Funds now available

Both the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust (CPTHT) and the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust (PADEVCON) are currently receiving applications for funding. Applications close for both trusts at 5pm on 2 April 2013.

The CPTHT funds projects which improve understanding of the Chinese community in New Zealand and strengthen the unique identity of Chinese New Zealanders. Established in 2004,  the trust is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs. The organisation was formed to commemorate the hardship endured by poll tax payers, their descendants and future generations. One of the historical projects funded by the trust was the restoration of Chinese gravestones.

Ref:31-411C, members of the Jee Kai group, c.1910s,  Sir George Grey Special Collections
Another important project includes the NZ Chinese journals database, which was launched in 2009. This project was a collaboration between by the former Auckland City Libraries and the Alexander Turnbull Library along with the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, NZ Chinese Association Auckland Branch and the Dominion Federation of NZ Chinese Commercial Growers Inc. The database includes a digital version of three journals:
  • Man Sing Times (the voice of the people), 1921-1922, was New Zealand's first Chinese language newspaper
  • New Zealand Chinese weekly news 1937-1946 - published by the New Zealand Chinese Association in Wellington
  • New Zealand Chinese Growers' monthly journal, 1949  -1972, published by the Dominion Federation of New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.

The journals can be accessed directly or through the Chinese Digital Community website. More information about the Chinese poll tax can be found through the heritage resources at Auckland Libraries.

Setup in 1989 by the NZ government, the PADEVCON Trust funds projects that promote a peaceful, sustainable Pacific region where all cultures flourish and the natural environment is respected. Funding for this trust came from the French government  in recognition of the destruction of the Rainbow Warrior and the events surrounding this disaster in 1985. The focus of the trust is on conservation and development projects such as forest restoration and youth workshops. One of the projects funded by the trust included supplying green, reliable power to ta remote Solomon Islands village.

Ref: AWNS-1943-1006--22-1, Governor-General visits Samoa and Cook Islands, 1943,  Sir George Grey Special Collections
For more information about the Pacific Islands and its peoples, check out the Auckland Libraries  heritage resources. More information about both funds can be found on the Community Matters website.