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Call for New Zealand to cut ties with China

Published: 4:11PM Saturday April 27, 2013 Source: ONE News

A right wing group is hoping to persuade the Government to sever ties with China over human rights concerns. 

Right Wing Resistance has been dropping anti-Chinese flyers across the country over the past few days.

This comes as New Zealand recently signed the Free Trade Agreement and China has found a new status as New Zealand's leading export market.

Spokesperson Kyle Chapman says their main aim is to persuade the Government to cut financial ties with China.

"By us having financial and trade deals with China we're actually endorsing the war crimes that they do and the genocide that they commit on different nationalities," he told ONE News.

"Right now there are at least five countries that surround them that have military problems with China."

However, Chapman insists they have nothing against the people of China.

"We're not trying to say to Chinese people that they are a bad people, we're just trying to say their government's dangerous and we don't want their influence in our country."

Susan Zhu from the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel believes only a small group of people share the same view.

"The majority of people can see the benefit of the trading relationship with China."

Maori and Chinese ties celebrated

The call to cut ties with China comes as the Orakei Marae in Auckland hosted the world's first festival to celebrate the many bonds shared by Maori and Chinese people.

Ngati Whatau chairperson Grant Hawke says the festival is celebrating their shared history and shared future.

"As tanga whenua, it is Ngati Whatau's role and responsibility to make all cultures in Auckland to feel welcome."

Meanwhile, a race-relations conference in Auckland looked at how racism is preventing a number of people from ethnic communities from getting jobs.

Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples' Advisory Panel hosted the event to find out the extent to which racism impacts on Auckland's ability to be a diverse and inclusive city.

Newly appointed Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy told the conference the future of race relations in Auckland has already been determined with almost 40% of Aucklanders being born overseas.

"A third of New Zealand children live in Auckland and they will be adults in a city where by 2014 will have reach between 2.2 to 2.5 million people.

"How these young people fair in education, work and their communities will determine both the state of race relations and our economic future."

Devoy hopes she will be able to influence people to value others for who they are rather than where they come from.