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