What is a sister city?
“Sister Cities” happen when one city decides to join with another in a different country to learn more about one another and develop friendly exchanges at a local level (this can be through young people, sports, education, business and arts and culture). When this relationship is formalised, it is officially known as a “Sister City” relationship. In some areas, such as Europe it is termed twin city and also “brother city”. You can learn more about sister cities on the Sister Cities International website.
In New Zealand, sister city relationships happen through local councils and their communities. You can find out if your city or district has a sister city here.
If you don’t have a sister city at the moment, there are still opportunities for you to be involved.
What is Sister Cities New Zealand?
Sister Cities New Zealand Inc. is the national association that links and works with councils and communities, their sister cities and a a range of organisations that involve people-to-people links. We help to create opportunities for anyone to become involved in international relations at the local level.