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

 

Agreement with Chile to promote women’s football

North Shore City Media release


June 03, 2008

North Shore signs agreement with Chile to promote women’s football

North Shore City this morning took a step further towards New Zealand’s warm relationship with Chile.

North Shore Mayor, Andrew Williams signed an agreement with Chilean Mayor Senor Pablo Zalaquett from La Florida to promote mutual understanding of women’s football in both New Zealand and Chile.

The two countries are hosting FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments this year – New Zealand at an Under 17 level in October and November and Chile at an Under 20 level in November and December.

Mayor Andrew Williams hopes the agreement will act as a catalyst for the further growth of women’s football in New Zealand

“Women’s football is already the largest growing sport in North America and here in New Zealand there are 35,000 women registered to play, says Mayor Williams.

“Under this agreement the two countries will support each other’s football initiatives including exchanges, fixture swaps and learning from each other.

“An example of a win-win for the two countries’ sporting prowess would be exchanges – for instance we could learn more about football and the Chileans could learn from us more about rugby,” said Mayor Williams.

This morning’s signatories to the agreement were the last of eight mayors to sign. The New Zealand mayors of Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch also signed as well as the Chilean mayors of Coquimbo, Chillan and Temuco.

North Shore will host the final and runners up final of the World Cup competition as well as the Pool A round of the tournament. Pool A will see New Zealand playing Denmark and Colombia and then another North American team likely to be either USA, Canada or Mexico.

At this morning’s media conference Mayor Zalaquett from La Florida in Santiago said he believed the New Zealand competition would be a huge success after viewing the facilities and meeting those involved.

He said he would like to see the FIFA legacy live on in New Zealand after the tournament.

Mayor Williams commented that he would like to see the two countries do more together.

“Sport is a door opener and we would like to see our young people learn more from the Chileans, and vice versa.”

Mayor Williams says New Zealand already has close relations with Chile in terms of trade.

“Chile is a member of the Trans-pacific Strategic Economic Partnership between New Zealand, Chile, Singapore and Brunei and has a free trade deal with China and New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative owns 99.4 per cent of Soprole, Chile’s leading dairy company, said Mayor Williams.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>

ALSO:

'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election