Half of Chi­nese liv­ing in NZ feel un­safe

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ALEXAN­DRA NEL­SON

‘‘I hope this will help Ki­wis show more care, less crit­i­cism, and en­gage and sup­port each cul­ture.’’

Al­most 65 per cent of Chi­nese liv­ing in New Zealand feel un­safe, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

Dr An­drew Zhu, the di­rec­tor of Trace Re­search Lim­ited and a po­lit­i­cal polling an­a­lyst, con­ducted the sur­vey on Chi­nese in­stant mes­sag­ing ser­vice Wechat. More than 10,000 peo­ple have re­sponded so far, with the poll set to close on Wed­nes­day. Results show 64 per cent of Chi­nese in New Zealand feel un­safe and 95 per cent think crim­i­nal pun­ish­ment isn’t harsh enough.

Zhu has been di­rec­tor of the mar­ket re­search com­pany since 2011 and said the results gave him a ‘‘shock’’.

‘‘We hardly see any po­lit­i­cal polling among Chi­nese in New Zealand. I didn’t ex­pect such a high amount of at­ten­tion to the poll,’’ Zhu said.

The poll in­cludes 44 per cent per­ma­nent New Zealand res­i­dents, 27 per cent Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, 12 per cent on a work­ing visa, 15 per cent New Zealand Chi­nese cit­i­zens and 2 per cent vis­i­tors. Fifty per cent in­volved in the poll are aged be­tween 18 to 35.

‘‘The key thing is get­ting the whole na­tion to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion in the Asian com­mu­nity. This will give New Zealan­ders the op­por­tu­nity to look at how Asian peo­ple ac­tu­ally per­ceive this coun­try.’’

Some of the re­sponse is that New Zealand was a heaven but af­ter two years it’s not. Results are show­ing that this is a heaven for crim­i­nals so the per­cep­tion is start­ing to change and we don’t want that to hap­pen,’’ Zhu said.

Zhu thinks rob­beries are par­tic­u­larly bad and ar­eas such as Queen St, Do­min­ion Rd and south Auck­land are hot spots for crime.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll, when faced with a crim­i­nal, 61 per cent of Chi­nese will co-op­er­ate and es­cape, 21 per cent won’t co­op­er­ate but will ask for help and 12 per cent of youth won’t co­op­er­ate and fight back in self­de­fence.

North Shore area com­man­der In­spec­tor Shanan Gray said he did not be­lieve Chi­nese, or other Asians, were be­ing specif­i­cally tar­geted.

‘‘Po­lice work closely with all of our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress any con­cerns they may have and we have spe­cialised of­fi­cers who are more than happy to meet with any eth­nic groups to dis­cuss their spe­cific con­cerns.’’


Chi­nese in New Zealand say they be­lieve the coun­try is ‘‘heaven’’ for crim­i­nals.

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