We have a small and dedicated team which includes our Visitor Services Officers, Volunteers, Gardener and Manager.
Ute Keck - Visitor Services Officer
Every corner of the garden has something special and with every season the garden changes its face. I love the garden! It makes me feel like being in China. The most I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and seeing them being fascinated by the garden’s beauty and its unique atmosphere.
Shiori Nishida - Visitor Services Officer
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is such a special space for me. Located in the heart of Dunedin, stepping into it is like entering a different world of peace and reflection. It’s amazing architecture--windows, arches, pagodas--frames the garden and the pond in so many different ways.
Sunny days are beautiful, of course, but I also love to watch raindrops falling on the water. No matter what the weather, these gardens have their own distinct charm.
Li Wang - Visitor Services Officer
The garden and its ever changing face never ceases to fascinate me. I love the peace and inspiration I find in the garden. Working here is a great privilege and of course the joy of meeting people from all around the world is just another plus.
Carol Yang – Visitor Services Officer
The Chinese Garden is such a peaceful place to work. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and sharing my Chinese knowledge and culture with them. The most enjoyable time is Chinese New Year Festival. Hundreds of people from different countries come to the Garden and celebrate the biggest Chinese festival with us and that makes me feel like I’m at home.
Ming Du – Visitor Services Officer
I enjoy working at the Dunedin Chinese Garden, it's a very beautiful place and not only do I get to practise my English but I get to speak and translate Chinese for many of our visitors. Although our staff come from many different cultures they are all friendly and enjoy a good joke, I like that.
Theresa Peng - Volunteer
I like the whole garden because it is connected with my culture. I feel it is very familiar; it is a typical classical Chinese Garden. Most important, I like the people I work with.
Jean Millar - Volunteer
I like it here because it’s beautiful. I enjoy meeting the people and sharing the beauty of the area with them. Volunteering at the garden gives me a great interest.
Brian McCormack - Volunteer
The seasons come and go and so do the festivals and other occasions and activities that bring life to this wonderful Dunedin attraction. I am privileged to work here. It’s so rewarding to see the enjoyment on adults' and children's faces as they explore this serene and beautiful tribute to the city’s Chinese forefathers and their descendants. Having learnt so much about a scholar's garden, I love to be able to share a little of it with those who can stop for a moment to contemplate.
Chelsea Steen-Jones - Volunteer
I started volunteering at the gardens when I came to Dunedin to study. It has been a wonderful place to escape from assignments and exams. The people are always wonderful and the garden is always beautiful.
Ian Melvin - Gardener
The autumn colours are starting to show in the garden. My favourite place in the garden in autumn is the southern courtyard, where a variety of different chrysanthemums in pots are grouped together. In the same courtyard the potted Liriope Muscari is in flower, alongside the Chinese red pine make an interesting foil for the chrysanthemum display, catching the eye through the lattice windows as you pass along the passage to the outside of the courtyard.