Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Mayor of Seoul Park Won-Soon.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon have signed a "Friendship City" agreement aimed at enhancing business links between the two cities.

“This Friendly City agreement will provide local Wellington businesses with greater access to Korean markets and networks and further promote Wellington as an attractive education, film and tourism destination to Korea" said Mayor Wade-Brown on 18 July at a ceremony at Seoul City Hall.

The agreement is aimed at enhancing business opportunities with Korea, particularly in the film and television sector.

Mayor Wade-Brown was accompanied on her visit to Seoul by Michael Stevens (chairman, Korean Cinerama Trust) and Catherine Fitzgerald (producer at Blueskin Films) who both have extensive film links with Korea.

To help further increase these film links, the New Zealand Embassy hosted a film networking lunch to promote Wellington as a location for filming, as well as for post-production work. 
 
During her visit Mayor Wade-Brown met with the head of the Seoul Centre for Creative Economy and Innovation to discuss potential exchanges with Wellington’s tech hub, as well as the possibility of creating links between young entrepreneurs working in ICT and creative industries in Seoul and Wellington.
 
She also visited Gwangmyeong City, with which Wellington signed an agreement on design cooperation in 2015. The mayor attended a lunch hosted by Gwangmyeong Mayor Yang Ki-dae and visited Te Ariki o te Ana, a dragon sculpture designed by Wellington’s Weta Workshop and installed in the Gwangmyeong Cave tourist attraction.