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New faces on Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust Board

11 April 2008
Media Statement

New faces on Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust Board

Ethnic Affairs Minister Chris Carter has today announced three new appointments and five reappointments to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust.

“These appointees reflect the diversity of Chinese New Zealanders, who are found in all regions, occupations and communities around the country”, Chris Carter said.

The Trust, set up following the Labour-led Government’s historic apology to the Chinese community in 2002, established a $5 million fund to support Chinese identity and language in New Zealand.

It promotes the preservation of Chinese New Zealand history and awareness of the contributions of early Chinese settlers as well as support for Chinese New Zealand history, language and culture.

“The new Trustees will be responsible for funding projects to create heightened understanding of the Chinese community within New Zealand and strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders”, Chris Carter said.

“It will be an exciting and challenging role for them and I wish the Trustees all the best for the next three years”, Mr Carter said.

The following Trustees have been appointed for their first term of three years, commencing on 21 April 2008:

• Maureen Leong of Hamilton
• George Sue of Levin
• Tony Thackery of Palmerston North

The Minister has reappointed the following Trustees for a term of three years as of 10 November 2007:

• Dr James Ng
• Ron Hoy Fong
• Kai Luey
• Debbie Sew Hoy
• David Wong Hop.

The Minister thanked outgoing Trustees, Peter Chin, Harvey Wu and Esther Fung, for their significant contribution to the establishment of the Trust.

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