• Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust appoints Trustees

    Image of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust

    On 15 May 2017, Hon Judith Collins, Minister for Ethnic Communities appointed new trustees for the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust (CPTHT).

    The CPTHT was established in 2004 as a gesture of goodwill to the descendants of poll tax payers in recognition of the hardship caused. It is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and is intended as a gesture of goodwill to poll tax payers, their descendants and future generations.

  • 10th Anniversary Celebrating Achievements for Positive Aging

    Image of performers at the celebration

    On 8 October, the Chinese Positive Aging Charitable Trust (CPA) organised the 10th anniversary celebration in Auckland. Approximately 200 people, including senior citizens, representing the Chinese community, government agencies and non-governmental organisations participated in the whole day activities.

  • Chinese Students Raise Safety Concerns

    The Office of Ethnic Communities attended a public meeting in Auckland organised the by the New Zealand Chinese Student Association on Friday 1 April. The meeting was held in response to the spate of violent attacks and robberies involving Asian students in Auckland. Approximately 400 people including students, community leaders, media, tertiary institute representatives, officials and members of parliament attended the event.

  • New President for the New Zealand Chinese Students Association

    Image of Naisi Chen - President of the New Zealand Chinese Students' Association

    On 5th March, the New Zealand Chinese Students’ Association (NZCSA) held its 20th anniversary celebration at the University of Auckland.  Ms Naisi Chen has been officially appointed as the NZCSA's President for 2016.

  • Chinese New Settlers Services Trust – Social Housing Building

    Image of people burying the Maori Bless Stone

    Pensioner housing for Asian seniors is one step closer in Auckland. Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) along with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment recently had a sod turning ceremony for a 4 level building of 36 rooms to help Chinese and Korean elderly people.

  • Chinese New Year celebration at Parliament

    Image of Rt Hon John Key and Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga with a Lion Dancer

    Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga hosted an event at Parliament on 10 February 2016 to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

    “The Year of the Monkey is said to be a year that will bring opportunities and inspiration,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

    “What makes New Zealand such a great place to live is the way in which we share and celebrate each other’s cultures and traditions.

  • Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Monkey!

    Image of Musician playing a Gu Zheng

    Gong chi far chai shen tee ji-an kang.

    Gong hay fat choy shen tay ki-in hong.

    May you be happy and prosperous, and to good health.

    It’s not just China that celebrates the lunar new year. This festival is also commemorated in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea.

    Chinese are some of New Zealand’s earliest settlers, arriving here in the 1860s.

    There are now over 170,000 people of Chinese heritage living in New Zealand, making Chinese our third largest ethnic group.

  • To Grow Roots Where They Land

    MC David Wong interviewing Fay Gock, one of the original refugees.

    Seventy-five years ago, 244 Chinese women and their 239 children arrived in New Zealand as refugees from a war-torn homeland, Guangdong, China.

  • Queen’s Service Medal for services to ethnic communities

    an image of Weng-Kei Chen and his family

    Weng-Kei Chen, who first came to New Zealand in 1969 to study at the University of Canterbury, received the Queen’s Service Medal this year for services to ethnic communities. Weng-kei and his family were thrilled with the award and appreciated the recognition by the community.  “I am delighted to receive the award. It also acknowledges the diversity of people who are proud to call New Zealand home!”

  • Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust – next funding round closes on 30 September

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    Members of the public are invited to apply to the current funding round of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust before applications close on 30 September 2014.