Auckland Regional Secondary School Japanese Speech Contest

A Japanese speech contest for secondary school students was held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) on August 17, organised by AUT and sponsored by Nisui-Kai - Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Auckland Inc, the Japan Foundation and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. This year the contest was open to secondary schools in the Auckland, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions, and 31 students of 8 schools from years 11 to 13 participated.

The speech contest was opened with a speech from the Consul General of Japan in Auckland Minoru Kikuchi, encouraging the participants and noting that students studying Japanese have an important role to play to further friendly relations between Japan and New Zealand in the future.

Participating high school students confidently gave their speeches and it was a great opportunity to show off the skills gained from their regular study. The judges were very impressed with the speeches and said that there were more participants this year and the level was very high.

The winners of the Year 12 and 13 categories received a return ticket to Japan as a prize from the Nisui-Kai - Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Auckland Inc.