$30K to be spent on sister city visit

Published date11 August 2022
Publication titleSouthland Express
Council governance and legal manager Michael Morris presented a report to elected members during the council’s performance, policy and partnerships committee meeting on Tuesday, where he asked for approval of the unbudgeted expenditure to support activities in the civic hosting of the delegation from Kumagaya in January

It was proposed a delegation of 13 people — including Kumagaya Mayor Tetsuya Kobayashi — visit the city for four days and, in return, Invercargill would send a delegation to the Japanese city in July to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sister city agreement.

The relationship with Kumagaya generated an active exchange programme between secondary schools in the two cities and provided the community with trading and businesses opportunities, Mr Morris said.

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, who has been involved in the relationship since the official signing of the sister city agreement in the 1990s, backed the...

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