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


Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to visit China

Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Minister of Local Government

Minister for Ethnic Communities

2 November 2016
Media Statement

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga to visit China

Local Government and Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga leaves for China today to discuss issues across both portfolios.

“This is an opportunity to further strengthen New Zealand’s relationship with China and reinforce the important ties between the peoples of China and New Zealand,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“Chinese municipal authorities are at the forefront of innovation in many areas of infrastructure development. Transport and water control are significant issues. There is much to share around innovative approaches to local government.”

“China is also at the leading edge of international “Smart City” projects. These provide new evolving opportunities for future community development by leveraging the use of technology.”

The Minister will meet senior Chinese official State Councillor Yang Jiechi and other government officials in Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong between 3 November and 10 November.

“As Minister responsible for Ethnic Communities, I will also be meeting officials from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. The office oversees and co-ordinates relationships with Chinese communities internationally.”

“I will be reinforcing the importance of our Chinese communities in New Zealand and will take the opportunity to share New Zealand’s approach to promoting social cohesion and the benefits of ethnic diversity,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“With the increased flow of trade and investment our people to people and cultural relationships become increasingly important,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.


Chinese people have been part of New Zealand society since the arrival of Chinese gold miners in the 1850s.

The Chinese community is New Zealand’s third largest ethnic group comprising 171,411 people or 4% of people living in New Zealand.

About 6000 people arrive from China to live in New Zealand every year.

The Free Trade Agreement signed in 2008 has created mutually beneficial conditions for trade and investment. Between 2009 and 2014, total goods trade between New Zealand and China doubled to NZ$20 billion.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

NZEI: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote To Reject Offers

Primary teachers and principals have resoundingly rejected the Government’s latest collective agreement offers...

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said members had sent a clear message that the offers did not address concerns about the growing teacher shortage, time to teach and support for children with additional learning needs. More>>


No Confidence In GWRC: Bus Drivers Vote For Strike Next Month

The Wellington Tramways Union today voted overwhelmingly for bus drivers to strike because of the breakdown in negotiations with the Wellington bus operators. More>>


Unanimous: MP Pay Freeze Bill Passes

“The Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament Remuneration) Amendment legislation, to freeze the pay of MPs for one year, has been passed unanimously by the House today." More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Party Of No Ideas

The striking thing about the issues that have had political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them. To date, Her Majesty’s Opposition have been entirely focussed on failings in Beehive management.. More>>


America's Cup: Environment Court Grants Consents

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “I welcome today’s decision by the Environment Court to grant consent for the bases and associated infrastructure to host the 36th America’s Cup." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice. Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted... More>>


Medical: New Surgical Mesh Safeguards

The Government has introduced strict new safeguards on the use of surgical mesh that are expected to limit its use in urogynaecological surgery. More>>


Handley Handling: Fired Chief Technology Officer Releases Communications

In the interests of drawing a line on this issue, today I am releasing a detailed timeline of events and all of the emails and texts between myself and Clare Curran, and myself and the Prime Minister about the role and my move back to New Zealand. More>>





InfoPages News Channels