15 February 2017

Japan and New Zealand celebrate long education partnership

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Representatives from Japanese schools with Misa Pitt (centre) and Ambassador Stephen Payton (to Misa’s left)

To acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the first school visits by four Japanese schools, ENZ partnered with Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand to host a reception in January, thanking the schools for their continued support of New Zealand. The event received positive media interest in Japan and resulted in almost 30 articles.

The event was opened by a powerful kapa haka performance by local group Nga Hau E Wha to showcase Māori language and culture.

Nga Hau E Wha performing a kapa haka

Nga Hau E Wha performing a kapa haka

Misa Pitt, ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager – Japan, said Māori language and culture has been a popular subject for school trips to New Zealand.The event was opened by a powerful kapa haka performance by local group Nga Hau E Wha to showcase Māori language and culture.

“I learned that Yokohama Senior High School has its own kapa haka group,” she said.

After the performance, Misa officially welcomed the guests before Stephen Payton, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, and awarded the school representatives a certificate of appreciation, signed by ENZ CE Grant McPherson. They also received plaques and airline tickets from Clovis Peryer, General Manager of Air New Zealand Japan.

Both Ambassador Payton and Clovis emphasised that New Zealand is a safe and welcoming environment for international students, with Misa adding that support starts from a government level.

“I explained our code of practice for the care of international students, assuring them that New Zealand has a robust support system for the well-being of students,” said Misa.

Ambassador Payton also noted that both the upcoming Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics are opportunities to further promote an education exchange between the two countries.

“We look forward to continue working closely with the awarded schools to promote New Zealand as a study destination,” said Misa.

Ambassador Payton awarding representatives of the Japanese schools.

Ambassador Payton awarding representatives of the Japanese schools.

The Japanese schools awarded were:

Osaka Kunei Senior High School – 25th anniversary
Have sent 3,800 students on an academic study programme

Tama University Hijirigaoka High school and Junior High School – 25th anniversary
Have sent 2,770 students on an academic study programme

Urawa Reimei Senior High School – 20th anniversary
Have sent 5,000 students on a school excursion

Yokohama Senior High School – 25th anniversary
Have sent 690 students on an academic study programme

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