30 May 2012
WELLINGTON, May 30 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand's Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples will lead a trade delegation of about 18 Maori businesses to visit China's mainland and Hong Kong this weekend, to see how Asia's "dragon economies" do business.
Those include Maori land and fisheries trustees, tourism groups, education institutes, food and beverage companies, and a traditional Maori performing arts group.
Sharples said in a statement on Wednesday that the visit will strengthen cultural and economic ties between Maori and Chinese businesses.
They will meet with government and business leaders in Beijing, Guizhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jiangmen and Hong Kong.
"We have chosen to take this step to boost revenue and exports to support businesses, communities and families across our country, " said Sharples. "Some members are set to formalize commercial relationships and sign agreements with a range of Chinese companies."
The delegation is part of an ongoing New Zealand strategy to strengthen trade relations with China.
Sharples said the phenomenal growth of the Chinese and other Asian economies is something the Maori economy can relate and aspire to.