Delegations between Wellington and China have resulted in a number of collaborative projects and new relationships that produce significant benefits for both sides.
2016 delegation to Seoul and China
In July 2016, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown led a small delegation to the capital of South Korea to sign an official friendly cities agreement with Mayor Park Won-Soon. During the visit, Mayor Wade-Brown explored a number of different industries which offer opportunities for cooperation with Wellington to deepen the relationship. She then led a delegation of education and business representatives from the Wellington region to Xiamen, Xi’an, Tianjin and Beijing.
Significant outcomes of the trip include extending the amount of New Zealand exported products being stocked at the Seashine Supermarket in Xiamen, signing an education MoU with the Xiamen Education Bureau, opening the new ‘Wellington Street’ in Xi’an, attending the first Capital Cup game between the Wellington Phoenix and the Beijing BG in Beijing, as well as hosting a number of successful Wellington education promotion events in all four cities.
2015 delegation to China
Mayor Wade-Brown led a delegation of 12 New Zealand mayors and over 50 influential businesspeople to Xiamen to attend the first inaugural New Zealand China Mayoral Forum in September 2015. The Forum led by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) President Lawrence Yule and hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) focussed on trade and investment opportunities, in particular development prospects within New Zealand's tourism, education and primary industries. The second forum will be held in Wellington in 2017.
During the visit, Mayor Wade-Brown officially opened the New Zealand Section at Seashine Supermarket in Xiamen, an initiative in which a growing number of local New Zealand products are being exported to be stocked in the supermarket for Chinese consumers.
Highlights also include a number of high level meetings to discuss Wellington investment opportunities which has formed many valuable partnerships for the future of Wellington infrastructure.
2015 delegation to Vietnam Taiwan and China
In February 2015, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam to explore avenues of potential cooperation between Hanoi and Wellington. A Memorandum of cooperation was then signed during a reciprocal trip by Chairman Dr. Nguyen The Thao. The relationship focuses of resilience, education and cultural exchanges.
Following Vietnam, the delegation visited Taipei, Wellington’s partner city, to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition where New Zealand had been selected as the guest country of honour and the theme country. During the trip, Mayor Wade-Brown also signed a new MoU with Mayor Ko Wen-je focussing on education, cultural exchanges, trade and tourism. The delegation attended a number of meetings in all 3 countries which have resulted in new relationships and business growth.