“I firmly believe that strengthening our ties with each other will contribute to promoting friendship between Japan and New Zealand for the future! ” — Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister city relationship, about 40 delegates from Tomakomai, Napier’s sister city in Japan, led by Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura, came to visit Napier on a 3-day tour. The Ambassador of Japan in New Zealand Mr Toshihisa Takata came from Wellington to join the event.
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton welcomes the delegation at the airport
Napier City Councillors welcome the delegation at the Council Chamber
His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan in New Zealand, Mr Toshihisa Takata, addresses at the welcoming ceremony
President of Sister Cities New Zealand Ms Hiromi Morris presents an award to Doug Ducker, the managing director of Pan Pac Forest Products, as recognition for what his company and himself have achieved in the last 4 decades.
The delegation is consisted of councillors, business people from various industries as well as Tomakomai citizens and students.
Managing director of Pan Pac Forest Products Doug Ducker, together with Deputy Managing Director Kazuya Shimma host a seminar at Pan Pac Head Office in Napier.
The Ambassador of Japan Mr Toshihisa Takata together with Liaison Officer James Guan at a wine tasting event held at Hawkes Bay Wine Company
Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura and Mayor Bill Dalton at the opening ceremony of the ‘Treasures of Tomakomai Exhibition’ at MTG
Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura visits Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier
James explains the Maori culture and history in Japanese to Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata and Council Chairman Kenji Ikeda
Japanese Councillors and businessmen visit the Napier Mayor’s office