Sister Cities

Nagaizumi-cho (Japan)​

Japanese teahouse symbolising sister city relationship between Whanganui and Nagazumi-choWhanganui and Nagaizumi-cho became sister cities in 1988. Nagaizumi was chosen due to its demographic similarities to Whanganui and rural nature, as well as the likely prospect of mutual benefits. There are​ now strong social, cultural, sporting and educational links between the two cities.

There have been a number of official visits, led by the Mayors of both cities. A Whanganui delegation attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the sister city relationship in Nagaizumi-cho in 1998 and a group visited in 2008. School parties from both cities regularly participate in exchange visits.​​

Nagaizumi-cho 30th anniversary celebrations August 2018

Mayor McDouall will travel to Nagaizumi in August 2018 for the 30th anniversary celebrations. He has invited the community to join him as part of the Whanganui delegation. Travel and accommodation would be at your own cost.

Register your interest in attending by Thursday, 26 April 2018. For more information, contact Marianne Cavanagh at:

Registration of interest

Please supply your postal address
Please supply details e.g. hosted an exchange student, visited previously
Travel expense confirmation

Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia)

In 1983 Whanganui formed a sister city relationship with Toowoomba.

Sister city visits between Whanganui and Toowoomba have largely focussed on gardens and flower festivals. Official activities have included attendance at the Australian Festival of Flowers as well as participation in the Whanganui in Bloom Parade.



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