Sister city relationships are partnerships between local governments of two countries aimed at enhancing international exchange and fostering mutual understanding. These relationships have been instrumental in nurturing friendships between communities in each other's cities for several decades.
At present, Japan and New Zealand share 44 sister city relationships, which is the highest number among all the countries with which New Zealand maintains such connections. Among these treasured relationships, the longest-standing one exists between Kurashiki in Okayama and Christchurch, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2023. These relationships have facilitated vibrant exchanges across various fields, including reciprocal visits, education, art, and sports.
The strong ties between our people and the nurturing of sister city relationships have greatly enriched the close bond between Japan and New Zealand. These people-to-people connections have long served as key components of the foundational pillars that underpin our bilateral relationship.
For a comprehensive list of the sister cities between Japan and New Zealand, please click here.
- A Harmonious Blend of Nature and Tradition: Japanese Tea Ceremony at Ōtari-Wilton's Bush (17 June 2023)
- The 6th Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition (7 November 2022)
- The Backbone of Japan-New Zealand Relationship; Sister City and People-to-People Connections in Gisborne and Whakatāne (September 2022)
- Wellington Sakai Marathon Dinner (19 November 2021)
- Wellington Sakai Pottery Exchange (7 May 2021)
- Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award Ceremony for Mr Ray Wallace, Chairman of Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust (17 March 2021)
- The 30th anniversary ceremony of the sister city relationship between Marlborough and Tendo City in Yamagata (23 January 2020)
- The 25th anniversary of Wellington-Sakai Sister City Relationship Celebration (13 November 2019)
- Signing ceremony for the Sister City agreement between Palmerston North and Mihara City (21 March 2019)
- The 10th anniversary ceremony of the sister city relationship between Eniwa city in Hokkaido and Timaru (26 February 2018)
- Dinner reception in celebration of 25 years of Wellington-Sakai Sister City Relations
Global Cities New Zealand
Global Cities New Zealand (previously known as Sister Cities New Zealand) has been committed to supporting and promoting sister city relationships between New Zealand and other countries, including Japan, for many years.