A sister cities plenary was hosted by Christchurch City Council with neighbouring districts including Hurunui, Selwyn and Ashburton on Saturday 2 September.
Caroline Blanchfield, Business Development Manager of ChristchurchNZ spoke about Tourism, Airlines and Christchurch as an international city and said that sister cities are a conduit for links and partnership in tourism, education, arts and culture across the world. Rob Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Development Christchurch Ltd spoke about the future of international relationship in business and investment and stated that it is important that we get the positive messages about Christchurch and Canterbury out internationally to inspire confidence - and that Cantabrians are our greatest ambassadors.
A youth panel led a lively discussion on how to involve young people in Sister City activities. One said that young people would be very interested if they knew more about sister cities and would take the opportunities they provided such as cultural exchanges and events. This led into the publicity and social media panel where the discussion was around how to better promote sister cities and engage with the community.