Our Sister Cities
Pulaski – Virginia, USA
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Ashburton – Devon, United Kingdom
Shiozawa – Niigata, Japan
Located in the southern part of Niigata Prefecture with a population of 21,000. The town is spread over an area of 190 square kilometres and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The Uono River flows through the town with fertile rice fields stretching on both sides. Famous for its seven skifields, around 2.5 million people visit Shiozawa annually.
Much development has taken place during the past few years with the encouragement of successful communications through the Niigata Biennial International Children's Art Exhibition, where local primary schools from the Ashburton district exhibit artwork in this exhibition. Delegations from Shiozawa visit Ashburton before participating in Sportsfest, the friendship and sporting exchange between New Zealand and Japan, which began in 1991.
Our sister city relationship with Shiozawa was established in October 1987. More recently (on October 1, 2005) the town of Shiozawa was merged into the city of Minamiuonuma. The modern city of Minamiuonuma was established in 2004 when two other towns (Muikamachi and Yamato) merged. The city has an estimated population of 73,000.
Puyang – Henan, People's Republic of China
Puyang has a significant petro-chemical industry sector with the surrounding area having rich reserves of high-quality petroleum and natural gas. As an important national petro-chemical energy base, large-sized enterprises have been established there.
Ashburton District has developed strong links with Puyang in recent years. Delegations from Puyang have visited Ashburton District in 2000, 2006, 2010 and 2015.
Our sister city relationship with Puyang was established in September 2000.