The New Zealand Connection

Harrogate is a ‘Sister City’ with Wellington in New Zealand.

There is  New Zealand Garden in Valley Gardens.

This is what the Yorkshire Post reported in 2010……

Harrogate’s New Zealand Garden, a special corner of the Valley Gardens, has received a traditional Maori blessing following a restoration and replanting scheme. Kaumatua (Elder) Sam Jackson, above, travelled from Wellington in New Zealand – Harrogate’s sister city – for the re-dedication. Also attending from Wellington were Coun Ray Ahipene-Mercer and Sam’s wife June Te Raumanga Jackson. The New Zealand Garden was established in the 1950s in honour of 23 New Zealand airmen stationed in North Yorkshire during the Second World War, all of whom lost their lives.

We hope to re-establish links with Wellington and are trying to encourage participation in the ‘Golden Oldies’ cricket tournament in 2020!