Sister Cities New Zealand conference

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    Kumagaya Mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka (left), Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Japanese Ambassador Toshihisa Takata cut the ribbon to officially open the Sister Cities New Zealand annual conference at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill last week.

    South impresses visiting delegates.

    About 100 delegates from throughout New Zealand and overseas were in Invercargill last week for the annual Sister Cities New Zealand conference.

    The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries vice-president Xie Yuan, Kumagaya Mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka, Japanese Ambassador to New Zealand Toshihisa Takata and United States Embassy public affairs officer Robert Tate were among those who attended the three-day event.

    Invercargill City Council communications manager and conference organiser Eirwen Harris Mitchell said the event was really positive for Invercargill.

    “We showcased the city and the province as best we could. [Delegates] were impressed with our amenities and the hospitality. It exceeded expectations.”

    Delegates enjoy ice creams and a short film at The Regal theatre at the Awarua Communications Museum as part of the conference. Photo: Hayden Williams
    Seriously Good Chocolate Company owner Jane Stanton with her chocolate stand on display at the Civic Theatre before her conference presentation. Photo: Sanda Jukic
    Keynote speaker and Glowing Sky owner Dil Belworthy speaks at the conference. Photo: Petrina Wright

     

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