Ceremony to honour Chinese ANZACs

  • 08/03/2016

The history of Chinese ANZACs is due to be recognised at a public ceremony.

Dignitaries will gather at Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of a book about New Zealand and Australian ANZACs of Chinese descent.

Chinese ANZACs, by Alastair Kennedy, highlights the commitment of of early Australian and New Zealand Chinese in serving their countries.

Chinese Association president Meng Foon said the event was an opportunity to let fellow Kiwis know about the role ethnic Chinese played in shaping the country's history.

"We want to support research into the development of the New Zealand Chinese identity as a unique strand within the multicultural fabric of New Zealand, within a bicultural setting," he said.

Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong, and Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will attend the launch, as well as various military officials.