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Sister City Relationship - Handa, Japan

Handa Study Tour 2018

Port Macquarie-Hastings Handa City Sister City


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Handa City Council, Japan, became sister cities with the signing of an agreement by the then Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council - Mayor Robert Woodland, and the then Mayor of Handa City Council - Mr Koichi Yamada on 9th May 1990.


Over the past 30 years, many cultural, civic and educational visits between Port Macquarie-Hastings and Handa City have taken place, with each building friendships between the citizens of the two regions.


Each year as part of the Sister City Agreement students and teachers from Handa Higashi High School travel to spend 5 days in our region. To date, over 320 students have visited and been hosted by members of our community experiencing our Australian way of life and spending time in an Australian classroom and visiting our local attractions. Other highlights of the relationship include biannual cultural tours to Handa by the Hastings Koala Orchestra, and reciprocally, the Handa Junior Brass Band to the Port Macquarie-Hastings and the establishment of a trade relationship by Cassegrain Winery and Japan Rail, which has resulted in their wine being service on Bullet Train services.


The Sister City Relationship is supported by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Handa Sister City Working Group, which comprises passionate community members who strive to ensure the success and longevity of the relationship. 


For more information about our Sister City relationship with Handa City, please contact Council (02) 6581 8111.


This page was last updated on: 23 June 2021