The New Zealand Government's Apology to Chinese Poll-tax Payers and Their Descendants for Statutory Discrimination

By Kirsten Wong.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper outlines the context of the apology, the Government's subsequent reconciliation process, and the impact on the early settler Chinese community.

Keywords: Community, Reconciliation, Government Process, Social Justice

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.161-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 833.049KB).

Ms Kirsten Wong

Kirsten Wong is a policy analyst at the Office of Ethnic Affairs, where she worked on the poll-tax reconciliation process. She is a descendant of poll-tax payers and has been active in Chinese community groups for some years. She is particularly interested in identity issues. In 2003 she contributed a chapter to "Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand" edited by Manying Ip (Auckland University Press, 2003). The chapter "A Place to Stand: The Chun Family Experience" outlines the early settler Chinese New Zealand experience reflected through one family's story. More recently Kirsten has been involved in a television documentary "New faces, Old Fears" which explored the experience of discrimination against Asian New Zealanders.


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