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.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news