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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
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.
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
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