Japanese Sister City Visit to Napier


“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.


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Napier Mayor Bill Dalton welcomes the delegation at the airport



Napier City Councillors welcome the delegation at the Council Chamber

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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 delegates visit Hawkes Bay Wine Company and meet with winemaker Darragh Hughes along with Mark Lim, the managing director of Osawa Wines.



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


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James explains the Maori culture and history in Japanese to Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata and Council Chairman Kenji Ikeda


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Japanese Councillors and businessmen visit the Napier Mayor’s office


この度は、誠にありがとうございました! またの再会を楽しみにしております〜




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