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Who are the priorities for funding for the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust?

The Trust's current priorities for funding are requests for the following projects: 

  • histories of Chinese restaurants and takeaway shops (Chinese cuisine or otherwise) 
  • New Zealand Chinese Association Branch histories
  • histories of Chinese wives and mothers pre 1970's
  • restoration of gravestones (where there are no surviving family members to take on this role) 
  • commemoration of poll tax payers.

Histories can be from a regional or national perspective.

Requests for projects of this type are not guaranteed funding and must meet the same requirements as any other request to the Trust.

Important dates for the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust

The Chinese Heritage Poll Tax Trust has two funding rounds each year.  The important dates for the next funding round are linked below:

What are the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust aims?

The Trust aims to strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders and their communities in New Zealand in recognition of the poll tax payers by:

  • promoting the preservation of Chinese New Zealand history and awareness of the contributions of early Chinese settlers
  • providing tangible support for Chinese New Zealand history, language and culture, particularly that of the early settler Chinese community


  • 提倡保存紐西蘭華人的歷史,並宣傳早期華人移民的貢獻
  • 對紐西蘭華人歷史、語言和文化提供具體支持,尤其是早期華人移民社群