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Lower Hutt Sister City Education Exchange Expo

Teachers, Year 11/12 students and parents can find out about educational exchange opportunities for a ‘life changing’ experience in Minoh City, Osaka, Japan and Tempe, Arizona, USA. More information on these below.

Expo opens at 6.30pm and presentations start at 7.00pm

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace will be joined by representatives from Sister Cities New Zealand, The US Embassy and The Embassy of Japan.

Information packs will be available and a light supper and refreshments will follow.

To register your attendance please RSVP by Friday 26th February to Linda Goss-Wallace or call 570 3380. 


There are three exchange programmes for Lower Hutt based teachers and students to Minoh City in Osaka, Japan and Tempe, Arizona in USA. They all include being home-hosted with local families and returning the favour to delegates exchanging to Lower Hutt. Brief details are listed below, however more information will be available at the Expo event.

Lower Hutt - Minoh teacher exchange programme

  • An opportunity to embrace Japanese culture, lifestyle and education
  • Length of time - 2 weeks
  • Applications close 31st March 2016
  • Outbound travel - September/October 2016
  • Hosting inbound delegate - August/September 2017
  • Coordinated by Hutt City Council
  • Contact Linda Goss-Wallace on 570-3380 or

Lower Hutt / Tempe educator exchange programme

  • An exciting professional development experience for educators
  • Length of time - 3 weeks
  • Hosting inbound delegate - June/July
  • Outbound travel - December/January
  • Coordinated by Hutt Sister City Foundation
  • Contact Jill Vrede on 021 444 732 or  

Lower Hutt / Tempe student exchange programme

  • A cultural, educational and personal growth experience for students
  • Year 11 & 12 students can apply to travel the following year
  • Length of time - 5 weeks
  • Hosting inbound delegate - June/July
  • Outbound travel - August/September
  • Coordinated by Hutt Sister City Foundation
  • Contact Paul Duffin on 027 628 1984 or  
Later Event: 19 July
Hutt Sister City Foundation AGM