Core Cities China Engagement
The Core Cities China Engagement project involves the development of a strategy to leverage mayoral relationships in China for economic benefit. This work will determine how New Zealand cities and regions can work together on a series of targeted delegations. In April 2015 Tauranga City Council’s Mayor and Priority One took part in a delegation that met with China's President, Xi Jinping in Auckland. A formal MOU was signed to establish a New Zealand China Mayoral Forum to encourage regular sub-regional collaboration between the mayors and governors of the two countries. The first NZ-China Mayoral Forum was held in Xiamen on 7 September 2015 at which Tauranga was represented. Topics discussed included trade and investment opportunities in areas such as education, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Business engagement formed a key part of the forums.