About Us

The purpose of the Otago Southland Chinese Association is to serve the interests of Chinese people in Otago and Southland.  This includes  organising and participating in events that develop friendships and promote good will with the Chinese community and the wider community in Otago, New Zealand and overseas.
Officially the objectives of the Association are
  1. To provide for Chinese residents in the Provincial Districts of Otago and Southland the means of mutual help in welfare to relieve poverty, education including cultural matters
  2. To establish Chinese language schools and to promote the advancement and maintenance of Chinese language and culture
  3. To represent the Otago and Southland Chinese Community in its interaction with the New Zealand Government and the New Zealand public at large
  4. To represent the Otago and Southland Chinese Community in its interaction with other Chinese communities in New Zealand and overseas
  5. To apply any income, capital, benefit or advantage for charitable purposes within New Zealand
  6. To be and to remain non-political and to have no allegiance to any religious body or belief
2. History

Established October 1935
The Association initially concentrated on fundraising for the motherland during the Sino-Japanese War.  Subsequently it’s focus turned to cultural and sporting activities.
In 1974 the Association purchased its first Clubrooms on Prosser Street in Burnside, Green Island.  In 1980 it registered as an Incorporated Society.  The present Clubrooms situated on King Edward Street, in South Dunedin were purchased in 1993.
Throughout it’s history the Association’s underlying objectives has been caring for the general welfare and needs of local Chinese, and promoting the cultural heritage.
This entry (slightly modified) was published in the Cyclopedia of Otago and Southland (150th Anniversary - 1998)
Click here to apply for or renew OSCA membership.

Dear Member/Intending Member,

Memberships for 2014 will be due on 31 March. We encourage every member of the Chinese Community, your family and friends to join the Otago & Southland Chinese Association.

Benefits you will get from being a member are: Chinese New Year picnic, Chinese New Year dinner, August Moon dinner, certification service, translation service (at a discounted rate), newsletters, use of the club rooms, NZCA Annual Easter Sports Tournament, Annual South Island Chinese Miniball & Basketball Tournament, NCEA academic awards, NZCA Guangdong Youth Winter Camp, NZCA Youth Leadership Camp, NZCA Adult China Tour, organized trips and many more.

Weekly miniball and basketball practices are held on Sundays in Terms 1, 2 and 3. Miniball practices are also held in Term 4. The Chinese School and dance classes also run every Sunday.

Each year we hold a number of events for the Chinese Community. Your membership will ensure that you will be able to participate fully in these community events and meet other members of your Chinese Community.

Your membership will allow you to participate in many of our functions at a discounted rate. Many of our activities are only available to members of the Association.

To ensure that you remain on our mailing list and continue to receive our newsletters and information on community events we encourage you to enter your details on the subscription form and return it to us with your payment. In order to facilitate our communication with you, particularly on upcoming events we ask that you include your email address.

The OSCA needs your input and ideas to further the community spirit.

Otago & Southland Chinese Association Committee