Assistance & consultancy

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

  • Offering support in finding rental accomodation, 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.

Chinese Hotline

In response to the needs of the Chinese migrants and international students from China of this “student city” of New Zealand, Mcct proposed a project –CALL FOR HELP— a Chinese hotline to help the youth and/or people in troubles to unload their mental burdens and psychological insanity. It is also a part of the warning system to report troubling behaviors, potentially act of violence and/or crime which may well be committed in the society. Chinese hotline was successfully launched on 25 Oct 2007 and will be an ongoing project.

Exchanges

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 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.

Chinese Festivals

Organises 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.

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.

Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention

This programme aims to build up a violence free environment in the community. The programme is comprised of the following projects:

  • “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.

Chinese community security joint defense against domestic violence

A series of surveys conducted by the Chinese community in North Papa, addressing the problems of today's family life and the younger generation in Asian communities. We share some of the psychological changes that adolescents care about caused by violent videos and games. When they face bullying, young people's unstable psychology and behavior, as well as some common problems of immigrants, such as rebellious behavior, like a lofty personality, low mood, relationship breakdown or frustration and failure.

In response to the needs of Chinese immigrant families and Chinese students in Beipa and the Manawatu area, Huahui Society proposed this special project to help them build a fostering and caring environment and integrate into New Zealand society.

Our Youth, Our Future

In response to the needs of Chinese youth in the community and international students from China related to mental health or psychological effects, we propose this project to help them build up a nurturing and caring environment and integrate into New Zealand society.

  • Answering Chinese Hotline: MCCT has set up a Chinese Hotline – Call for Help – to assist youth and others under stress to communicate their burdens.
  • Physically present to render assistance with transport, advice and interpretation as required, or offer first step counselling for the client
  • Case management: developing and implementing an intervention plan for the client
  • Referral service: referring clients to other agencies and organizations to get further help if needed.