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uLetters to the editor
1066 - Death of Edward the Confessor, king
of England (and later St Edward).
1871 - Group of Chinese find a nugget at
Dunolly, Victoria, called The Precious, which
yields 50.418kg of pure gold.
1895 - French Captain Alfred Dreyfus,
convicted of treason, is publicly stripped of his
rank; he was ultimately vindicated.
1922 - British Antarctic explorer
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
dies in the Falkland Islands as he
attempted a fourth expedition to
1928 - First state pensions
awarded to people over 65 in
1941 - Pioneer aviatrix Amy
Johnson goes missing while flying over the
Thames. She is never found.
1969 - The Soviet spacecraft Venus 5 is
launched, to be followed five days later by
Venus 6. They go on to reach Venus on May 16
and 17 respectively.
1972 - US President Richard Nixon orders
development of the space shuttle.
1975: Hobart’s Tasman Bridge partially
collapses into the Der went River after being
struck by a bulk ore carrier, the Lake Illawarra.
Seven of the ship’s crew and five motorists die.
1981 - Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe, is arrested
over the Yorkshire Ripper murders of 13
women makes his first appearance in court. He
is later convicted of the murders.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor who had Taj
Mahal built in India for his queen (1592-
1666); Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani prime
minister (1928-1979); Robert
Duvall, US actor (1931-); Raisa
Gorbacheva, wife of ex-Russian
leader (1932-1999); Umberto
Eco, Italian writer (1932-); King
Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938-);
Athol Guy, Australian musician of
Seekers fame (1940-); Peter Luck,
Australian TV personality (1944-);
Diane Keaton, US actress (1946-); Mike Rann,
former South Australian premier (1953-);
Marilyn Manson, US rock singer (1969-)
“ In ageing, one becomes more foolish
and more wise.” — Francois, Duc de La
Rochefoucauld, French author (1613-1680)
“ Do not lie to each other, since you have
taken off your old self with its practices and
have put on the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge in the image of its
Creator.” — Colossians 3:9, 10
This year, like last
year, has failed to
prioduce any West
Coast babies born on
New Year’s Day. The closest was on Sunday
Tomlinson, of Lower Kokatahi.
The baby was born at the Westland Hospital
and as yet the parents have not decided on a
As in Christchurch, John and Ann(e) were
the most common names given to newly-born
babies in the Grey district in 1965. Generally,
parents showed greater originality in naming
baby girls with perhaps the most unusual
names being Stormy, Gisela, Kirsten and
Struan, Verth and Falcon took the prize for
originality among boys.
Rockets roared and exploded overhead, tanks
raced toward each other, firing accurate shots.
There were ships, aeroplanes and torpedoes too.
But no, this wasn’t a full-scale war, it was the
Hokitika fireworks display.
Under the super vision of the Hokitika Fire
Brigade this display proved a fine spectacle.
Cass Square was surrounded by a very large
crowd for the display, originally planned to be
held on New Year’s Day but postponed because
of the adverse weather.
Driving consistently and with rare judgment,
Dunedin’s C Bremner took major honours
to win the open 20-lap Greymouth Kart
Grand Prix here yesterday. The race, though
interesting, was something of an anti-climax,
for four New Zealand representatives were
disqualified for starting at the wrong time.
Second to Bremner was S Dench, of
Christchurch, with J Fischer, of West Coast, a
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Asian migrants converge on Auckland
ew settlers from Asia
are giving the regions a
wide berth, with migrants
from the two main source
countries preferring to set
up home in Auckland.
Measures aimed at improving the spread
of migrants across New Zealand were
introduced last November, but new data
reveals that seven in 10 migrants from
China — the country’s largest source of
permanent migrants — are not opting to
live anywhere else but Auckland.
AUT University professor of population
geography Richard Bedford said New
Zealand’s largest city is the preferred
choice for migrants from China, India and
other Asian countries.
“They concentrate on Auckland because
of the sorts of work they want, the
concentrations of their co-ethnics and,
for Indians and Chinese, this is New
Zealand’s only sizeable city,” Prof Bedford
The percentage of migrant applicants
claiming points for employment outside
Auckland has been declining.
In 2004, two out of three principal
applicants claimed points for work offers
in the regions, but that fell to 51% in
There was a two point increase in the
2013-14 year to 53%, which Prof Bedford
attributed to the Canterbury rebuild.
In 2014, seven out of 10 principal
applicants from the UK claimed points for
employment outside Auckland, while it
was the reverse for the Chinese with 68%
“The migrants from western countries
tend to be attracted to the same things
as New Zealanders, after all, they are not
just coming to New Zealand to work in
Auckland,” Prof Bedford said.
But with China now displacing the
United Kingdom as the main source
country for migrants, and more migrants
coming from Asia, Auckland will become
more cosmopolitan and diverse, while the
regions remain largely “white”.
“The smaller towns and rural parts of
the country will have populations that
are closer to the national average in terms
of diversity, and some places will be very
heavily dominated by people of European
and Maori ethnicities,” Prof Bedford
Changes to policy include tripling the
bonus points for skilled migrants with job
offers outside Auckland and doubling of
points for entrepreneurs planning to set up
businesses in the regions.
But applicants who claim bonus points
will also be required to stay away from
Auckland for at least 12 months.
“These changes are designed to
encourage skilled migrants and
entrepreneurs to settle outside of
Auckland,” Immigration New Zealand
spokeswoman Emma Murphy said.
Since November, 24 skilled migrant
applicants have been approved with
triple points — seven from South Africa,
six from Britain, two each from the
Philippines, Fiji and the United States
and one each from Austria, Canada, India,
Ireland and the Netherlands.
Most intended to settle either in
Canterbury, Wellington or the Bay of
The single visa approved with bonus
points under the entrepreneur category
was to a Chinese applicant intending to
start a business in Waikato.
In the last census, 71% of immigrants
from China were found to have settled in
Auckland, along with 57% of people from
India is now the second largest source
of migrants, ahead of the UK and behind
Migrant groups who are most likely
to settle in the regions are Australians,
Germans (70-71%) and South Africans
Massey University sociologist Paul
Spoonley said the actual number of
migrants heading to the regions had not
gone down much, but Asian migrants
moving to Auckland had spiked.
“There is a very distinct economy and
labour market in Auckland for immigrants
from China and India whereas many
of the other groups are recruited for
regional labour markets — the Filipinos in
healthcare or dairying, the South Africans
in the healthcare system,” Prof Spoonley
“Key visa categories — international
students, skilled migrants — are
dominated by those Asian immigrant
groups and occupations and they head for
Prof Spoonley said it would be a major
challenge to encourage Indians and
Chinese immigrants to go to the regions,
but regional recruitment could be targeted
at source countries other than China or
Although half of Indian applicants
claimed points for employment away from
Auckland, many moved to Auckland after
a few years.
About 57% of recent Indian immigrants
indicated they lived in Auckland at the
“Increasing the points value is a start but
there has to be other policy changes,” Prof
“Equally important is the question of
what the regions will do to recruit and
welcome immigrants and whether there
are jobs for them.”
Chinese nurse Amy Ding cannot
understand why migrants would choose
to live in the city when they can be in
The 25-year-old moved from Jining
City, in Shandong, four years ago and has
chosen to make Matamata home.
“If I wanted to live in a city, I would have
gone to Singapore or maybe even stayed
on in China, not Auckland” Miss Ding
“I chose New Zealand because I want to
be close to nature, and Matamata offers a
lifestyle that is as close to nature as I can
Miss Ding lives in a three-bedroom
house with her partner, whom she met
through Bible study.
Through volunteering in local sports
organisations and community groups, she
has also made a few very good friends.
Miss Ding said she knew about 10
Chinese families who lived in Matamata
and most were running food outlets or
“The thing about living in a little town is
that almost everyone knows everyone, and
we look out for each other,” she said.
“The people I met have been truly
amazing, and they make time to tell me
stories about themselves and their lives
which I just love to hear.
“ Matamata has a community spirit that
Auckland doesn’t have, and something
migrants to cities will never experience.”
Matamata, with a population of 7500, is
a rural farming town located near the base
of the Kaimai Ranges and is known for
thoroughbred horse breeding and training
The Hobbiton Movie Set from Peter
Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is located
at a nearby farm.
Miss Ding is pursuing an accountancy
degree at Waikato University — which is
about a 40-minute drive from where she
“ When I wake up to see the rolling hills
and farmland every day, I feel like I am
truly living in paradise,” Ms Ding said.
Korean immigrant Anna Song is so
passionate about living in Rotorua she
wants to tell every would-be migrant to
consider settling there.
Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty is the
region’s second largest urban area behind
Tauranga, with a population of about
Tourism is by far the largest industry
in the district, that is also known for its
geothermal activity, geysers and mud
“ It doesn’t just offer lifestyle, but also
opportunities that are far better than in
cities like Auckland,” Miss Song, 32, said.
She first moved to New Zealand with
her parents when she was 12, and grew up
in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
Miss Song returned to Korea in 2011
to “reconnect ” with her cultural roots and
build her career — but found that she
missed New Zealand too much.
Her hometown, Jeju Island, an island
off the southern coast of South Korea,
is a popular tourist destination “just like
She jumped at the opportunity to come
back to New Zealand when there was an
opening for a business manager at ANZ
Bank in Rotorua.
“ It was a perfect opportunity because I
get to live somewhere that ’s not Auckland,
and also to promote opportunities in the
regions,” Miss Song said.
“I travel quite a lot, but I love New
Zealand so much and at the time I was
feeling so homesick.
“ I miss the food too, especially steak and
cheese pies and cream doughnuts.”
Rotorua is a major tourist destination for
domestic and international visitors.
Miss Song, who returned last June, is
also the vice-chairwoman of the NZ
Alumni Association Korea and adviser to
the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.
“ I feel Rotorua is my home now and
I feel very privileged to be in a position
where I can promote the town to others,”
“ It is New Zealand’s centre for
tourism, and there are heaps of business
opportunities for anyone who want to start
their new lives here.”
American Danyel Hosto, 28, grew up in
Wisconsin where her family farms a small
60-cow Holstein Friesian herd.
Now living in Hamilton, Miss Hosto
said she chose to settle in the Waikato
because it reminded her of home.
“ Like for like, the Waikato is very much
like my hometown in the States and it ’s
been easy for me to adjust to life here,” she
Hamilton is home to 156,800 people and
is the most populous city of the Waikato
Once an agricultural ser vice centre, the
city — New Zealand’s fourth largest — is
now the third fastest growing urban area
in the country behind just Pukekohe and
Miss Hosto is working as a product
marketing specialist at the Waikato
Institute of Technology, also known as
Wintec Education, and research and
development, play a big part in the city’s
“ It is a good feeling to know that I’ve
got the skills that I can use to grow a
key sector,” Miss Hosto, a former dairy
industry marketer, said.
She first worked in New Zealand on a
fixed term role with CRV Ambreed last
year, but jumped at the opportunity to
return when a full time role was available.
“ In my previous role, I got the chance
to visit farmers around New Zealand and
found the people here to be really friendly
and amazing. ”
Miss Hosto recently was approved in
principle for residence under the skilled
Before moving to New Zealand, she had
worked in the Netherlands, but said the
idea of settling there never crossed her
“ I love the sun, and the weather there
was just a little too gloomy for my liking,”
Miss Hosto lives in Hamilton East with
two flatmates — a New Zealander and a
“ Migrants coming from mega cities
might find the Waikato a little too quiet,
but it ’s just perfect for me,” Miss Hosto
Entrepreneur migrant Glen Chen says
New Zealand’s pine forests in the regions
are paved with opportunities of gold.
Beneath radiata pine trees in a
commercial planted forest block in
Turangi, the 38-year-old from China is
growing a crop that is of a much higher
value — ginseng.
Ginseng, a slow growing perennial
herb, has been considered an important
component of traditional medicine in
China and Korea.
“ In central North Island alone there
are 450,000ha of pine forests, so the
opportunities are endless,” Mr Chen said.
“These forests and New Zealand’s
c limate are perfect to grow wild simulated
ginseng, which is far more highly valued.”
Ginseng takes about 14 years to reach
maturity in China, but only seven years
in New Zealand because of the climatic
Mr Chen’s farm is located in Turangi,
on the west bank of the Tongariro River,
50km south-west of Lake Taupo.
Well known for trout fishing, the town
was designed to be a small ser vicing centre
for exotic forest plantations south of the
Mr Chen first came to New Zealand as a
tourist in 2008, but he fell in love with the
place and never went home.
“ I found New Zealand to be really
beautiful, and I just wanted to live here,”
“ I extended my stay by becoming a
student, but then this business opportunity
The business, registered as Kiwi Seng,
was started by a Korean in 2003, before
Mr Chen took over five years later.
“ I am actually happy to live in Auckland
or anywhere around the country, but I
think unique opportunities are better in
the regions,” he said.
Mr Chen, who recently became a father,
lives in Rotorua, and said living in a small
town also meant he spent more time with
“There are not many places we can go
to after dark, so we end up spending a lot
more quality time as a family.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Settlers snub regions
Glen Chen believes New Zealand’s forests offer huge opportunity.
The fiercely competitive world of
newspaper publishing during the 19th
century Otago goldrush has come to life
with the latest digitisation project for the
National Library’s Papers Past website.
Five hundred copies of the first edition
of the Cromwell Argus were snapped up
on Monday, November 8, 1869, after the
publisher rode all day on horseback from
Lawrence to deliver them to locals. More
than 2000 issues of the Cromwell Argus
were subsequently published between
1869 and 1920, and the rival Cromwell
Guardian was put out of business.
The Cromwell Argus is one of 14 new
additions, or title extensions, to the Papers
Past website. The latest batch includes a
number of significant South Island and
Maori language titles. The Maori titles
were previously accessible on-line through
the University of Waikato Department
of Computer Science, but are now also
searchable on the Papers Past website.
Papers Past is an on-line collection of
digitised New Zealand newspapers and
Currently it contains issues from
130 New Zealand newspapers, dating
from 1839 to 1948. It includes 616,879
newspaper issues; 4,065,256 pages;
50,474,317 articles and has over 100,000
page views every day.
National librarian Bill Macnaught
has thanked the organisations which
contributed to this valuable on-line
resource. The National Library worked
closely with a charitable trust, copyright
owners, community groups and other
agencies to support the digitisation
Mr Macnaught says the original
newspapers are increasingly fragile and
difficult to access for researchers and
students. “ These invaluable records
are securely preser ved and now made
available to anyone, anywhere through a
free and easy-to-access website. Many of
these newspapers have long since ceased
publishing, while others, like The Press
in Canterbury, remain an integral part of
The latest newspapers to be digitised
are: Aotearoa: he Nupepa ma nga Tangata
Maori (1892); Aotearoa, or the Maori
Recorder (1861-1862); Cromwell Argus
(1869-1920); Dunstan Times (1866-
1948); Kopara (1913-1921); Lake County
Mail (1947-1948); Lake County Press
(1872-1928); Lake Wakatip Mail (1921-
1947); Maori Record : a journal devoted
to the advancement of the Maori people
(1904-1907); Mt Benger Mail (1921-
1941); Pipiwharauroa (1898-1913); Press
(1936-1945); Star (1918-1920); Toa
Historic South Island and Maori
newspapers added to Papers Past
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