Join us to celebrate Sister Cities New Zealand’s 40th Anniversary!

15 & 16 April 2021, Wellington

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



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.


Council Wins Green Flag Award For Second Time

The Gisborne District Council is delighted to announce that the Gisborne Botanical Gardens have been awarded the prestigious international Green Flag Award, for the second year running… “We did get some good feedback on one or two areas to focus on too, which is really constructive. We are incredibly proud of the team at the Botanical Gardens who have worked hard to make this a reality in partnership with Gisborne Sister Cities Committee, Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Rotary Club of Gisborne, Gisborne Bird Club and our contractor Recreational Services. We look forward to celebrating this achievement with our local community and visitors,” said De-Arne Sutherland, Council’s liveable spaces manager.
Read the full article here:

Fun facts about sister cities

Although there had been a couple of examples of links in history (the English town of Keighley was said to have “adopted” Poix-du-Nord in France after World War I, for example), beginning in 1947 in the aftermath of World War II, twinning was seen as a way to create friendship and understanding between places that had been foes just a couple of years previously. Nowadays, they can be strategic business links, ways to encourage tourism, to celebrate a shared legacy, or simply done for a spot of publicity.
Here, we tell some of the stories of twin towns around the world.
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Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick, council answer tough questions on Trility deal

This year, a council proposal to enter into a 10-year, $156m deal to manage the city’s wastewater with private consortium Trility sparked fervent public debate. After the council’s 7-4 decision to enter the contract on July 26, the council invited the Rotorua Daily Post to sit down with mayor Steve Chadwick and infrastructure manager Stavros Michael to wade through the intricacies of Rotorua’s wastewater.
Read the full article here: NZ Herald

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

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