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Oravida's founder Deyi (Stone) Shi made the donation earlier this month.
Shi's company, which also exports wine, seafood, freshwater and meat to China, has close ties to National. Former National Prime Minister Jenny Shipley is the chairwoman and director David Wong-Tung is the husband of Revenue Minister Judith Collins.
Collins came under pressure over her links to Oravida in 2014 after she met with Shi and a Chinese border official while on a ministerial visit to China, weeks after Oravida had lobbied the Government about difficulties in getting its products into China.
Oravida has previously given $30,000 to National, and Shi once donated $55,000 in a charity auction to play golf with former Prime Minister John Key.
Shi is also the owner of Ardmore airport and bought former Hanover director Mark Hotchin's Paritai Drive mansion for $39m in 2013.
|Australia's balance of trade went from US$35.9bil positive in 2011 to US$12.9bil negative in 2015.|
|In my opinion, while a weakening in China's demand for iron ore and coal has been a factor, much of the decline in GDP and export revenue can be attributed to an insane energy policy based on closing down the coal industry and subsidizing uneconomic so-called 'renewable energy' which has rendered Australia's power supply among the most expensive and unreliable in the world.|
|- all based around the irrational and religious belief in 'global warming.'|
|No wonder Aussies with brains are flocking to NZ in their thousands.|
No sooner do I hit the publish button but the bad news keeps rolling. 600 more jobs gone, this time due to intransigent unions.
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