NZ cries foul over Huawei rugby quip

Huawei's advertising campaign is designed to appeal to everyday Kiwis

Huawei's advertising campaign is designed to appeal to everyday Kiwis

The delays come as relations between New Zealand its biggest trade partner have been tested because of the ban on the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei's involvement in building a high speed mobile network for Spark.

The advertisement, in the New Zealand Herald and newspapers owned by Stuff, also claims consumers could miss out on the latest technology and end up paying more.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Globe Telecom president and chief executive Ernest Lawrence Cu said potential threats Huawei poses to national security were exaggerated "to a certain extent", and plans are in place to roll out 5G services in collaboration with Huawei and other firms.

The government said Huawei's left field move, playing on New Zealanders' love of rugby, would not affect policy decisions.

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"There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei presented and we strongly reject the notion that our business threatens New Zealand in any way. We deserve the opportunity to have our voice heard and to address any concerns in good faith", Bowater said.

China's Auckland consulate has been issuing notices warning the country's tourists of problems in New Zealand, such as robberies, a lack of police help and people with valid visas being refused entry.

"It's not helping", the government minister Andrew Little who oversees intelligence services, told reporters. Some reports suggested the "very unusual" incident was the result of a mention of the contested nation of Taiwan in paperwork onboard the plane.

New Zealand has expressed concern over China's growing influence in the South Pacific and although Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been planning to visit Beijing since the end of past year, no date has yet been fixed.

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