A partnership city relationship is generally a shorter-term relationship based on a specific project or initiative that the two cities share.
Wellington has two partnership city relationships:
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Qingdao, People's Republic of China
The Wellington region also has a partnership with Zhejiang Province, China.
In 1997, Deputy Mayor Kerry Prendergast visited Taipei and signed, with Deputy Mayor of Taipei Bai Hsiu-Hsiung, the Memorandum of Economic Understanding on 12 August.
In April 1998, Mayor of Taipei Chen Shuibian visited Wellington followed by a delegation of 155 Taipei government officials and the understanding was renewed.
A large number of students from Qingdao study in Wellington. In 2000, Qingdao and Wellington city signed an agreement to formalise the existing education links between the cities and encourage more students to study in Wellington.
Zhejiang Province, China
In 2012, Zhejiang Province and the Wellington region entered into a Strategic Economic Partnership: Memorandum of Cooperation. The Governor of Zhejiang, Mr Xia Baolong, visited Wellington with a large business delegation to sign the agreement.
This partnership is a regional project, including Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Kapiti Coast. The agreement is expected to increase opportunities for trade, study, exchanges and mutual understanding between the regions.