Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a city of approximately 1.3 million people.
Consistently voted one of The Economist’s top 10 most liveable cities in the world, Adelaide is known as a city designed for life. A place where residents can embrace all the experiences of a cosmopolitan capital city whilst enjoying a life centred on wellbeing and balance.
As the world’s only ‘city in a park’, 9.4 square kilometres of Park Lands serve as Adelaide’s playground. Visitors from across the globe flock to enjoy Adelaide’s vibrant culture, thriving culinary landscape and a world-class events program(external link) which includes WOMADelaide, Adelaide Fringe and Santos Tour Down Under.
Our sister city relationship was formally approved by the Christchurch City Council on 21 February 1972. The agreement was initially suggested by the contemporary High Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr A.J. Yendell.
The sister city relationship between Christchurch and Adelaide was created to facilitate diplomatic ties, student and economic exchanges, social connections, tourism, and sporting events.
In 2017, Mayor Lianne Dalziel visited Adelaide to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our sister city relationship. During this visit, the Mayor saw the Adelaide Children’s University in action.
Following advocacy and facilitation by Mayor Dalziel and the Christchurch-Adelaide Sister City Committee, contacts were developed that led to both Canterbury and Lincoln Universities signing agreements to bring the Children’s University to Canterbury.
The sister cities have also sought to promote art and cultural exchange. The Christchurch-Adelaide Sister City Committee commissioned and fundraised for artwork from Adelaide artist, Karen Genoff, who consulted with Kaurna elder, Uncle Lewis O’Brien, about the indigenous design.
The City of Adelaide Council financially contributed to the artwork and Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor visited Christchurch to speak at the unveiling of the artwork ‘Kaurna Wailyu’ at the Adelaide Sister City Garden within Halswell Quarry Park in 2019.