We are the alumni association for past JET Programme participants now living in the Wellington region. JETAA organises meetups, dinners, cultural experiences and more.
We meet every month on the first Thursday from 17:30 to around 19:00 at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan. All JET alumni are welcome to attend these meetings. You can also get in touch with us via email, or register for our mailing list to find out more about what we do and upcoming events.
Maintaining and promoting connections between
Japan and New Zealand
We're always looking for volunteers for our events and activities, so if you're interested in getting involved send us an email
The AGM, or Annual General Meeting, is a key event for any JETAA chapter. It’s where members get together over dinner to review the past year, plan for the next, and decide on a new executive committee to lead the group. This year’s JETAA Wellington AGM was held on Tuesday, 5th March at Japanese restaurant[…]
JETAA Wellington once again joined in on the city’s biannual Japan Festival, and we had a great time! We brought back our ever-popular taiyaki booth as well as a stamp rally booth to encourage visitors to see a variety of exhibitors on the show floor as they hunted for stamps. We gave out all 300 of[…]
The 2018 Wellington Japan Festival is coming up on Saturday, 24th November and JETAA will be bringing back its popular taiyaki and stamp rally booths from 2016! Those tasty fish-shaped pastries don’t make themselves, though, so we could use some help during the event. If you were planning to attend and want to swing by the[…]
JETAA Wellington’s annual Japan Photo Contest is back for another year! The contest is open to any amateur photographers who have been to Japan. Since 2014, we have organised a community photo contest for people to show off their best photos of Japan. The best entries are displayed in the Japan Information & Cultural Centre (JICC) , and[…]
That’s right! This year for hanami, rather than relax under gently drifting cherry blossom petals JETAA Wellington headed down to the Fergs on the waterfront and strapped up for some indoor rock climbing. Why rock climbing, you ask? Why not, we say! As part of our efforts to discover interesting new group activities in Wellington[…]
For our most recent JETAA catch up, we spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Wellington’s very own Japanese-style cat cafe. Neko Ngeru, located in Petone, serves up tasty cafe fare while giving visitors the chance to hang out in a room full of (usually) friendly cats. What’s extra nice is that Neko Ngeru also serves[…]
In May, JETAA Wellington volunteers put on our annual Children’s Day craft event, where we invite the Wellington community to come by, make some mini koi-nobori carp streamers, and learn a bit about Japan in the process. With a last-minute change in our usual Te Papa venue, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to put[…]
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Seatoun, JETAA Wellington organized a special hands-on lesson in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower-arranging. The event was hosted by Ikebana Wellington, and allowed our members who joined in to try making their very own floral works of art. We even had a JET alumni come all the way down from[…]
In coordination with JET alumni Helen Kono and her husband Yoshi, JETAA Wellington organized a scrumptious sushi-making class at Yoshi Sushi & Bento‘s beautiful new location in Press Hall. The event was one of our busiest in recent months, with lots of new friendly faces showing up to hang out and learn how to roll[…]
At this year’s Annual General Meeting in March, JETAA Wellington President Mark Dittmer gave a nice recap of 2017-2018’s events and achievements. In case you weren’t able to make it to dinner, we’ve brought the recap here so that you too can have a look back at the past year of JETAA Wellington. Highlights from[…]