Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Latest Sister Cities visit to North Asia

7 March 2013

Latest Sister Cities visit to North Asia

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker departs on Sunday 10 March for Asia, where he will spend a week attending a series of meetings in Malaysia and Christchurch’s Sister Cities in Korea and Japan.

The first leg of the tour coincides with Malaysia’s New Zealand Week, and will see Mayor Parker attend talks on disaster management and encourage South Island tourism and investment into Christchurch’s rebuild. Mayor Parker is a guest of the New Zealand Week in Malaysia organising committee, who will meet his travel and accommodation costs.

“My presence in Kuala Lumpur for New Zealand Week is a perfect opportunity to showcase Christchurch to the vital and lucrative Malaysian market, who are already a huge trading partner of ours,” Mayor Parker says.

While in the region, Mayor Parker will then visit South Korea’s Songpa-gu, a Sister City since 1995. As well as its civic significance and opportunity to share best practice around the Christchurch rebuild, the visit will allow Mayor Parker to develop Christchurch’s international education business – which took a hit after the February 2011 earthquakes.

“Christchurch’s Korean community is large and vibrant – Korean is the fourth most-common language spoken in Christchurch, and our local Korean population is 4000-strong,” Mayor Parker says. “We’ll be looking at ways to encourage Korean students to return to Christchurch and get those student numbers back up to pre-earthquake figures.”

The final leg of the tour has Mayor Parker visiting Kurashiki, Japan. The visit has a civic significance and a people-to-people focus.

“This timely visit marks the 40th anniversary of our Sister City relationship with Kurashiki,” Mayor Parker says. “There’s no better time for me to thank to citizens of Kurashiki for their astonishing $300,000 contribution to Christchurch’s earthquake recovery.”

Mayor Parker is travelling economy class, with the total cost of his travel coming to $3300. Mayoress Jo Nicholls-Parker will join the Mayor at her own expense.

Sunday 10 March
• Travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Monday 11 March
• New Zealand Week in Malaysia.
• Investment Breakfast – highlighting investment opportunities in the Christchurch rebuild.
• New Zealand Week in Malaysia Gala Opening.

Tuesday 12 March
• New Zealand Week in Malaysia.
• Disaster Management Seminar – key note address on the Christchurch earthquakes, their impacts and the city’s future.
• South Island Tourism Promotion.
• Fonterra Function.
• Travel to Seoul.

Wednesday 13 March
• Sister City visit to Songpa-gu.
• Visit Hangang River Renaissance Project (best practice).
• Visit Seogchon Lake Kia Ora Sculpture (civic).
• Seonglae-stream cycling tour. Safety Education Centre visit (best practice).
• Visit LED Lighting centre (best practice).
• Visit Natural Circulation Garden (best practice).
• Welcome reception with Songpa-gu Deputy Mayor Kim Chan-gon.

Thursday 14 March
• Sister City visit to Songpa-Gu.
• Visit to Munhyeon High School, proposed Sister City school to Cashmere High School, of which Mayor Parker is a former pupil (educational).
• Call on Songapa-gu Mayor Park Choon Hee (civic).
• Call on Education Cooperation Division (business development).
• Visit Pangyo Clean Tower (best practice).
• Visit Lotte World Tower (best practice).
• Korean education agents workshop (business development).
• New Zealand Education Reception – ‘Celebrating Christchurch Education’ (business development).

Friday 15 March
• Call on Korean Air (business development).
• Call on Ministry of Knowledge Economy (business development).
• Travel to Kurashiki.

Saturday 16 March
• Sister City visit to Kurashiki.
• Visit Bikan Historical Area and Ohara Art Museum (people to people).
• Civic lunch with civic leaders and individuals who raised money for Christchurch post-earthquake.
• Mizushima Industrial Area and Kojima (best practice).
• Jeans Street and Sake Distillery (iconic Kurashiki business showcase).
• Call on Kurashiki Mayor Kaori Ito.

Sunday 17 January
• Return to New Zealand.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news