The 8th New Zealand Week took place in many Chinese cities between November 1st and November 17th. The activities during this period included traditional Maori performances, music bands from New Zealand, and traditional cuisine. The activities attracted a large number of visitors.
A Maori dance group performed in Shenzhen on November 13th. Richard Dunsheath, the consul of the New Zealand Trade Development Office in China; Joseph Li, an official of the same office; and Jiao Yue, vice-chairman of Pagoda Group, all attended the performance. They jointly cut the ribbon to open this ceremony.
Richard Dunsheath explained during the ceremony that the New Zealand Trade Development Office first initiated the New Zealand Week. Pagoda has more than 4 thousand shops in China. Pagoda is an important partner for New Zealand fruit export. The main aspect of New Zealand Week is the promotion of New Zealand fruit in Pagoda stores.
China and New Zealand have a long and steady trade relationship. Fruit is in the top five of New Zealand products exported to China. In the first half of this year, China imported 236 million USD worth of fruit from New Zealand. The top three consisted of kiwi fruit, apples, and cherries. New Zealand kiwi fruit accounts for 62% of the Chinese kiwi fruit import. New Zealand apples account for 53% of the Chinese apple import.