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The first record of a Chinese commercial garden in Wellington is in 1869, being of Ah Tip & Co, operating a tea garden on Ohiro Road.[1]

Despite general ill feeling towards the Chinese community in Wellington, and New Zealand as a whole, at least one Ohiro resident advised the Chinese Immigration Committee in 1871 of the benefits of having market gardens close to the city, and described the Chinese as model neighbours.[2][3]

In the 1870s Chinese market gardens were identified in Newtown, Brooklyn, Ohiro, Adelaide Road, Central Park, Kent Terrace, and most centrally, on The Terrace.[2][4]

in 1897, it was reported that there were 11 Chinese market gardens in Wellington, mainly around Newtown Park.[5]

Chinese market gardens later were located in Hataitai, Miramar, Island Bay and Lower Hutt.[6][7]

  1. Lee, L., Lam, R., & Dominion Federation of N.Z. Chinese Commercial Growers. (2012). Sons of the soil: Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand = Huángtǔ zǐsì. Pukekohe [N.Z.: Dominion Federation for New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.] Page 120
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lee, L., Lam, R., & Dominion Federation of N.Z. Chinese Commercial Growers. (2012). Sons of the soil: Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand = Huángtǔ zǐsì. Pukekohe [N.Z.: Dominion Federation for New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.] Page 120-121
  3. H-05a INTERIM REPORT (No. II.) OF THE CHINESE IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE. 1 January 1871. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/parliamentary/AJHR1871-I.2.2.5.6
  4. Wellington City Council. (2013). Thematic Heritage Study of Wellington. Retrieved 8 November 2017, from https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/services/community-and-culture/heritage/files/thematic-heritage-study.pdf?la=en
  5. Lee, L., Lam, R., & Dominion Federation of N.Z. Chinese Commercial Growers. (2012). Sons of the soil: Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand = Huángtǔ zǐsì. Pukekohe [N.Z.: Dominion Federation for New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.] Page 122
  6. Lee, L., Lam, R., & Dominion Federation of N.Z. Chinese Commercial Growers. (2012). Sons of the soil: Chinese market gardeners in New Zealand = Huángtǔ zǐsì. Pukekohe [N.Z.: Dominion Federation for New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers.] Page 122-127
  7. Wellington City Council. (2013). Thematic Heritage Study of Wellington. Retrieved 8 November 2017, from https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/services/community-and-culture/heritage/files/thematic-heritage-study.pdf?la=en

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