Haere Mai! 欢迎!

Welcome to Kiwese: a Wellington-originated, Chengdu-based online publication about indie music, arts and culture in China and Aotearoa.

The youngest country in the world meets one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.
A population of over a billion meets a population of almost five million.

He Tangata, baby. People.

Kiwese aims to better meaningful connections through arts, music, travel and culture; rather than ties based merely on the potential for bettering the economy.

About Kristen

Kristen 伍思听is a Chengdu-based Wellingtonian with ancestral roots in Taishan, Guangdong. Upon moving to Beijing as a language student in 2013, she started the multimedia blog Kiwese (www.kiwese.co.nz) in order to promote independent music, arts and culture between China and Aotearoa. In 2015, Kiwese established itself as a touring label for New Zealand acts in the Mainland.

Kristen currently handles bookings and promotion at live music venue NU SPACE, as well as bookings for NUART Festival, a free three-day annual music and art street festival in Chengdu. She also plays and performs music as Kaishandao 开山刀. Kristen has lived in China for almost four years and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Chinglish.

Kiwese China Tours:

  • Orchestra of Spheres (2015)
  • mr sterile Assembly (2016)

Upcoming Tours:

  • The All Seeing Hand x Kaishandao (Sept/Oct 2017)
Photo / Rachel Brandon
Photo / Rachel Brandon


Hello, are you there?

Are you interested in China and New Zealand? Always keen to hear from you. Photographers, writers, designers, music buffs, travellers, chefs, entrepreneurs, researchers, vegetable growers, divas, deep sea divers, coffee-heads, painters, kung fu masters, crazy cat ladies, inventors, tech addicts, Chinese speakers, bands, translators, D-grade celebrities, philanthropists (lol, 来吧), rappers, lovers, haters etc.

Drop me a line at hellokiwese at gmail dot com

Facecrack: https://www.facebook.com/hellokiwese/
Twatter: https://twitter.com/kiwese

WeChat Official:

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One thought on “About”

  1. From Elli, I know your story.
    I am so lucky to meet her, the second day I moved to Wellington at city gallery and so happy to know your amazing story.
    I wish you guys have an amazing trip in SICHUAN, China.

    I want to say thank you, Elli. You are doing what I am preparing to do.
    There are so many things we can do, so many stories we can tell and so many miracles we can explore, yes, between China and New Zealand.

    This month, May, is my 20th month in New Zealand. We have different views for life and our country culture but I am sure these are our precious and we will learn from each other as well.

    All the best and I am always here ready to help.

    See you, in the future.


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