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Porirua, New Zealand

Blacktown has maintained positive and active relationships with Porirua City since the signing of the Sister City Agreement in May 1984. 

The City of Porirua has approximately 54,100 people.  It is situated on the west coast of the North Island, just north of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.  While Porirua is small by Blacktown standards, both in geographical area and population, it is a thriving city that features 54 km of coastline and overlooks a stunning harbour. In 2010, Porirua was recognised with three Gold standard awards in the International Liveable Communities Awards, and the city’s Village Planning Programme was hailed as the finest example of a world-leading socio economic project.

Porirua offers a variety of water sports, plus numerous cycleways and walkways.  Apart from shopping, the city centre has a cultural precinct which features  the Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre, the central library, and Pataka Art + Culture – one of New Zealand’s leading museums of Maori, Pacific and New Zealand contemporary art.

Porirua has a lifestyle that makes it a great place to raise a family.  Children enjoy a traditional Kiwi lifestyle with easy access to plenty of fun outdoor activities, a real community spirit and many opportunities for truly independent play.

Porirua also has many advantages for businesses whether established or just setting up.  It has many iconic Kiwi brands based in the city, including Whittaker’s Chocolates, Pacific Wall coverings and the popular high-wire adventure park Adrenalin Forest. 

For nearly 50 years, Porirua has played the starring role, been a supporting actor and even an extra in many movies, TV shows, documentaries and new style online webisodes.

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Waitangi Day 2017 Commemoration Ceremony, World record attempt on the HAKA and the 2nd Western Sydney Waitangi Day Festival

On Saturday, 4 February 2017, a Karakia (Māori incantations and prayers to invoke spiritual guidance and protection) was conducted at 7.00am in the New Zealand/South Seas Island Garden at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside to acknowledge Waitangi Day. Guests then proceeded to the  Blacktown Showground for a Karanga (an exchange of calls that forms part of the powhiri, a Māori welcoming ceremony) and the Mihi Whakatau (a formal speech of welcome).

Following these traditions, the Mayor of Blacktown, Stephen Bali and Miss Billie Moore, Consul-General, New Zealand Consulate Sydney, NSW jointly opened the 2nd  Western Sydney Waitangi Day Festival. An attempt was made on the world record for the number of HAKA participants but alas, we fell short of the 4,028 required to break the record. Not to worry as plans are already underway to make a bigger and better attempt in 2018. Stay tuned for details and how you can help break the HAKA record.

An indigenous smoking ceremony preceded the formalities at both venues.

The Festival once again proved to be a spectacular success as visitors enjoyed the entertainment, stalls, cultural performances and live acts on stage. Shane the MC was an absolute hoot and told he’ll be back next year. Worth the price of admission!!

A big thank you to the Maori Wardens NSW and other volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful day. Plenty of photos so check them out.   

A concurrent 2-week display in the Max Webber Library complemented the ceremony and Festival. 

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Waitangi Day 2016 Commemoration Ceremony and Festival

On Saturday, 6 February 2016, a Commemoration Ceremony was conducted at 7.30am in the New Zealand/South Seas Island Garden at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside to acknowledge Waitangi Day. An indigenous smoking ceremony preceded the formalities.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests proceeded to Blacktown Showground where the Mayor, Cr Stephen Bali and Miss Billie Moore, Consul-General, New Zealand Consulate Sydney, NSW jointly opened the inaugural Western Sydney Waitangi Day Festival. The Festival proved a spectacular success with over 5,000 people enjoying the entertainment, stalls, cultural performances and live acts on stage. Message from the Maori Wardens NSW is that 2017 will be bigger and better. Stay tuned.

A concurrent 2-week display in the Max Webber Library complemented the ceremony and Festival. 

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Porirua City turns 50

In October 2015, a delegation from Blacktown attended Porirua City’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The delegation comprised Councillors, members of the Sister Cities Committee, 2 Youth Ambassadors, Council staff, the Principal and Maori support teacher from Chifley High School College Shalvey Campus, Mount Druitt, Captain of 202 Army Cadet Unit Blacktown, 10 under-14 players and officials from the Blacktown City Netball Association and 14 under-14 player and officials from the Blacktown and District Soccer Association.           

This was the largest delegation from Blacktown to travel overseas. Ten parents accompanied the sports teams at their own expense.  

Opportunities for the establishment of a sister school partnership had been identified as Shalvey College has a high percentage ofstudents with Maori descent and afull-time Maori liaison officer.

The College’s exhanged a letter of intention, key elements being the proposals to use technology to promote an art exchange, a day in the life of a student and associated profesional learning with academic communication, teacher exchanges and reciprocol visits between the Colleges to be determined.

Protocols for future official visitations between the 202 Army Cadet Unit Blacktown and the NZ Cadet Forces were established. From the youth perspective, the cadet unit partnership is innovative and unique. It also highlights the ANZAC spirit that exists between both countires during the 100th anniversary celebrations.

Sports results were shared with Porirua winning the netball and Blacktown the soccer. The standard of behaviour by all teams was excellent while the spirit of camaraderie developed was outstanding.

Highlight of the visit was the Anniversary Dinner on Saturday evening with over 700 guests in attendance. A wonderful night was had by all with excellent cultural entertainment and volunteer presentations during the evening.

A big thank you to Gaylene Kells, Manager Events and Operations at Porirua City Council for all her hard work in ensuring such a successful visit.

Blacktown looks forward to reciprocating in 2017.

Images below from Porirua turns 50: Blacktown Delegation visit

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Above image 1:Briefing session and presentation of travelling gear to the delegation before leaving for Porirua
Above image 2: Mayor of Porirua City, Mr Nick Leggett with the Blacktown City Netball team at Pataka Arts Centre

Above image 3: Presentations after the 2nd soccer game

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Above image 1:Councillor Donaldson (representing the Mayor Blacktown) presenting Blacktown’s exchange gift to the Mayor of Porirua City, Mr Nick Leggett

Above image 2: Blacktown Councillors Smith and Siljeg with the Blacktown and District Soccer Association team, coach and manager prior to their first game

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Olivia Sargent and Rachelle Rativo (Youth Ambassadors) at Pataka Arts Centre  

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Above images:   Presentations after the 2nd soccer game

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Above Image 1:   Mayor, Youth Ambassadors, Janet Harding, Principal Chifley College Shalvey and the 2 team captains

Above Images 2:  Mayor and Deputy Mayor with players and officials from the 2 sporting teams in their travel gear 

Waitangi Day Commemoration Ceremony

On Friday, 6 February 2015, a Commemoration Ceremony was conducted in the New Zealand/South Seas Island Garden at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside to acknowledge Waitangi Day – the day New Zealand celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.  An indigenous smoking ceremony preceded the formalities. A Flag Raising Ceremony in the Village Green, Blacktown followed with the Mayor of Blacktown officiating at both events.

Special guests included Mr Gregory Makutu QSM New Zealand Consulate and Cr Euon Murrell, Porirua City Council. The NSW Maori Wardens and students from Shelley Public School also attended. Check out the pictures. 

Images below from Waitangi Day 2015

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Ceremonial gateway opened

In May 2014, a Maori ceremonial gateway was opened at the entry to the New Zealand South Seas Island Garden in Nurragingy Reserve, Blacktown to recognise the 30th anniversary of the agreement between both cities.

To view video footage from the opening, go to the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cWDoN4OiqM&feature=youtu.be.

Images below from the Opening of the ceremonial gateway in 2014 at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside

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