The growing emphasis on globalization has brought the analysis of global cities into
sharp focus. The countervailing trend emphasizes the significance of the local. International
sister-cities provide a site of analysis which illustrates the global-local interface
and yet delves deeper. Providing an extension to an integrated approach to the study
of sister-cities based on the multifold relationship between culture and commerce,
this paper adds a further dimension by focusing on simultaneously operating multi-level
entrepreneurial partnerships necessary to sustain active sister-city relationships.
Drawing on New Zealand examples of twinning arrangements, it is demonstrated that
the emergence and development of embedded partnership ties is vital to deriving sustainable
economic and social benefits. A novel feature of this paper is the conceptualization
of a hybrid form of entrepreneurialism, municipal-community entrepreneurship, which
is argued as a valuable facilitator of the economic and social vibrancy of cities.