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


China and NZ move closer on air links

Wednesday 15 September 1999


The Prime Minister announced today that the commencement of air services between New Zealand and China moved a step closer following a bilateral agreement that permits New Zealand airlines to operate to Beijing and Shanghai.

"I am delighted to receive this news. The decision, conveyed to our Embassy in Beijing yesterday, was clearly taken to coincide with the State visit of President Jiang to New Zealand," Mrs Shipley said.

At present it is not possible to fly direct between New Zealand and China. Visitors and cargo typically have to travel either via Australia or Singapore on third airlines.

"While it will be a commercial decision as to whether the airlines take up this option, the framework now exists to intensify bilateral air links between New Zealand and China.

"Provision for up to daily flights by both New Zealand and Chinese airlines have also been confirmed.

"On the back of the recent decision taken by the Chinese Government to approve New Zealand as a tourism destination, this announcement represents a further valuable development. Efficient air services are essential to promoting people-to-people links as well as assisting our exporters get their goods into China.

"This is a particularly pleasing announcement as it also underpins the recently issued APEC Leaders' communique. The communique supported steps to open up air service arrangements in the region. Clearly China has accorded this objective priority and acted accordingly," Mrs Shipley said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>





InfoPages News Channels