9 Apr 2013

Chinese investors to be asked to build timber plant

10:00 pm on 9 April 2013

Chinese investors will be encouraged to consider building a timber processing plant in New Zealand to create work.

A government-led delegation is in China to strengthen ties as well as create economic opportunities.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is also on the trip with a Maori contingent.

He says Maori business covers a wide range of areas, but is based mainly on natural resources, including dairy and fish.

Dr Sharples intends to share those stories while in China.

He says he wants to encourage Chinese investors to consider building a sawmill in New Zealand to replace the current practice of shipping raw logs offshore.