Porirua busi­nesses open up to Chi­nese

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Porirua’s busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture was on show last Thurs­day when a 180- strong Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion vis­ited the city dur­ing its eco­nomic part­ner­ship tour of the Welling­ton re­gion.

The group vis­it­ing was from the prov­ince of Zhe­jiang – with a pop­u­la­tion of 54 mil­lion and an econ­omy the size of Swe­den’s – and a di­rect re­sult of Welling­ton Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s visit to China ear­lier this year with a busi­ness del­e­ga­tion.

The cul­mi­na­tion of the visit was the sign­ing of a new ‘‘strate­gic eco­nomic part­ner­ship’’ agree­ment with the re­gion’s may­ors.

The group was the big­gest Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion to visit Wel- ling­ton, and in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Zhe­jiang Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion Group, which will pro­duce a doc­u­men­tary about Welling­ton. Zhe­jiang Tele­vi­sion is broad­cast throughout China with a po­ten­tial reach of 900 mil­lion peo­ple.

On Thurs­day morn­ing the group vis­ited Te Rau­paraha Arena to hear about Maori busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing. They vis­ited Whi­tireia for a tour of the polytech’s ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and sports pro­grammes. Af­ter a lunch, the group then heard from Porirua busi­nesses North South GIS and ESR, and toured build­ing ma­te­ri­als firm BRANZ.

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