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Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey

10 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017

  • Image: Joe and Fay Gock, Mangere, 1960s, market gardeners who first cultivated seedless watermelon in New Zealand. Megan Blackwell private collection.
  • Appo Hocton, November 1876. Nelson Provincial Museum, W E Brown Collection: 13043
  • Punters, Trentham races, Upper Hutt, 1959. by Ans Westra. Courtesy of Suite Gallery

Friday 10 February 2017, 10.00am - Sunday 31 December 2017, 5.00pm

Open daily 10am-5pm 


Auckland Museum, Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Level 2, Maunsell Road Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland


Free for Aucklanders with proof of residence & ID


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Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey – 10 Feb - 31 Dec 2017.

This exhibition looks between the frames of close to 100 photographs to uncover the rich and varied experiences of Chinese people in New Zealand.

Follow the story from 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.

Through films and oral histories hear New Zealanders speak about what being Chinese means to them today.

The exhibition also features a new series of comic-book artworks from graphic artist Ant Sang and writer Helene Wong.

The series follows two Chinese Aucklanders as they take a tour of contemporary Auckland and meet a range of fascinating figures along the way.