About Us

The New Zealand China Māori Friendship Charitable Trust
(Chin-Māo) is a not for profit organisation formalised in 2002 to promote relationships based on friendship and mutual understanding between New Zealand Māori and the peoples of China.

Our Aim

Our aim is to facilitate friendly relationships and cultural understanding between our two peoples.
Our Trustees are guided by the objectives set out in the New Zealand China Māori Friendship Charitable Trust Deed which are committed to developing relationships in three main areas:
• Friendships and cultural understanding
• Social development
• Economic opportunities

Chin-Māo is an organisation whose members work hard to form and nurture relationships between iwi and hapu groups and the Chinese Peoples.

Since 1984 the focus has been on hosting and leading friendship delegations as we believe this reflects the Māori and Chinese preference to meet each other and build a relationship based on mutual understanding, thereby assisting each other with opportunities or initiatives that are mutually beneficial.

Our experience in facilitating reciprocal delegations with the Chinese Peoples Association For Friendship With Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) spans 28 years and has enabled Chin-Māo to build strong person to person networks both in China and within Māori whanau, hapu and Iwi.

Our current focus includes developing relationships between Kura Kaupapa Māori and Minority Peoples schools in China through establishing internet relationships, teaching of Chinese languages in our kura and Māori in the Chinese schools and cultural exchanges that will lead to teacher and student exchanges and the promotion of business developments between Māori and Chinese organisations and people.

The Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), known in China as YOUXIE, has established Friendship relationships with more than 160 countries worldwide, and fully supports Chin-Māo’s objectives.

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