Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey


Phoebe H. Li & John B. Turner


New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata

Start date: 

21 November 2019

End date: 

16 February 2020

Hours of admission: 

10.30 - 4.30

Cost of admission: 


Appo Hocton, the first Chinese New Zealander, 1876. Nelson Provincial Museum, WE Brown Collection.

Explore the rich and varied stories of Chinese New Zealanders in Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey. Celebrating 175 years of Chinese life in New Zealand, the exhibition will open in November and continue until the 2020 Chinese New Year Festival.

With 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 also features new artwork by Wellington-based artist Kerry Ann Lee created in response to the exhibition and a series of public events and activities developed in collaboration with the Wellington Chinese Community.

Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey was developed by Dr Phoebe Li, John B. Turner and Auckland Museum.

This exhibition proudly sponsored by: