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Chinese Scholars' Studio

Discover Chinese-New Zealand cultural history through various activities, such as printing with our unique collection of newly restored Chinese heritage types.

Upon opening, the Chinese Scholars’ Studio will showcase unique Chinese–New Zealand initiatives. Hamish Beattie, a PhD candidate in Architecture, in collaboration with Daniel K. Brown, Reader in Architecture, at Victoria, has created compelling designs that bridge the rich history of the Chinese community in Wellington and letterpress printing with new materials and technologies. The studio concept includes an adjacent exhibition area as well as a modest outdoor garden, seamlessly stitching Wai-te-ata Press into a new tapestry of intercultural communication.

The Chinese Scholars’ Studio and Heritage Type project is supported by donations from the Chan family, the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, the New Zealand China Friendship Society and the Dominion Federation of New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.

Should you wish to find out more about the project and its fundraising programme, please contact The Printer.

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WTA Press Chinese Heritage Types

Chinese heritage types

An overview of the history of the Chinese heritage types that were used to print The New Zealand Chinese Growers Journal (1952-1972).

Happy Chinese New Year 2019

New projects

Find out more about the latest Wai-te-ata Press Chinese heritage type projects.

detail of handwritten list of Chinese characters to order

Building the original collection

Two manuscript collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library yield insights to how the type collection grew.

Wai-te-ata team enjoy a typesetting demostration by Mr. Wu of Letterpress Teahouse

Our research journey

The Wai-te-ata team visit Taiwan and Hong Kong in search of answers to our Chinese heritage type research questions

Professional movers packing up Wai-te-ata Press for earthquake strengthening closure

Looking back, looking forward

Looking back to look ahead: From the Year of the Dog to the Year of the Pig

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Restoration I: Examination

Take a look at what our heritage types are made of

Staff brush a galley tray of type with a soft-bristle brush

Restoration II: Sorting & Imaging

From crate to archive - sorting our heritage types

Type case holding Chinese heritage types

Restoration III: Type cases

Learn more about the challenges of transferring heritage types to new type cases.

Sydney Shep chairs special panel with three speakers

Dragon Tails 2019

Telling the story of our Chinese heritage types to international audiences

Excerpted detail of the first Wellington Bamboo Branch Songs published in the Chinese Growers Journal (vol 13, no.140 Nov-Dec 1967)

Wellington Bamboo Branch Songs: A Crowd Translation project