Accompanying the mayor to Sakai

In late July Bill and Donas Nathan, as cultural delegates representing the Wellington Sakai association, accompanied Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and her 26-strong business, civic and cultural delegation to Japan and China. The one full day in Sakai began with a warm welcomed by the Mayor of Sakai, Osami Takeyama and members of Sakai City Council. ‘’A lot was achieved in the short time we spent in Sakai,” Mayor Wade-Brown said. The Wellington delegation handed over 503,000 yen ($7449.43) raised by Wellingtonians on a recent Sushi day to aid Japan’s earthquake and tsunami recovery.

A further sum of 228,000 yen ($3376.68) from fundraising activities was passed over by the Wellington Sakai Association towards earthquake recovery. “We firmed up our Sister City relationship, which began in 1994, and this will help promote business opportunities for Wellington in Sakai,“ said the mayor. The delegation also visited the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Environment, Industrial Promotion and Board of Education and after lunch the Sakai Chamber of

Commerce and Industry. We also firmed up our plans to bring the Japan Festival back to Wellington in 2012 with the donation of cherry trees for Wellington City.’ A very special moment for the delegation was a visit to the Women’s Centre. A visit to the Mega Solar Power Plant late in the afternoon concluded the formal activities for the day.

In the evening the delegation attended a welcome reception by the Sakai Wellington Association there Bill and Donas led the delegation in support of the Mayor with Maori action songs and poi. Although in Sakai for only one full day, delegation members were touched by the warmth of the reception, mutual business opportunities and the strength of the relationship that bodes well for the future between Wellington and Sakai.

Mayor's Visit to Sakai

 

As Mayor of Wellington I had the pleasure of leading a business delegation to Sakai and the Chinese cities of Beijing, Tianjin and Xiamen – with brief stops in Guangzhou and Hong Kong as well.
The purpose of the trip was to strengthen the relationships between Wellington and these important
cities, develop our trade opportunities and explore new ideas for taking Wellington forward.
Sakai and Wellington have benefited from a strong relationship since 1994 when a sister-city
agreement was signed. Sakai Mayor Osami Takeyama and I had a friendly and productive meeting,
and I’m pleased that he accepted my invitation to visit Wellington in 2012 in support of the Japan
Festival in September.
It was an honour to present a donation from the Wellington Sakai Association
and Wellington City to Mayor Takeyama for over $8000 to support Japan’s tsunami relief efforts. It was a short trip but we managed to fit in some very important, informative and enjoyable meetings. 
The Sakai Chamber of Commerce expressed a willingness to work closely with our Chamber to encourage further trade and investment between our cities and I was impressed with how the Sakai
Chamber and industry were fully supportive of the Cool City Sakai initiatives, aiming to retool their
industries to be less energy intensive. We visited the Sakai waterfront’s Mega Solar Power Plant – an important initiative in Sakai’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and Japan’s largest solar plant.
A personal highlight for me was addressing an audience of over 400 at the Sakai Women’s Centre on the topic of Women and Politics, and our delegation was warmly hosted by the Sakai Wellington Association. A great way to end a successful day in the wonderful and progressive city of Sakai. Certainly, a Cool City! AS Mayor of Wellington I had the pleasure of leading a business delegation to Sakai and the Chinese cities of Beijing, Tianjin and Xiamen – with brief stops in Guangzhou and Hong Kong as well.The purpose of the trip was to strengthen the relationships between Wellington and these important cities, develop our trade opportunities and explore new ideas for taking Wellington forward. Sakai and Wellington have benefited from a strong relationship since 1994 when a sister-city agreement was signed. Sakai Mayor Osami Takeyama and I had a friendly and productive meeting,and
I’m pleased that he accepted my invitation to visit Wellington in 2012 in support of the Japan Festival in September.
It was an honour to present a donation from the Wellington Sakai Association and Wellington City to Mayor Takeyama for over$8000 to support Japan’s tsunami relief efforts.It was a short trip but we managed to fit in some very important, informative and enjoyable meetings. The Sakai Chamber of Commerce expressed a willingness to work closely with our Chamber to encourage further trade and investment between our cities and I was impressed with how the Sakai Chamber and industry were fully supportive of the cool City Sakai initiatives, aiming to retool their industries to be less energy intensive.We visited the Sakai waterfront’s Mega Solar Power Plant – an important initiative in Sakai’scommitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,and Japan’s largest solar plant. A personal highlight for me was addressing an audience of over 400 at the Sakai Women’s Centreon the topic of Women and Politics, and our delegation was warmly hosted by the Sakai Wellington Association. A great way to end a successful day in the wonderful and progressive city of Sakai. Certainly, a Cool City!