Port Macquarie-Hastings Council maintains a sister city relationship with the City of Handa, Japan. This relationship was officially formed in 1990, and includes a student exchange program.
Discussion proposing a sister city relationship between Handa and Port Macquarie began when a delegation of businessman headed by Mr michio Ochiai visited Port Macquarie in July 1988. This was shortly followed by a visit by 15 Jaycees to Port Macquarie and at a meeting held with Mayor Woodlands, discussed the possibilities of forming a sister city relationship with Handa.
On 14 March 1990, Mayor Woodlands headed a delegation for the official signing of the Sister City Agreement at a ceremony held in the auditorium of the Central Public Hall in Handa. The document was signed by the Mayor of the Hastings, Alderman Robert Woodlands and the Mayor of Handa City, Mr Koichi Yamada.
Higashi High School Students visit Port Macquarie.
Each year, students and teachers from Handa Higashi Senior High School spend 5 days visiting Port Macquarie to learn more about our culture and way of life. Local high schools from our region take turns to host the students during their visit.
2017 marks the 27th anniversary of the Sister-City Agreement between the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Handa City Council in Japan. As part of the annual cultural and education exchange, a group of students and teachers from Handa Higashi Senior High School will travel to Port Macquarie for a 5 day Study Tour from 29 July until 2 August 2017.
This year’s Study Tour Group of 12 students (6 boys and 6 girls) will be hosted by students attending Hastings Secondary College – Westport Campus, and will be accompanied by the Vice Principal of Handa Higashi Senior High School - Mr Takayuki Nakamura, and English Teacher - Miss Ayako Isogai
Tour highlights will include experiencing a day in an Australian classroom, a visit to a local retirement village where they will demonstrate origami and perform a cultural dance along, a tour of the Charles Sturt University Campus and a visit to Billabong Wildlife Zoo.
This page was last updated on: 17 July 2017