11 Mar 2019

China-New Zealand Year of Tourism event back on

5:37 pm on 11 March 2019

The China-New Zealand Year of Tourism event is back on after being postponed amid fears of a souring relationship between the two countries.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

The launch of the 2019 event in February was shelved just over a week before it was due to start, despite being planned for two years.

But the Prime Minister today announced it's been rescheduled, with the opening ceremony to be held at Te Papa on 29 March.

Jacinda Ardern said it will form part of a visit to New Zealand by a delegation led by China's Culture and Tourism Minister.

New Zealand's relationship with China came under scrutiny after the GCSB's rejection of Huawei's bid to roll out Spark's 5G network late last year.

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