14 Apr 2012

Asian investment in NZ backed by survey

6:40 pm on 14 April 2012

The successful hosting of the Rugby World Cup and the shared tragedies of the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan have helped New Zealanders warm more to the Asian region.

Asia New Zealand Foundation surveyed more than 11,00 people, 93% of whom felt exports to Asia and Asian tourism will be good for New Zealand in the next 20 years.

But 70% felt Asians could do more to learn about New Zealand culture.

The foundation's director of policy and research Andrew Butcher says many people brought up the effects the earthquakes and the Rugby World Cup had on their connection with Japan in particular.

Of those surveyed 74% welcomed Asian investment in New Zealand and a declining number ( 25%) felt Asians were taking jobs New Zealanders should get.

Mr Butcher says the survey clearly shows New Zealanders understand the economic benefits of engaging with Asia.

The survey was conducted prior to the Crafar farms controversy. The margin of error was +/- 2.9%.