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Ambassador Wang Lutong attends the 2017 Chinese New Year Charity Gala held by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand
On January 30, 2017, the Chinese Commerce in New Zealand (CCCNZ) held a Chinese New Year charity gala in Auckland. China's Ambassador to New Zealand, Wang Lutong and New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English attended the event and delivered speeches.
In his speech, Prime Minster Bill English noted that New Zealand's economy has benefited from open and mutually beneficial economic and trade cooperation with the rest of the world. Mr English spoke highly of China – New Zealand relations, stressing that the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in trade, tourism, education and other sectors contributed greatly to the economy of New Zealand. On behalf of the New Zealand Government, Mr English reiterated that New Zealand welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest and set up new businesses.
Ambassador Wang Lutong fully affirmed the contribution made by the CCCNZ members to the local community through love and practical action. Ambassador Wang hoped that CCNZ would continue to grow and carry forward the tradition of mutual help, fraternity, unity and harmony to promote the fulfillment of the corporate social responsibility by Chinese enterprises, to support local economic development and social charity, and enhance the understanding and friendship between the two peoples. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy and consulates in New Zealand, Ambassador Wang also extended Spring Festival greetings to the participating Chinese enterprises.
Nearly 500 people attended the event, including New Zealand's Minister for Ethnic Community, Judith Collins; National Party MP, Yang Jian; Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff; the Chinese Embassy's Economic and Commercial Counselor, Zhang Fan; CCCNZ Chairman, Wang Lei; renowned composer Mr Tan Dun and guests from the wider community.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand was founded in 2002 and is mainly comprised of Chinese companies investing in New Zealand. Currently, the CCCNZ has nearly 70 members. Total proceeds raised at the Charity Gala will be donated to the Starship Children's Health Foundation and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

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