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Sister Cities New Zealand – Statement on Coronavirus Outbreak
Sister Cities New Zealand would like to express our sincerest condolences to the city and people of Wuhan, and to all of New Zealand’s other Sister Cities in China, during the difficulties presented by the coronavirus outbreak.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the outbreak and commend authorities working together to address the serious health challenges which have merged. We respect China’s timely response in containing the contagion and the transparency of the process. Being part of the sister city community, it is our responsibility to reach out to love them and support them in any way we can.
International ties between New Zealand and China, have brought many cultural and economic benefits to all parties. We look forward to seeing these Sister City ties continue to develop in the future.
-Board of Sister Cities New Zealand
Our 2020 AGM will be held in Wellington via Zoom!
This event is financial members only
The details of our AGM are as follows:
1-2pm, Thursday 6 August 2020
Local Government New Zealand Boardroom
Level 1, 117 Lambton Quay
Members may attend either physically, or digitally via Zoom. Names and organisations of attendees will be collected for record keeping purposes.
Register via Google Forms HERE
NZIER Report: From Sister to Global Cities, by James Hogan
The NZIER report and presentation to Sister Cities New Zealand, titled “From Sister to Global Cities” by James Hogan, was officially launched at our 2019 Conference! The report describes the economic benefits of sister city relationships, covering both the positive experiences of such relationships, as well as the potential bottlenecks to progress the process may entail.
Download the summary HERE.
You can also read the full version on their website HERE.
Council trumpets strong relations with China province during Covid-19 pandemic
A gift of face masks to the Whakatāne community proves how strong its relationship is with its friendship province in China, the district council says.
After first reaching out to Whakatāne for help as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Jiangxi Province in the People’s Republic of China returned the favour and gifted several boxes of European-grade face masks to the community.
Read the full article here: RNZ
Council Honours Sister-city Advocate
Twenty-five years of service in international relations has been recognised this week with a tree-planting at the Japanese Gardens.
Sammy Wilson has been involved with the Whakatane District Sister Cities Association for several decades and her commitment to the association was honoured with the planting of a weeping cherry tree yesterday.
Read the full article here: The Scoop
Work starts on $3.1m central city pedestrian bridge
Construction of a controversial multi-million dollar, 32m pedestrian bridge in central Christchurch is now under way.
Ōtākaro, a Seattle Sister Cities representative, Matapopore and Christchurch City Council staff have worked together to incorporate elements that reflect the local ecology and enhance the existing artwork “Taurapa” into the design.
Read the full article here: Otago Daily Times
How two famous cities flattened the coronavirus curve
In this respect, the sister cities of Sydney and San Francisco have a lot in common. Both have world-famous bridges, extreme rental prices and vibrant LGBTQI communities. They also share similar coronavirus trajectories. Case numbers began slowly rising in early March, before beginning a rapid ascent. In the two months since, the harborside cities have responded in a similar fashion, instating sweeping lockdowns, shuttering all but essential stores and preventing public gatherings.
Doctors and health officials have lauded the cities for flattening their curves, and their success reiterates a valuable lesson in slowing the spread of coronavirus: Act quickly and decisively.
Read the full article here: C Net