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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


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Kōrero Events


The next generation is learning about Asia in different ways

OPINION: I was treated to a screening of a darkly-comedic, slightly unsettling, Korean film called Parasite last week. It was a commentary on the country’s class divide, and for those not familiar with Korea, an insight into the complexities of modern-day Korea.
Don’t worry, I haven’t decided to use this column to review a film I like (though you should watch it if you have a chance).
Rather, I want to point out how fantastic it is that New Zealand audiences can glean cultural insights like this from a comfy seat in a Wellington movie theatre.
Read the full article here:

Getting strategic about New Zealand’s sister cities

OPINION: There’s change in the air at this year’s local body elections. Usually about as exciting as watching paint dry, this term there seems to be increased attention being paid to who will take up the mayoral chains and council seats.
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Whanganui’s Rutherford school ambassadors warmly welcomed in Japan

Three Rutherford Junior High students enjoyed some Japanese hospitality in Whanganui’s sister city Nagaizumi-cho this month.
Trinity Albert, Wiremu Newton and Tee-Jay Thomas-Edwards travelled with their principal Diane Henare, board chairman Pirirpi Blake, office manager Jodie O’Leary and teacher Julian Annear.
“We chose students who consistently demonstrated our school values of respect, justice, hard work and self-control,” said Henare. “We also worked with their families and Rutherford whānau hosted young visitors from Nagaizumi-cho while they were in Whanganui.
Read the full article here: NZ Herald

Marlborough marks 30 years of city sisterhood with Japan

This week marks 30 years of Marlborough’s sister city relationships with Japan.
Marlborough’s sisterhood with the Japanese city of Tendo was signed by then mayor Leo McKendry in July 1989, followed by the city of Otari two years later.
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Cultural exchange as sister cities meet

Massey University hosted a Native American delegation as part of the recent annual New Zealand sister cities conference, which was held in Palmerston North.
The group from Palmerston North’s sister city Missoula included the delegation from Montana University who have been talking with Massey regarding indigenous programmes.
Read the full article here: Massey University Official Website

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