February 18, 2014
Tainui fosters China ties
A senior Chinese diplomat has paid a visit to Waikato-Tainui to show his commitment to a growing relationship with the tribe.
Niu Qingbao, the consul-general to the Auckland and Waikato regions planted a rengarenga and a kawariki during his visit to Te Ohaaki Marae in Huntly.
Ricky Maipi from Te Riu o Waikato, a business development organisation representing a cluster of 15 marae, says the gesture symbolised a growing bond between the two peoples.
"It’s become a very important relationship between the two nations. I did visit China two years ago at the invitation of a Chinese business group and the result was there is a lot we can do around our investment, so looking for investment money from the China financial business arm," he says.
Mr Maipi says while Waikato-Tainui doesn’t have the access to commodities that Chinese businesses are seeking, there could be investment opportunities in tourism, infrastructure and construction.
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