Porirua businesses open up to Chinese
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.