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China plan to build 'little NZ'
By Lincoln Tan
4:00 AM Monday Nov 23, 2009

A $400 million "little New Zealand" to be built in China will create up to 600 Kiwi jobs and open up "unprecedented" tourism, education and immigration opportunities, say Maori involved in the project.

Awataha Marae in Northcote is one of several New Zealand groups that have signed a co-operation deal with a major Chinese company to embark on the project at Qufu City, in China's northeastern province of Shandong.

Stage one is due to open in June.

"The Chinese will get to experience a slice of New Zealand without even leaving their shores, and it will sure tempt them into wanting to see and experience the real thing," said Anthony Paetawa Wilson, managing director of Awataha, which has been awarded the rights to manage the park.

Mr Wilson, who has recently returned from Qufu, where he signed the contract with the Chinese government-backed company New Zealand Gardens Qufu, refused to say who the other New Zealand organisations or individuals involved were.

He said they would be formally announced in Wellington today.

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