The Maori Trustee, who has returned from a trip to China with the Prime Minister, says the country holds big opportunities for Maori forest owners.

Softwood-Rough-Sawn-TimberThe office of the Maori Trustee administers and leases Maori land.

Jamie Tuuta was part of a delegation of government ministers and business leaders that travelled with John Key to China last week.

He says there is a lot of scope for business with China, especially in the forestry sector, given Maori own more than 40% of the forest estate planted before 1990.

Mr Tuuta says there have been discussions with the Chinese about softwood processing in New Zealand.

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