On 6 July 2016, the ACT Government signed an agreement with Wellington City Council formally establishing a sister city relationship between Canberra and Wellington.
The catalyst for the new sister city relationship between the Australian and New Zealand capitals is the commencement of the ‘Capital Express’, direct international flights with Singapore Airlines. The service will operate between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington, four times per week, starting on 20 September 2016.
The Sister City agreement opens the way for the City of Wellington and Canberra to collaborate in many areas and to promote our beautiful cities. Through working together we will continue to grow our respective economies, support our respective business communities and continue to enhance the cultural and social fabric of Wellington and Canberra.
The commitment includes programs that seek to facilitate business partnerships, tourism promotion, education and cultural exchange, research and knowledge sharing.
A number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) have already been signed between Canberra and Wellington organisations with mutual interests. These include:
- Canberra Business Chamber and Wellington Chamber of Commerce – view media release
- Woodlands and Wetlands Trust and the Karori Sanctuary Trust – view media release
- November – Canberra Week in Wellington
- 12 November A-League – Central Coast Mariners vs Wellington Phoenix at GIO Stadium
Wellington is the world’s southernmost and most remote capital city with a population of just over 203,000 in the city and almost 400,000 in the Wellington region.
It has a diverse population with more than 80 nationalities represented and nearly a third of the population born overseas.
It has the most highly educated and highest earning populations in New Zealand with its largest industry segment public administration and safety, followed by professional, scientific and technical services.
Wellington is known as a ‘cool little capital’ with a thriving bar and café culture. It has more than 300 bars and 100 food events per year. It is home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene as well as a spectacular natural environment. Like Canberra, it has also earned the reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Learn more about Canberra’s newest sister city Wellington at these links.
Planning to visit our sister city? View the Discover Wellington website.