Speech to the AM990 Radio Chinese

  • George Hawkins
Ethnic Affairs

Ni hao ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you to you all for being here today on this very important and happy occasion.

My thanks to Everlyn Liu for kindly extending an invitation for me to be here today.

We are celebrating the third anniversary, the third birthday of AM990 Radio Chinese.

This radio station is very important to the Chinese community here in Auckland. It is a valuable tool that many Chinese New Zealanders listen to and enjoy.

AM990 Radio Chinese is making a positive contribution by providing up-to-date community news, regional news and national news. It also gives listeners access to news from Asia and around the world.

As the first New Zealand Minister for Ethnic Affairs, I commend AM990 Radio Chinese for three years of important and valuable service. Congratulations.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank the Chinese community in New Zealand.

The Chinese community greatly enriches New Zealand with their rich heritage and colourful cultural celebrations.

Chinese New Zealanders have a strong work ethic. They contribute in so many areas of life in this country - whether it be in small business, industry, commerce, education, scientific research, or engineering.

The Labour and Alliance Government recognises the important contribution of Ethnic communities in this country. That is why Helen Clark was the first New Zealand Prime Minister to appoint a Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

The Chinese community now has a voice at the cabinet table. I am proud to be your advocate, representing you within government.

I applaud AM990 Radio Chinese for three years of hard work and success. Well done and we look forward to many more years of successful broadcasting.

May AM990 Radio Chinese grow and flourish during 2001, the Year of the Snake.

To the listening audience of AM990 Radio Chinese, whether they be newly arrived in New Zealand or long-established here, may the Year of the Snake bring you good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Xie xie.