H.R. NO.













Requesting the Hawaii sister-state committee to evaluate and develop recommendations for the initiation of a sister-state relationship with the city of Auckland, new zealand.




        WHEREAS, due to its multicultural population since the days of the Hawaiian Monarchy, Hawaii maintains a heritage of international participation and cultural sensitivity that is unparalleled in other states; and


        WHEREAS, the State actively seeks to expand its international ties and has an abiding interest in developing goodwill, friendship, and economic relations between the people of Hawaii and the people of many nations; and


        WHEREAS, while Hawaii currently maintains eighteen sister-state relationships, none are with any cities or provinces in New Zealand; and


        WHEREAS, Hawaii and New Zealand are part of the triangle of Polynesia, and the indigenous people of Hawaii and New Zealand share many cultural and language similarities; and


WHEREAS, collaboration with the many Maori and Polynesian cultural institutes in New Zealand would be culturally beneficial to Hawaii; and


        WHEREAS, Hawaii has participated in the Pasifika Festival, an annual Pacific Islands-themed festival typically held in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand, since 2014; and


        WHEREAS, New Zealand is consistently ranked as among the top twenty countries for quality of education by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; and


        WHEREAS, as an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand faces some of the same geographic challenges as Hawaii and has taken steps in protecting its environment and expanding its economy; and


        WHEREAS, establishing a relationship with New Zealand, which was the one of the first countries to crack down on COVID   19 through extensive contact tracing and restrictions to ensure its employees to return to work quickly, would be a boon to Hawaii's tourist economy; and


        WHEREAS, a relationship between Hawaii and New Zealand would also be highly beneficial in expanding and diversifying Hawaii's film industry, enhancing Hawaii's educational quality and opportunities, developing and meeting Hawaii's environmental goals, and the developing and bolstering of Hawaii's exportable commodities; and


        WHEREAS, pursuant to section 229-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the Hawaii Sister-State Committee is tasked with evaluating and developing recommendations for the initiation of all sister-state relationships and forwarding its recommendations to the Legislature for implementation by either adoption of a Resolution or enactment of session law to that effect; now, therefore,


        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, that the Hawaii Sister-State Committee is requested to evaluate and develop recommendations to initiate a sister-state relationship between Hawaii and the city of Auckland, New Zealand; and


        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Hawaii Sister-State committee report its findings and recommendations for further action related to initiating a sister-state relationship between Hawaii and the city of Auckland, New Zealand, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2022; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and Chairperson of the Hawaii Sister-State Committee.









Report Title:  

Hawaii Sister-State Committee; Auckland, New Zealand; Sister-State Relationship