NZ ‘should join Eu­ro­vi­sion’

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New Zealand could join Aus­tralia in the weird and won­der­ful mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza of Eu­ro­vi­sion.

The idea was floated dur­ing the visit of Euro­pean Union (EU) trade com­mis­sioner Cecilia Malm­strom this week, who was here to of­fi­cially launch trade talks be­tween New Zealand and the Euro­pean trad­ing bloc.

Malm­strom – one of the most pow­er­ful lead­ers in the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the body that ne­go­ti­ates trade for the EU – came to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties a trade deal would bring, along with medicine patents, agri­cul­ture as well as the la­belling of cheese.

Dur­ing her visit, she was asked whether New Zealand could join the long-run­ning Eu­ro­vi­sion Song Con­test. She replied: ‘‘I think we should give this se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.’’

Malm­strom has re­ferred to Aus­tralia’s re­cent mem­ber­ship to the con­test as ‘‘mo­men­tous’’.

Yes­ter­day, she told TVNZ’S Q+A show that New Zealand would be ‘‘very wel­come’’.

‘‘I don’t know the for­mal pro­ce­dures for that – it’s be­yond my pay grade – but I’m happy to look it up for you.’’

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