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Auckland to get Chinese Cultural Centre

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/03/2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. © MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Auckland will be the site of the country's second Chinese Cultural Centre, with the city's diversity, size and large Chinese community cited as reasons.

The announcement of an agreement signed by Mayor Phil Goff and Chinese Ambassador Wang Lutong coincides with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's three-day visit to New Zealand.

Auckland Council says New Zealand will be the first country to have a second Chinese Cultural Centre. Usually only the capital city has one.

"The cultural centre will allow for greater cross-cultural understanding, and enhance areas of mutual interest such as education, languages, arts and culture," Mr Goff said.

Auckland is home to the country's biggest Chinese community, totally about 120,000 people.

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