Minister welcomes NZ’s first ASEAN Festival
Minister for Ethnic Affairs
16 November 2012 Media Statement
Minister welcomes NZ’s first ASEAN
Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith
Collins says tomorrow’s inaugural Association of South
East Asian Nations Festival is a welcome addition to New
Zealand’s cultural calendar.
Festival gives us great opportunity to recognise and
celebrate the significant contribution our Southeast Asian
neighbours make to our nation,” Ms Collins says.
The ASEAN region is New Zealand’s fourth largest
export market, with two-way trade in goods worth about $11
billion in 2011. ASEAN represents a market of more than 620
million people, with a combined GDP of US$3 trillion.
Ms Collins says the region is also a gateway to China
and India; two of New Zealand’s most important trading
“The ASEAN region presents great
opportunities for New Zealand. We must continue to draw from
the cultural expertise and international connections of our
45,000 strong ASEAN communities to make the most of this
The Festival’s six-hour cultural
programme will start at 1.30pm tomorrow at Auckland’s
Logan Campbell Centre, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
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