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Japan New Zealand Centre

-Mission Objectives

The Japan New Zealand Centre carries out activities pursuing friendship, goodwill and mutual understanding between the countries of Japan and New Zealand through a wide variety of community-based exchange, including education, culture, travel, and sporting initiatives.

The Centre's Reference Room is an open base of resources and information on New Zealand, freely accessible to all.


-A Powerful Driving Force

The JAPANI NEW ZEALAND CENTRE is proud to have as Honorary Advisors to the Centre the New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Mr Ian Kennedy; theANZ National Bank New Zealand Chairman, Sir Dryden Spring, Asia New Zealand Foundation*, Chairman, Hon Philip Burdon, and New Zealand Studies Society Japan, Honorary Advisor, George Ohshima. Also, each of our Board Members has a strong bond with New Zealand through time spent studying or researching there.


-Cooperation with New Zealand

The Japan New Zealand Centre cooperates with the Asia New Zealand Foundation in developing "people-to-people exchange" between the citizens of Japan and New Zealand. In cooperation with the Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Centre offers opportunities to build ties with relative New Zealand organisations and their respective channels of exchange.

-A Unique Approach

The JAPAN NEW ZEALAND CENTRE, in collaboration with relative New Zealand organisations, proactively develops interesting and diverse citizen-based exchange initiatives such as culture and young peoples' exchanges, international cooperation with language education, and experienced-based travel - a chance to explore the breathtaking outdoors.

In the Centre's first year it plans to (1) build up the Reference Room's stock of resources; (2) develop ties with relative organisations; (3) plan and carry out initiatives such as guest teacher programmes, kids' camps, senior citizens' overseas study programmes and home stays; (4) exchange events with tramping enthusiasts; (5) sports exchange coordination; and others.

-Your Support

Crucial to the success of the Japan New Zealand Centre is the valuable participation of groups and individuals in its initiatives and programmes. In order to develop activities and initiatives that fulfill the aspirations of everyone involved, the Japan New Zealand Centre is seeking those people and organisations that support its Mission Objectives to become members. For those individuals who become members, there is no membership fee for the first two years after the Centre's establishment.

The JAPAN NEW ZEALAND CENTRE wants to hear from all those people with an interest in New Zealand. Everybody welcome.

Please feel free to visit our Reference Room any time. On display are those textbooks as used in New Zealand schools today, as well as general interest publications on subjects such as Gardening and Rugby. Offered also is information from the Asia New Zealand Foundation, introductions to home-stay/long-stay opportunities, beautiful tramping courses to enjoy along with the latest on the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - all of which will be continually expanding.

We are also exploring exchange opportunities unique to our Centre's aims. We await your visit!

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*About the Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is an International Exchange organisation established to develop exchange and understanding between New Zealand and its Asian neighbours.
For further details please refer to the Asia New Zealand Foundation website: www.asianz.org.nz

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Honorary Advisors
and Directors

Message from the Asia
New Zealand Foundation

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