Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


McCully announces first Consul-General for Western China

McCully announces first Consul-General for Western China

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Alistair Crozier to open New Zealand’s new Consulate in Chengdu, Western China.

“We are now aiming to reach two-way trade with China of $30 billion by 2020 - having surpassed the earlier goal of $20 billion well ahead of schedule,” Mr McCully says.

“A New Zealand presence in the west of China will help us reach this ambitious target and provide further support for New Zealand companies who are looking to expand beyond the coastal cities of China.

“The Consulate will be a key part of New Zealand’s expanded diplomatic presence in China, which will also see additional staff deployed to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

“Opening the Consulate also recognises the growth in consumer demand across China. It will allow New Zealand to continue to promote ourselves as an education and tourism destination in rapidly expanding markets.

“The post will cover Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces as well as Chongqing municipality, with a combined total population of almost 200 million,” Mr McCully says.

Mr Crozier is a Mandarin speaker who has served twice before in China, including as New Zealand’s first education counsellor. He has also worked in Viet Nam and Papua New Guinea and brings extensive knowledge of the region to his new role.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news