• Connect twins; by this we mean connect similar organisations, communities or cities with national and international counterparts.
  • Ideally find a shared project to connect and develop ongoing working relationships, enabling organisations and communities to gain additional knowledge, expertise and opportunities.


2014 New Zealand Examples

British High Commission, Wellington

The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) initiative organises commercially focused R&D collaborations between research institutions in the UK and New Zealand. The programme provides opportunities for researchers to collaborate, encouraging new ideas and supporting innovation and growth. Annual collaborations have grown from 3 in 2008 to 22 in 2014. Mission participants reported about $3m in new business last year, generated from early R&D collaborations which had now reached commercial stage.

Dunedin City Council – Shanghai

For over twenty years, Dunedin City council has been in a sister-city relationship with Shanghai. Not only does the relationship recognise the history between Otago and China, it also provides economic opportunities for businesses today. Since the formation of the sister-city relationship, the number of Chinese residents in Dunedin has increased which has facilitated and introduced new business and cultural links in Dunedin.

2014 International Examples

The European Neighourhood Policy

Developed in 2004, the initiative was designed to connect neighbouring European countries in order to combat emerging divisions. The European Neighbourhood policy used twinning to strengthen relations between EU countries, in order to ensure the prosperity, stability and security of all countries involved.

The Nordic Council

The Nordic Council is a forum for co-operation between Nordic countries. The Nordic Council encourages Nordic cities to use twinning as a tool to engage and communicate with similar communities in the region, allowing residents to share common experiences, interests and new knowledge.