Sir Edmund Hillary, first to climb Mt. Everest, passes away

Sir Edmund Hillary
(Photo taken by Graeme Mulholland)

photo of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary is New Zealand hero. He is the first person who climbed Mt. Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.

Besides climbing Mt. Everest he was a philanthropist helping the people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust.

While he was living, his face is depicted on the New Zealand five dollar note. While I was in New Zealand, I was told an anecdote that when Sir Edmund was asked for ID he pulled-out a five dollar bill.

News reports:
Sir Edmund Hillary passes away – One News, Television New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – TV3 News, MediaWorks New Zealand
Sir Edmund Hillary dies –
Latest updates: NZ mourns Sir Edmund- New Zealand Herald
Hillary tributes flood world’s media – New Zealand Herald
Everest legend Edmund Hillary dies –
Sir Edmund Hillary dies aged 88 – BBC News
Everest conqueror Hillary dies at 88 –

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Famous NZ businessman leaves legacy to Filipinos

Tindall leaves legacy for Philippines poor (By Grant Flemming from The New Zealand Herald, 14 January 2007)

CEBU – Stephen Tindall started visiting the Philippines in the 1980s to source product for his then fledgling company, The Warehouse.

Twenty years on, the visits have stopped, but founder of one of New Zealand’s most successful businesses is still leaving his mark on the lives of some the country’s poorest citizens.

NZ: Acute nursing shortage hits hospitals

from The New Zealand Herald (12 Nov 2006):

“The largest numbers of overseas nurses come from Britain, South Africa and the Philippines, but Filipino nurses claim they are discriminated against because of their accent, and many will no longer be able to fill nursing jobs in New Zealand.”

NZ and Asia: Reaching out across the cultural divide

NZ and Asia: Reaching out across the cultural divide – 04 Jul 2006 – Immigration
Source: NZ Herald

“The Herald put three questions to seven people about ties with Asia.

1. Does New Zealand need to foster stronger links with Asia?

2. Should New Zealanders learn Asian languages, culture or history?

3. How are Asians in New Zealand treated?

Here are their responses:”

Ignore Asia and its peoples at your peril, report warns

Ignore Asia and its peoples at your peril, report warns – 04 Jul 2006 – Population
Source: NZ Herlad

“New Zealanders need to learn about Asia or risk a lower standard of living, fewer economic opportunities and a less secure future, a new report warns.”

NZ Government to welcome more immigrants

Government to welcome more immigrants – 30 Jun 2006 – Immigration
Source: NZ Herald

“The number of immigrants accepted into the country is being raised to meet the need for more skilled workers, the Government said today.”

NZ Herald: Immigrants increasingly from UK

Immigrants increasingly from UK
By Julie Middleton

The proportion of new Kiwis coming from the United Kingdom has more than doubled over the past three years, according to new statistics.The report Migration Trends shows that 31 per cent of the 48,815 people who were granted residency in the last financial year were citizens of the United Kingdom.

Their number as a proportion of all migrants has been rising steadily since the 2002-03 year, when they totalled 14 per cent, behind Chinese and Indian people.

NZ Herald: International student numbers dive

International student numbers dive
03.01.06 4.00pm

International student numbers arriving in New Zealand have continued to fall in the past year, down about 10,000 on the previous year, but nearly 10,000 more temporary workers came here than the year before.

Asians in NZ subjected to racism, study finds

A study in New Zealand confirms that most Asian in New Zealand are victims of discrimination.

Quoted from: Asians in NZ subjected to racism, study finds. 14.09.05 NZ Herald

Asians in NZ subjected to racism, study finds14.09.05 1.00pm

Many Asians living in New Zealand are subjected to some form of racism, a new study has found.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation report, Engaging Asian Communities in New Zealand, revealed the most common form of racism was verbal abuse and rude gestures, often by teenagers or children.

Overt racism included damage to cars identifiable as Asian-owned, having bottles or stones thrown at them, and being mocked for poor pronunciation.

Asia New Zealand’s research director, Dr Rebecca Foley, said the main purpose of the research was to look at ways that engagement between various Asian communities and other communities happened — “or does not happen, as the case may be”

Quoted from: Many Asians in NZ suffer racism – study. 14.09.05.

In employment, for instance, some felt they missed out on jobs and promotions because of their ethnicity, and workmates pretended not to understand them or patronised them. Some Asians reported being deliberately misunderstood in shops, cafes or a supermarket “in order to humiliate”, being snubbed by other mothers in schools when greeting their children and being avoided in public places, like a swimming pool.

Dr Foley said the report went beyond research on what problems Asian migrants face and examined what worked in terms of engaging with the host community.

New Zealand employers were often reluctant to employ new migrants, claiming they would not have “local knowledge”

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