Cul­ture on way to ac­cep­tance

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He­roes awards on De­cem­ber 2.

The 73-year-old was also awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal in 2005. New Zealand Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion Auck­land and the pres­i­dent of the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

He’s fa­cil­i­tated var­i­ous con­fer­ences on Chi­nese cul­ture and as the chair­man of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Cen­tre he or­gan­ises the Chi­nese New Year Fes­ti­val and Mar­ket Day which at­tracts about 30,000 peo­ple.

‘‘It’s such a big cel­e­bra­tion in Asia. The big­gest sup­port­ers have been peo­ple from main­land China be­cause they’ve missed the fes­ti­val so much,’’ he says.

Luey is also a trustee of the Chi­nese Poll Tax Her­itage Trust and co-chair­man of the Auck­land Chi­nese gar­den steer­ing com­mit­tee, which has been look­ing for a site to con­struct a tra­di­tional gar­den for five years.

‘‘The Chi­nese have ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to set­tle in this coun­try and we want to give some­thing back to the peo­ple of Auck­land which is sym­bolic of the Chi­nese pres­ence here.’’

Pho­tos: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion: Auck­land Chi­nese Com­mu­nity Cen­tre chair­man Kai Luey has spent more than 40 years giv­ing back to his com­mu­nity.

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