[Overview] Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the new financial, shipping and industrial center of the country. Located in central New Zealand and the southernmost end of the northern island, Wellington covers an area of 290 square kilometers, and is home to a population of 203,800.
[Politics] The city's governing body is the city council, which consists of a mayor and 14 members, with the mayor serving also as the council chairman for a term of three years. The city council is both a city management and legislative body. The incumbent mayor Andy Foster came into office in November 2019.
[Economy] The city's pillar industries include financial service, IT, movie and multimedia production. It has a world-leading movie-making industry. Blockbusters such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and Avatar were made in this city.
[Culture and Education] Wellington is the cultural and educational center of New Zealand with a sound educational system. The city is home to a raft of cultural institutions, including the Crown Research Institutes, Victoria University of Wellington, Museum of New Zealand and National Library of New Zealand.
[Relations with Beijing] Beijing and Wellington officially became sister cities on May 10, 2006. The two cities have carried out exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in a wide range of fields in recent years, including investment and trade, sports and culture.
Investment and Trade: In 2014, the then Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown led a delegation to the third China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), at which they held the Wellington Day and a World Tourism Cities Federation promo event to introduce the city's service industry and tourism resources.
Sports: In 2016 and 2017, the Capital Cup friendly football matches were held in Beijing and Wellington respectively, giving a strong boost to the exchanges and collaboration between the two cities in this area.
Culture: In 2007, Beijing Dance and Opera Theater staged performances in Wellington marking the one-year anniversary of sisterhood between the two cities. In 2013, Wellington joined the Beijing-initiated World Tourism Cities Federation. In 2016, Beijing Municipal Education Commission organized a symposium attended by representatives from Beijing municipal universities including North China University of Technology, Beijing Technology and Business University, Capital University of Economics and Business and Beijing Information Science and Technology University and Wellington-based institutes of higher learning such as Wellington Institute of Technology and School of Management & MFH International Institute. The participants had in-depth discussions about strengthening intercollegiate communication.