Mayors from China, NZ meet to discuss trade

  • 03/12/2017
Dave Cull.
Dave Cull. Photo credit: Newshub.

New Zealand Mayors will be making the most of the opportunity to meet 12 Chinese counterparts in Wellington.

They are attending the New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in Wellington on Sunday and Monday.

It's the second such forum and is organised by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ).

LGNZ president Dave Cull says the New Zealand China relationship is important. The trade relationship has nearly tripled over the past decade, with two-way trade rising from $8.2 billion in the year ended June 2007 to $23 billion in the June 2016 year.

"The mayoral forums provide a new sub-national engagement to further enhance and develop political and trade relations for the future," he says.

About 33 New Zealand Mayors are attending. They are expected to talk about trade and investment opportunities in tourism, education and primary industries.

It is the first forum to be held in New Zealand following the inaugural forum in Xiamen in 2015.

The forum comes against a backdrop of the One Belt One Road initiative by China, which is a push by China to take a larger role in global affairs with a China-centred trading network.