Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Blast From The Past A Taste Of Japan

Open Day Gives Blast From The Past A Taste Of Japan

Sunday, May 13, will see the much-awaited inaugural Open Day take place at the Hutt Minoh Friendship House.

The historic 1904 building, originally named Norbury, which overlooks the city from its Normandale Road site, has been extensively restored by the Hutt City Council and Hutt City's International Co-operating City Minoh, Japan. It was officially opened in May 1999. The forthcoming Open Day is being organised by the recently appointed Hutt Minoh Friendship House Management Committee and will coincide with the first official visit to Hutt City by the new Mayor of Minoh City, Isao Kajita.

The purpose of the House is to provide exhibitions and information on various aspects of Japanese culture so that people can experience, learn and understand the Japanese way of life. It is also a place to facilitate exchanges and on-going friendship between the people of New Zealand and Japan. The Open Day will begin with an invitation-only official opening and speeches. Activities for the general public will get under way at noon.

Activities will include demonstrations of Japanese cooking, kendo (Japanese sword fighting), taiko drumming and obon dancing, with a chance for the public to "have a go" at the kendo and taiko. There will be displays of bonsai and ikebana (a traditional Japanese style of flower arranging) as well as information on the fascinating history of the House and on groups in the community involved in cultural exchange with Japan. A competition is being run through local colleges to design a logo for the Friendship Trust. Entries will be on display at the Open Day. Admission to the day is free and refreshments will be on sale.

Members of the public are encouraged to take the shuttle, which will be running from the Bridge Street bus stop up to the House, or alternatively to make the 5 minute walk from Bridge Street across the Normandale Bridge and up the stairs from the Jubilee Park entrance to the House. The Open Day is expected to wrap up at about 2.30pm.

Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust

The Hutt Minoh Friendship House Trust has been established to manage the Hutt Minoh Friendship House. Members of the Trust are as follows - Lower Hutt Mayor John Terris (chairperson), the Mayor of Minoh City (recently elected Mayor, Isao Kajita, is expected to take up his place on the Trust in May), Ngatata Love (Wellington Tenths Trust), Sumio Miyata (Minoh Association for Global Awareness), Wellington City Councillor Judy Siers and Porirua City Councillor Murray Woodhouse.

The Management Committee was appointed by the Trust to carry out the day-to-day management tasks and to promote the House. Chaired by Anne-Marie Beeler (Secretary of the Normandale Residents' Association), the Committee's members are Glenda Barratt (City Councillor and President of the Hutt Sister Cities Foundation), local historian Rosemary McLennan, Gary Cleaver from Hutt City Council's Property Division and Ariana Smith who is the International Relations Co-ordinator for Hutt City Council and also Secretary to the Management Committee.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

NZEI: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote To Reject Offers

Primary teachers and principals have resoundingly rejected the Government’s latest collective agreement offers...

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said members had sent a clear message that the offers did not address concerns about the growing teacher shortage, time to teach and support for children with additional learning needs. More>>


No Confidence In GWRC: Bus Drivers Vote For Strike Next Month

The Wellington Tramways Union today voted overwhelmingly for bus drivers to strike because of the breakdown in negotiations with the Wellington bus operators. More>>


Unanimous: MP Pay Freeze Bill Passes

“The Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament Remuneration) Amendment legislation, to freeze the pay of MPs for one year, has been passed unanimously by the House today." More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Party Of No Ideas

The striking thing about the issues that have had political coverage over the past few months is the almost total lack of policy content to any of them. To date, Her Majesty’s Opposition have been entirely focussed on failings in Beehive management.. More>>


America's Cup: Environment Court Grants Consents

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “I welcome today’s decision by the Environment Court to grant consent for the bases and associated infrastructure to host the 36th America’s Cup." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice. Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted... More>>


Medical: New Surgical Mesh Safeguards

The Government has introduced strict new safeguards on the use of surgical mesh that are expected to limit its use in urogynaecological surgery. More>>


Handley Handling: Fired Chief Technology Officer Releases Communications

In the interests of drawing a line on this issue, today I am releasing a detailed timeline of events and all of the emails and texts between myself and Clare Curran, and myself and the Prime Minister about the role and my move back to New Zealand. More>>





InfoPages News Channels