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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

As one of New Zealand's oldest cities, Dunedin has established many useful and valuable links all around the world. Some of those links have been formalised into sister city agreements.

Our earliest agreement was with Portsmouth in the southern US state of Virginia. While this relationship is dormant, the three other sister city agreements are active and proving beneficial to our city in many ways.

Most recently, Shanghai has proven herself to be a proactive and generous sister with the establishment of the Dunedin Chinese Garden just one of the projects that have flourished under this relationship.

The Dunedin City Council contributes approximately $5,000 to the sister city societies, with all other funds raised by the groups themselves.

Dunedin held the 2010 Sister Cities New Zealand conference in April and attracted up to 200 visitors from New Zealand and around the world.

Edinburgh - Scotland

Otaru - Japan

Portsmouth - USA

Shanghai - China

Friendship cities

Edinburgh - Scotland

Dunedin has a long and rich relationship with Edinburgh, from the naming of the city with the Gaelic form of Edinburgh to today’s lively St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Otaru - Japan

Otaru is located on the west coast of Hokkaido, Japan, and is renowned for its fishing and tourism industries.

Portsmouth - USA

Portsmouth, a large, (nuclear) naval base in Virginia was put forward as a potential sister city. It was similar to Dunedin in that it was a coastal city of a similar size.

Shanghai - China

Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River in East China. It is one of the largest cities by population in the world, with some 23 million citizens. As a major financial centre with one of the busiest ports in the world, Shanghai has significant international influence.

Friendship cities

Qingdao is a coastal city of about three million people in the urban city and eight million in the provincial centre.

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