charity trust which is set up to promote Chinese cultural identity and provide a comprehensive service to the entire Chinese communities in Manawatu region .


The Trust is based on Palmerston North. It aims to build up Chinese networks; promote a great Chinese heritage; encourage the cultural and language maintenance; strengthen Chinese unity and mutual support; share fundamental cultural values, languages, traditions with the people from other cultures in New Zealand.

It provides facilities, research and learning opportunities to the community enhancing their pleasant existence and the contributions to the multi-cultural civilization of New Zealand.

We organise cultural events around the year in which Chinese culture is celebrated; Participate in various culture activities hosted by local city council, ethnic center and other community organisations in which the cultural diversity is promoted and where we learn from, enjoy and grow in understanding of each other.

What we do

We organise cultural events around the year in which Chinese culture is celebrated; Participate in various culture activities hosted by local city council, ethnic center and other community organisations in which the cultural diversity is promoted and where we learn from, enjoy and grow in understanding of each other.


We conduct comprehensive day to day services and consultations to the community: Provide assistances to Chinese community for their basic settlement difficulties; Liaise between the Government and the community for fully utilization of services provided by the Government and local authorities to non-English speakers; Recommend professional institution to people in need to provide them with information and advices.


We provide holistic educational opportunities and unique adult learning environment for the community; Provide support, encouragement and guidance to the community in their pursuit of personal development, learning and employment; Attract more people learning Chinese language, and promote Chinese culture and history.

Our organisation

Manawatu Chinese Community Trust (MCCT) is quite different from other Chinese community organisations in Manawatu region. The difference can be found from the following ways:

MCCT was founded in 2006. Members of the Trust are generally first-generation immigrants from mainland China, who came to New Zealand with certain qualifications and skills that could contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

By participating in various activities, such as Chinese traditional festivals, parades, ethnic customs performances, and Mandarin language competition, people in the community have increased opportunities to connect with each other, and there has been increased collaboration between the members as they have to formally work together on a shared single goal of certain formal event.

Since the end of 2017, we have employed a full-time community social worker who offers a variety of social and community work services, which include: arranging educational workshops related to family safety; making home visits when concern arises; undertaking assessment of clients, identifying risk factors; referring clients to other agencies and organizations to get further help if needed; answering Chinese Hotline– Call for Help – to assist youth and others under stress to communicate their burdens; providing consultancy service, etc.

On the other hand, we closely cooperate together with other Chinese community organisations in the region. For instance, we will work together with Chinese Association Manawatu Branch Inc. for the Lantern Festival from February to March 2018.