District Hosting Chinese Guests

Published: 23-Mar-2017

Waimakariri is playing host to Chinese visitors when a delegation arrives from our sister district of Enshi, China.

The delegation will be visiting the district over two days starting with an official welcome in the Council Chambers tomorrow morning.Mayor David Ayers Enshi Visit

They will spend the two days with us, attending several events including a guided tour of a dairy farm, Pegasus Bay Winery, Rangiora High School and the new astroturf to watch the NZ vs USA Women’s Hockey Game.

The visit is a reciprocal one, after a delegation from Council visited Enshi last May.

Council entered into a Sister City Relationship Agreement with Enshi City District last year as a result of that visit.

The Agreement shows the Councils willingness to co-operate and promote the relationship and exchanges between the two districts. 

The main benefits are most likely to be cultural, with an increased understanding of the Chinese culture, which is expected to be strengthened further through school connections.

The relationship could also open the door for the exchange of students between the countries with our secondary schools, and possibly Canterbury universities and the ARA Institute (formerly CPIT and Aoraki Polytecnic) able to participate.

Some business connections have also been made and leads will be explored with those businesses.

Given the huge growth in Chinese tourists to New Zealand in recent years, with direct flights now from China to Christchurch, the relationship provides opportunities to enhance our understanding of the Chinese so we can better cater for their needs.

To honour our guests, Council will be flying the flag of the People's Republic of China for the next two days.