Sister City Agreement / signed 10 July 1987 in Beppu City
■ Population / approximately 70,000
■ Area / 2,614 square kms
ituated in the central North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua is approximately three hours drive south from New Zealand’s gateway city of Auckland, or 40 minutes flying time. The city is located on the edge of Lake Rotorua, at nearly 300 metres above sea level.
Lake Rotorua is one of 18 freshwater lakes in the area, all renowned for boating, swimming, fishing and other recreation activities.
The city’s airport has direct international flights from Sydney, Australia, and domestic flights from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
Rotorua district has a population of almost 70,000, of which approximately a third are indigenous Maori.
Rotorua enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. Its relatively high altitude results in daily maximum temperatures of 20-27℃ in the summer months and around 10-12℃ during winter - the reverse of Japan. It has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are January and February, with July and August being the coolest.
Rotorua averages 2,105 hours of sunshine and 1,443mm of rain each year. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, and there is no 'wet season' like many other countries.
Historically New Zealand is a young country. The first inhabitants, Polynesian people called Maori, arrived around the 10th century from islands in the Pacific, north of New Zealand. When Maori first discovered the land, they called it Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud. Later the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in 1642, and then in 1769 Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy arrived, claiming it for the United Kingdom. In 1907 New Zealand became a self-governing dominion.
Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s major tourism destinations, and is known for its beautiful environment including green pastures, lakes, forests and rivers. It attracts approximately 3 million visitors a year, from New Zealand and from overseas.
It is an important centre for experiencing living Maori culture, history and arts. Like Beppu Rotorua is famous for its geothermal features including spas, hot springs, mud pools and geysers.
Rotorua’s diverse economy also includes industries such as forestry, wood processing, geothermal, agriculture, education, health and manufacturing.
The New Zealand Ambassador to Japan initially proposed the sister city arrangement between Beppu and Rotorua. In February 1985 Rotorua’s Mayor John Keaney and Mayoress Keaney, and Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Childs, visited Beppu. The same month the Mayor of Beppu visited Rotorua to confirm the intention of establishing a sister city arrangement. On 10 July 1987 Mayor Keaney and a delegation of 32 people visited Beppu and formally signed the sister city agreement between Rotorua and Beppu.
The mayor of Rotorua is Mrs Steve Chadwick who was elected to office for a three year term in October 2013. The Deputy mayor is Mr Dave Donaldson. Our Cultural Ambassador is Mr Trevor Maxwell. Rotorua District Council is led by the mayor and 12 elected councillors. Council headquarters (City Hall) are in the Civic Centre in downtown Rotorua.
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