The Chinese came to New Zealand in the 1850s. They had came to Dunedin to mine the gold, more like tailings when the other miners had moved on.
The Chinese have been in New Zealand for 130 years.They
came when they were invited by two Otago invitations mine gold in 1865.
At the turn of the 20th century the racial issue became dominant and led
to the White New Zealand policy of exclusion. The Chinese were the only
race group who had to pay a poll tax of ten pounds because of The
Chinese Immigrants Act of 1881
Today, there are 117,000 in the country and 112,000 live in Auckland.
proposals to have a Chinese garden have been met with disappointment.
There is a garden in Dunedin and in Hamilton. It is timely for the
Chinese to have a garden to call their own and for the rest of New
Zealand to share the Chinese culture and Heritage.
I was in a New Zealand Chinese Association, Auckland Inc. lunch. Ron Sang , architect, gave his proposal.
The Millennium Tree
was gifted by the Chinese people to New Zealand. It was not without
controversy. It was first proposed to be erected in the Rose Garden,.
residents formed a protest group to stop the work, citing a lack of
consultation and the aesthetic clash with the gardens' Victorian and
Edwardian atmosphere.Much protest led it to beerected in the Domain.
At the base of the tree are Chinese
words set in chrome. You have to look carefully, otherwise you won't
notice it. Guy's work was inspired by the cudgel or staff of SUN-WU-KONG, the Monkey King of Chinese legend - the fabled staff could dispel all obstacles.