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.
An economic partnership agreement was signed in 1997 and renewed again in 1998 by Deputy Mayor Kerry Prendergast and Deputy Mayor Bai Hsiu-Hsiung.
In February of 2015 Mayor Celia Wade-Brown signed a new partnership agreement during a visit to Taipei. Wellington and Taipei agree to co-operation on following areas:
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Mayor Wen-Je Ko
- promoting goodwill and understanding
- advancing knowledge in local government through the exchange of ideas and experience
- exchanges in the cultural and creative industries
- youth provision and educational development
- promoting trade and tourism
Councillor Simon Marsh attended the Velo-city Global 2016 conference in February.
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.