Chinese gold miners in New Zealand in the late 1800s had a reputation for recovering gold from areas Europeans had already given up on. Photo: Museum Queenstown

How Chinese gold miners helped build New Zealand and how discrimination drove them away

Late-19th-century Chinese migrants working New Zealand’s gold fields contributed considerably to the development of the island nation, but they earned resentment as well as riches, and little evidence of their presence remains

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Chinese gold miners in New Zealand in the late 1800s had a reputation for recovering gold from areas Europeans had already given up on. Photo: Museum Queenstown
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