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Chee Kung Tong Orchestra 1925: 1/2-169302-F, Alexander Turnbull Library.
In the first half of the 20th
century, Haining and Fred-
erick streets were Welling-
It was a small community,
just a few hundred people living
in the tightly packed, often run-
down cottages that covered
much of Te Aro.
The community had to cope
with persistent racism.
After a 1908 police raid on a
gambling den, for example,
Truth warned of the danger
posed by the ugly, grinning,
evil-spreading, leprous and lech-
erous Chinaman'', in an article
headlined The Accursed Chow.
The writer, Pat Lawlor,
remembered how, as a child
[we] were all frightened of
Haining St. To many children it
was forbidden territory.''
Those who lived there saw it
differently, though. For them it
was home, a place for meeting
friends, supporting each other
and working hard.
This 1925 photograph shows
the orchestra of the newly-
formed New Zealand Chee Kung
It was a patriotic society
dedicated to political change in
China, as well as providing
mutual aid for its members.
They had just built them-
selves a hall in Frederick St and
had wide support among
residents. The hall still stands,
one of few remnants left of the
district's rich Chinese history.
See previous entries at
Tax department's discreet
private debt collectors
By JIM CHIPP
THE CONTINUING STORY . . .
The Wellingtonian reported in August 2010 that the Government
was considering a report on using private debt collectors to reduce
the amount of outstanding student loan debt.
However, Mr Dunne denied this at the time, and said the
Government would consider using private debt collectors to pursue
only student loan borrowers who had moved overseas and
defaulted on their debts.
The Wellingtonian requested a copy of the report under the Official
Information Act, but IRD policy advice division manager Keith Taylor
declined to provide it, citing the tax secrecy provisions of the Tax
Administration Act 1994, which protect taxpayer privacy.
In September 2010, The Wellingtonian asked the Ombudsman to
review Mr Taylor's decision and is still awaiting a decision.
Private debt collectors chasing
defaulting tax-payers and
student loan borrowers will be
bound by the same confidential-
ity conditions as Inland Revenue
A department spokesman con-
firmed this week that a four-
month trial had begun using pri-
vate debt collectors to recover
payments from 15,000 tax
debtors in New Zealand and 500
student-loan defaulters living in
Revenue Minister Peter
Dunne said agreements would
protect the privacy of tax payers.
We have talked to the Priv-
acy Commissioner about this,''
he said. We have an agreement
that any staff would have to
adhere to the same confidential-
ity that department employees
would have to.
We are very conscious of the
sensitivity of the handling of
None of the department's
special powers to recover debts,
such as requiring employers to
hand over salaries and seizing
property, would be delegated to
private companies, he said.
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