Gisborne District Sister Cities Inc. has the following relationships:
Established 23 April 1981.
McCallum Aesthetic Education Programme – teacher exchange
Artist in Residence – Gisborne / Palm Desert biennial exchange
Palm Desert garden and cacti house within Gisborne's Botanical Gardens
Established 30 March 1990.
Student exchanges between – Lytton High School, Gisborne NZ / Nonoichi and Fusui JHS Japan
Taiko drums purchased by GDSC / housed at Lytton High School for tutorials and general appreciation
Japanese garden with water feature within Gisborne's Botanical Gardens
Visit the website: Nonoichi City (external link)
Established 3 August 1996.
Exchanges and reciprocal visits of interest include education, cultural, economic, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and food producing.
Interests in common include relative Polynesian and Pacific cultures. Historical associations such as Captain James Cook’s observation of the “Transit of Venus” at Mahina, then (accompanied by “Tupaea” the high priest navigator and interpreter from Mahina), his 1769 “Voyage of Discovery”, first siting and land fall being “Young Nick’s Head and Poverty Bay on (9 Oct 1769) now known as the “City of Gisborne”, (first city to see the sun).
Photographic competition – annual event with Gisborne and Gamagori entries exchanged.
Relationship via Maori Battalion
Relationship via Jose Manuel family
Relationship – to promote a range of products including our Gisborne wines
Relationship – navigational traditions link – Captain James Cook, Whitby North Yorkshire UK
Gisborne Town est.1994 as sister city.
Australian garden within Gisborne's Botanical Gardens, features Australian trees and a sculpture - 'rain catcher'
Visit the website: Macedon Ranges Shire Council (external link)
For more information please email the Sister Cities secretary