Good Evening everyone
To begin with, I’d like to acknowledge the following:
- Dr Angela Joe, Director of the English Language Institute, Victoria University of Wellington
- And marketing services coordinator Simon Hodge from VUW
- Japanese education partners
- Council staff
It is with great pleasure that I return to Sakai and join with all of you this evening and enjoy the partnership between our countries, reaffirm our appreciation of international students to Wellington and discuss why our city is such an attractive destination for students.
New Zealand and Japan share a very warm and prosperous relationship, Japan is a major bilateral and regional partner of New Zealand.
Our strong ties are underpinned by a commonality of views, shared interest in stability, growth and development of the Asia Pacific region, and substantial trade, economic, tourism and people-to-people links.
Education and tourism both make a significant contribution to bilateral trade. New Zealand and Japan enjoy healthy two way flows of investment with Japan being New Zealand’s fourth largest investor.
If you’ve spent time in Wellington, you may be aware of our city’s natural beauty, closeness to nature and the compactness that make Wellington such an easy place to get around, enjoy life and do business.
Currently we are home to 5500 international students choosing to study in Wellington, from over 100 countries
it’s the people and our attitudes, more than the numbers, that tell the exciting story of Wellington.
We are a World Health Organisation accredited Safe Community, the only capital city in the world to currently have this status
We are a leader in production of renewable energy, harnessing our brisk winds to supply more renewable power to the national grid than the city's households consume
And I’m proud that we are the Capital of the most socially-progressive country in the world, announced last month, which is based on indicators of personal rights and freedoms
New Zealand ranks in the top four for water and sanitation, access to schooling and tertiary education, and tolerance and inclusion of minority groups
Wellingtonians enjoy the qualities of life that are special, that are fun, and are interesting!
We’re the cultural and arts capital of New Zealand, the cuisine capital, the creative and digital centre of NZ, as well as the seat of government.
Wellington is a city where talent wants to live, because there are good jobs, extraordinary cultural buzz and a beautiful environment on land and sea.
There are over 5500 international students in Wellington region from over 100 countries at all levels, from primary school through to university.
Victoria University of Wellington is highly regarded in many fields, from science to humanities, from architecture to education.
We support Victoria University’s strategy to work with partner institutions in English language.
Currently Victoria has 23,000 students, with about 3000 international students from over 100 countries.
There are approximately 70 Japanese students and both the Council and the University would like to increase this number.
I hope you enjoy the seminar tomorrow and learn more about the coolest little capital in the world.
Doumo arigatou gozaimashita
Tena koutou katoa