Auckland Chinese Community Centre
1 New North Road, Auckland
The Auckland Chinese Community Centre began as the Auckland Chinese Hall around 1960, and became the Community Centre in 1975. It has a branch in Mangere and another in the city centre; it coordinates events and provides a recreational space for the Chinese community in the area.
The premises above,( situated upstairs from Wineworths in Hobson Street ,) was leased from Thomas Doo Jnr and renovated by a Community group headed by George J. Yin who was also a founding member of the CHINESE CLUB ( now defunct ) but this was a catalyst for the Chinese Community Centre to be built in Mangere.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Auckland Branch was not very active in the Chinese community, with the Auckland Chinese Sports Club (ACSC) doing much of the organizing for Easter tournaments and teams to participate at centers outside of Auckland. Auckland Chinese Community Centre (ACCC) held annual fundraising either through annual Chinese New Year Market days (at the old Turners & Growers building downtown) or at the Dragon Boat racing competitions - held on Princes Wharf.
Many of those involved in the fair days wore two hats - being members of both organizations; but ACCC was the better known organization in the community in those days.In 1999 there was a dispute within the Auckland Chinese Community Centre concerning membership. The Branch gave support to the Auckland Concerned Chinese Action Group in resolving the problem with the Auckland Chinese Community Centre.
In the 2000’s NZCA Auckland Branch had a revival under the leadership of Kai Luey - with membership in NZCA promoted and more activities and meetings held regularly. The Women's Group was formed in1999 and holds monthly meetings or outings and whilst the Going BananaEvents, Cantonese Music School for children aged 4 to 12 years old, annual Golf & Lawn Bowls Tournaments, Achievement Awards, Leadership and Development Conferences (LDC), Senior Lifestyle Group, Future Dragonz and Young Leadership Camp (YLC) were major initiatives commenced during this period. In recent years, many persons served on the executive committees of both NZCA & ACCC. We share activities such as the weekly Senior Lifestyle Group Get togethers at the ACCC premises in New North Road which commenced in November 2008 and most of the attendees are members of both ACCC & NZCA.
ACCC holds a dinner annually to mark Chinese National Day (1 October) but NZCA holds Mid Autumn Festival dinner - as we are apolitical. ACCC hold the CNY Market day celebrations while we hold a dinner at the end of Chinese New Year to raise funds for Easter Tournament necessities.
Auckland Branch, ACCC and United Chinese Associations of NZ and other recent Chinese migrant organizations have collaborated together of late in the promotion and organising of community events eg the 2012 Chinese NY concert with overseas performers ex China performing at the Bruce Mason Theatre.