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。
The New Zealand government established the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust in 2004 with $5 million as a gesture of reconciliation in support of the formal apology. The Trust is a gesture of goodwill to the poll tax payers, their descendants and future generations in recognition of the hardship caused by the poll tax and other discriminatory legislation.
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
The Trust also seeks to create understanding in the wider Chinese community and New Zealand society as a whole.
The eight trustees are all descendants from the original poll tax payers:
- Kai-Shek Luey 呂顯華 (Chair)
- Paul Chin 陳植欽
- Virginia Chong 楊惠芳
- Richard Leung 粱嘉南
- Mark Ngan Kee 顏文傑
- Liz Ngan 顏美杏
- Melissa Wong 黄美玲
- Malcolm Wong 黄 君 權
The Trust promotes, but does not limit itself to, funding:
- learning and use of the Cantonese language
- awareness and understanding of the history of Chinese communities in New Zealand
- the recording and preserving of Chinese New Zealand history
- greater public understanding of ethnic diversity with particular emphasis on the contributions of Chinese New Zealanders
- Chinese arts and culture (including Chinese New Zealand creative and cultural expression).