• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland

      Hawke's Bay

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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.



      Bay of Plenty

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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.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 


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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.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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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.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.


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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.


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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.


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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.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.


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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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Jiangxi relations


The Bay of Plenty Region maintains one Provincial level international partnership between the Eastern Bay of Plenty and Jiangxi Province. 

The relationship was established in 2019 to promote economic and community cooperation and friendship between the people’s of Jiangxi and the Bay of Plenty.  

About Jiangxi Province

Jiangxi is an inland province in South-East China. The Province has a population of 49 million people. The average household disposable income in the Province is around 6,000 NZD per year. Unlike many of the coastal provinces, Jiangxi is still enjoying high GDP growth of about 9%. The most significant contributors to the economy are Traditional Medicine and Pharmaceuticals, Tourism, Horticulture and Food Processing, Aviation (building equipment), and VR technologies. The Province has prioritised the environment in its development plans, with over 70% forested, the region also has two UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. The Province has a strong cultural heritage, being home to Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) the Chinese equivalent of Shakespeare.

Relationship Goals:

The goals of the relationship are to encourage economic and community development in the Bay of Plenty and Jiangxi.

Economic Development
• Grow export education in the EBOP by $8 million by 2022.
• To grow the Eastern Bay of Plenty Tourism sector by $5 million through Chinese visitors by 2022.
• Establishment of a Bay of Plenty Centre in Jiangxi and a Jiangxi Centre for the BOP by 2022.
• To streamline pathways to market for interested Bay of Plenty businesses wishing to export to China.
• To promote research and education institution partnerships in the areas of Healthcare, Education, Traditional Medicine and Aviation.

Community Development
• To establish scholarship programmes for students to encourage two-way participation in cultural events by 2020.
• To run a Jiangxi Work Experience programme for EBOP residents to gain overseas work experience in Jiangxi commencing in 2021.
• Encourage school-school exchanges between Jiangxi and the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Background Relationship

The relationship was developed under the guidance of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Joint Committee (Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau).

In 2016 an Eastern Bay International Strategy was developed. The strategy outlined the opportunities for international engagement, prospective international partners, an action plan and measures of success.

In 2017 Jiangxi Province was selected out of a list of over 20 potential partners. Negotiations here held between the Jiangxi Foreign Affairs office and the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s International Relations representative. 

In November 2018 a Memorandum Of Understanding was written up by the two parties. The agreement outlined specific community and economic development goals as well as measures for success. 

In June 2019 a delegation of 16 local and central government officials, education and private businesses people travelled to Nanchang, Jiangxi Province for the official signing ceremony. 

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