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The New Zealand and China governments have signed a television industry co-production agreement.

The bilateral deal was signed in Wellington New Zealand, by China’s Cai Fuchao, minister at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), and New Zealand’s Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Maggie Barry.

The new agreement is in addition to a feature film treaty signed in 2010 and is the first specifically relating to TV agreed by China.

To assist filmmakers to develop feature film projects with China the NZFC has established a dedicated NZ$1 million (US790,000) China Co-Production Production fund for investment in the production of one or more official feature film co-productions with China. 

A delegation of senior New Zealand executives will travel to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing at the end of the month.