新金山 New Gold Mountain is a migration story of Aotearoa’s first non-European and Pacific settlers. First arriving in the 1860s to work the abandoned gold claims in Otago, the Chinese have played an important and often overlooked role in the formation of Aotearoa’s multicultural identity. For the thousands of men who came in search of their fortune, and the wives and children who later followed, Aotearoa was 新金山: a land full of golden promise for a better life.
Photographs by Joe Hockley.
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