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Interview of Margaret Lee - Stories of Chinese New Zealander

Interview of Margaret Lee - Stories of Chinese New Zealander

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  • Sun 3 Nov ’19, 9:00pm – 10:00pm


Wellington Access Radio, 35 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Planning, organisation, recording and audio editing: Susan Zou
Interviewer, Project support: Lisa Yung
Interviewee: Margaret Lee

The “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” is a series of interviews with descendants of Chinese people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme looks at the history of their hard work, their settlement and development, integration into New Zealand society, and dedication to contribute and actively promote Chinese culture. The programme also introduces first generation Chinese New Zealanders’ experiences in studying, working and living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Margaret Lee was born in Guangzhou City, China. In 1945, when she was 8, Margaret and her elder sister were sent to Hong Kong to study. The rest of her family went to Hong Kong as war refugees in 1949. Margaret grew up there before joining the United Nations workforce in Bangkok at the age of 19.

Later she worked for UN and other international organisations in New York and New Caledonia. Margaret came to New Zealand to study in 1968 accompanied by her son. She graduated in Political Science and French from Victoria University. After working for five years, she started her law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1980. Seven years later she became a District Court judge. Now she is retired.

We are grateful to the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust and the Wellington City Council for their financial support and Wellington Access Radio for supporting and hosting the programme.

The programme “Stories of Chinese New Zealanders” will be on air from 8 September to 15 December 2019, every Sunday at 9-10pm, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1FM. Tune in to listen to the 15 interviewees’ unique stories.

You can also listen to the programme on the internet at

If you have any comments about this programme, please send your feedback to the email address of the programme:

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