Friends meet in Ka¯ piti

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The Friend­ship Force Ka¯ piti Coast re­cently wel­comed 15 am­bas­sadors from Friend­ship Force Saitama, Ja­pan.

They ranged in age from 14 to 80 and were hosted by mem­bers of Friend­ship Force Ka¯ piti Coast.

At the wel­come din­ner the Ja­panese vis­i­tors were de­lighted to meet Ka¯ piti mayor K Gu­runathan, and the two youngest vis­i­tors per­formed a tra­di­tional dance for him.

Dur­ing the visit Friend­ship Force Ka¯ piti mem­bers were treated to a Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony, origami, sing­ing and danc­ing, and furoshiki (wrap­ping with cloth).

In a very var­ied pro­gramme the Saitama mem­bers vis­ited Ke­nakena School, where stu­dents gave them a tour of the school, and the kapa haka group en­thralled them with their per­for­mance.

Vis­its to the Fox­ton Flax Strip­ping Mill and Welling­ton by train were in­cluded in the pro­gramme, to­gether with Nga Manu Na­ture Re­serve.

Friend­ship Force Ka¯ piti are a group of lo­cal peo­ple, with a com­mon in­ter­est in meet­ing and shar­ing cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences with peo­ple from around the globe.

“Friend­ship Force en­ables us to con­fi­dently travel, as am­bas­sadors, to places all around the world, in­clud­ing where lan­guage may be a prob­lem,” Friend­ship Force Ka¯ piti Coast pres­i­dent Al­lan Tay­lor said.

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