Canberra and Wellington strengthen ties in time for direct international flights

Released 06/07/2016

Canberra and Wellington are now officially sister cities following the signing of an agreement in Wellington this evening – just in time for the commencement of direct international flights between the two capital cities.

Since the announcement of these flights, there have been a number of collaborative initiatives that have been created between the two capitals. I am delighted we have now formalised the sister city relationship which provides a great framework to support these projects and exchanges for mutual benefit.

The commitment includes programs that seek to facilitate enhanced business partnerships, tourism promotion, education and cultural exchange, research and knowledge sharing.

Later this year, we have committed to host a ‘Canberra Week in Wellington’ to showcase our city and what it has to offer to Wellingtonians. On 12 November, football fans can look forward to an A-League clash between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners coming to GIO Stadium.

The sister city agreement also outlines our intent to collaborate in areas such as community services, affordable housing, sustainable transport solutions and mutual exchange regarding renewable and sustainable energy supply, and programs which support opportunities for first peoples and Indigenous exchange.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown for her commitment to establishing this relationship.

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