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Konnichi wa Nonoichi

A delegation from Gisborne’s sister city Nonoichi in Japan were welcomed to Lytton High School this week with a powhiri.

It was a whistle-stop visit for the group which was here to take part in the Tuia 250 commemorations.

They were also able to discuss plans for the 30th anniversary next year of the sister city relationship which promotes cultural and commercial ties between the two cities.

A group from Lytton High School enjoyed the hospitality of Nonoichi when they visited earlier this year.

From left: Rangomai Wharehinga, Pounamu Wharehinga, Hiromi Morris (president of Sister Cities New Zealand), Akane Yoneyama (Nonoichi City Council), Yoko Awa (Mayoress of Nonoichi), Takaaki Awa (Mayor of Nonoichi), Ryoichi Kato (Nonoichi City Council - obscured), Yoshihiko Nakamura (Nonoichi City Council chairman), Josh Wharehinga (Gisborne Deputy Mayor), Edward Milner (interpreter), Simon Cave (committee member Gisborne District Sister Cities) and Jim Osler (chairman Gisborne District Sister Cities). Picture by Liam Clayton