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

 


Japanese sister city students experiencing Rotorua life

Japanese sister city students experiencing Rotorua life

Thirty-seven Hamurodai High School students from Rotorua’s Japanese sister city of Beppu are to be officially welcomed to the city on Thursday (19 June) by Mayor Steve Chadwick.

Mayor Chadwick will host an afternoon tea reception for the group at the council Civic Centre at 1pm.

The Japanese students arrived in Rotorua on Monday (16 June) and are immersing themselves in New Zealand life by staying with families of Western Heights High School students. They are attending English classes at the school during their week in Rotorua and also integrating with other regular classes and extramural activities.

Mrs Chadwick said there was a long-standing tradition of school exchanges between Beppu and Rotorua and she was looking forward to welcoming the students.

“Annual exchanges between young people of our two communities are a foundation of our sister city relationship.

“Sharing our cultures and our customs with people from other countries open our students’ eyes to the global village we live in.

“I’m also pleased to be able to return some of the wonderful hospitality I received from the people of Beppu during my recent brief visit to Japan.”


A ‘Sister School’ agreement was signed in Rotorua in 2001 between Beppu’s Hamurodai High School and Western Heights High School, with annual student exchange tours becoming a regular feature of the two schools’ links.

Hamurodai High School is one of Beppu’s academic prefectural high schools and was founded in 1982. It is located on the top of a hill overlooking Beppu City and the ocean.

Beppu is in the Oita Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu and, like Rotorua, is known worldwide for its many hot springs and geothermal attractions.

[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news