A Trust in Need is the Trust Indeed

Provide assistances and consultancy services to the new Chinese immigrants in the community for their settlement difficulties, basic requirements and business inquiries.

  • New comers’ house renting, opening a bank account, arranging electricity or telephone connections, school enrolments etc.
  • English/Chinese translation and interpreter, 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, such as legal, immigration, accounting, business opportunities, trade and investment, medical and insurance.
  • Offer a premise as the community activities centre to facilitate people meeting together and enjoy the pleasures of retrospection. This could be a place where people’s emotional and spiritual needs are met through reading, movie, music, chatting, games etc.

See me come, See me go

Welcome visiting and exchanges between New Zealand and China.

  • Messages being passed through the Chinese embassy in New Zealand to the Trust with on the annually Youngsters Holiday Camping in China. That enables the Trust to organise students aged from 12 to 18 in the community to go to China during their school holidays either for culture explore or language study. The Trust also introduces Chinese Language tutors, business people and artists from local go to China for their relevant trainings and visits.
  • After many communicating and discussing with organisations in Auckland and Wellington, Palmerston North will be one of their stops for those professional cultural delegations, such as Chinese folk dancers, singers, Kungfu, acrobatics, and magic performers when they come to visit NZ.
  • The Trust itself also has plan to invite Chinese arties, experts in psychology, education, Chinese medicals, and successful business persons etc, to bring their geniuses to NZ for a showcase and display.

Health and wellbeing

This programme is designed to help the new comers of students, elders and Chinese families in our community to cope with their live in New Zealand; help with their physically and psychologically access to the society. Strengthening the community connectedness, improve social wellbeing, which then will increase our social amenity and build up a stronger bond. Enhance a stronger relationship between individuals also with other ethnic groups and local community.

  • Monthly gatherings for workshops, seminars etc. gathering of different Chinese groups in Palmerston North, to share information and social with each other. Introductions on New Zealand’s policies on health systems, social well-being and spreading information on social benefits and health services.
  • Invite experts and or specialists from China and other cities as well of New Zealand, play visits to the community, give free consultations on traditional Chinese Medicines related to health and wellbeing in Chinese Language.
  • Visit households consists of elder people frequently, get to know them and what their needs are. Also we will help them to make appointments with GP, and bring them to medical centre if needed.
  • In contact with the Massey university Chinese Student Association. Our plan with the students are considered in four main aspects. Firstly help them with their English and communication skill, which encourage them to blend into the study environment soonest possible; secondly provide transportation for social activities if needed, even organizing social activities for the students, especially on traditional festivals. Thirdly, assist them if they are in trouble, such as needed medical attention, or violation towards their human body or human right. Fourthly, educate and advertise how the social network in New Zealand works, and providing information regarding all aspect of this country.
  • Keep working on supporting the finding of a Chinese GP in Palmerston North. And always be there to help with the establishment of a Chinese herb shop or wellbeing services business, if such opportunity presented.

Celebrating Chinese Festivals

Mcct organizes cultural events through a year in which Chinese culture is celebrated with performance, demonstrations and shows etc.

  • Chinese New Year Concert to be held in the 1st Chinese lunar month every year-Spring Festival, which normally falls in February.
  • Lantern Festival, the 15th day of 1st lunar month. Lantern parade and lion dance celebrating the first full moon.
  • Qing Ming, Tomb Sweeping Day, a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime (treading on the greenery) and tend to the graves of departed ones.
  • Duan wu Festival, 5th day of 5th lunar month, people eat dumplings wrapped in lotus leaves. Dragon boat race is also referred as one of a symbols of Chinese traditional sports.
  • The Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival is the second important day in the Chinese calendar. Farmers celebrate the harvesting season on this date. Family members and friends will gather to admire the harvest moon, eat moon cakes. A full moon is a symbol of peace and prosperity for the whole.
  • Exhibition can be hold by the meaning of showing different talents from the whole community. Information about different diversify that community members can enhance the understanding and awareness in the community.
  • Volunteer work with the combination of community members and students to enhance the connection about each other.

Working together

Participates in various culture activities hosted by city council, local government and community agencies, ethnic centre and/or other community organisations in which the cultural diversity is promoted. That is where we learn from, enjoy and grow in understanding of each other.

  • Festival of Culture of Culture (held by PNCC) has been proved to be a very good opportunity to promote The Trust and Chinese culture. Chinese Traditional Costume Display and Folk Dances will be performed on centre stage. Their demonstration and performance again will be a very highlight of the Festival Day Participate local.
  • Participate local annual event Mother’s Day Concert organised by The Unity Singers. Chinese Folk dances and music are performed at Regent on Broadway for every Mother’s Day celebrating.
  • Christmas Parade is a PNCC’s annual activity. The MCCT will organise the Chinese cultural team to performance there.
  • Join and promote Women only Swimming, a project held by Ethnic Council of PN.
  • Chinese Language Week an annually event proposed and promoted by New Zealand & China Friendship Society assures us the opportunity to commit the Trust of Community Education programs on Chinese Language and Culture showcases.
MCCT enjoys a high level of cooperation with and input from other agencies and organizations which will help us to form a stronger synergetic support network.

Break the Silence, Stop the Violence

This programme aims to build up a violence free environment in the community. It is comprised of the domestic violence prevention and intervention as,

  • “Power to Change”-- family safety educational workshops. We have planned a range of sessions of the workshop, each session has a different topic. The workshop consists of a PPT presentations, educational videos, a question and answer session, sharing of experiences, interactive activities and more.
  • Compiling and distributing a number of brochures about Domestic Violence awareness and prevention.
  • Case management: receiving reports regarding DV and family conflicts; developing intervention plan; managing family crisis; providing counselling service.
  • Making home visits when concern arises; undertaking assessment of clients, identifying risk factors.
  • Referral service: referring clients to other agencies and organizations to get further help if needed.

Guide and Guardians

In response to the needs of Chinese youth in the community and international students from China related to their study and in residence. We offer a variety social services for Chinese and the wider community in the region and beyond. These services will be offered via community educational programmes, support group in schools, case management, advocacy and referrals, etc. Services will be delivered through the following initiatives:

  • “Be Confidence, Be Nice”- After school groups for supporting the diversity learner.
  • Social and Educational Groups will hold under different topics, for example, social skill improvement group, academic English on school subjects, Study assistance group.
  • Anger management, self-care skill in schools to meets the different needs of the diversity learners to improvement their well-being in school life. Social worker will network local school, like SENCO to understanding the needs of the students to organise the group within school hours to empower the students in different aspect, such as communication skill, learning strategies, emotion regulation etc. If the amount of the Chinese students, other students in need would be welcomed.
  • Educational talks-- will establish to caregivers or parents who need to take care the diversity learners daily in order to empower their handling skills, like how to manage the behaviours in daily life, how to support learning with diversify learner in school and at home.
  • Parenting Programmes-- Small mutual group will be hold regularly to support the skills and emotional needs of the care giver or parents under different discussion topic or parenting skills enhancement. Meanwhile, learners are also having a great opportunity to meet up and form a support network among each other.

Chinese information and communication platform

An information and communication platform is developed by combining the existing Chinese Hotline, MCCT website and a new online platform (58.com Manawatu sub-site) to provide free, comprehensive local information to the local community, and the meanwhile people can communicate and seek support through this functional project. With this platform, our Chinese audience could have a better understanding of what are happening in local community, what resources they have access to, what services/products they could use, and so on. It would improve the living convenience for the Chinese community. Furthermore, it enhances to unite all the Chinese communities, groups and individuals together. At the same time, with more Chinese community members taking part in local activities or using local services/products, local community will benefit from the information sharing. On top of that, it improves multi-cultural civilization / diversity of New Zealand.