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 53638
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 THE CHINESE CANADIANS’ FIGHT FOR REDRESS FOR THEIR HEAD TAX AND EXCLUSION ACT. Lachlan 43569
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Bevin Gee Lachlan 40708
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Christoper Burns Lachlan 41015
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Sienna Smale-Jackson Lachlan 40558
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Speech given by Professor Kuan M Goh Lachlan 41741
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Proposal for consultation Lachlan 40239
Sunday, 22 July 2007 THE POLL TAX IMPOSED ON CHINESE IMMIGRANTS TO Lachlan 41156
Sunday, 22 July 2007 12 December 2001 NZCA Submission Lachlan 40226
Sunday, 22 July 2007 David Fung explains the background Lachlan 41313
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Kenda Gee Lachlan 40526
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Henry Chan Lachlan 39969
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Paul Wah Lachlan 40264
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Pepe Choong Lachlan 39443
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Esther Fung Lachlan 40846
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Allen Chang Lachlan 39638
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Elazar Barkan's Lachlan 39912
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Pansy Wong Lachlan 40904
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Dr Manying Ip Lachlan 41779
Sunday, 22 July 2007 By Nigel Murphy Lachlan 43166
Sunday, 22 July 2007 Helen Clark Lachlan 40955

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