Sea Eagle Consulting has maintained a continuous relationship between Lower Hutt City Council and sister-cities in China. When our Chinese partners first visited New Zealand in Nov 2015, we introduced them to the local council, met with some of the country’s most up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and shared a New Zealand cultural experience.
The visit began with in-depth discussions about how the Chinese sister-cities and Lower Hutt City Council could establish a collaborative relationship to benefit both parties. We toured the city council building and were able to meet councillors as well as leaders of economy, technology and tourism.
With hopes to inspire creativity and share innovate ways of thinking, we then visited Lightning Lab, a business-accelerated programme based right in Lower Hutt. This is home to young entrepreneurs breaking-ground in New Zealand today.
We then travelled to Lower Hutt’s largest sports facilities, the Walter Nash Centre. We saw how the vibrant centre thrived in one of Lower Hutt’s poorer communities and were even welcomed with a Haka, a traditional Maori performance.
In effort to share a bit more about New Zealand life, we visited the multi-cultural town of Petone, which rests in Lower Hutt. We toured the Petone museum, learned about the first settlers to come to the area, and then enjoyed a lovely meal at an Italian restaurant.
Since this visit, Sea Eagle Consulting has continued to facilitate a close relationship. Both the Chinese government and Lower Hutt City Council agreed they wanted to build connections between the filming industry and educational exchange programmes first. We are all looking forward to their visit in April 2016.