Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says New Zealanders should not "fear Australia's strength" ahead of the signing of an investment protocol between the two countries. Ms Gillard is on the second and final day of her first trip to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Later today she will sign the agreement with Prime Minister John Key under the Closer Economic Relationship, which seeks to increase investment between Australia and New Zealand. The investment protocol will increase the threshold at which Australian investment in New Zealand business needs Overseas Investment Office approval from $100 million to $477 million and investment by New Zealand in Australian business from about A$230 million ($305 million) to just over A$1 billion.
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