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NZ Honorary Advisers

Peter Chin


Peter Chin was born in Dunedin to Chinese parents – shopkeepers who owned and operated laundries and fish and chip shops.

He graduated in law from Otago University and practiced in Dunedin as a senior partner in one of the city's oldest law firms until he was elected as Mayor of Dunedin at the end of 2004.

Mr Chin chaired the Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust with the support of Dunedin sister city Shanghai, which delivered New Zealand' s first authentic Chinese Garden. In 2002, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.