August 6, 2017


Below you’ll find pictures and information about past JETAA Wellington events going back to 2013. The view our new-and-improved activities page, select “Chapter Activities” from the menu above, or click here.


Monday 17 August and Tuesday 18 August – The 2016 JET Information Presentations

Two JETAA members presented to audiences interested in the JET Programme. Thank you to Beka Denby who presented in Palmerston North and Lingy Au in Wellington City, for sharing your JET experiences and inspiring future JETs to apply for the programme.


Audiences were also treated to a very special demonstration and presentation from visiting Japanese Cuisine Specialist, Chef Naoyuki Yanagihara before the JET presentations. Chef Yanagihara’s Washoku For All presentation introduced the principles of Washoku, a Japanese culinary concept considered a traditional practice as it’s inspiration draws from the delicate and beautiful balance of nature. Washoku presents a dish in such a way that it’s as appealing to the eyes as it is to the stomach.

You can follow the Washoku for All tour here.

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Friday 31 July – 2015 JET Pre-Departure Session and Farewell Reception

The 2015 Wellington JET participants had their last orientation day at the JICC, followed by a beautiful reception dinner to farewell the group at the ambassador’s residence. Ka pai to the group for performing a very moving rendition of Poi E.

いってらっしゃい and がんばってください from the JETAA Wellington team. We wish you all the best of luck and hope you have incredible experiences during your time on the programme.

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Sunday 28 June  – Tanabata Event at the Wellington City Library  (1-4pm)

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JETAA Wellington hosted it’s second event at the Wellington City Library for the community teaching children (and those young at heart) about the story of Tanabata.  This event coincided with the Tohoku Photo Exhibition.

Following the display at the library, the Japan Information and Cultural Centre hosted the bamboo wish tree for JETs and visitors alike to write their wishes and hang them on the tree. An animated storyboard retelling the story of Tanabata with both English and Japanese translations accompanied the tree on display.


Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June – 2015 JET Q&A Session 

JETAA members share their experience and advice with the 2015 JETs who will depart from Wellington on the 1st of August.


Sunday 4 May – Children’s Day

Back for its third year (but at the Wellington City Library instead of Te Papa this year) we helped children make hundreds of koinobori (carp streamers) to celebrate Children’s Day. There were also colouring-in activities, origami and kendama to play with.

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Tuesday 3 March – AGM

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The JETAA Wellington AGM was held on Tuesday 3 March from 6:30pm at Origami Restaurant (at its new location of 158 Cuba Street). It was great to get together to talk about what we have achieved in 2014-15 and congratulations to the new voted executive for the 2015-16 year.


Thursday 19 February – Movie Night

JETAA Wellington had a showing of “My Neighbors the Yamadas” at the temporary home of the JICC on Level 28 of the Majestic Centre. We had a great crowd come along and everyone enjoyed the drinks, nibbles and a comedy film together.

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2014 Past Events

Saturday 6 December – Bonenkai at Southern Cross

The JETAA Wellington End-of-Year Party was held in the Guest Room at Southern Cross Bar (Abel Smith Street) from 2-5pm on Saturday 6 December. We had the whole space booked out so for the first time we were able to extend the invitation to partners and children, It was a great afternoon of snacks, games and drinks to celebrate another exciting year for Wellington JETAA – we look forward to seeing you at some of the 2015 events! View some photos in the album on our facebook page (JETAA Alumni members only)

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Monday 13 October – Thursday 4 December – Photo Contest

This was a chance to show off pictures JETAA members and the public had taken while in Japan. This coincided with the 2015 JET Application Period so helped to inspire the next generation of JETs. There were over 100 photo submitted and the top ten from each category (have a look on the 2014 Photo Contest Entries Page) were displayed at JICC for public voting for three weeks. The winners and runners up in each category were announced at a prizegiving on December 4th – congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered – For more photos of the prizegiving see the album on the JICC Facebook Page

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Sunday 16 November – Cooking at Ronald McDonald house

This event was so popular last year that we are headed to Ronald McDonald House to cook for sick children and their families again. We cooked teriyaki chicken burgers with Japanese potato salad as well as dorayaki for dessert. For more photos check out our the album on our Facebook Page (JETAA Alumni Members Only)

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24 September 2014 – Welcome Back Dinner for the Returning JETs

This year Ambassador Nogawa opened up his Residence to host a function for the JETs that finished their contracts and returned to Wellington in 2014. Eleven of the returning JETs, a number of Wellington JETAA Members and some stakeholders joined together for an evening of fun, food and reminiscing about life in Japan.



20 August 2014 – Bento Class

From quick easy bentos to be made before work to more elaborate cute kyaraben for little (or not so little) kids. Katy (JETAA Events Developer) has been making bento for the last six years and was able to share some of her favourite tips and tricks. If you weren’t able to make this class but would be interested in attending a session at some stage, please let us know and we will ask Katy nicely.   

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23 August 2014 – Japan Festival

To celebrate 20 years of the sister city relationship with Sakai City, Wellington hosted another Japan Festival. JETAA had a very successful taiyaki stall and organised the centrepiece of the festival – a Giant Friendship Kimono – with 20 panels made by children in both countries. We hope you were able to come along and experience the festival atmosphere.

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2 August 2014 – 2014 JET Pre-Departure Orientation Session and Farewell Function at the Ambassador’s Residence for departing JETs
JETAA members shared their experience and advice with this year’s JETs right before their departure. After this there was a Farewell Function held in their honour at the Ambassador’s Residence with our President, Emma raising a toast on this auspicious occasion.

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13-14 June 2014 – 2014 JET Q&A Session and dinner at Origami Restaurant

JETAA members shared their experience and advice with this year’s JETs who left from Wellington on August 2.
For more information about the dinner, please see our facebook event page

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4 May 2014 – Koinobori making at Te Papa
Back for its second year, we helped hundreds of children make koinobori (carp streamers) to celebrate Children’s Day. There were also colouring-in activities, origami, kendama to play with and happi coats and masks to dress up in

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1 May 2014 – Ikebana Lesson
Before departing for his England OE our ex-Vice President Mark organised some teachers from Ikebana International to come in for an evening ikebana lesson for interested JETAA Members and friends.

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4 February 2014 – Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Wellington – Sakai Sister City Relationship
Members from a number of Japan-related organisations including JETAA and JkaiWA members got together for a picnic in Katherine Mansfield Park, Thorndon



2013 Past Events

9 December 2013 – JkaiWA Bonenkai
We held the end-of-year JkaiWA function at Hashigozake on Taranaki Street. Daiji-sensei gave us a quiz to finish off the year on a light note. JkaiWA will continue next year with the help of the Wellington Sakai Association and Japan Society on the second Thursday of every month – keep an eye on our facebook page for details



30 November 2013 – JETAA Bonenkai
We held our end-of-year function at Yoshi Sushi and Bento on Lambton Quay. Alan (President of the Wellington Origami Club) came along to teach us how to make some pretty impressive origami

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15-17 November 2013 – Oceania Conference
The JETAA executive attended the Oceania conference in Brisbane, Australia. The theme was “Making the Most of Sisterhood – Tapping in to Sister City Relationships” and this was a chance to share ideas about JETAA activities with other chapters from across Oceania. We also celebrate the JETAA Queensland 20th Anniversary with an evening cruise down the Brisbane River.

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17 October and 6 November 2013 – JET Information Evenings at JICC
Applications for the JET Programme open each year in October. These information sessions are a chance for potential JET’s to find out more about the programme before they apply.

12 October 2013 – JET returners’ Event
We welcomed back JETs who returned from Japan this year with an okonomiyaki party (the weather wasn’t quite good enough for a picnic under the cherry blossoms at Katherine Mansfield Park in Thorndon).

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29 September 2013 – Cherry Blossom Festival at Hutt Minoh House in Lower Hutt
Hutt Minoh House (38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt) held a Cherry Blossom Festival from 1-4pm, wet or fine. Calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging) and shibori (cloth dying) were on display. More details here.

28 September 2013 – IPC International Spring Festival, Palmerston North
JETAA took a road trip to Palmerston North to attend this annual festival, which coincided nicely with this year’s cherry blossom.



23-28 September 2013 – Japan Film Festival
JETAA will be heading along to see ‘Permanent Nobara’ on Thursday, 26 September to support the festival. All JETAA members welcome!











25 September 2013 – JET Presentation at Massey University
Our secretary Melissa and vice-present Mark promoted the JET Programme to Massey students.

8 September 2013 – JETAA quarterly meeting
We met at Japanese restaurant ‘Origami’ to reflect on the year so far.

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26 August 2013 –  SPCA cupcake day
JETAA members baked cupcakes and sold them with the money going to help the SPCA.

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14 August 2013 – Promoting the JET Programme at Victoria University ‘Careers with a BA’ event

Our president Emma and secretary Melissa promoted the JET Programme to Victoria students.

8 August 2013 – JKAIWA
The first chance for Wellingtonians to practice their nihongo. These classes will run at the Japanese Embassy each month.

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2 August 2013 – 2013 JET Pre-Departure Orientationpdo 2
JETAA members had one last chance to share their experience and advice with this year’s JET’s and Farewell them with a Function at the Ambassador’s Residence before they flew out of Wellington the next day








27 July 2013 – Ronald McDonald cooking
JETAA members cooked teriyaki burgers for the family and friends of sick kids staying at Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.


26 June 2013 – Quarterly Meeting
Our mid-winter get-together was held at Southern Cross

7-8 June 2013 – 2013 JET Q&A Session
JETAA members shared their experience and advice with this year’s JETs who left from Wellington on August 3

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19 May 2013 – Koinobori making at Te Papa
We helped hundreds of children make koinobori (carp streamers) to celebrate Children’s Day

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