This section describes the international relations Porirua City has with its Sister Cities and Friendly Cities around the world.
Community benefits from international relations
The Porirua City Council recognises the benefits of international relations at the community level, and is engaged in an active programme of exchanges with its international partners. Formal links are established with four overseas cities and towns.
Our longstanding relationships with Nishio, Japan and Blacktown, Australia have full sister city status, and a friendly city agreement is in place with Yangzhou, China.
On behalf of the suburb of Whitby, Porirua has a twinning agreement with the town of Whitby, England.
The photo shows former Porirua City Mayor Jenny Brash (left) with the Mayor of Yangzhou (right), and an interpreter (centre).
Sister and Friendly Cities
Sister and friendly city links provide a wide range of opportunities for international people to people contacts.
At an individual level, contact is made through programmes with the people of partner cities and towns opening new horizons, bringing personal satisfaction and enjoyment, new friendships and a wider understanding of the global community.
Successful group exchanges, whether they be in the fields of education, arts and culture, sport and recreation, or purely social, bring with them pride, prestige and a civic spirit unmatched by purely locally based activities.
At the local government level, experiences can be shared and new solutions to old problems considered. Local government leadership also serves to open doors to the development of both people-to-people and business links, providing the platform on which the communities themselves can base their own initiatives.
The photo shows former Porirua City Mayor Jenny Brash (left) presenting ex-Mayor Honda of Nishio with a Civic Award for services to the Porirua Community, April 2002.
The main Sister Cities exchanges held recently or planned are:
- Bamiyan - in the heart of Afghanistan. Just released - over 200 pages of colour images and text documenting the recent Bamiyan exhibition held at Pataka Museum. Available at Pataka Shop $25.00.
- Exhibition 'Small Treasures' was sent to Blacktown Arts Centre, April - June 2009
- Porirua delegation attended the 2009 Blacktown City Festival, May 2009
- Blacktown delegation attended the opening of Maori Art Market, Te Rauparaha Arena, October 2009
- Nishio Gardeners bi-annual maintenance of the Japanese Garden at Pataka and Sakura trees in Whitby
- Nishio Citizens were homehosted by Porirua community and attended the opening of the Te Rauparaha Arena
- Nishio Mayor Nakamura and a small delegation of Councillors made an official Mayoral visit and attended the SCNZ Conference 2008 in Rotorua
- Assistant English Teacher has been placed on an annual contract with the Nishio Education Board
- Joint business trip with Hutt City to China and Japan (1 Councillor and 1 staff) to develop commercial opportunities and visit Yangzhou and Nishio
Porirua’s schools, clubs, organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to get involved in activities associated with one or more of our overseas community partners. For more information, telephone Gaylene Kells, (04) 237 1427.
For more information contact Community Services on phone (04) 237 5089.