Sister City Educational Exchange Expo
Active Wellington's Daisuke Hayashi with Lower Hutt's Mayor, Ray Wallace and Harbour Ward Councillor, Michael Lulich.
On Wednesday March 2nd the Hutt City Council organised the Sister City Educational Exchange Expo at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt.
The event aimed at promoting existing exchange programme for students, as well as teachers, between Lower Hutt and its sister cities of Tempe in Arizona and Minoh in Japan.
Active Wellington's booth at the Expo, with Active Wellington's Directors Daisuke Hayashi and Celine Ronze.
Alongside the two booths for each of the sister cities, Active Wellington had a booth promoting its New Zealand side services as well as courses on offer at Minoh House for people who want to discover more about the Japanese culture.
The event invited former students and teachers who went on the exchange to share about their experience and the impact it had on them. Representatives from the American and Japanese embassy also came to talk about the other existing programmes available for people wanting to go and study or teach abroad. The highlight of the event being a Skype session organised with people from Lower Hutt's sister city in Japan, Minoh City.
The presentations were concluded by a speech from Lower Hutt's Mayor, Ray Wallace and followed by some refreshments and opportunities for attendees to go and ask presenters any questions they might have about the programme.
Active Wellington's Celine Ronze with the US Embassy's Public Affairs Officer, Robert Tate and Harbour Ward Councillor, Michael Lulich.
The team at Active Wellington is very excited to be able to be a part of the development of intercultural exchanges in Lower Hutt and we are looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for both Lower Hutt and Active Wellington.