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Sister cities

Gisborne District Sister Cities Inc. has the following relationships:

Sister City

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

Visit the website: Palm Desert Sister Cities |   City of Palm Desert

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

Established 3 August 1996.

Exchanges and reciprocal visits of interest include education, cultural, economic, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and food producing.

Established 2006.

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).

Sister Port

Photographic competition – annual event  with Gisborne and Gamagori entries exchanged.

Friendly City

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.
The Australian garden within our Botanical Gardens, features Australian trees and a sculpture - 'rain catcher' 
Visit the website: Macedon Ranges Shire Council

For more information

For more information please email the Sister Cities Secretary