Mayor eyes sister cities

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 10/06/2014

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China, Australia and England may be on the itinerary of Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel this year.

Councillors are being asked to approve ratepayer-funded visits by the mayor and elected members to each of Christchurch's six sister cities once every three-year term, including three trips this year.

If approved, Dalziel and up to two councillors could wing their way to Christchurch (England), China and Adelaide (Australia) this year, Kurashiki (Japan) and Songpa-Gu (South Korea) in 2015, and Seattle (United States) in 2016.

In the report going to councillors on Thursday, Dalziel indicated her husband, Rob Davidson, would not go with her, despite there being a provision for this.

Former mayor Sir Bob Parker was criticised for his wife, Jo Nicholls-Parker, accompanying him on trips which led to the couple funding her travel themselves.

Parker's visits to America, South Korea, China and Japan last year cost about $14,300.

The travel budget for 2013/14 has about $41,000 remaining, while the budget sits at about $30,000 for 2014/15.

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- The Press

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