Sydney, Australia

A sister city relationship between Wellington and Sydney was formed in September 1983.


Sydney Harbour

The focus of the relationship has been on trade and business growth. The relationship was downgraded to a friendly city relationship in 1996 following an external relations activity review due to a decrease in activity and the lack of an association to manage the relationship.

As a result of the International Relations Policy review issued in 2013, it was decided that Wellington would begin to explore ways in which to reignite the Wellington – Sydney relationship. The sister city status was successfully reinstated and, in 2014 Mayor Wade-Brown visited Sydney to participate in Walk 21 Sydney and met with Mayor Clover Moore to discuss opportunities for further cooperation.

Currently, the Wellington – Sydney relationship focuses on tourism opportunities through WREDA. The two cities have also connected through their mutual affiliation with the 100 Resilient Cities Programme.