Ashburton to host 2020 Sister Cities Conference:
“Growing Cultural Diversity in Regions”
30 April – 2 May 2020
Ashburton District Mayor Donna Favel is pleased to announce that Ashburton will host the annual Sister Cities Conference next year.
She made the announcement at this year’s conference in Palmerston North, where more than 140 delegates and dignitaries from New Zealand, United States, Japan, China and Australia gathered for the three-day event.
“Hosting the 2020 conference will be an extraordinary opportunity to showcase our district, build even stronger international relationships and further our cultural, educational, youth, sports, professional and technical projects.”
The proposed theme for the 2020 conference is, ‘Growing cultural diversity in regions’. The theme will focus on the unique opportunities that makes regions prime destinations for employment, tourism and lifestyle that will further economic growth.
“The Sister Cities Conference will be an opportunity to focus on regional capabilities, offerings and needs, while recognising our respective locations on the international stage with our partnering Sister and Friendship Cities,” Mayor Favel continued.
Ashburton has three Sister City relationships and two Friendship City relationships. These are with Minamiuonuma, Niigata, Japan; Pulaski, Virginia, United States; and Ashburton, Devon, United Kingdom; while the Friendship Cities are with Puyang, Henan, China; and Xianyang, Shaanxi, China.
There are also two expressions of interest for a Sister City relationship with Handan, China and a Friendship City with Zaohaung, China.
The 2020 Sister Cities Conference in Ashburton will run from the 30 April – 2 May 2020. Transportation will be provided to and from Christchurch Airport.