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Monday, April 18, 2016

Even as Prime Minister John Key leads a high-level business delegation to China, to meet President Xi Jinping to discuss an upgrade of the China New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, (signed eight years ago, this week) closer home, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English travelled to GMP Pharmaceuticals in East Tamaki.

The minister was there to formally commemorate the first batch of the company’s Cowala Adult Milk Powder to be embossed with New Zealand Olympic logo along with a tour of its parent company GMP Pharmaceutical’s new and state-of-the-art soft gel production line.

 “Jami-Lee Ross often boasts about all the great things that are happening in his electorate but coming here I must say I am truly impressed by the scale of things,” Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said teasing the young national whip about taking pride in promoting the area.

GMP entered into agreement with the New Zealand Olympic Committee to be the sole and exclusive partner in the powder based nutritional formula category under their brand Cowala for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The turnout at the leading privately owned New Zealand and Australian based manufacturing company specialising in pharmaceuticals, natural health and dairy products was impressive.

It included  National MP Dr Jian Yang, the People’s Republic of China in Auckland Commercial Counsellor Mr Chen Jing, New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith and Olympians Andrea Kilday (has won numerous gold medals in the Taekwondo championships in Oceania and is due to make her first Olympic appearance in the 2016 Rio Games); and Richie Patterson (won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 85 kg weightlifting event and was a flagbearer in the closing ceremony of the Games).  

The inauguration of the new equipment was done by managing director Karl Ye requesting the dignitaries to put their hand on a magic ball.

Showing the minster around the facility, Mr Ye pointed to the high tech Black Box system that is integrated with various recording devices such as CCTV cameras, sensors, back readers that record every critical stage of production that can be traced back three to four year.

This is to ensure high standards of hygiene and accountability.

“The high security system collects all the information and data and stores it in a safe location that is fire and earthquake proof,” said Mr Ye.

It led the minister to laugh saying, “I don’t think our politicians would do very well with having a black box around recording their every movement.”