Hania, Greece

The Hania-Wellington Historical Sister City relationship, which was formed in 1984.

It celebrated the contribution of the Greek and Cretan communities to Wellington and the strong links formed since WWII.

A special relationship developed between New Zealand and the Hania area of Crete. This area was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the 1941 Battle of Crete, which was between New Zealand and German troops.

An olive tree was planted in the grounds of the Michael Fowler Centre to commemorate the relationship. A Greek-New Zealand Memorial can also be found on Kent and Cambridge terraces. To see a photo of the memorial, see image number 8, under Memorials:

Sculptures and Memorials

Wellington celebrates 'Hania Day' on 21 May, which is also when commemorations for the Battle of Crete take place.

As well, Lloyd Street was renamed Hania Street. The street was chosen due to the nearby Greek Orthodox Church of Wellington, which serves the local Greek community. The church is in Mount Victoria, which was where the first Greek migrants to Wellington chose to make their home.

There is a Wellington Street near Nea Hora beach in Hania.