Haere Mai! 欢迎!

Welcome to Kiwese: an online publication about people in Aotearoa and China doing cool shit.

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.

New Zealanders are well-known for being laid back. Or at least we believe ourselves to be laid back. We feel more comfortable around a BBQ than in a board room, in jandals than in dress shoes, near the beach than near the office. We like making friends, spinning yarns and having people round for tea. We are people-people.

Kiwese aims to reflect this attitude with the way we interact with China as well, to create meaningful, tangible human connections; rather than ties based merely on the potential for bettering the economy.

So enter the lounge, relax and enjoy the ride. Chur!

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.

Kristen currently handles bookings and promotion at live music venue NU SPACE and NUART Festival, a free three-day annual music and art street festival in Chengdu. Kristen has lived in China for over three years and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Chinglish.

Kiwese China Tours:

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


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


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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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