The free trade agreement between New Zealand and China, signed on April 7, is a cause for celebration.
This is a positive development for New Zealand and one that has been welcomed by businesses and individuals who recognise the benefi it will bring to both countries.
So it has been disappointing to take a number of calls expressing opposition to the agreement at my New Lynn electorate office.
These callers can only be described as racist. Their reasons for opposing the agreement boil down to nothing other than a dislike of Chinese people generally.
I am not opposed to people having differing views to mine but I draw the line at racism.
I have always been proud to represent an electorate which prides itself on being ethnically diverse and inclusive. It is disappointing that a few people with xenophobic views are tainting west Auckland’s reputation as a forward-thinking and inclusive part of New Zealand.