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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.

紐西蘭政府在2004年成立500萬紐幣的「華人人頭稅遺產信託基金」,當作正式道歉以外的和解姿態。這筆信託基金是向人頭稅納稅人、他們的後代子孫所表達的一種善意,補償人頭稅和其他不公平法規對他們造成的痛苦。

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

該信託基金旨在加強加紐西蘭華人和紐西蘭華人族群的獨特認同感,進而補償人頭稅的納稅人,具體做法包括:

  • 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

The Trust also seeks to create understanding in the wider Chinese community and New Zealand society as a whole.

此信託基金也希望能讓華人族群與整個紐西蘭社會之間互信互諒。

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trustees

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).

 

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