Council & City


Guiyang and Palmerston North have been Sister Cities since 1992, though cooperation with the region goes back over 30 years. A relationship between Massey and Guizhou University has been in place since 1983 and is significantly the oldest university partnership between New Zealand and China.

Through our formal partnership, Palmerston North and Guiyang continue to share joint interests and cooperation in agriculture, international education, environmental sustainability, business and tourism. The City Council has regular dialogue with the Guiyang City government and is also actively engaged through the New Zealand-China Mayoral Forum.

Key information

Guiyang is the capital city of Guizhou province. It is situated on the east of the Yungui Plateau, and on the north bank of the Nanming River, a branch of the Wujiang River.

The city is steeped in history and was first constructed as early as 1283 AD. The Jiaxiu Tower (pictured) has stood for over 400 years and is witness to Guiyang’s past and a symbol of its cultural development.
Today, the total population Guiyang municipality is approximately 4.3 million, among which over 3 million are urban residents.

Guiyang City is modern, thriving urban hub that has experienced vast economic growth and infrastructural development in recent years. In 2016, the city was recently ranked top performing city in China by the US Milken Institute and China’s top emerging city by the Economist.

The wider Guiyang region is temperate and humid, and has a subtropical monsoon climate, with fairly mild winters and warm summers. Like Palmerston North, the seasons are not particularly distinct.