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Interview of David Lee - Stories of Chinese New Zealanders


Sun 27 Oct 2019, 9:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Wellington Access Radio, 35 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: zoususan

Planning, organisation, recording and audio editing: Susan Zou
Interviewer, Project support: Lisa Yung
Interviewee: David Lee

The “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” is a series of interviews with descendants of Chinese people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme looks at the history of their hard work, their settlement and development, integration into New Zealand society, and dedication to contribute and actively promote Chinese culture. The programme also introduces first generation Chinese New Zealanders’ experiences in studying, working and living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

David Lee is a fourth generation Chinese in New Zealand. His great-grandfather was from Taishan County, Guangdong and he came to the gold mining area in Otago in 1920 as a herbal medicine doctor. His grandfather went to Napier and Gore to work in market gardening, laundries and the fast food business. David’s father came to New Zealand in 1951. He did market gardening in Oamaru, however he had an accident which resulted in being permanently restricted to a wheel chair. Later he was very successful in the deer products business. David was born in Christchurch and he is the first Chinese councillor at Wellington City Council and is also a member of Green Party.

We are grateful to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust and the Wellington City Council for their financial support and Wellington Access Radio for supporting and hosting the programme.

The programme “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” will be on air from 8 September to 15 December 2019, every Sunday at 9-10pm, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM. Tune in to listen to the 15 interviewees’ unique stories. You can also listen to the programme on the internet at

If you have any comments about this programme, please send your feedback to the email address of the programme:

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