What's New
Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust - Research Project on Chinese Laundries in New Zealand PDF Print
Some of us may remember the local Chinese laundry, where our parents or grandparents worked for long hours in hot, steamy conditions. Laundry work was one of the main occupations that Chinese immigrants to New Zealand took up after the gold rushes, along with market gardening and fruit and vegetable and grocery stores.  Chinese laundries were so prevalent by the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, they became an ethnic stereotype, particularly in the United States and Canada.

The Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust has commissioned a project to research and produce a publication on the history of Chinese owned and operated laundries in New Zealand. We need to ensure that this significant part of New Zealand’s social history is not lost; this project aims to preserve our memories of those times.

If you or your relations have any information, photographs or memories to share about Chinese laundries, please contact:
Joanna Boileau
tel 09 528 1174
mob. 0226710 334
email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Turning Stone into Jade PDF Print

This is the story of how a community founded by Chinese sojourners and migrants adapted to New Zealand, their new homeland far from the place of their ancestor's birth. The community history will be published soon. Please show your support for your community by registering your interest in purchasing a copy of Turning Stone into Jade. Email the NZCA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Download Flyer

Por Pors Cookbook by Carolyn King PDF Print
Home cooking through the generations since Chinese Women Settled in New Zealand over the last 100 years

This book contains over 140 recipes and 15 Chinese women’s life stories.
Reviewed by:
Margaret Agnew, Journalist, Past editor of The Christchurch Press, Weekend Supplement.
“ Food is one of the strongest ties to our culture and this unique cookbook is an important link to the
culinary past and present of our multi-generational New Zealand-Chinese community. The women
(and men) have been cooking up a taste of home since they arrived from mainland China in the early
1900s. Modern Kiwis of Chinese descent will find this book especially fascinating for a taste of our
Porpor’s past. A poignant and piquant slice of culinary history.”

Kuan Meng Goh (ONZM, JP, Ph D, FRSNZ), Emeritus Professor, Lincoln University; Canterbury
Branch President and Past National President, New Zealand Chinese Association
“It is widely known that few other cultures are as food oriented as the Chinese. According to the
famous Chinese scholar and archaeologist, K.C. Chang, “Chinese people are especially occupied with
food and food is at the centre of, or at least it accompanies or symbolizes, many social interactions.”
Traditionally, in Chinese culture, there is always an important relationship between food and
health. This book adds a new dimension to the relationship by linking the experiences of Chinese
grandmothers to their recipes. The recipes as presented are not only home-proven to succeed but
are also authentic and achievable. Most people enjoy Chinese food and the recipes provide the
opportunity to cook these delicious dishes. “

Meilin Chong, NZCA, Auckland Branch Committee Member.
“This is a beautiful, well presented and illustrated Chinese cook book which is informative combined
with family stories. It brings back fond memories of childhood days and the foods that our mothers
and grandmothers cooked for us.”
Home cooking through the generations since Chinese Women
settled in New Zealand over the last 100 years


Through the generations the recipes have been passed down by SHOW and TELL
We learnt by observation not by recipe.
My aim was to record these home cooked recipes that we all love to eat.
When the Chinese first settled in NZ, they used whatever fresh produce was available to them and added their own flavourings and seasonings.

Aim of Cook Book;--Within the recipes sections;

1. to record the Por por’s recipes as well as my own recipes.
2. to record recipes for my daughter, and generation X & Y who now live all over the world and with their busy careers eat out more than they cook BUT yearn for the meals that they were brought up on.
3. to present and record Home Chinese cooking in NZ over the last 90-100 years.
4. to provide recipes using a base of healthy food ingredients for all New Zealanders who are interested in Chinese cooking .

                           --With 15 Biographies of Chinese women to record
1. Life stories of grandmothers of varying ages the oldest 88yrs to the youngest of 65 years.
2. Their ancestral roots as related to first arrival to NZ.
3. Interests and achievements, contributions to their community.
4. 2-3 of their family recipes and any significant events or customs of the past.
Market Potential---------This book should appeal to

All Foodies who love to cook.
Book lovers of biographies and cooking.
New Zealanders and Australians who have had contact with Chinese families in their community.
New Zealanders, young and old of Chinese descent, many now reside all over the world.
Internationally, those who have roots from Southern China.
Anyone interested in Chinese cooking.

 Background  Information;

In the 1901 NZ census, it showed that there were 78 Chinese women to 2, 885 Chinese men. The men folk had left their villages in Southern China due to poverty caused by famines, floods, attacks from bandits and civil wars.
Upon hearing of gold in NZ in the 19th century and the chance of making their fortunes, they left their wives and families and came to New Zealand. They had planned to stay a few years and return to their families and live in comfort. Unfortunately this was not so.

In the 1921 census there were 2993 men and 273 women. Chinese men worked wherever they could get a job, lived frugally and when they saved enough money, set up small businesses such as market gardens, fruit and vegetable shops and laundries.
As Chinese women, either born in NZ or had come to live here as the government immigration laws permitted, the families lived off the bare necessities, raised their families and worked long hours with their husbands.  It was not easy as they faced verbal abuse and racial prejudice.  Many New Zealanders may not have understood what hardships the Chinese endured in the earlier years up to the 1960s.

I received a small monetary grant from the NZ Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust which enabled me to commence this book. My Por Pors Cookbook meets the obligations of the trust as it records the lives of Chinese women, and recipes.

I hope that this book will be a fine tribute to all these great women for their fine contribution to the New Zealand Society.

September 25, 2013.
Carolyn King.

to order email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


POR PORS Cookbook synopsis

Cookbook Flyer

NZCA Youth Leadership Camp 12 to 15 December 2013 PDF Print
Following the successful inaugural Youth Leadership Camp in 2011 – NZCA Auckland is hosting a 
second camp on 12-15 December 2013 at Camp Adair, Hunua. 

The camp offers a comprehensive leadership, cultural and team building experience for over 40 
college aged NZ Chinese/Asian students from across our community. In 2011 the participants came 
from Auckland, Wellington, Foxton, Levin, Waikato and even the Gold Coast Australia. The energy 
and enthusiasm of Albert King (Inspiration and Leadership Motivation Consultant), our key 
facilitator from Singapore, will again be present at the 2013 camp. 

Camp Adair is an ideal venue and the key note speakers are a great cross section of leaders across 
our community. An alumnus of young support facilitators will help drive a versatile outdoor and 
cultural programme. The activities, including confidence courses, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese 
traditional dance will ensure an intensive and fulfilling programme. 

The benefits will translate into the participants becoming more confident and capable young 
leaders within our community. The camp provides a stepping stone to our other NZCA leadership 
initiatives being the Leadership and Development Conference (for ages 18 -30) and the social 
business networking forum – Future Dragonz (http://www.futuredragonz.org.nz/index.html ). 

As part of the programme we will again have a presentation from the versatile Mayor of Gisborne, 
Meng Foon, as a keynote speaker. Meng is a talented NZ born Chinese leader who has grown up 
from a market garden background, speaks fluent Maori and Cantonese and provides a great 
mentoring perspective to the young attendees. 

Please spread the word to your family, friends, sons, daughters and wider network – and send in 
your expression of interest to attend to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

In the interim please go to our Facebook page for some insights. 
NZCA Wintercamp 2013 PDF Print


23 November - 23 December 2013

Cost: $5750.00 per person twin share + applicable taxes*

Itinerary includes Guangzhou, with visits to your ancestral villages, Chinese cultural activities and martial arts classes,  bustling Shanghai with visits to the famed Tailors' Market and Zhujiajao water town as well as a river cruis; historic Beijing exploring the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the hutongs as well as  visiting the Great Wall  and Ming Tombs then on to Hong Kong.  


A non refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required before  15 July 2013

Full payment is due before 1 September 2013


Tour information flyer

NZCA Application form   


Ancestral Village Information Form

Should you require further information please contact:

Virginia Chong

Janet Joe

 NZ Chinese Assn

Planet Earth Travel

Mobile:  021-982-726

Mobile:  021-633-889

 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > End >>

Results 1 - 9 of 41