The Alliance Française
The Alliance Française is a worldwide, non-profit network of associations dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture. The first Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 and it has been active in New Zealand for 117 years.
There are now nearly 1,000 Alliance Française organisations worldwide including 10 in New Zealand, which all offer social as well as cultural activities with 7 of them (in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Nelson, Palmerston North and Wellington) also providing French language classes.
The Alliance Française maintains strong ties and implements quality cooperation with cultural and educational local institutions. They work closely with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy to schedule linguistic and artistic programming.