Shah Rukh was given a traditional greeted and presented with an official New Zealand Black Caps cricket shirt in detection of his love of the game, read a statement. John Key also holds the tourism portfolio.
 
The Bollywood 'baadshah' thanked his hosts for the warm New Zealand welcome and talked warmly of his previous visit to the country around 12 years ago. He said his son would be thrilled with the Black Caps shirt, as he is a big fan.

"The Honourable PM Mr John Key gave us such a warm welcome. Thank you all on behalf of Temptation in Auckland, and also to Judith & Todd.

 

New Zealand traditionally greets SRK

Meanwhile, ‘King Khan’ will perform with stars like Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Meiyang Chang on Friday as part of the tour.
"Rehearsals on still. Had too much fun... Honey Singh did his rap for all of us. Too much fun with Madhuri, Rani and Jaqueline," SRK tweeted.

“He had too much fun on Rehearsals with... Honey Singh did his rap for all of us. Too much fun with Madhuri, Rani and Jaqueline," SRK tweeted.

The actor also recalled the last time he performed in Auckland. "In Auckland how pretty is this place! Now onto rehearsals and stuff. Was so many years ago I performed here... Very different and new," he added.

 New Zealand and India have a co-production agreement and in recent years two Indian productions, "I Hate Luv Storys" and "Players" have been filmed in the country.
The Prime Minister also invited all Indian cricket fans to travel to New Zealand in January-February 2014 when the Indian national team is touring the country, and again in 2015 for the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Currently, New Zealand welcomes around 30,000 visitors from India each year. Tourism New Zealand's target is to increase this to 50,000 by 2016. It has identified India as an emerging tourism market that offers significant growth potential.

New Zealand tourism has also identified the potential for increasing visitor arrivals from India if Bollywood was to again use the country's landscapes as the backdrop to their blockbuster films.

(JPN/Agencies)

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