Sister Cities - Overview

There are 42 official sister city relationships between New Zealand and Japan. New Zealand has more local governmental international affiliations with Japan than with any other country, whereas, New Zealand is the 9th most prevalent country for Japanese local government international affiliations. The first sister city agreement was signed between Christchurch and Kurashiki-shi (Okayama Prefecture) on 7 March, 1973.

In the table below, shi is the English equivalent to “city”, ku is the English equivalent to “area”, machi or – cho is the English equivalent to “town”, mura or – son is the English equivalent to “village”

  • ( ) indicates prefecture in which the Japanese city, area, and village

Date of Agreement

New Zealand

Japan

7 March, 1973 Christchurch Kurashiki-shi
(Okayama)
7 May, 1976 Nelson Miyazu-shi
(Kyoto)
22 April, 1980 Napier Tomakomai-shi
(Hokkaido)
25 July, 1980 Dunedin Otaru-shi
(Hokkaido)
24 February, 1982 Manukau Utsunomiya-shi
(Tochigi)
28 July, 1983 Wanaka, Queenstown Lake District Hikimi-cho
(Shimane)
6 December, 1983 Maungakiekie – Auckland Tomioka-machi
(Fukushima)
14 May, 1984 Hamilton, Waikato Saitama-shi
(Saitama)
24 June, 1986 Auckland Fukuoka-shi
(Fukuoka)
10 July, 1987 Rotorua Beppu-shi
(Oita)
7 October, 1987 Taupo Hakone-machi
(Kanagawa)
14 October, 1987 Ashuburton County Shiozawa-machi
(Niigata)
18 April, 1988 Tauranga Hitachi-shi
(Ibaraki)
29 April, 1988 Wanganui Nagaizumi-cho
(Shizuoka)
7 July, 1989 Marlborough Tendo-shi
(Yamagata)
30 March, 1990 Gisborne Nonoichi-machi
(Ishikawa)
16 January, 1991 Marlborough Otari-mura
(Nagano)
29 April, 1991 New Plymouth, Taranaki Mishima-shi
(Shizuoka)
4 May, 1992 Waitakere Kakogawa-shi
(Hyogo)
9 September, 1992 Selwyn Akitakata-shi
(Hiroshima)
20 April, 1993 Invercargill Kumagaya-shi
(Saitama)
13 May, 1993 Far North District Yuasa-cho
(Wakayama)
17 May, 1993 Auckland Shinagawa-ku
(Tokyo)
28 October, 1993 Tasman District Council Fujimi-machi
(Nagano)
15 December, 1993 Porirua Nishio-shi
(Aichi)
4 February, 1994 Wellington Sakai-shi
(Osaka)
31 January, 1995 Horowhenua District Shimofusa-machi
(Chiba)
30 March, 1995 Waitomo Tatsuno-machi
(Nagano)
16 July, 1995 Hutt Minoh-shi
(Osaka)
7 September, 1997 Motueka – Tasman Kiyosato-cho
(Hokkaido)
12 October, 1997 Cambridge – Waipa Bihoro-cho
(Hokkaido)
7 November, 1997 Turangi / Tongariro, Taupo Kitashiobara-mura
(Fukushima)
16 November, 1997 Wakatane Kamagaya-shi
(Chiba)
19, December, 1997 Tauranga Susaki-shi
(Kochi)
21 April, 1998 Masterton Hatsukaichi-shi
(Hiroshima)
8 May, 1999 Wairoa District Kitaibaraki-shi
(Ibaraki)
20 October, 1999 Warkworth – Rodney District Furudono-machi
(Fukushima)
11 July, 2000 Ruapehu Hidaka-cho
(Hyogo)
14 July, 2000 Selwyn Yuubetsu-cho
(Hokkaido)
26 July, 2002 Franklin District – Pukekohe Ward Hara-mura
(Nagano)
7 November, 2002 Clutha District Nantan-shi
(Kyoto)
13 February, 2008 Timaru (10th anniversary ceremony) Eniwa-shi
(Hokkaido)

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