Being Chinese

Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey to open at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

A new exhibition will open at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi on Saturday 15th December celebrating 175 years of Chinese life in New Zealand. Being Chinese in Aotearoa explores the rich and varied stories of Chinese New Zealanders.

Through close to 100 compelling and rarely seen photographs, you can follow the story from the first settler Appo Hocton who arrived in 1842 to new migrants in the 2000s, from pioneering goldminers and merchants to architects and entrepreneurs, from early settlers to established communities.

The exhibition is on loan from Auckland War Memorial Museum where it was launched last February, and includes a series of comic-book artworks by renowned graphic artist Ant Sang (bro’Town, The Dharma Punks) and writer Helene

Wong (Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story). The comics follow an 11-year-old boy and his grandmother as they meet some of Auckland’s most inspiring Chinese artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, athletes, and more.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Curatorial Manager Caitlin Timmer-Arends is proud to share the important and long history of the Chinese community in New Zealand. “They had such an important impact on early New Zealand life and we’re thankful to Auckand Museum for curating such an excellent exhibition.”

Entry to Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey is free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders and will be open to the public until 31 March 2019.