The Government will invest $2 million a year over five
years to increase Asian language learning in schools.
The $10 million fund was designed to provide more students
with opportunities to learn the languages of countries with
whom New Zealand had strong trade relationship, Prime
Minister John Key said this morning.
He made the announcement in Blenheim, where he was speaking
at the New Zealand Winegrowers national conference.
The new funding would focus on increasing the number of
schools that offered Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.
Mr Key told an audience of 600 the initiative was evidence of
National's commitment to free trade and openness to the
He said National was the only party which was not raising
barriers to foreign investment and free trade.
Mr Key also defended the secrecy of New Zealand's Trans
Pacific Partnership talks, saying that New Zealand would
stand to lose if it revealed its bottom lines to the world.
He also warned that Labour appeared likely to oppose the TPP,
based on its public comments.
- By Isaac Davison of the New Zealand Herald