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Hello, everyone.  How are you?  I’m Natsuka Yamamoto.  I go to Bream Bay College and I’m enjoying my life in New Zealand.  A month has passed since I left Japan.  In only one month, I have already had many interesting experiences, so I’ll tell you about them.
My classmates and I stayed in Rotorua for the first two weeks, and we commuted to John Paul College.   We learned about New Zealand, such as Maori culture, its geography, its history and sports.  It was during the holiday for kiwi students, so the classes were just for us.   In the morning, we studied in the classroom, then in the afternoon, we visited exciting places.  Among the places we visited, Te Puia was the most exciting place for me because I could see kiwi birds there.  Kiwi birds live only in New Zealand and they are an endangered species.  The house of kiwi birds was very dark because they are nocturnal, but I was able to find them.  They were so cute and I want to see them again!  In Te Puia, I also enjoyed seeing Maori culture and geysers.  I had a very good time there.
After we spent two weeks in Rotorua, I came to Ruakaka, where I live now.  At school, I take English, math, science, music, geography, hospitality and E.S.O.L.  I join the classes as a usual student.  It is hard for me to understand what my teachers say, but some subjects are easy for me because I have already learned the information in Japan.  My aim is to speak to kiwi students whom I haven’t talked to and to make friends.  It is not easy for me, but I’ll never give up.
I’ll introduce my host family.  There are only my host mother and a dog in my host family, but we enjoy our life.  We often go to the beach because we can go there in five minutes by car!!  The beaches in New Zealand are not crowded and the water is very clear!  A couple of weeks ago, I collected many shells at the beach and put them on the mirror which is hung on the wall in my room.  Decorated with the shells, the mirror looks so pretty.  My host mother talked to some neighbours about the mirror, and then they visited my room to see it.  The mirror is my favourite thing in my room.
The other day, I went fishing on a boat with my host mother and her friends.  Actually, I had never been fishing before, so I was worried if I would be able to catch fish.  However, to my great surprise, I caught five fish.  They were including the first one and the biggest one. On the other hand, my host mother didn’t catch anything. She and her friends praised me.  The next day, we ate the fish I caught as fish and chips for dinner.  It was so yummy.  Since the day of the fishing trip, I have begun to be called “fisherwoman” by some people who know my fishing skills.
As you can see, I experience new things every day, and I really enjoy my life in New Zealand.  I already don’t want to go back to Japan!! (I’m sorry for my family, teachers, friends and other people who are waiting for me to come back.) Anyway, I learn English and experience many things here.
Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone who is supporting me. 
Thank you for reading.
P.S. The picture is me with the first fish I caught.
P.S. 写真は私と一匹目の魚のものです。


Hello, everyone. How are you doing? I’m Yuria Matsuoka. I go to Bream Bay College. I can’t believe that I’ve stayed here in New Zealand for more 9 months already and I have only less than a month until I go back to Japan. I’ve experienced many things, and I want to tell you about some of them.
Around in April, I played the piano in an assembly in front of all of the students at school. I got this opportunity by being asked by my international dean. When I performed, I was soooo nervous and my whole body was shaking, especially my hands.  I played classical music, but in this school rock music is very popular, so I had thought that everyone would be not interested in the classical music and was worried that everyone would get bored during my play. But they listened quietly till the end. And after I finished playing, they gave me a big hand. After the assembly finished, many people who I passed by praised me by saying things like, “It was great!”, “How did you remember that song?” and so on. I think it was the first time for me to be praised by so many people. My friend told me that there was a student who even stood up and clapped his hands for me. I was so glad. I appreciate the teacher who gave me such an opportunity. 
About a month ago, we had another school music event called, Music Night, and I performed there as well with my best kiwi friend, Caitlan, and my partner, Kaori. We performed a Japanese song, “Eikou no Kakehashi.” Kaori sang, Caitlan played the guitar and I played the piano. We practiced it in music class, at lunch time and after school together. Playing music with others is fun! In music class when we did a rehearsal, people who were around us clapped their hands and some of them said they love the song. Even our music teacher seems to have liked it. He said “The song stuck in my head!” and he was even singing it. It was very funny. On the night of Music Night, even though there was a big audience, I wasn’t so nervous because I was with Kaori and Caitlan. But actually I was worried whether the audience would enjoy it because the song is Japanese. However, after we finished the performance, everyone showed enthusiasm and gave us a big hand. The next day, in classes and when I passed by, my friends and many people who I don’t know or even haven’t talked with praised us about the performance and my piano. They seem they like the song. I was really happy and felt a sense of achievement. And I thought music is universal all over again. 
Lastly, I’ll tell you about my host family. I live with my host mother, Rose and my host brother, Aidan now. I also have a host father, Paul, who is staying in Dubai for his work, and a host sister, Ciara, who is staying in Dunedin for her university. Sometimes they come back home. They are Philippine but have lived in New Zealand for a long time and speak English at home. My host mother’s cooking is very delicious, so I’m always looking forward to dinner every night. Now I’m getting along with her, but actually it was different in the beginning. 
When I first came to the house, I tried to talk to my host mother a lot to get along with her, but her reaction wasn’t something I expected. She is a quiet person, and didn’t talk much and didn’t smile often. She invites her Philippine friends to the house often. Of course, at those times, she talks in Philippino and I can’t understand the language at all, so often I exchanged only greetings and went back to my room. When I saw her with her friends, she talked a lot and always smiled, so I started to wonder if she doesn’t like me. Around in May, I still didn’t have a good relationship with her. Eventually, I stopped talking to her. I felt she talks in Philippino much more than talks in English in front of me. At that time, Aidan was still not getting used to me and often shut himself up in his room and played games alone. I was feeling alone even while staying with them. I couldn’t find what I was studying abroad for. Before coming here, I was actually determined not to change my host family, but I even started to consider changing it seriously. Then, I got an e-mail from my mom full of warm messages. I thought that even if I’m staying far away from my family and not seeing each other, they are always supporting me. And there was a message like, “Try to think positively and find a way to enjoy your stay instead of worrying about what happened in the past.” When I read it, I realized we couldn’t have a good relationship because of my behaviour and my negative way of thinking. I decided to try a little more. One day, my host mom’s friends came to the house, and one of them asked me what my special ability is. While I was thinking, my host mom said, “She plays the piano very well, her fingers move really smoothly”, and then she asked me to play. I was very surprised but felt happy to hear that. While I was playing, she and her friends praised me a lot. After that we talked and watched movies together. From that day on, when her friends come to the house, she calls me, introduces me and sometimes asks me to play the piano. I realized I had misunderstood her feeling about me. Now I like her. I talk with her a lot, and the other day we talked for more than an hour about her past history and my future recently. It’s a big progress, isn’t it? Aidan also got used to me, and we often play together. Sometimes, he gets really rough, though.. I really think it was a correct decision not to give up trying. 
I have experienced and learned many things here in New Zealand. I just have less than one month, but I want to talk and play with my friends and host family more, challenge many things, especially which I can’t experience in Japan, and use the remaining time meaningfully. Most of all, I want to enjoy my life in New Zealand not to regret anything after I go back to Japan. 
Finally I want to say thank you to my friends, teachers, host family, and my family. Thanks to them, I could have got so many wonderful experiences. To be honest, I don’t want to go back to Japan, but on the other hand I’m very looking forward to seeing everyone in Japan. 
Thank you for reading, and see you soon!


Kia Ora!
Ko Lisa toku ingoa. E haere ana ahau ki te kura o Otamatea. 
Hello everyone! This is a New Zealand's traditional Maori expression. It says, "Hello!
My name is Lisa. I go to Otamatea high school." Maori is a really interesting culture. I especially like Kapahaka which is their traditional dance. It’s so cool. Maori language looks difficult but very interesting to learn. So if you go to New Zealand, you should watch the Kapahaka dance and listen to some Maori songs!! I think you'll like them!!
Now, I’d like to introduce my home town, host family and friends here. First is about my school and town. The Otamatea High School area, where I'm living, is a countryside town. To be honest, I thought my school area would be less excited because I heard there aren’t many shops and it's very rural. But now I think this area is a very good place because we can enjoy really clean air, see beautiful mountains, and if we are lucky, we can see a lot of animals. We have a 4 Square which is a cute little super market, a yummy pie and pizza shop, cool cafes, a post office, a stationery shop, an electronic shop, and a park in the town. We can get what we need here, so I think it’s convenient enough to live.
Next, I want to introduce about my lovely host family. I live with the Hallissey family. I have my host mother, Teresa, my host father, Paddy, and my host sister, Kate. We also have a big fluffy white dog called Shaddle, a little brown cat called Kitty, a lamb called Honey, a bird and 7 chickens. Teresa is a gentle lady and she is a good cook. Every day at dinner time, I tell her what happened at school, and she tells me what she did during the day. She sometime tells me about big news events so I can know what's happening in New Zealand. My host father Paddy is a nice man and he is a talented musician. He is a music teacher in Auckland and also he plays drums in a band. At my host family's home, there is a drum set and on weekend, he practices them with loud music. When
I had a school ball, he came to my school to play the drums. It was so cool!!!! I liked it a lot. My host sister Kate is a 13 years old. We go to the same school. We didn't talk to each other so often before, but now we talk at school, on the way home and at home, so I'm spending much more time with her. I'm very happy about that! Shaddle is a very friendly dog. He doesn't bark at anyone, so he used to visit elderly people as a volunteer work so that they can have a fun time with him. He is so clever, so when someone knocks at the door, he runs to the door so we can realize that someone has arrived. Kitty is a very cute and clever cat. She knows that the bed is very comfortable and also knows where all the beds are. So if we keep open our bed room door even a little bit, she will open the door with her nose, go into our bedroom, and jump on the bed quietly like a ninja! I think I'm really lucky because I could have such a good family. Thanks to them, I could have lots of wonderful and happy memories, so I really want to do something in return. What I’ve gotten from them is not only “things” which we can see or touch but their warm “feelings”. I love them as a real family. I think the happiest thing which has happened to me in New Zealand is to have met my host family.
Lastly, I want to introduce my cute friend. She is in year nine and she rides the same bus with me. We first met at a Christian camp in April and we became friends then. We usually sit on the same seats and ate lunch together. But our relationship wasn’t always good. We even had a fight and in the end we broke off. We stopped hanging out after that. I was a little bit sad because I lost my good friend and I became a loner. One day in August, we met at a 4 Square. I was scared but became brave to talk to her. Then, we could talk a lot like we used to. I was so happy. We actually talked till 5:00 at a park. She's so funny and cute. Of course, sometimes I have some complains about her, but I think she is the one that I can talk all of my real feelings. I'm very glad that I could get such a cool friend. :-) And I want to take a good care of her as a friend. We still have a fight sometimes, though. I hope we can stay good friends from now on, too. 
Thank you for reading my story. :-)
P.S. Have you ever heard of a singer named "Jamie McDell"? She is a famous singer in America, but she's from Mangawhai which is in the Otamatea High School area. If you are interested in, please search her on the Internet. I think you will love her songs!!


New Zealand... the name conjures up visions of vast green places, kiwi fruit, different cultures, sheep, sheep and sheep...
Kia ora! I'm Kaho Ito. I'm living in a peaceful town named Kerikeri, which is in the northern part of New Zealand called The Bay of Islands. 'Keri' means 'dig' in Maori. Isn't it interesting? It's famous because there are many orchards growing kiwi fruit, oranges and lemons and many art exhibitions held by artists. I like this peaceful town and the kind people very much. I go to Kerikeri High School, which is a big high school in Kerikeri. There are many students from year 7 to year 13 in my school. I can't believe that more than nine months have already passed since I came to New Zealand. I still remember when I said good-bye to my friends and family in Japan. I feel that everyday passes so fast like a saying, “Time flies like an arrow”. I really understand the feeling now. If I could, I would like to tell you everything that I've done in New Zealand but it would take ages to write it all down so I’ll tell you about some parts of my life in New Zealand.
First, let me introduce my host family. I have a host mother, a host brother and a host sister in my host family. My host mother, Rachael works at KKHS as an ESOL teacher and she also teaches dance to young children. My host brother, Jamie, who is in Year 10, is very funny and likes playing games. And my host sister, Gabriella, who is in Year 8, is very pretty and she invites me to play with her every day. Both of them are at KKHS and very nice to me. They have two lovely cats and three free-range chickens. My host family is always busy enjoying different activities such as archery, kick boxing, guitar and dance, so I feel that they are a very powerful family! I have an older sister in Japan so I was the youngest one, but I'm the oldest one now. I try to imagine how my sister and I used to play when I see my host brother and sister fighting, but I can't remember it exactly... I’m happy to have a host sister or brother because I have to speak in English to them often, and if they don't understand what I said, they always ask me and I can find out the mistakes I made in my English or pronunciation. My family in New Zealand is very kind to me so I feel like they are my real family.
Next, I'll introduce my school. Kerikeri High School is putting a great deal of effort into the reception of international students, so there are many international students at my school. Also, the school has a lot of local students as well. One thing I find interesting is that the local students are not all from New Zealand. I'm not sure if it's only my school but there are many students from other countries so I was surprised at first. Many tourists come and visit Kerikeri, so I think Kerikeri is a very cosmopolitan town with many nationalities mixed in one place. 
In my school, we can choose six subjects of whatever we want if each subject doesn't clash on the time table. It's different from Japan. When I told my friends about it, they said, “We are lazy compared to Japanese people, so the NZ education system is a bit looser than the Japanese education system. But we feel thankful for our system”. I think it's interesting that something which is natural for us could be a strange thing for the people living in other countries. It's fun to find different things compared to Japanese culture here. 
What I was worried about most was if I could make friends in New Zealand. However, as I told you, now I have many friends, especially from other countries. They make me laugh sometimes by speaking some Japanese words which they've learned from other Japanese students. At first, I was surprised when I saw other international students because so many of them came to our school. Actually, I also didn't feel good about it because I felt my ability in English was poor compared to them. However, my opinion has changed through the relationships with them. We are in the similar situation. We are living in a foreign country away from our family and friends, and also we are studying English together. I realized this means we can help each other as the same group, “exchange students” and also we could be good rivals. And of course, I could make many friends from all around the world and learn about their cultures and countries. 
On the other hand, the good relationship with other international students caused another problem. I couldn’t try hard enough to make kiwi friends. At first, I did try to make kiwi friends but when I found that was difficult, I gave up. I ran away to international students and always talked with them to feel ' I have friends'. Of course, that was not a good idea at all for studying English. When I was thinking about it, I remembered my aim which I set upon at the beginning of this study abroad. It was 'taking active actions to make new friends'. Since then, I started to talk to local students on and on again to make friends. Of course, sometimes I felt a language barrier when I talked with them, but I always kept in mind the aim, 'to be active'. In the end, I could do it and now I have kiwi friends, too. So here is my advice for you; 'Go for broke', that is, we should not be afraid of failing. In the past, I didn’t invite my friends to hang out. I always waited for their invitations. Now I ask them first. I hang out with my good friends for watching movies, going shopping and doing baking together. My friends are really funny and make me feel I don't want to go back to Japan. Haha. Just kidding. My seniors in Eiryu course also said to me, “It's not easy to make friends but the important thing is 'keep trying and never give up talking to them'”. We can't know each other until we talk to each other and if we want to make friends, we shouldn't wait for other people to talk to us. 
I’ve experienced lots of things which I had never done in Japan, such as sailing, horse riding, golf, living without my family for a long time, seeing lots of cows, speaking in English every day and feeling so thankful to people around me. I think my juniors might be feeling giddy with their busy life as a student of the Eiryu course. I can't remember how many times I'd felt that 'If a day had more than 24 hours...' everyday, last year. Haha... But anyway, we have only 24 hours in a day, so I think the key point is how to do many things as efficiently as we can. I know it's not easy, but I'm sure the efforts will surely be rewarded! 
I'm looking forward to seeing my friends, teachers in Jin-ai High School and my family. Oh, and I want to say thank you to Miyu, who is my partner in Kerikeri. She helped me a lot, so I'm so glad to be her partner. Thank you, Miyu!! We are having a nice time in Kerikeri together. I became an easy-going person through my kiwi life. I really feel I have been changed by this study abroad experience in New Zealand. I hope my family will feel the same when I go back to Japan. It's my turn to help my family in Japan. I want to say “thank you” to everyone who has supported me and show how much I've changed in New Zealand to them in Japan. 
Thank you for reading.


Hello, I'm Ayame Sakai. How have you been? I go to Hastings Girls' High School in New Zealand. I've been here for more than eight months and I'm going back to Japan in one month and a few weeks. Everyone says that time flies so fast, and it actually does. Today I'm writing about my school life.
First of all, I'd like to talk about my lovely friends. I have a lot of chances to talk with them because we sit and have morning tea and lunch together. I used to feel like I was being left out because I couldn't join their conversation. However, as I have tried to join them, I could talk with them much more than before. I like that they sometimes teach me correct English. For example, I realized that the word "English" was a hard word to pronounce. It sounds like an easy word, but many Japanese people pronounce it wrong. I practiced it many times in front of them, and I can pronounce it correctly now. I'm happy that I have nice friends, and sure that I will miss them when I go back to Japan. I also have friends from Korea, Thailand, China, Germany and France. It's very interesting to share our cultures.
Now I’d like to tell you about my classes. One of the hardest subjects is English. We do a lot of writing. I like writing English, but it's still hard for me. A few weeks ago, I made a speech in English class. The topic was "Welcome to the World of ..."and I talked about Japanese earthquakes. Honestly, I didn't want to do it because I'm not good at making speeches even in Japanese. However, my friends and host family helped me a lot. Thanks to their encouragements, I realized that the important thing was just being confident. I tried to be confident, and it made my speech much better, and I got “achieved”! I try to speak English with confidence now.
One of my favorite subjects is Food Technology. I often cook something in this class. I didn't do cooking at all in Japan, so it was hard and I didn't know what to do at first. However, I enjoy cooking now. I sometimes cook lunch or dinner at home as well. I realized that I do like cooking although I'm not good at cutting vegetables. I want to keep cooking food after I go back to Japan too.
A few weeks ago, we had “Choir Festival”. It's like chorus contest in Japan. I like music, so I joined it. We formed four groups, each called a “house”. Each house has its house color; purple, gold, blue and green. I was in purple, and we practiced the songs during interval and lunchtime. The festival was held at night, and audiences paid money to watch our performances. We performed the songs with some dancing. Although my house didn't win, I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed watching other houses, and teachers' performances.
I'm going to South Island Trip with my Eiryu classmates this week. I'm really looking forward to it because I've missed two trips I could have taken because recently there were small earthquakes near the area. I hope this one won't be canceled. Also I'm really looking forward to seeing my Japanese friends and talking with them. It’s been a while to see them since we met last time.
I'm really really looking forward to seeing all of my family, friends and teachers in Japan soon. I want to tell them how thankful I am when I come back to Japan. 
See you soon.





Hello! How are you? Recently, spring is coming to NZ and it’s getting warmer. :-) My name is Keiko Iwata and I go to Waiuku College with my awesome partner Airi! I will write about my host family, my life in NZ and what I've realized since I’ve been here.

In my host family, there is Nick, Loretta, Riley and Sophie. Nick and Loretta are my host parents, Riley is a 5-year-old boy and Sophie is a 1-year-old girl. The first time when I saw their profile which teacher gave me, I got really excited. However, even though they are really nice and lovely family, it wasn't easy for me to live with them when I had just arrived here because my surroundings had completely changed compared to that in Japan. The thing that I got most surprised about was their age. My host parents are half the age of my real parents. I knew they are my host parents but I felt they are my older siblings more than I felt they are my parents.  I also got confused to live with little kids. I am the youngest in my family in Japan so I didn't know how to take care of them.  Immediately, I talked with my dean about my worries. Then, she said to me, "You just have got culture shock." I wasn't thinking I had gotten culture shock, so I was surprised to hear that. She gave me a lot of useful advice and cheered me up. The first month was hard, but once I've got used to living with them I became really happy with them. To be honest, at first, I wanted to change host family, but I thought better of it. Now I think I made the best decision at that time. I also feel that taking someone’s advice is very important. Nick and Loretta are really good at cooking. They can cook very delicious meals from any ingredients. :-) Actually I don't like vegetables so I didn't eat them so much when I was in Japan. But here, thanks to their delicious meals, the taste of vegetables is different from what I was thinking and I even think they are yum! So now I eat vegetables every day. :-) 
One of my goals was to "challenge to do many things." So I did join many activities as much as I could. For example, surfing, paragliding, horse riding, netball, badminton, etc. The first thing that I challenged was surfing. I've never done it before. To be honest, I've been afraid of the water because I'd been swallowed up by the waves many times. However, the coach taught me well so I could catch good waves and stand on the surfboard quickly. 
The activity that I most enjoyed was netball. I was on a team, called "the Waiuku Red". I had training on Thursdays and games on Saturdays. I played as a wing defense on my team. By the way, have you ever heard about netball before? I didn’t know about netball at all until native teachers in Japan told me. I thought it would be hard for me to play, but it wasn't as hard as I had presumed. Of course, the very first time to play netball wasn’t easy. I wasn't sure about which line I can't go over, how long I can hold the ball, which person I have to mark and some other rules. But my teammates and coaches taught me kindly. When I did something wrong, they told me it is wrong and showed me how to make my playing better. 
There was another concern. I'm not as tall as other players, so it was a bit difficult to intercept the ball and also I was scared when someone's body hit me. However, I wanted to improve my skills at netball so I just concentrated on playing aggressively. I tried to learn how to play netball well through every single training and game. 
The training was sometimes very hard. Actually, it's not “hard”. It’s just that I hated the training drills. The training that I hated most was "the 3km run". I liked the other training but I had never liked this. However, my teammates always cheered me on when I was close to giving up and I could do good work. 
Netball season just finished in the middle of September. There was a prize giving in September. Guess what! I've got the prize for the most improved player on my team!!!!!!  I can't thank all of my teammates enough because I couldn't win the games without their cooperation and also I couldn't improve and have such an amazing time without them. So now, I want to say thanks to them for playing with me.  
At school, I'm hanging out with Caitlin and Jemma who are Kiwi girls and Jeeah who is a Korean girl (she has been living in NZ for a long time with her family so she is not an international student). They always have international students in their group. The best reason why I love them is that they always make a place for me. I mean, even though I hang out with other people sometimes, they are always welcoming to me and talking to me the same as talking to their friends. They are different from other friends that I had hung out with before. At first, I thought it's not so hard to make friends here. Last year some of Waiuku College students came to Jin-ai, so I already have a few friends. However, it was really difficult for me to make friends who I can hang out with. I had been struggling to make friends for a while. I walked everywhere in the school and when I found someone who I thought I could be friends with, I tried to talk with them. Everyone said, "Yes", "Sure" and "Come on". No one said, "No" when I asked whether I could hang out with them but also there were none of them whom I could become best friends with. Everybody talked to each other about someone who I didn't know, so I got bored and felt left out even when I was with them. I did know it's not their fault and I started to think about how I could join them. But then, I realized that I don't need to stay with them if I get bored because there are lots of other people at school. So I just tried to find different people. Of course it was shameful to walk alone because everyone had their friends and none of the people were ever be alone.  It was only me that was alone. To be honest, I was about ready to give up again and again, but I thought that if I gave up now, I would regret it later. I never gave up after all, so now I have wonderful friends. I really want to praise myself for my efforts. :D (haha)    
The most important thing that I've found through my life in NZ is "put ideas into action". If you worry about something and you don't do anything, you can't even have a chance to get results. If you take an action, the result that you may get is not always good, but still you can get a result that can make you better! If you do not do anything, you can't even know what lacks in yourself.  
Time flies. I was thinking the date to go home was far away but now it's just around the corner!!! My host family, friends and teachers say, "We're gonna do something for you because you are going to leave soon!", "Are you looking forward to seeing all of your friends and family?" The thing is, I don't know what to say to them for an answer. Of course, I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family. However, on the other hand, I don't wanna say goodbye to the people who have always been supporting me while I have been here. I always almost start to cry when people ask me about leaving soon because I suddenly remember many things that had happened before now. I have just less than 1 month left now so I want to spend the rest of my time wisely and worthy.
I can't thank all of you enough who have supported me. I'll never forget that, thanks to my family, teachers, host family and friends, I've been able to have a precious time in New Zealand. 
Keiko Iwata






Kia Ora! Ko Nana toku ingoa. Sup. :-) My name is Nana. I’m a student of Otamatea High School. How's it going? I want to write about my awesome host family and lovely friends! 

My host family is Maori, so I introduced myself in Maori. (Maori people are indigenous people in New Zealand.) There are 7 people in my host family including me. My host parents, one sister, and three bros. I love my host family the same as my Japanese family. To be honest, I used to hate my host family. I was in a culture shock and homesick, I guess. I missed my family, friends, grandparents and food in Japan. I couldn't accept New Zealand things. For example, food, culture, school and host family. When I first came here to New Zealand, I didn't play with my host brothers at all. I stayed in my room almost all day. I knew those things were not good for me but at that time I just couldn’t try. Now I play with them every day. It's sooooo fun. :-)  I feel like a child. I'm proud of being a member of my host family. 
I really want you to hear my interesting experiences in New Zealand. First, I've been to a Maori funeral. It was a little bit scary because I heard they were to sleep with a body. But I slept in the car. Grave is called "urupa" in Maori. At the funeral, we ate steakes even in the morning!!!!! I was surprised!! Maori people eat a lot but I think I eat more than my HF so I'm so fat now. I don't care about that so much because I love eating and enjoying NZ food!!!
Second, I've eaten traditional Maori food called "hangi". It was like steamed beef, chicken, pork, kumara (sweet potato in NZ) and potato. I didn’t really like it so much because it tasted weird to me. I think it's a good experience, so I’m glad to eat it.
Third, I touched kiwi birds and took photos with them!!! Cool, right? :-) Kiwi birds are New Zealand’s birds and they really look like kiwi fruits the same as their names. It was my first time to see kiwi, so I got excited to see them. They looked weird because they weren't round. They were long!! But, they were sooo cute.
Next, I want to write about my school life. I go to sleep at 8:30 and wake up at 6:50. I can sleep a looooong time. I make my own lunch everyday so I realized my mum's feeling. I go to school by bus. I love the bus! I found an interesting thing: Cows are sometimes walking next to the bus!!!! I'm taking science, math, English, geography, fashion, which is like sewing, drama and ESOL. My classmates are awesome. I love all of the subjects. I want to write about science and geo. My science class is quite noisy. Therefore, honestly, I hated it first. But now I love it because of the awesome mates. I always talk with them. We talk about movies, books and Japan. One of my mates took Japanese class before, so sometimes we talk in Japanese, which is so funny. :-) Actually, we didn't talk so much before. After we did an experiment in the class together, we started to talk little by little and we got along so well. I also like geo and I like all of my classmates. Everyone is so funny. Especially, the teacher! In the last exam, I finally got “achieved”. I was so happy because I had always failed the test till that......
When I was in Japan, I thought making friends isn't hard but I realized I was wrong. My hometown is so small so I've known my friends since I was a baby so I actually didn't know how to make friends.... Now I think making friends is so hard. Since I started my school life here, I had tried to spend interval and lunchtime with Kiwis. I used to take business but I changed it to drama class. I'm glad I changed it because I could make a very nice friend in the drama class. I hung out with her a lot. She came to my house. We did hair make up. We curled each other’s hair. :-) We took heaps of photos. We had a really good time! I'm going to go to her birthday party this holiday!!! I'm looking forward to going to her place. 
I must really say thank you so much to my family, grandparents and my besties. They have supported me a lot. Thanks to them, I can spend really really really really good time with my lovely HF and kiwi friends here. 
To be honest, I don't want go back to Japan. I love staying here! By the way, my host father is half Italian, so his pasta is so amazing. I love making and eating pasta with my host family. We even made pasta from noodles before. But now his machine is broken so we can't make them anymore. I’m so sad. 
A happy thing happened to me!! One day, I told my host brother that I would be leaving here soon. Then, his face looked sad and he asked me to come back to New Zealand next year.  I was happy to hear that because it sounds like I'm real family!!!!!!!!!!! I really want to do that....
Nana Hirabayashi


Hello guys! I’m Mizuho Kobayashi and I go to Hauraki Plains College with my best partner, Mitsuki. I have been in NZ for about 8 months. I can’t believe it. Time flies, doesn't it? I’m going to tell you about my NZ life.
First, I’m going to tell you about my host family. There are three people in my host family. My host father is Rob, who is a truck driver. My host mother is Tania, who is supporting students at school. My host sister is Cortney. She is 16 years old, and goes to the same high school as me. They are kind to me and when I’m in trouble they always help me. We often go to Hamilton which is a large city in NZ. I can go shopping there. I love shopping so I’m very happy. We’re going to there again during Term 3 holiday. I’m looking forward to it.
Second, I’m going to tell you about my school life in NZ. I take English, math, science, ESOL, Maori, social studies, Digital Technology and PE. I take mostly academic subjects so they are quite hard for me, especially science and social studies are hard. I couldn't understand what my teacher said and what I should do at first because I didn't have enough listening skills and vocabulary. So, I started to read the newspaper, watch TV programs and write down new words on my notebook. For the first few months, they were too difficult and boring, so actually I sometimes fell asleep when I watched them. However, I continued to try them all. I could improve my English better little by little. When I finally understood most of them, I smiled for joy. Recently, I had a big exam, which is NCEA practice test. I took math, science and social studies. I did my best but they were hard so I thought I definitely failed them. However, I passed and got “excellence” in science. My science teacher praised me for my good result of the exam and he said "Well-done Mizuho!!"  I was really happy. I'm going to keep on studying hard.
Now I’m enjoying my life in NZ, however, to be honest, I didn’t feel like this way when I first came here. I didn’t have enough English skills and couldn't make kiwi friends. I was homesick. However, I think they have become good and important experiences for me now. I want you to remember that we should never give up even when everything doesn’t go well at the beginning. I couldn't do things well at first and made many mistakes, but I never gave up. So, I can enjoy studying abroad now. If you never give up, your dreams will come true, too.
I have found my dream from my study abroad in NZ. It will be hard for me to realize it. However difficult it will be, I won’t give up because I’ve learned the importance of keep trying. I'll do my best from now, too. I have just less than two months left so I want to spend time wisely and I want to enjoy it.
Lastly, I really want to say thank you to my family in Japan. Thanks to them, I could have amazing experiences and learn a lot of things. I couldn't have had such a wonderful experience if they weren't my family. I'm really grateful to them. I love them.
Thank you for reading. See you soon. :-)
P.S I'm so getting fat... OMG! Please don’t laugh at me when you see me the next time!! Anyway, I'm really looking forward to seeing my family, friends, classmates and teachers soon.
追伸 今私はとても太ってしまっています・・・どうしよう。次に会ったときに、笑わないでくださいね!とにかく、家族、友達、クラスメイト、そして先生方にお会いできることを本当に楽しみにしています。


Hi, guys. How are you doing? I’m Nanami Tanabe and I go to Dargaville High School as Year 12. I have already lived more than 8 months in New Zealand. The truth makes me very surprised! By the way, have you read previous messages from New Zealand written by my classmates and elder Eiryu students? To be honest, I really wonder why their essays are so wonderful. If you haven’t read them yet, I really recommend you to read them because you can learn about real life in New Zealand and kiwi’s culture. 
I’m having a great time here. I already had a positive view of life even when I was in Japan so I haven’t been homesick yet and I think I won’t be after this as well. However, I’ve had a few difficult experiences in New Zealand. I’ll tell you about my life here including some painful experiences. 
I’ll introduce my host family first. I live with my host dad and host mum at Baylys Beach. I have one sister and one brother in Japan so my house was always noisy …no I mean lively all the time. That’s why I was glad to hear about living with only adults. Haha. 
My host dad, Marcus, is a pharmacist in Dargaville. When I heard that, I thought he would be a serious and strict person about everything. However, he is very friendly and of a cheerful disposition. What’s more, he likes jokes about everything and likes talking very much. I can get interesting knowledge more and more as I talk with him. He also likes riding bikes. He used to ride a bike almost every day during summer time. 
My host mum, Suzy, teaches chemistry at Dargaville High School, so we sometimes go to school and come home together. She likes gardening, running, baking and cooking. I was amazed that she plants a lot of kinds of vegetables, for example tomatoes, potatoes, broccolis, capsicums and so on. So, she can grow and get a lot of fresh vegetables in summer time! I really want you to know that she is very very good at cooking and baking stuff.  I help her to make dinner almost every day. I like this time because we can talk about what happened during the day. In addition, I want to know how to cook and bake like her. She teaches me how to cook. When I was in Japan, I already liked cooking although I didn’t have enough time to help my mum to make dinner. But I can do it now, so I will try to remember how to make yummy meals. I want my family to eat my food after I go back to Japan. But, Suzy uses an oven to make and bake things. At my house in Japan, we don’t have one so I wish my parents would buy one to treat my family my delicious food!! Anyway, I’m becoming a good cook thanks to Suzy! 
At school, I take six subjects, which are Textiles, Drama, Math, ESOL, Tourism and Hospitality classes. I chose to take these classes by myself. In Japan, we can’t choose any subjects, can we? So I think it’s an interesting system for Japanese students. 
My favourite subject is Drama. I actually didn’t take Drama at the beginning. However, after a while, I remembered my teacher’s advice that Drama helps us to improve our English speaking skills when I was in Japan. So I changed from PE to Drama. In class, for the first time since I arrived in New Zealand, I experienced a difficult time. In June, we had to show a short play in front of other students at the beginning of the class every time. There were a lot of words which I didn’t know. We didn’t have time to practice for it every time, so I couldn’t get enough time to look up those words. It was very hard to act when I didn’t know about the play because I didn’t know whether the person is happy or angry and what is going on then. Despite that, I decided that I’d try to speak loudly and clearly. Thanks to it, some people laughed while I was performing it. It means they could understand what I was saying!! I was very glad to see it.
We usually have a big performance at the end of each term. So it means I have already done it three times. I won’t be able to forget that SECOND performance ever. And I think this drama performance will be my best memory in New Zealand. We separated into groups of three or four, and did a lot of short plays which took from ten to twenty minutes. We performed all together for the second show. It was a very long one which took around two and a half hours. What’s more, we performed it on four evenings. So it was very huge and important event for us. We had already gotten all of our scripts for it before the start of Term 2. So we actually had enough time to remember our lines. However, I didn’t know how important the show was then, so I didn’t practice much till I realised the show would be big! Truthfully, my drama teacher offered me to play one more character in the show because my first one’s lines were very short. She thought I could play a double role. I honestly wasn’t happy to hear her offer because I didn’t think I could remember the lines of two characters. However, I thought it would be a good chance to learn more words and get to know about my other classmates, so I accepted the offer. Our play was called “The Crucible” which even Kiwi students didn’t know and which had hard pronunciation. It took me ages to get the contents of the story and remember my lines because of its difficulty. The most difficult thing for me was the pronunciation. So, I needed a lot of practices to be able to say them smoothly and so that the audiences could understand what’s going on. 
One week before the first day of our performance, we had a lot of practice time after school from 5 pm to 9 pm every day, even on weekends when it was from 12 pm to 8 pm!! It made me realize how important and huge this performance was. The other students also had a hard time remembering long lines. If I had been them, I would have escaped from school! When we practiced, some of them always stopped acting because they couldn’t remember their lines, even the day before the first performance …! Everybody thought our play wouldn’t succeed. And just as we expected, our play was very awful on the first day. We skipped over two whole pages and nobody said any words for about minutes at a time.  Then my scene came. I had to play a role who was afraid of the devil and shuddering. I really wanted someone to whisper my lines to my ears!! Can you imagine how nervous I was? The tense I felt at that time made me feel sad and almost want to cry … ;(  Anyway, our play was a failure that day. We talked about how to fix the mistakes we made for the next day. Thanks to that, our play was getting better day by day. 
The biggest audiences came to watch our play on Friday. My character was one of young girls who were mean to people they don’t like and I had more acts to play than the other role. That’s way, Marcus, Suzy, Karen, Mrs. Leach ( my dean ), my partner Yua and some my friends came that night. Although I could remember my lines, I actually couldn’t say them perfectly during the practice time because everyone was looking at me and there was a serious atmosphere … It always made me nervous so I got stuck. That’s why, I was anxious and worried about my acting that night in front of the audiences, especially the people I know. Then my friends gave me a big hug and said me that I’d be fine and I’d be able to do a good job. Thanks to them, I felt much better. And my acting was great!!!!!! My friends told me that it was amazing and I did very well!! I was very happy to hear that. In addition, my host family also praised my acting and effort. I got a bunch of flowers from them! I felt like a real actress! I still remember that the drama students looked very happy and excited after we finished our performance! That night’ performance was our BEST performance ever. 
If I may give some advice to you, I recommend you to try anything even if you reckon you don’t want to do it. As you know, I didn’t want to play the double roles. However, I decided not to cut corners in my work. Because of it, I could try my best and the play was successful on that Friday. I was really happy about it, and through the experience, I was able to build a very good relationship between my friends and me. So I really want to say thank you to my drama teacher for giving me such a wonderful opportunity! I also got new friends who watched the play. They told me how wonderful the play was on Friday and the following Monday. 
Finally, I really reckon I’m staying in a wonderful environment with my amazing host family, my friends and my teachers. And I must thank my family very much. Of course, they actually couldn’t help me when I had some troubles because we lived apart. However, when they sent some stuff I needed, they, especially my mum, always gave me letters to encourage me. It made me very happy and I could understand how much they were thinking about me. I want them to be looking forward to seeing me because I can tell them how much I’ve improved my English skill and grown up mentally!! 
I’ve told you my story and I hope it will be helpful or enjoyable for you, especially who are planning to go abroad! I just want to say that it really depends on our own efforts if we can be successful in studying abroad!!
Thank you for reading. Please take care of yourself.
Nanami Tanabe





Hello. How have you been? I'm Marika Shimizu. I live in Dannevirke which is near Palmerston North. My town is in the country, so the air is clean. We often go to Palmerston North to do shopping. I have had very good experiences, so please read about my life in New Zealand. 

I go to Dannevirke High School. There are about 500 students here. The teachers and students are exceedingly kind to us, and the teachers always try to help the students. I have had many nice experiences here. For example, I tried to run 1.5km in Athletics Sports and I got the third place. Although my arm was broken at that time, I ran 100m and 200m. I liked to run before, but I didn't play any sports in Japan. After I started to live here, I have become more active and started to challenge sports again. I also participated in the School Gala, which is like a school festival. We had to prepare a Japanese cultural activity then, and one of my teachers suggested us to do calligraphy performances. So, I wrote other students’ name or some words in Chinese character. We tried to put a Chinese character on their English names. It was very hard for us to make up original letters from English to Japanese but we did our best and enjoyed it.
Also, there was a competition called Mi Biz, and I took part in that event. We competed three days to make a plan of a unique product to sell. Our product was an alarm mat. If the alarm goes off, you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Before doing Mi Biz, I didn't talk to a lot of Year 12 students. But through this competition, I could talk with my teammates a lot and they helped me. As a result of our hard work, we won the competition and got the gold medal and a certificate. 
Now I'm playing basketball for Dannevirke High School. I go to the school gym to practice basketball every Tuesday night and go to Palmerston North to play games on Friday night. When I played my first game, I was very nervous. New Zealand people are much stronger than me. Until I got used to it, in every game I felt hard. However, I sometimes could get a basket. I'm really enjoying it. After the basketball games, I often look at the sky in the bus on my way home from the gym. When it's a beautiful day, we can look at a nice starry sky. It's more beautiful than that of Japan.
I also go to Youth Group every Friday night in a church. We play many activities there, for example, playing volleyball, talking to people or thinking about Christianity etc. I'll tell you about one surprising story which happened to me in Foxton. I participated in the Foxton Camp with the Youth Group’s members. We stayed two nights. On the first day, I talked with my friends and we played soccer. In a game, the ball was kicked forcefully into my arm and my arm was broken. I felt so painful and I couldn't even move it. Many people were worried about me and my math teacher and a nurse took me to the Palmerston North Hospital. I was shocked about it, but I didn’t want to miss the camp! So, I went back there and enjoyed the rest of the camp. On the second day, we went to the beach. It was a very beautiful sea. 
One of the biggest changes for me is that I have touched many animals in New Zealand. Honestly, I didn't like animals at all and I couldn't touch even dogs or cats in Japan but I became more confident in New Zealand. I live with cats at my host family’s place. I learned how to ride a horse and watched hunting in Wanganui. I also watched sheep being shorn. When I went to a sheep show, I had a picture taken of me touching the sheep. The other day, I touched a lamb, too. At first, I felt scared of them and didn’t want to go even near them. However, when I touched them, I could feel their warmth of their lives. I really like them now.
I was very shy before I came here. I didn't have confidence in myself, so I really didn’t like to perform in front of an audience. However, I had always wanted to challenge myself. So, one day, I decided to participate in Stage Challenge. It’s a big show that students go up to the stage and perform something such as dances or plays in front of a big audience. I enrolled with my group members and we performed our student-created show in Palmerston North in front of other secondary schools’ students. It was hard for me, but after I joined, I became more and more confident. Many students in Year 13 helped me. I made many friends and learned to communicate with them. I also could talk to other Kiwi school’s students. We didn't get the first place but I felt participating was much more important than winning. I had a very wonderful experience and a great time. Thanks to Stage Challenge, I was able to grow up and overcome my weak point.
Thank you for reading my stories. Through living in NZ, my personality has changed a lot. Thanks to everyone, I have had a lot of awesome experiences here. I really appreciate everyone who has helped me. 
I'm looking forward to seeing all in November.
Marika Shimizu

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