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Last modified: 10 May 2021 4:47pm

A partnership between Selwyn and rural Indonesia has been recognised with two national awards.

The Council’s Sister City Committee’s two projects with the district’s Sister City of Toraja, in Sulawesi, Indonesia won two awards at the New Zealand Sister City Conference. The committee picked up Best Local Government Award and the Best Project Overall.
The awards were for the Toraja visit to Selwyn in June 2019 and the work of three Selwyn teachers in Toraja in September 2019.The Selwyn Sister City Committee
The Toraja visit to Selwyn included observing waste management, schools in Rolleston and Ladbrooks, Lincoln University, tourism marketing, and horticultural businesses and stayed with homestay families.

After discussions about how Selwyn could support Toraja, three retired teachers made the return trip to Toraja and spent three weeks working with 30 junior high school English teachers. This programme was warmly welcomed by teachers. Toraja has  requested a return of Selwyn teachers. This visit, and a visit to Selwyn by teachers from Toraja has been delayed by Covid.

Committee Chairperson, Allison Rosanowski said the awards were a great reward for the hard work put into the projects. “It is wonderful to have national recognition for so much voluntary work by the Sister Cities Committee plus our community and Council staff.”