Also known as Chin Ting/Chan Moon-ting/James Chin Ting

Chin Ting was born in Sun Gai village in 1859, one of three brothers from Xinjie village of the Zengcheng district of Guangzhou, who emigrated to New Zealand[1][2]. He arrived in New Zealand in 1886, settling soon after in Pahiatua where he opened a store[3].

The Pahiatua Herald of 7 November 1902 ran an advertisement for his store.[4]

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He was naturalised in 1894[1][2][5] after being in New Zealand for eight years[3].

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Entry for Ching Ting (Page 388) in the Register of Persons Naturalised in New Zealand before 1949 (Department of Internal Affairs.). Retrieved from

In 1898 he brought out his wife, Ching Fan, marrying her onboard the S.S. (Steam ship) Wakatupu in Wellington Harbour as a test case for the Poll Tax[1][2]. This marriage was reported in newspapers throughout New Zealand[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]. This successfully established the precedent that the wives of naturalised Chinese men in New Zealand did not have to pay the poll-tax, a precedent exploited to the full by many other Jung Seng men from that time on[1]. It took seven years for the Poll Tax to be refunded.[2]

In 1907 he moved to Wellington to look after fellow Sun Gai villager ("Village cousin") Chan Fook-on's store Yee Chong Wing in Manners Street[2] while Chan Fook-on was suffering an illness. After Chan Fook-on died in 1908 he took over Yee Chong Wing, changing its name to Te Aro Seed Company in the 1914.[2][20]

One of his sisters, Lily Yen, owned and operated L Yen & Company.

Chin Ting, owned and operated a market garden on the land where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now stands at 140 Moxham AvenueHataitai.[21][22]

One of his sons, Joseph Ting was born above the Yee Chong Wing shop.

Chin Ting was a strong community man and leader in both the Jung Seng and wider Chinese communities. He was a founder member and first president of the Chong Wah Hui Goon Chinese Association (or Chung Wah Wui Gun) in 1911[2] (Considered the forerunner of the Wellington Chinese Association, which Chin Ting was also instrumental in establishing and leading[23]).

On the occasion to mark the 11th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of China ("Double Tenth" celebration), Chin Ting addressed the crowd at an event at Athletic Park.

Like other Chinese business at the time, Te Aro Seed Co. would often act as a 'staging post' for recently arrived Chinese migrants, especially those from Zhengcheng.[2] Whilst providing support to the Chinese community, he saw the need to establish the Tung Jung Association[2]. In 1925 he became a founder member and first President of the Tung Jung Association in 1926[2]. He took his family back to China in 1928, returning in 1938. Chin Ting died in 1956.[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tung Jung Association
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Chan, H. D. M., & Tung Jung Association of NZ. (2007). Zengcheng New Zealanders: a history for the 80th anniversary of the Tung Jung Association of NZ Inc. Katoomba, NSW: Echo Point Press for the Tung Jung Association of New Zealand. Page 113
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archives New Zealand. (2015, February 17). From: Chin Ting, Pahiatua Date: 8 August 1894 Subject: Memorial, with fee, for Naturalisation (R24762468). Retrieved 20 November 2018, from
  4. Pahiatua and district pics old and new. (1902, November 7). Chin Ting. General Storekeeper and Seedsman. Pahiatua Herald. Retrieved from
  5. Department of Internal Affairs. (1949). Register of Persons Naturalised in New Zealand before 1949, Page 388. Retrieved from
  6. Auckland Star. (1898, February 4). Auckland Star, p. 4. Retrieved from
  7. Daily Circulation. 1700. the Oamaru Mail. Tuesday, January 25, 1898. (1898, January 25). Oamaru Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
  8. Local & General. (1898a, January 27). Lake County Press, p. 2. Retrieved from
  9. Local & General. (1898b, January 27). Otago Witness, p. 20. Retrieved from
  10. Local and General News. (1898, January 25). Marlborough Express, p. 2. Retrieved from
  11. Local and General. (1898a, January 22). Hastings Standard, p. 2. Retrieved from
  12. Local and General. (1898b, January 26). Ashburton Guardian, p. 2. Retrieved from
  13. Local and General. (1898c, January 28). Patea Mail, p. 2. Retrieved from
  14. Notes and Comments. (1898, January 25). Thames Star, p. 2. Retrieved from
  15. Personal Items. (1898, January 24). New Zealand Herald, p. 6. Retrieved from
  16. Personal Items. (1898, January 21). New Zealand Times, p. 2. Retrieved from
  17. Thames Advertiser. (1898, January 26). Thames Advertiser, p. 4. Retrieved from
  18. Things Slowly Learned. (1898, February 4). Clutha Leader, p. 3. Retrieved from
  19. Woodville Examiner. (1898, January 24). Woodville Examiner, p. 2. Retrieved from
  20. 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 123
  21. Hutt sister-in-law centenarians celebrate together, The Hutt News, 1 November 2011
  22. McKirdy, P. (2005). Hataitai Local History-Latter-Day Saints Church. Retrieved 12 January 2018, from
  23. Turning Stone into Jade: The History of the New Zealand Chinese Association. Fung, David. 2015. New Zealand Chinese Association. Page 121


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