Poll tax payers and their descendants comprise the 'early settler' Chinese community in New Zealand. It is a community linked by family and village networks, and common geographic origin - all came from a cluster of counties in the south of Guangdong [Canton] province. From 1866 to 1960 all Chinese New Zealanders were part of this community.
What was the New Zealand government's apology for?
In 2002, the New Zealand government formally apologised to the early settler Chinese community for the actions of previous governments that imposed a poll tax on Chinese persons entering New Zealand and other discriminatory statutes.
紐西蘭政府在 2002 年向華人早期移民正式道歉，因為前政府向移民紐西蘭的華人課徵人頭稅，並頒佈過其他歧視性法令。