Sister city says ‘hello’

  • Jul. 9, 2010 8:00 p.m.

Port Clements received greetings from its sister community in New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands this week, as well as information about a shared colonial connection between the Chathams and the Charlottes. The Chatham Islands are located 800 km off the coast of southern New Zealand and have a population of only about 600 people. Port Clements and the Chathams forged a connection when Chatham general manager Owen Pickles visited Port three years ago. Chatham Islands mayor Alfred Preece sent greetings and fresh news to Port Clements in a letter read by council July 5. Mr. Preece said the community had just finished constructing a new wharf but is still waiting for government help to solve more infrastructure problems like electricity generation and an airport upgrade. Mr. Preece also sent Port a photograph of a drawing in the Chatham Islands museum, showing the ships of Captain George Vancouver and Lt. William Robert Broughton in Queen Charlotte Sound. Broughton and Vancouver were the first Europeans to come across the Chatham Islands, and they later also explored the coast of British Columbia and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Mr. Preece closed his letter by inviting mayor Cory Delves to visit the Chatham Islands any time.