New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Mayor of Christchurch visits sister city Songpa-gu

Mayor Bob Parker delivering a speech at the reception held at the Ambassador's Residence.

The Mayor of Christchurch, His Worship Bob Parker, visited sister city Songpa-gu 13-15 March. During a welcome dinner for the visiting delegation, Songpa-gu Mayor Park Chun-hee noted the long-standing relationship between her city and Christchurch, with active ties in a number of areas especially education and culture.

Education was a key part of Mayor Parker’s extensive programme. He participated in a video-conference between Munhyeon and Cashmere High Schools, and jointly hosted with Ambassador Patrick Rata a reception for Korean alumni who had studied in Christchurch, together with educators, agents and institution representatives. Three Christchurch school principals with close links to Songpa-gu schools joined the Mayor in fostering stronger links between students from the two cities (Scott Thelning, Cobham Intermediate School, Mark Wilson, Cashmere School, and Phil Tappenden, Kirkwood School).

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