Twin town: mayor of Christchurch meets New Zealand counterpart in first visit for 50 years

Bournemouth Echo: VISIT: Highcliffe Castle manager David Hopkins  takes the New Zealand visitors on a tour VISIT: Highcliffe Castle manager David Hopkins takes the New Zealand visitors on a tour

THE Mayor of Christchurch met her New Zealand counterpart in a special visit, celebrating the town’s twinning links.

The Honourable Ms Lianne Dalziel, the Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, paid a visit to twin town Christchurch, Dorset, on a trip arranged by Christchurch Twinning Association on Friday.

The last visit from a Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, to Dorset was 50 years ago.

The connection between the two places, which have been twinned for almost 40 years, goes back to 1911.

During the First World War, New Zealand troops were hospitalised in Brockenhurst, and the connection with the area has been maintained ever since.

The Mayor met Cllr Denise Jones, her UK counterpart, along with councillors and officers from the borough council, at a reception held at the Civic Offices.

She was then taken for a visit to Highcliffe Castle and, in the evening, was a guest at a dinner held at the Captain’s Club.

There, the Mayors signed an Affirmation of Friendship between the two places.

Cllr Dalziel said: “I have had a wonderful trip.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity to visit our sister city, and I have received a wonderful welcome from the Twinning Association.

“The city and town are connected in many things, although Christchurch, Dorset, is a lot older than Christchurch, New Zealand.”

Ms Dalziel was elected Mayor in October 2013.

She had been an MP for 23 years, prior to standing down to contest the mayoral election in Christchurch. As an MP she served as Minister for Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety and Associate Minister for Justice.

She added: “There’s also a connection as we have two rivers, one of which is the Avon.

“I’ve learnt so much about the history of your Christchurch in the brief time I’ve been here as your Mayor is so knowledgeable of the history here. I’m so glad I was able to come.”

On Saturday, she was due to go on a walking tour of Christchurch, visiting the Priory and Saxon Square as well as venturing to Brockenhurst.

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7:43am Tue 8 Jul 14

skydriver says...

I hope our mayor doesn't have any ideas of a trip to New Zealand. spending our taxes on a freebie holiday.. So remove that from your bucket list, IF ,, it was on it!!
I hope our mayor doesn't have any ideas of a trip to New Zealand. spending our taxes on a freebie holiday.. So remove that from your bucket list, IF ,, it was on it!! skydriver
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11:01am Tue 8 Jul 14

Bournefre says...

skydriver wrote:
I hope our mayor doesn't have any ideas of a trip to New Zealand. spending our taxes on a freebie holiday.. So remove that from your bucket list, IF ,, it was on it!!
Yes, Cllr Dalziel should have been given the ceremonial order of the boot and all ties with Christchurch, New Zealand severed; we can't have people having free holidays now can we.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: I hope our mayor doesn't have any ideas of a trip to New Zealand. spending our taxes on a freebie holiday.. So remove that from your bucket list, IF ,, it was on it!![/p][/quote]Yes, Cllr Dalziel should have been given the ceremonial order of the boot and all ties with Christchurch, New Zealand severed; we can't have people having free holidays now can we. Bournefre
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11:06am Tue 8 Jul 14

ben111 says...

What has this gat to do with anything and how will it impact my life apert from nothing or will we see Christchurch economy go through the roof NO,
Lets hope all the cllrs involved feel more of their own self importance. non story
What has this gat to do with anything and how will it impact my life apert from nothing or will we see Christchurch economy go through the roof NO, Lets hope all the cllrs involved feel more of their own self importance. non story ben111
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11:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

arti273 says...

ben111 wrote:
What has this gat to do with anything and how will it impact my life apert from nothing or will we see Christchurch economy go through the roof NO,
Lets hope all the cllrs involved feel more of their own self importance. non story
You must have missed the part about the signing of the Affirmation of Friendship. I was feeling pretty exposed before that document was finalised. I shall sleep better tonight knowing that New Zealand won't be declaring war on the UK any time soon.

Pee taking aside, even without the potential of a wasteful reciprocal visit to New Zealand, how much did it cost us the taxpayer to host the NZ party while they were here? Freedom of Information Act request coming up....
[quote][p][bold]ben111[/bold] wrote: What has this gat to do with anything and how will it impact my life apert from nothing or will we see Christchurch economy go through the roof NO, Lets hope all the cllrs involved feel more of their own self importance. non story[/p][/quote]You must have missed the part about the signing of the Affirmation of Friendship. I was feeling pretty exposed before that document was finalised. I shall sleep better tonight knowing that New Zealand won't be declaring war on the UK any time soon. Pee taking aside, even without the potential of a wasteful reciprocal visit to New Zealand, how much did it cost us the taxpayer to host the NZ party while they were here? Freedom of Information Act request coming up.... arti273
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