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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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District Information – Jiangxi – Eastern Bay of Plenty

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In 2017, the Eastern Bridge company was contracted to identify a potential sister city partner for the Ōpōtiki District Council, located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. The company consulted with three Eastern Bay of Plenty councils, and after analyzing a range of criteria related to compatibility, 12 options were identified, with Jiangxi Province being selected as the most suitable.

There are many parallels between the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Jiangxi, including similar economies based around horticulture, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and tourism, as well as a rich and diverse cultural identity and supportive local governments. Geographically, both regions are significantly forested with important rivers and lakes, as well as being in geothermal zones. Additionally, the people of the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Jiangxi enjoy similar outdoor activities.

The sister city relationship between the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Jiangxi Provincial Government was formalized in 2019, with Ōpōtiki signing with Xinyu City, Whakatāne with Fuzhou City, and Kawerau with Yingtan City. Various projects were identified for the two sides to consider, and a $500,000 fund was established to fund two-way scholarships and exchanges between the people of Jiangxi and the Bay of Plenty. The Bay of Plenty Center in Nanchang was also officially opened to support Bay of Plenty organizations in running events and activities in Jiangxi Province.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the two regions remained in contact through online school and community group exchanges, highlighting the importance of sister cities in maintaining international relationships. Overall, sister cities provide a valuable opportunity for communities to share their cultures, ideas, and experiences while building meaningful connections and promoting global cooperation.

About Jiangxi

Jiangxi Province, located in southeast China, is known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and diverse culture. The province has a long history dating back to ancient times, with numerous historical sites and relics such as the Jinggang Mountains and the ancient city of Pingyao.

The population of Jiangxi is approximately 46 million, with a mix of Han and minority ethnic groups including the She, Hakka, and Miao people.

Jiangxi is home to a variety of stunning natural environments, from the Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, to the towering Wuyi Mountains. The province has made great efforts to protect its environment and improve water management, with initiatives such as “sponge cities” to improve water retention and reduce flooding.

Jiangxi’s economy is diverse, with horticulture, forestry, tourism, and freshwater aquaculture being among the main industries. The province has a rich agricultural heritage, with tea, rice, and oranges being among the main crops. In addition, Jiangxi is a major producer of non-ferrous metals such as copper and tungsten.

The province is also home to a vibrant tourism industry, with attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mount Sanqingshan National Park and the Lushan National Park.

In terms of culture, Jiangxi is known for its traditional crafts such as porcelain, paper-cutting, and embroidery. The province is also home to a number of festivals and celebrations, including the Gannan Shaolin Kung Fu Festival and the Wuyuan Flower Festival.

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