Have you ever thought about learning another language? No matter what language you are speaking, Chinese will become one of the most beneficial for you. It opens a door for you to a community and enables you to talk to 1/6 of population in the world. And if you are happen to live in New Zealand, here are more reasons for you.
215,040 Chinese people visited New Zealand in the one month- February 2015 which is the month of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). There are almost 400,000 Chinese visitor arrivals by May 2016. What does that mean? The population in Auckland region is 1,415,550. And the number of Chinese visitor arrivals is 1/3 of the population of the biggest city in New Zealand just in 5 months. And Auckland is the first stop for most of them.
What do they bring to local economy and you? Visitors spend 8.2 days in New Zealand and $4,630 on average. For the last few years China has been our fastest growing visitor market, and it is also predicted that Chinese visitor numbers to almost double by 2018 and they will spend more than $1.1 billion annually. Also it is worth mentioning that animal encounter and botanical gardens are among the most popular activities in Chinese visitors.
In terms of the Chinese students, China is New Zealand’s largest source country for international students and has shown steady growth in student numbers from 2010-2014. 30,179 Chinese international students studied at a New Zealand provider in 2014, which was a 3,253 student increase from 2013. And, 70% of all Chinese enrolments were in the Auckland region, that was more than 20,000 Chinese students in Auckland.
Now, let us turn our sight to Chinese residents in New Zealand. In the census 2013, there were 171,411 Chinese ethnic people living in New Zealand comprised of 4.3 percent of the population. The most common region this group lived in was Auckland Region (69.0 percent or 118,230 people).
In terms of the business between New Zealand and China, I want to quote a speech of Prime Minister: ‘Trade with China has been one of the great success stories of the New Zealand export sector over the past decade or more. So much so that I had no hesitation in setting an ambitious future goal when I visited China three years ago.’ Actually, the government desperately wants to build a mutual understanding of finance and economic policy positions and systems.
All the figures above are only about mainland China, what if you take other Chinese speakers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other areas into account? I suppose you have found every answer to why Chinese matters and why you should learn this language. It will definitely become a huge advantage for New Zealanders to learn Chinese language skills, train teachers to run Chinese language programmes in schools and strengthen Asian studies in universities.