City's new sister is Chinese
Invercargill is likely to have a second sister city by the end of the year.
Officials from the eastern Chinese city of Suqian, which has a population of 5.3 million, are expected to visit Invercargill later this year to officially establish a sister city relationship.
During a Invercargill City Council meeting this week, chief executive Richard King said the Chinese government had given Suqian officials the necessary approval.
A delegation, including the mayor of Suqian, was scheduled to arrive in Invercargill in November to formally set up the relationship, he said.
Invercargill and Suqian entered a friendly city relationship and agreed to strengthen their trade links when Suqian officials visited in May.
Invercargill has been in a sister city relationship with Kumagaya, Japan, since 1993.
The Southland Times