The Sakai Cherry Garden opens in Katherine Mansfield Park. 28 cherry blossom trees are planted in the garden through a donation by the (Sakai-based) Sakai Wellington Association.
The first Japan Festival is held in 2009 and features a range of traditional and modern Japanese cultural activities and events and is enjoyed by thousands of Wellingtonians. The festival has grown to become a popular festival in Wellington’s events calendar.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown visits Sakai and presents donations from Wellingtonians for people affected by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Sakai becomes an imaginary sister city of the Shire of the Hobbit movie in 2012.
Mayor Wade-Brown accompanied by a business and education delegation visits Sakai to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship.
The Wellington–Senshu Marathon Exchange MOU is signed, resulting in the first Sakai runner to participate in the Wellington Marathon in June, 2016.
46 students from Sakai Rugby School visit Wellington, with a programme that includes games and training with Wellington College, St Mark’s and Pōneke Rugby Club.
The first Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition is held in Wellington, providing an opportunity for Wellington’s youngest residents to participate in a sister city activity through art.