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

 


The Shire and Sakai declare Sisterly relationship


NEWS RELEASE
27 November 2012

The Shire and Sakai declare Sisterly relationship to bind them

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has welcomed Wellington’s Japanese sister city Sakai’s initiative to engage the Middle of Middle-earth in a most imaginative fashion.

Sakai has signed a Declaration of an Imaginary Sister City Relationship between Sakai City and The Shire, from the soon to be released Sir Peter Jackson film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

“An imaginary sister city relationship is an inventive response to Wellington’s renaming of ourselves as the Middle of Middle-earth,” says Mayor Wade-Brown. “Being our sister city this has the potential for the two cities to work together on Shire-themed projects in the future.”

In Sakai’s declaration paper, it states that ‘Sakai City hereby pledges its intention to establish and develop friendly ties with the Shire of Middle-earth’.

Sakai received a letter from The Hobbit director, Sir Peter Jackson, saying that he thinks it is an exciting and unique opportunity for The Shire to tie in with Sakai, a City of rich history.

Sakai hopes that the agreement will help inspire hope and fantasy ‘not only for the people of Sakai, but for the entire country as well.’

Sakai City is holding a Panel Exhibition of the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Saturday 8 to Thursday 20 December with other promotional events being organised for 2013.
ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news