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China is now New Zealand's top trading partner.

China is now New Zealand's top trading partner. Photo: PHOTO NZ

New Zealand is increasingly focused on trade with the fast growing Asia-Pacific region.

But are there dangers with too narrow a scope?

The Government is encouraging business to pursue opportunities in the region, fuelled by free trade deals with China and Korea,  and the prospect of greater access to the US and Japan's markets.

What about the 20-trillion dollar European economy, home to half a billion people?

Patrick O'Meara investigates the focus for the future.