Twitter is yet to respond hours after prime minister Scott Morrison called for the tweet to be removed.
“New Zealand officials are working now to ascertain the origin and veracity of these reports.”
Activists have called for boycotting the movie, which was partly filmed in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has cracked down on Uighurs and other Muslims.
The ABC’s Bill Birtles was reportedly banned from leaving China until he answered questions about detained Australian citizen and TV anchor Cheng Lei.
There were two Australians onboard the cattle ship.
'I feel for her family very much at this point in time,' Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said.
The WHO reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.
A fresh coronavirus outbreak in China, new cases in New Zealand and record infections in parts of the US show that the pandemic is far from over.
China, where the virus first appeared late last year, reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday, 36 of them in Beijing.
The abrupt ending came after Trump told a reporter of Asian descent to "ask China" her question about COVID-19.