Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Mayor To Lead City's U.S. Delegation

A high-powered delegation to Christchurch's American sister city, Seattle, will leave this week.

Christchurch's Mayor, Garry Moore, will lead the delegation whose members will include local government people, business representatives and educators. His first port of call will be San Francisco for talks with Paul Hawkin, author of Natural Capitalism and there he will have talks on new business opportunities.

Then he will go to Seattle, one of Christchurch's sister cities. There the delegation will have discussions on hi-technology, education, the arts and crafts and some delegation members will look at central-city redevelopment which the Mayor says the city "has done really well."

The Mayor will also meet Seattle's Mayor, Paul Schell, and business and educational people, and the sister city officials. He will then drive to Vancouver for more discussions on central-city revival and then to Portland for similar studies and discussions. "I believe this city has done amazing things in its city planning and has engaged its residents in this," Mr Moore says.

He will be away a week. Other members of the delegation will go on to Shannon in Ireland for talks with the city's development corporation on economic development. Some will visit Glasgow to view its recent central-city developments.

The visits to Shannon and Glasgow will follow the path taken by Mr Moore earlier this year. The Christchurch City Council's chairman of the City Services Committee, Cr. Denis O'Rourke, will go to France to study an air-driven car that has been invented by a Renault Formula 1 motor-racing mechanic. "I hope to see several of the cars in Christchurch," Mr Moore says. Cr. O'Rourke will then travel to the Netherlands to study cycling initiatives.

The party going to Seattle will also include the Council's chief executive, Mike Richardson, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, Professor Daryl Le Grew, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor John Raine, and the principal of the Christchurch College of Education, Dr Ian Hall.

Tim Nicholls, chairman of the Christchurch-Seattle Sister City Committee, will go, too, along with the chief executive of the Recovered Materials Foundation, Graeme King, the chief executive of the Canterbury Development Corporation, Chris Pickrill, and eight business people.

The New Zealand Consul General based in Los Angeles, Darryl Dunn, will join the delegation in Seattle.

Last year a delegation from Christchurch, made up of sister city and business people, went to Seattle and returned having determined that the American city was particularly interested in hi-tech and education matters.

This has been reflected in this week-long visit. The link between the two cities was formed in 1981.

Further information: Larry Podmore, Technical Development Adviser, Canterbury Development Corporation: 353 6863.

Sam Fisher Corporate Communication Co-ordinator Christchurch City Council 03 371-1762 025 229 3552


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election