Poll Tax

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The Government’s formal apology on 12 February 2002 those who were required to pay a Poll Tax before entering New Zealand and to their descendents and families is some recognition of the injustice inflicted on early Chinese.

  • Helen Clark (Prime Minister) makes an apology on behalf of the NZ Government for the Poll Tax.
  • Nigel Murphy (Alexander Turnbull (NZ National) Library) summarises his research into Poll Tax.
  • Dr Manying Ip (Associate Professor, Auckland University) backgrounds the Prime Ministerial apology by Helen Clark.
  • Pansy Wong (National Party MP) offers a politician’s perspective.
  • For a theoretical background to the efficacy of apologies on the route to national reconciliation for injustices, we reprint extracts from Elazar Barkan's THE GUILT OF NATIONS: RESTITUTION AND NEGOTIATING HISTORICAL INJUSTICES, selected by Nigel Murphy.
  • Allen Chang, President of the Tung Jung Association (and also representing other organisations) responds to the apology.

  • Esther Fung, President of the Wellington Chinese Association responds to the apology.
  • Pepe Choong, expresses her feelings as a new migrant hearing about the apology.
  • Paul Wah, former secondary Principal and old China hand, writing in the Dominion recommends people take the injustice lightly.

  • Henry Chan compares and contrasts the NZ Government's apology with the Australian situation, and counsels against seeking monetary compensation.
  • Kenda Gee of the Canadian Head Tax Committee argues that compensation is the only way to go.

Monday, 13 August 2007 Response to Reconciliation package Steven Young 82406
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 THE CHINESE CANADIANS’ FIGHT FOR REDRESS FOR THEIR HEAD TAX AND EXCLUSION ACT. Lachlan 60942
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Bevin Gee Lachlan 58004
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Christoper Burns Lachlan 58867
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Sienna Smale-Jackson Lachlan 57509
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Speech given by Professor Kuan M Goh Lachlan 58711
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Proposal for consultation Lachlan 58156
Sunday, 22 July 2007 THE POLL TAX IMPOSED ON CHINESE IMMIGRANTS TO Lachlan 59081
Sunday, 22 July 2007 12 December 2001 NZCA Submission Lachlan 57342
Sunday, 22 July 2007 David Fung explains the background Lachlan 58323
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Kenda Gee Lachlan 58149
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Henry Chan Lachlan 64049
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Paul Wah Lachlan 57224
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Pepe Choong Lachlan 56178
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Esther Fung Lachlan 57647
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Allen Chang Lachlan 56420
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Elazar Barkan's Lachlan 63393
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Pansy Wong Lachlan 57935
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Dr Manying Ip Lachlan 58988
Sunday, 22 July 2007 By Nigel Murphy Lachlan 65731
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Helen Clark Lachlan 55561

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