5 February, 2020

The New Zealand Chinese Association is concerned that people of Chinese heritage are experiencing harassment and abuse sparked by fears about coronavirus.

It is not on to harass or abuse anyone because of their ethnicity. Our actions must be based on facts and evidence rather than ignorance.

As the country's longest established nationwide Chinese community organisation, the New Zealand Chinese Association urges all of us to listen to official advice to reduce the impact of coronavirus on New Zealand. By
working together, any impact of the virus can be managed responsibly.

Issued on behalf of New Zealand Chinese Association President Richard Leung