Our 2020 Conference has been postponed

Follow the link below to read the official statement from our President

Events & News

Information about our upcoming events, past events, as well as relevant news articles, are available here.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Updates coming soon!

 

Past Events

SCNZ Annual Conferences

SCNZ Air NZ Awards

SCNZ Youth Tour 2018

Kōrero Events

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.

NEWS

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

Life in our sister cities

The sister cities link between the Cambridge and Le Quesnoy commemorates the liberation of the French town by New Zealand troops on November 4, 1918. It was a crucial Allied victory in the war.
The historically connected towns are now living under stringent national lockdowns.
Read the full article here: Cambridge News

Ready to deal with virus

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown says the district’s businesses could soon feel the impact of coronavirus as supply chains that rely on imported product from China are disrupted.
He said the Ashburton District Council was keeping a watching brief on the economic and health impacts of the disease, which is now widespread outside mainland China.
Mr Brown was unsure if the virus would impact those travelling to the Sister Cities conference in Ashburton at the end of April. Invitations had been sent to people in China, where Ashburton and other New Zealand towns maintained sister city relationships.
Read the full article here: Otago Daily Times

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