Wellington and Canberra look to become sister cities

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Wellington city is edging closer to gaining a new sister city. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has proposed Australia’s federal capital city, Canberra, to become New Zealand’s capital’s next sister city, the stuff.co.nz website can report. 

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The city council of Wellington will consider whether to formalise the relationship between the two cities in a full council meeting next week. 

Australian Capital Territory chief minister Andrew Barr is ready to sign the deal when he visits Wellington in early July.

Mayor Wade-Brown, who visited Canberra in April, said the new deal would bring the cities closer together, forging stronger economic, environmental, political, cultural and tourism ties.

“Together the capital cities will be stronger and have more impact on the global stage,” she said. 

“Wellington and Canberra have a lot in common and this relationship will help equip both cities for long-term success.”

Businesses that provided services to the government sector had an obvious opportunity to expand, and the recent agreement with Singapore Airlines to fly from Singapore to Wellington with a stop-over in Canberra, was an example of what had already been achieved. 

From September there will be four flights a week between Wellington and Canberra, connecting to Singapore.

Wellington’s twin cities are Sydney, capital of New South Wales, Australia; the Chinese capital Beijing, Xiamen in China, Harrogate in England, Hania in Crete, Greece; and Sakai in Japan.

Canberra’s two sister cities are Beijing, and Nara in Japan.

Read the full story here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/79723501/wellington-and-canberra-look-to-become-sister-cities.html

News source: www.stuff.co.nz

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