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150 years since Chinese were invited to New Zealand

August 28 201

This  year, the  New  Zealand  Chinese  Association  (NZCA) celebrates  andcommemorates  the 150th anniversary of  the  first  main  group  of  Chinese businessmen to visit New Zealand at the invitation of the Otago Provincial Council and the Otago Chamber of Commerce. 

In  1865,  the  Otago Provincial  Council  and  the  Otago Chamber of  Commerce twice  invited  Chinese in  Victoria,  Australia  to  come and rework  the  goldfields throughout their region in an effort to support the economic development of their area.  At that time, the goldfields were  falling into a state of  decline due to the easy gold having already been extracted. 

 A few businessmen and miners came soon after hearing the news of a ‘New GoldField’,  and  thousands  followed in  their  footsteps.   Some  of  these Chinese entrepreneurs also set up support services for their fellow countrymen: supplying provisions,  establishing  restaurants,  and starting  money exchange, gold  trading,as well as  laundry and translation services.  Initially this was good  for  the  local region as these hard working Chinese sojourners brought  about  the expected economic benefits.

By 1869, over 2000 Chinese miners were working in the goldfields of Otago and the  West  Coast.  However,  local  European  communities  became  agitated because of these large numbers – despite an 1871 report finding that there wasno case to exclude further arrivals.

The lobbying continued  and expanded  so  that  in  1881 a law was  enacted to regulate the immigration of more Chinese coming to New Zealand. This consisted of a Poll Tax exclusively targeted on them – initially set at 10 pounds per person;however, as this sum had little effect, the tax was later increased to 100 pounds in 1896. The Poll Tax remained in force until 1944.

Other methods were also imposed to reduce and regulate their numbers: such as enforcing  an  English  speaking  test,  finger  printing, and  limiting  Chinese passenger numbers to the weight ratio of cargo on the boats that carried them;naturalization was also denied to Chinese until 1951.

It  was not until February  12th 2002,  that Prime Minister  Helen Clark  made an official apology to those  who  paid  the  Poll  Tax  and  suffered  under  past discriminatory  policies,  as  well  as  their  descendents  and  the  New  Zealand

Chinese community for the injustices that occurred.  Furthermore, the government also established the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust to help maintain their culture and language for them and their future generations.

Today  in  2015,  New  Zealand Chinese  make  a  significant contribution  to  the economic  and  social  wellbeing  of  Aotearoa  – as  a  hardworking  and entrepreneurial  people  they love sharing  their culture, language, and food with everyone as proud Kiwis in order to drive a stronger sense of nationhood.  The success of Chinese in New Zealand is a success for all New Zealanders. 

 For any enquiries about the  150th  Anniversary,  please contact  Mr  Meng Foon, NZCA National President, 0274 484084.

New Zealand Chinese Association National President explains investment in residential property as an

Date: July 15 2015

New Zealand Chinese Association National President explains investment in residential property as an established savings strategy

New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) National President Meng Foon says that those buying homes in Auckland are only doing so in accordance with the laws of New Zealand.  Until the government makes more laws to ease the housing market, many ordinary investors, whether they be local or foreign, will continue to buy property as a means of securing their family's future.

Mr Foon sees property as a tangible investment for the family unit no matter what their origins.  "It is important to ensure that our children have a home to go to, for income protection, for planned retirement, and for the future."   

Mr Foon suggests that government could better encourage investors to look to the provinces where investment is much needed.  For example, there should be more information on government websites to promote the value of provincial properties.
"New Zealand is a great place to come and live - with space and harmony in our communities; a lot of overseas people see our values and they want to be part of this paradise."
Mr Foon says ethnic Chinese have been in New Zealand since the early 1850's and have contributed much to its economy and way of life.  They have the highest employment rate in the country.  "We are hardworking and enterprising, and we love to share our culture with all Kiwis - such as Chinese New Year, lantern festivals, and our lovely food throughout the breadth and width of Aotearoa - even the smallest towns will have a Chinese takeaway shop of some sort."

For more information, please contact Meng Foon 0274 484084.
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