A social network for all nationalities
Established in 1994, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Beijing (ANZA) is a non-profit group that aims to provide a support network for Australians, New Zealanders and other international expats living in Beijing. Throughout the year, members, their families and friends meet each other socially, to share information and experiences about life in Beijing, as well as have fun in true Aussie and Kiwi style.
Each month ANZA has an informal morning tea for members and newcomers. These gatherings are a lot of fun, with the opportunity to chat with friends, meet new people, and in the ANZA tradition, enjoy a glass (or two) of champagne with morning tea. The events are often themed around a particular part of the year, for example Australia Day, Waitangi Day, Easter, Mother’s Day or Christmas, which also adds to the fun.
Each year, ANZA hosts a Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon. This always held on the first Tuesday in November, in conjunction with the famous horse racing event in Australia. The Luncheon allows participants to have a bet or two on the Melbourne Cup, win big in the horse auction and show off their style with Fashions on the Field. We also raise a fantastic amount of money for charity too.
In 2006, ANZA held its first Great Wall Dinner which proved to be a huge success. Having dinner on the Great Wall of China is an incredible experience here in Beijing and ANZA does it best, with dinner, dancing and a wonderful evening in such a unique location. The Great Wall Dinner has grown in popularity so much that it is now one of the most sought-after tickets on the ex-pat event calendar. It is exclusively for ANZA members and is our biggest fundraiser for charity.
On occasion a guided tour will be organised for members. ANZA calls them “Walkabouts” and they may include a tour to a downtown area or perhaps an easy hike in the hills. Newcomers are always welcome to these events. They are a great way to meet people and get to know Beijing a little better. ANZA welcomes suggestions for further events. Opportunities exist for all ANZA members to share ideas and make the most of their time in Beijing. Please contact us if you have an idea or would like to join us.
As a community contribution, ANZA may nominate a particular charity each year to donate a major portion of its annual profit, or the ANZA committee will allocate funds to a charity or cause on an “as-needs” basis.
ANZA Membership is open to all foreign passport holders for a nominal annual fee of RMB150 per family. Representation on the ANZA Committee, however, is only open to Australians and New Zealanders.
ANZA is run on a voluntary basis. Membership fees, event entry fees and raffle ticket sales all contribute to the running of the events and any profits made are donated to charity. If you are interested in joining the committee please contact us.
The ANZA Monthly Newsletter, containing information regarding upcoming events and other information, is forwarded to our members via our Wechat page and email. If you would like to receive our ANZA Newsletter or to find out how to become an ANZA Member, please visit the membership page of our website.
We look forward to seeing you at the next ANZA event!
The ANZA Committee
Patrons for ANZA
ANZA is delighted to have Her Excellency, The Australian Ambassador for China, Jan Adams and His Excellency, The New Zealand Ambassador for China, John McKinnon as its Patrons.
ANZA enjoys the support of the Australian and New Zealand Embassies which help to cross-promote events and activities here in Beijing. Thank you, Ambassador Adams and the Australian Embassy team and Ambassador McKinnon and the New Zealand Embassy team, for your support of ANZA events.