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Chinese New Year for all New Zealanders

Don Brash - National Party Leader

9 February 2005

Chinese New Year for all New Zealanders

National Party Leader Don Brash today extended Chinese New Year greetings to all New Zealanders.

"Gong xi fa cai - wishing you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year."

Today marks the arrival of Chinese lunar year 4702 - Year of the Rooster.

"Chinese New Year is a time for New Zealanders from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate cultural diversity.

"It is also a time to acknowledge the huge contribution of Chinese New Zealanders and the importance of China, and indeed Asia more generally, to New Zealand's present and future prosperity.

"Only with the inclusion of all people, from all walks of life, will New Zealand prosper as a successful nation in the modern world. This is something that only a National Government can achieve," says Dr Brash.

ENDS

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