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JETAA Oceania Regional Conference 2013 Report

News posted Dec 9, 06:17 PM by Jess Corbett

2014 SCNZ Conference - Gore

News posted Nov 8, 07:59 PM by Jess Corbett

Gore is delighted to be hosting the 2014 conference from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 April at the Scenic Circle Croydon Hotel. A small but dedicated group has been working hard on planning an interesting and enticing programme for those attending. The theme is “Country to Country – from the heart of Southland, to the world.”.

We hope to be able to release a draft programme along with registration costs and accommodation information by the end of November or early December. In the meantime,
start booking your travel to our special part of New Zealand – home of brown trout fishing, tranquility, green rolling hills and the illicit Hokonui Moonshine whiskey. We hope you may consider staying an extra day or two as Gore is within easy distance of such gems as Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and the Catlins.

Newsletter #8 Nov 2013

News posted Nov 8, 07:56 PM by Jess Corbett

Latest newsletter available below.

Articles include:

  • Wellington Youth Workshop
  • Whanganui-Nagaizumi sister cities
  • Japanese students from Kakogawa, Shinagawa and the Tōhoku region visit Auckland
  • New Zealand Forest opens in the Washington Park Arboretum – Seattle
  • The Importance of Sister Cities in China for New Zealand: Dunedin-Shanghai Sister – Cityhood
  • Hanami – Picnic under the Cherry Blossoms in Christchurch (Christchurch-Kurashiki)

Did you know?

News posted Aug 2, 08:13 PM by Jess Corbett

The SCNZ Board are seeking nominations from across New Zealand for people who communities wish to recognise with a “Life Membership” from SCNZ. They must have worked long term and have supported of the development and growth of sister city relationships within the region or at a national/international level.

Rugby, mud, staffrooms and Skype = future global trade?

News posted Aug 2, 08:05 PM by Jess Corbett

Young people winning from international exchange is alive and well in Lower Hutt with several education and youth exchanges on the go this year.

Learning how to play like All Blacks

68 students and coaches from the Japan High School Athletic Federation have been in New Zealand for a week to learn how to play rugby like an All Black. Lower Hutt will host their biggest group to their 6th annual rugby camp playing host to 40 boys, 12 girls and 16 coaches.

Based at Petone Rugby Club, our overseas friends learn rugby skills and then put it in to practice on the field against Hutt Valley high schools.
The camp is coordinated by Hutt City Council in partnership with the Japan New Zealand Centre based in Osaka, and the training is managed by Dave Pollock and Christian Cullen from Rugby and Beyond.

The week also includes visits to NZ Rugby Union HQ, Waiwhetu Marae, Te Papa Museum, the Weta Cave and further Wellington region highlights.
All students on camp are home hosted which gives the students a taste of kiwi culture and local families an insight in to Japanese culture. They can boast about being taught by ex All Blacks, but remember their time distinguishing Vegemite from Marmite at the breakfast table.


Tempe students Kat, Sean, Nicole and Dian on the SS Paiaka shipwreck on the Pencarrow Coast

A taste of Kiwi wet’n‘wild!

A suggestion of mud, mountain biking and 4WDing on Wellington Harbour’s rugged eastern coast sounds completely foreign to students of Lower Hutt’s sister city, Tempe in Arizona, USA.
But they loved it and rated a day of mud adventures in Wainuiomata a top highlight of a fun-filled five-week stay in Lower Hutt. Not to mention the recent storm!

Now in its 32nd year, students from Tempe get the chance to experience the best of Lower Hutt and the wider Wellington region has to offer. Many behind the scenes tours, school visits, including experiencing what -35C feel s like in the Antarctic Ice Core Laboratory at GNS Science meant their exchange partners often learn a lot themselves too.

Mayor Ray Wallace welcomed the students to Lower Hutt along with American Ambassador David Huebner who lives in Lower Hutt too. A bonus was their visit meant they could also join the Independence Day celebrations at the American Embassy in Wellington.
Our Lower Hutt exchange partners are now in the USA experiencing the friendliness of Tempe, who are four time winners of their national Overall Best Sister City Program in America award. Here’s to many more.

Inspiring teachers
Each year 3 teachers are hosted in Lower Hutt by their kiwi counterparts who immerse them in school life and allow them to see education approaches from a different perspective.

Janice Ewbank recently wrote about her trip to Boulcott [Primary] School in the Tempe Sister City Newsletter.
“ My New Zealand exchange experience impacted my life in so many ways, and at so many levels. New Zealand is a country of beautiful landscape, culture, and, people, none of which I will ever forget. I returned from my travels with a notebook full of insights and inspiration, and with my perspective on life and the world around me forever changed. I wish that every student and teacher could have an experience such as mine. Thank you, Sister Cities and all of my New Zealand friends, for a truly life changing experience.”
But it was our morning tea and combined lunch breaks that seemed to make the biggest impact. A staffroom full of staff at these times sharing cake and cookies was something she was off to explore in Tempe.

Travelling on Skype before flying overseas
Eight Tui Glen primary school Year 7/8 students are heading to Lower Hutt’s sister city Minoh, Japan this September and are set to make a deeper connection when they visit thanks to getting to know each other first on Skype.

Tui Glen teacher Graeme Penty is excited to leading his school’s group this year and has already seen the young students grow while meeting their new sister city friends online.
“It’s a huge opportunity for our students and they’re really gaining a lot from learning the language, broadening their global understanding and simply seeing how others live.”
Graeme Penty has connections in Japan after several trips to Minoh and as Nishio already and is certainly passionate about sharing his love of all things Japanese with his school and community.
Hutt Valley High School also have a group of 20 travelling to Minoh in September to visit their sister school, Minoh High School. The two school groups are supported by grants from the Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust and a lot of love from the community and their families!

Invaluable bonds
Hutt City Council’s International Relations Manager, James Lamb is impressed at the level of participation across the city.
“We pride ourselves on being a diverse city and we’re fortunate to have many schools at all levels involved in international exchanges and regular programmes.”
“These exchanges are invaluable and build bonds that continue long after they return home,” he says.

“Nothing beats young students getting a chance to engage face to face with their international peers. All of these activities will add up to lifelong friendships, impact global trade and even form future business partnerships.”

by James Lamb, Hutt City Council

Auckland-Brisbane reciprocal business exchange to mark 25th Anniversary

News posted Aug 2, 08:03 PM by Jess Corbett

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Auckland – Brisbane sister city relationship, one of Auckland’s strongest and mutually beneficial international partnerships. To celebrate this significant milestone, International Relations responded to a Mayoral initiative to bring the two cities together in a unique way – a reciprocal business exchange, the first of its kind with Brisbane and the amalgamated Auckland Council. In early June Mayor Brown led a high-level delegation of 20 Auckland business leaders to Brisbane where they participated in a three day civic and business programme. This was reciprocated by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk who led a 20 strong business delegation to Auckland at the end of June.

Programmes in each city included a series of formal civic events, such as the re-affirming of the sister city agreements and courtesy calls between the Mayors and delegations. This was complemented by an intensive business programme designed to achieve tangible outcomes and included 1:1 business matching, business networking opportunities and site visits to key infrastructure and other sector specific facilities.
Owner/Founder of Kohu Road Ice Cream noted that “the Brisbane business exchange was an action packed, knock your socks off three days of highly focused business meetings and networking opportunities. We now have tangible avenues to expand our business into Australia”.

Among the outcomes, a business delegate, Culley’s Ltd, were able to source a chilli supplier for their hot sauces – a problem they had been unable to resolve for 6 months and that was impacting on production. Another delegate in the steel industry was able to secure a deal with a major steel provider in Queensland that will see their business grow exponentially.

Businesses that participated in the Auckland delegation to Brisbane were also highly involved in the reciprocal inbound visit to Auckland in late June. International Relations was able to partner with some of those delegates to deliver everything from bus transportation, to dessert at the civic dinner held in the Auckland Art Gallery – an occasion that many of the Brisbane delegation noted as a highlight of their visit.

Happenings from Masterton

News posted Aug 2, 08:03 PM by Jess Corbett

by Jonathan Hooker of Masterton

In early March I spoke with the Palmerston North China Friendship Society on our experience with Sister Cities. In recent weeks I have been contacted by the son of one of those present who has recently returned after spending 5 years in Changchun. He was involved in the Film and Cultural Industry and we are now looking to see if we can organise a cultural group visit.


Jonathan Hooker, Layming Tian, Mayor Garry Daniel, Donald Simpson, China Friendship Society.

A delegation was due to arrive from Changchun in time for the Sister Cities Conference however an accommodation glitch in Australia meant they came the next week. Mayor Garry Daniel flew to Auckland to meet with the Deputy Mayor and delegation and to also introduce them to James and Cici White. James is Kiwi, Cici from Changchun. I met then at the Trade Fair on our Sister Cities/China Friendship Society visit to Changchun last year. In November last year they opened a New Zealand product only shop in Changchun. The next is planned to be opened in Beijing.


Mayor Garry Daniel and Mayor Shinno of Hatsukaichi

Early April Mayor Garry and his wife Lindy were guests at the 15 year celebration of our relationship with Hatsukaichi in Japan. This was very much a whirlwind visit.


Layming Tian and two other visiting Vets the latter two from Southern China – Hokey Pokey Icecreams at Castlepoint.

Also in April we welcomed Laiming TIAN from Changchun Agricultural Academy of Sciences. He spent six weeks based at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre learning various aspects of our Agriculture Industry. The rural community in northern China is still very basic and we are trusting this will lead to further training opportunities.

Stu Orme and his son in law Ben Harrowfield have recently visited Changchun to continue to build relationships in the area of Forestry and High End Tourism as well as other business opportunities. Stu first visited with our last Mayoral delegation in 2011 and has been back each year since. We believe we are seeing progress as relationships are built and our friends seeing the same faces.

Currently we are working on the final details for two Kuranui College Teachers to spend 4 weeks teaching in Changchun. Our teachers have decided November is the best time so they will enjoy the middle of Changchun’s winter. We are waiting on the selection of a teacher to come out here in exchange.

Start thinking about your 2014 Air New Zealand Sister Cities Award Entries

News posted Aug 2, 08:02 PM by Jess Corbett

Although we are only half way through the year how about thinking about your entry into the next year’s awards. There are some great projects coming through the newsletter and they should be entered into the Awards.

Do you need help? Or want advice on how to go about it?

Don’t hesitate to contact any member of your Board or Jess (SCNZ Administrator) – you can be put in touch with someone to help.

Farewell Function for Mr Minoru Kikuchi and his wife, Japanese Consul Christchurch

News posted Aug 2, 08:01 PM by Jess Corbett

Recently a farewell function was held at the George Hotel Christchurch for Mr. Minoru Kikuchi Japanese Consul for Christchurch.

The farewell was attended by members of Christchurch Kurashiki Sister City Committee, Japanese Society of Canterbury, and representative of the community with Japanese connections.

Speeches by
Mrs Martine Marshall-Durieux, Honorary Consul for France
Mr David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri District
Mr Kelvin Coe, Mayor of Selwyn District
Mr David Bolam-Smith, Director of Sister Cities of New Zealand

All expressed gratitude to Mr Kikuchi for the enthusiastic way he became involved in many activities in our community, and wished him well for his future in Tokyo.

Mr Kikuchi and his wife were not only representatives of the Japanese Government, but became a good friend with many of us. Mr. Kikuchi commented in his speech that he enjoyed his stay in Christchurch and was sorry to leave.

Also attending function was Mr. Aoyama, the new Japanese Consol for Christchurch. Mr Aoyama thanked the meeting for the warm welcome and look forward to his term of office in Christchurch.

Wellington-Xiamen Paediatric Project now in its fifth year

News posted Aug 2, 07:56 PM by Jess Corbett

The Wellington-Xiamen Paediatric project, winner of the Air New Zealand Sister Cities award for Education in 2012, is now in its fifth successful year.

In 2013 two paediatricians from Xaimen; Dr Xiao Jihong specialist in paediatric rheumatology and Dr Yang Yungang specialist in paediatric pulmonology took up clinical attachments at Wellington Hospital for 10 weeks. They returned to Xiamen on 9 June very excited about their experiences in Wellington. These included the exchange of knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric practice and research, and opportunities to take advantage of a work life balance offered in Wellington that was new to them. Both are now staunch devotees of regularly walking to work, shopping for fresh produce at the markets, and New Zealand wines!

The Wellington-Xiamen paediatric project which is a partnership between the Wellington Xiamen Association (WXA), the Wellington City Council, University of Otago (Wellington) and Capital & Coast DHB was initiated by Dr Thorsten Stanley, Consultant Paediatrician at Wellington Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Otago University (Wellington) following attendance at a medical conference in Xiamen, Wellington’s Sister City in China, in 2008. WXA agreed to assist by arranging accommodation and social support for an initial period of four years which has since been extended.

Each year of the project, two doctors from The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University have been selected to undertake a two to three month attachment with specialist consultants at Wellington Hospital. They are chosen on the basis of their current skills and experience, and the needs of their hospital to gain external experience in particular areas. They are also chosen for their potential leadership abilities to introduce new learning from their stay in Wellington to benefit future practice in Xiamen. In this way a range of specialists in both Wellington and Xiamen have been involved in the project.

In 2009 Dr Wang Lizhou, Chief Physician Neonatology and Dr Wu Qin, Clinician Obstetrics and Gynaecology were the visiting doctors. Dr Wang’s Wellington experience has led to the updating of the management of low weight preterm babies in Xiamen and interest in the relevant technology available in New Zealand. This will be followed up further when senior consultants from The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University visit Wellington in 2013. In 2010 the visiting doctors were Mr Li Nazhu, Associate Chief Physician of General Paediatric Surgery and Dr Liu Mingxue, Attending Physician of Orthopaedics. Mr Li followed up his visit with a collaborative investigation into research models for the study of kidney disease. In 2012 Dr Zhong Meizhen, Paediatric Radiologist and Dr Guo Qingqiang, Neonatologist came to Wellington.

In 2011 and 2013 Dr Stanley from the University of Otago (Wellington) visited Xiamen to lecture to paediatricians and students and to discuss collaborative research projects. The large number of patients in Chinese hospitals means that larger sample groups are available for research, and also that conditions not yet seen in New Zealand are presented in Chinese hospitals offering the potential for early diagnosis when they do present here. Conversely, Dr Xiao was interested in the conditions of new-born babies she saw in New Zealand that are not yet diagnosed in China.

The project has brought benefits for Wellington Hospital and Otago University (Wellington) as the doctors from Xiamen share their knowledge and skills. Each year the doctors from Xiamen give presentations to Wellington clinicians about practice in Xiamen with this year’s presentation by Dr Yang of the use of bronchioscopy technology with very small children being of particular interest. It is hoped that, in future, medical students from Otago University (Wellington) will be able to complete their required overseas placements at The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University.

Senior staff at The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University report that the experience gained by their doctors in Wellington has been very beneficial to clinical progress in Xiamen. A group of senior consultants led by Dr Wu Vice-Professor and Chief of the Department of Paediatrics of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University will visit Wellington in August to observe for themselves some of the practices and technologies that their doctors have advocated following their attachments at Wellington Hospital.

New Zealand China Friendship Society 2013 Annual Conference

News posted Aug 2, 07:55 PM by Jess Corbett

The New Zealand China Friendship Society held its annual conference at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch on the 24-26th May. The theme of the conference was Chinese Culture and attendees to the conference were treated to a variety of cultural demonstrations and the opportunity to participate in various cultural activities such as calligraphy and paper-folding.

National President, Eric Livingstone, gave a well-received presentation that he gives to audiences that get all of their information about China from the media, as well as presenting the National President’s report that highlighted the huge range of successful activities the society has been involved in over the past year.

Keynote speaker Consul-General Madam Tan Xiutian spoke of ‘building a stronger relationship between NZ and China through culture’ and encouraging youth to ‘join the ranks of friendship builders’.

Christchurch Kurashiki Sister City Committee - 40th Anniversary (1973-2013)

News posted Aug 2, 07:54 PM by Jess Corbett

In July of 1968, Mr. Michael Gorman a native of Christchurch, New Zealand went to Kurashiki. Mr. Gorman, while researching the cultural traditions and the economic situation of Kurashiki, soon became the major advocate of establishing some kind of exchanges between Kurashiki and both Christchurch and New Zealand. The holding of an exhibition of Kurashiki products in Christchurch and the visit of a delegation of New Zealand business leaders to Kurashiki was the result of his efforts.

 Thanks to all of the efforts of Mr. Gorman, the idea of establishing official sister city ties between Kurashiki and Christchurch soon began to gain momentum. In July of 1972, the Christchurch City Council established an exploratory committee to investigate this possibility. In September of 1972, the City of Christchurch officially invited the then Mayor of Kurashiki, Mr. Shigeki Oyama, to attend to opening ceremony for the new Christchurch Town Hall complex and James Hay Theatre, as well as, the Christchurch Art’s Festival to be held in January of 1973. Along with that invitation, the City of Christchurch expressed its desire to formally establish friendly ties with Kurashiki. Finally, in October of 1972, the head of that committee visited Kurashiki and met with Mayor Oyama, to discuss this idea.

On March 7, 1973, the Kurashiki City Council approved the establishment of sister city ties with Christchurch and on March 13, the Christchurch City Council did the same. Thus, the 1st sister city relationship between a Japanese City and a New Zealand City came into being.

October the 10th a Christchurch Tour will depart for Kurashiki City to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our 2 Sister Cities. The delegation will be made up a Civic group, Committee group, Citizens group, a Football team, and a student group, totalling about 50 people.

Included in the itinerary will be an official welcome at City Hall, a tree planting at the Kurashiki 40th Anniversary Garden in Friendship Park. Also included is a Mayoral Dinner Party, and full day trip to the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

In November, a group of 60 people from Kurashiki lead by Mayor Kaori Ito will visit Christchurch and will attend a formal banquet, unveil a 40th Anniversary tree plaque, visit the Kurashiki Sister City Garden to view the 40th anniversary garden at the Halswell Quarry. The garden in Kurashiki is a mirror image of the Christchurch 40th Anniversary Garden.

The 2nd day in Kurashiki will be spent sightseeing, and in the evening they will attend a concert in the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral by a very talented Kurashiki international Violinist Ms Honoka Kishimoto accompanied by Christchurch Pianist Ms Alison Holden. Also performing is the Canterbury Japanese Choir. The following day Mayor Ito and Counsellors will return to Japan, and the Citizen’s group will tour the South Island.

China Zhejiang Civic delegation to Wellington

News posted Aug 2, 07:54 PM by Jess Corbett

Mr Lu Guohao (George) who is the Deputy Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, led a Zhejiang Civic delegation visited Wellington in April 2013.

The purpose of the group’s visit is to implement results of Mr. Xia Baolong’s (Party Secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Committee) visit to New Zealand, and enhance friendly exchanges between Zhejiang and the Wellington Region under the framework of the Strategic Economic Partnership MOU signed between Zhejiang and the Wellington Region in September 2012.

With a GDP of over 500 million USD Zhejiang is one of the most prosperous provinces in China. Zhejiang has been leading the nation in marketization and the development of private enterprises. Zhejiang is looking to engage with Wellington through education, trade and investment.

The Zhejiang delegation met Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, Grow Wellington, Hutt City, Porirua City and Sister City New Zealand during their visit. Te Papa National Museum also met the delegation and a Te Papa exhibition “Kura Pounamu: Treasured Jade Art of Aotearoa New Zealand” opened in Zhejiang for three months from 1 April.

Invercargill – Kumagaya: 20 years and still going strong

News posted Aug 2, 07:52 PM by Jess Corbett

The Sister City relationship between Invercargill in Southland, New Zealand and Kumagaya in Saitama, Japan has entered its third decade.
2013 has seen two re-signing ceremonies to confirm the on-going relationship – one in New Zealand; the other in Japan.

In February this year Kumagaya Mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka led a delegation of City Councillors, the Superintendent of Education, Council staff and JTB representatives to Invercargill for a series of events around the re-signing ceremony.
In June Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt led a New Zealand delegation including councillors, a Kaumatua (Maori elder), council staff and Friendship Association chair to Kumagaya for the reciprocal re-signing.

Both events highlighted each country’s culture and showed a strong desire for what has been a successful relationship to continue into the future.
Invercargill Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow said the relationship has strengthened tremendously across the years.
“While the first Sister City document was signed in 1993, it was a couple of years in the making – and it was certainly worth the effort of those that saw the potential in what has become a deep, family-like relationship.”
“Initially trade was the focus, with education and cultural exchanges coming behind that. These days it’s the cultural investment in each of our communities that comes first, and the effect that has on our young is of huge value,” Cr Ludlow said.
“Those that have had the privilege of hosting guests from Kumagaya and others that have had the opportunity to visit there are forever changed by their experience, and it is all for the better,” he said.
“Each exchange has become more informal as each city gets a better understanding of each other, and there is a level of trust between us now that is as if we were family. For our young to realise they are part of a bigger world is an invaluable lesson – we know when our children visit Kumagaya they are in safe hands, and the same applies when we host students from Japan,” Cr Ludlow said.

Seeking a Relationship - Ningde City, China

News posted Aug 2, 07:51 PM by Jess Corbett

Ningde is situated on the northeast of Fujian Province and to the west of Taiwan Straits. It has 3.5million population and covers 13,400 square km.

Its total GDP in 2012 was USD$15 billion, an increase of 12.6% compared with 2011. The economic growth in Ningde has remained very strong despite the global financial issues in the past few years.

Ningde’s key industries include agriculture (tea, lychee and mushroom plantation), aquaculture, forestry, mineral resources, food processing, tourism, and shipbuilding.
The city government has a strong desire to form a trade relationship with a NZ region/city.
The current Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping was Party Secretary to Ningde in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Please contact:
Jennifer Chen, Managing Director, RICHIWI Limited, manager@richiwi.com, 021 1457903

Social Media: Is your Sister City group making the most of this technology?

News posted Aug 2, 07:50 PM by Jess Corbett

Social Media is the way of the future, not replacing the people-to-people contact, rather supplementing it, often alleviating the difficulty of distance.
Social Media and online tools are a growing trend in education and have been for some time around the world. The internet has made learning much more accessible and instantaneous; we are able to share information in ways that didn’t exist 7 years ago.
It plays an important role both personally and professionally, and we’re beginning to think more about how to respond to a new generation of youth or digital natives who may be resistant to traditional methods of teaching and learning.
New Zealand non-profit and community organisations such as Sister Cities New Zealand should be exposed to many social media tools – and it’s important that we embrace these new ways to ‘connect globally, thrive locally’. Social Media tools can reach our intended audience, connect new audiences, and provide value to the local community.
Next time you’re online have a look at Sister Cities International Social Media presence – see:

Facebook
www.facebook.com/SisterCitiesInternational

Twitter (example: @SisterCitiesInt)
twitter.com/SisterCitiesInt

You Tube
youtube.com/user/SisterCitiesIntl

Reinitiating a Relationship with Mahina, Tahiti

News posted Aug 2, 07:47 PM by Jess Corbett

Gisborne has had a Sister City relationship with Mahina since 2006, which was established due to the historical and cultural connection between Gisborne and Mahina, Tahiti and the significance of Poverty Bay as the first landing place in New Zealand following Captain James Cook’s visit to Tahiti. Mahina is the 3rd largest city in French Polynesia with a population of 14,369 and French is the official language but Tahitian and French are both in use.

With the establishment of the relationship it was felt that our great navigational history and renown for waka voyaging would establish a long standing and strong relationship. However this was not the case – difficulties existed both at Civic level and with communication (language).

Gisborne recognising the significance of the relationship with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing in New Zealand pending in 2019 wanted to try and reinitiate the relationship. This saw Jim and Ann Osler (Gisborne District Sister Cities Committee) travel to Tahiti in June 2013. We acknowledge and thank Air New Zealand for it’s support via a Sister Cities Awards which covered the costs of the return flights (Auckland to Papeete).

Additionally with the assistance and support of Francis Mortimer (who assisted the establishment of the original relationship) Ann and Jim met with the Mayor and a number of other Civic and community leaders to discuss the relationship going forward. Upon returning to Gisborne, advice was received that a small delegation of Mahina Civic and Community members including 9 youngsters would visit Gisborne in October thus enabling us to foster and grow the relationship to the benefit of all in both communities. Gisborne’s Committee is currently busy putting together a hosting programme that meets the needs of all involved.

Watch this space for more info on the visit in coming months.

Remembering the Korean War

News posted Aug 2, 07:46 PM by Jess Corbett

Korea-New Zealand Cultural Association and World TV in association with Artstation Gallery and Massey University were pleased to exhibit a photographic memoir of the Korean War 5-22 June 2013 at the Artstation Gallery, Newtown, Auckland.

The show commemorated the 60th anniversary of armistice of the Korean War on 27 July 1953. The exhibition consisted of photographic collections of individual war veterans, providing viewers with a glimpse into wartime. It provided an acknowledgement of the past and an appreciation of the freedoms we enjoy today.

The Korea- New Zealand Cultural Association & World TV acknowledged and thanked all Korea New Zealand Veterans, their families and all New Zealand people for supporting Korean people.

New Zealand’s advantage: we’re focused, committed and connected.

News posted Aug 2, 07:42 PM by Jess Corbett

In June President of Sister Cities New Zealand Hiromi Morris and board advisor Jeanine Begg attended the Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) conference in Wellington. 120 places were quickly snapped up for this Office of Ethnic Affairs-led event which brought together the public and private sector, ethnic and mainstream people looking to grow their businesses to meet an outward-facing marketplace.

Naturally the key messages pointed to the importance of “connections” – something that Sister Cities New Zealand (SCNZ) has a lot of experience with. In a nutshell, we live in a global economy, and as such harnessing the power of our connections will grow SCNZ visions, connections and New Zealand’s economy all at the same time. Through enduring relationships, New Zealand fosters diversity and openness empowers an ‘open for business’ attitude.

SCNZ relationships succeed because of an energy that comes from pride and who we are. By working within our own community business networks and with our offshore sister city partners, boosting our economic engagement is natural to us.

Perhaps now is a good time for our SCNZ members to connect with a local business and see how you can both support each other to enhance your relationships, making new friends, and perhaps enable greater economic prosperity in your region?