Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Growing numbers of Chinese migrants heading to Canterbury

Growing numbers of Chinese tourists, students and migrants heading to Canterbury

August 20, 2014

As Canterbury recovers and rebuilds, more and more Chinese are heading to the region as tourists, students, and migrants, a University of Canterbury PhD postgraduate student says.

James To says the movements have been expedited with improved direct air links through Christchurch International Airport.

``China Airlines now has flights to Taiwan and China Southern Airlines is considering regular air services to Guangzhou after a successful charter flight earlier this year.

``In general, Christchurch boasts a peaceful living space full of public amenities and easy access to popular attractions without the hustle and bustle of a large city. But most importantly, New Zealand is viewed by most Chinese as a safe and secure place to live, work and study. For many one-child families, these attributes rank highly in making the University of Canterbury the destination of choice for their son or daughter.

``The University of Canterbury offers a world-class education in an English speaking environment. Graduates gain internationally recognised qualifications that can take them anywhere they choose.

``While there may be many economic opportunities back in China, a large number of students from the People’s Republic of China choose to look for work in New Zealand after they graduate, with the long term intention of staying on.

``Graduates may apply for a one year open visa allowing them to find suitable employment in a wide range of industries. This is a great way to retain valuable multi-cultural human resources within New Zealand, and therefore a win-win for everybody.

``The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is the direct link to the Chinese Ministry of Education-approved and supported Mandarin language programme. Students interested in Chinese history and culture are also able to access a wider range of resources and teaching materials.’’

To says as China seeks access to resources and technologies to fuel its growing economy, New Zealand presents many exciting possibilities for investment and exchange. New Zealand’s world leading expertise can facilitate value-added agri-commerce products and services tailored specially for the Chinese market.

The quickly emerging Chinese middle-class offers massive scope for the tourism, service and hospitality industries. Carefully managed, New Zealand may be well poised to take advantage of these opportunities, he says.

To, supervised by Professor Anne-Marie Brady, completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury and his thesis has been published by international scholarly publisher Brill and featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is currently a lecturer at the International Pacific College in Palmerston North where he teaches international relations and foreign policy.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Easter: Have A Safe Holiday And/Or Don't Mislead On Surcharges

Commerce Commission: “Businesses that do apply a surcharge must ensure people are alerted to this before they make a decision to purchase. This gives consumers the ability to decide whether they are prepared to pay a surcharge or would rather go elsewhere,” Ms Rawlings said.

“The reason for the surcharge must be accurately described and must not mislead consumers. For example a business must not claim their surcharge on Easter Sunday is because it is a public holiday, as the only public holidays over the Easter weekend are Good Friday and Easter Monday.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Law Foundation Report: New Zealand Going Backwards On Human Rights

Greens: A report released today, Fault lines: Human Rights in New Zealand, looked at our commitment to six different international human rights treaties and found New Zealand sorely lacking in our commitment to human rights in practice to the point we’re going backwards. More>>

ALSO:

War Prep: “Gerrymandering” The Iraq Deployment

NZ First: “On Tuesday, it was ‘up to 50 troops’ training in Australia but yesterday that number grew to 100... Given pre-deployment training and now integrated training with the Australian Army, it seems to go beyond the supposed training role our men and women are meant to be tasked with undertaking.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Inadequate Response To Sexual Violence Prevention

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering them more substantive support.

Hopefully, this will help to reverse the damage done with the insensitive, punitive ACC policy put in place by the incoming Key government in 2009, which in some parts of New Zealand, saw 90 per cent of sexual violence victims being turned away by ACC. More>>

ALSO:

Child, Youth and Family Review:

"To Help Families Get Ahead": April 1 Changes Kick In

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news