Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Shanghai Staff Exchange the Next Step

Shanghai Staff Exchange the Next Step

Dunedin, 12 February 2014 – First it was students and now it’s staff.

The Dunedin City Council has another opportunity to showcase the city, when a staff member from the Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal Government arrives next week for a two-month staff exchange.

Tomorrow, 10 tertiary students and a teacher from Shanghai arrive in Dunedin for a two-week programme, with a group of secondary students visiting in March as part of the same scholarship programme.

DCC Business Development Advisor Margo Reid says both the staff exchange and student visits were initiated when a Dunedin delegation visited its Chinese sister city in April last year.

The staff exchange programme, the first between Shanghai and Dunedin civic authorities, will occur each year, with a DCC staff member visiting Shanghai next year.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says, “This staff exchange will create an even stronger bond between the two sister cities. Having staff members see first hand how the other city operates will forge deeper municipal ties as well as closer professional relationships.”

Ms Reid says the staff member who arrives on Monday is Yuan Zhifeng. In her role as Co-ordinator of the Asia and Oceanian Division, Ms Yuan is the DCC’s day-to-day contact person in the Foreign Affairs Office.

While in Dunedin, Ms Yuan will have a varied itinerary. She will be based in the Economic Development Unit and will also spend time with other DCC staff in the Civic Centre and at facilities such as the Dunedin Public Libraries, the Otago Museum and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum. She will also visit schools, tertiary institutions and Tourism Dunedin and spend time with businesses, particularly those with existing links to China.

During her stay, Ms Yuan will also visit popular tourist spots in the city and around the region and attend the 2014 Sister Cities New Zealand Conference in Gore in April.

Under the terms of the staff exchange programme, the city sending the staff member will pay the airfares, and the host city will meet the accommodation and living costs.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Health: New Zealand's First ‘No Sugary Drinks’ Logo Unveiled

New Zealand’s first “no sugary drinks logo” has been unveiled at an event in Wellington... It will empower communities around New Zealand to lift their health and wellbeing and send a clear message about the damage caused by too much sugar in our diets. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news