Sister Cities Programme

We are closely involved in building relationships through our Sister Cities programme. The Council works closely with other cities to foster links between communities, organisations and business. These links enhance Christchurch’s cultural, environmental well-being and economic prosperity.

These relationships reflect both New Zealand’s traditional ties to England and Australia, and the growing importance of the Pacific Rim region to the future of Christchurch and New Zealand. The Sister Cities programmes foster communications across borders – a mutual exchange of ideas, people and materials in cultural, educational, youth, sports, municipal, professional and technical projects.

The Sister Cities relationships rely on a network of dedicated volunteers from the community to create and strengthen international partnerships, Promoting and driving educational exchanges, visits, celebrations and other important initiatives.