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Hi guys!  I'm Mirai.  I'm living in Waipukurau, which is a very small but very peaceful city.

Now I’m on a school holiday between term 2 and term 3.   I usually enjoy playing with my host mother's grandchildren.

It has already been 6 months since I came to New Zealand, so I'm surprised to realize how fast the time has passed.

I go to Central Hawke’s Bay College with my lovely partner Moka.  I love this school so much because the students are very friendly and nice to me :)  In my school, there are 4 house groups called Grey, Cobham, Hobson and Freyberg and they do battles in every event such as Kapa Haka, triathlon, and athletic day.  I like this system.  Also, everyone cheers for each other even though they are opponents in each event, so I like this school’s students.

Now, I'd like to tell you about Kapa Haka.  Kapa Haka is New Zealand’s traditional dancing and singing performance.  We speak Maori when performing it.  The pronunciation of the Maori language is very similar to that of Japanese, so it was not hard for me to pronounce Maori except “r”, but remembering Maori words was difficult.  I couldn't remember some of the words in the song.  My house group Grey got the 3rd place but I really enjoyed performing Kapa Haka.  I had wanted to do it since I was in Japan.  I had such an amazing experience which I can't experience in Japan, so I'm very glad that I was able to experience it and I want to do it again!

Actually my life here isn't always happy.   Especially in term 1, I couldn't understand what the teachers and my friends were talking about.  Sometimes, I couldn’t even understand the activities in class.  I often didn't talk at all during interval and lunchtime.  I couldn't even understand the conversation among kiwi friends.  I wanted to change myself, but I couldn't.  I knew I shouldn't be afraid of making mistakes, but to be honest, as I was afraid of making mistakes, I sometimes hesitated to talk.
However, I got an opportunity to change myself.  I saw my Japanese classmates for an April camp after term 1.  We got together and talked about our own problems and the troubles in our lives.  We gave a lot of advice and encouragements to each other.  Then, we cried a lot.  It was an amazing time for us and I realized that I had to change myself.

Thanks to the discussion with my classmates, I've changed my attitude since the beginning of term 2.  I definitely talk more than I did in term 1 and am enjoying my school life.  Of course I talk with my friends at break time.  My friends’ group is quite big so it is still hard to think of a topic to share with all of them.  When I can't talk with many friends, I usually talk with some friends who are sitting close to me.  I’ve got more friends and I'm having better relationships with my friends.  Although sometimes I still can't understand English, but I can ask now.  I'm not afraid of making mistakes any more.

Term3 is going to start soon.  I promise that I'll have more confidence in my English and I'll talk more with my friends so as not to regret my life here!

Thank you for reading my essay.

I miss my family and my friends Teina, Nao, Yumi, Non, Nichika and others!!

Big love,






私は素敵なパートナーの萌加と一緒に、セントラルホークスベイカレッジに通っています。生徒たちがとてもフレンドリーで親切なので、私がこの学校が大好きです。私の学校には、Grey、 Cobham、Hobson、Freybergという4つのハウスグループがあり、カパハカやトライアスロン、体育祭などの学校行事のたびに競争をします。私はこの制度が好きです。この学校の生徒は、学校行事があると、違うグループの人であっても互いに応援しあうので、私はこの学校の生徒が好きです。







私の家族や友達(Teina, Nao, Yumi, Non, Nichika)やその他の人々に会えなくて寂しいです。




Hi guys!  How have you been?  This is Yuko from Hastings Girls’High School.  It has been more than five months since I came to NZ, so I’ve already spent more than half of my time of studying abroad. Time has gone so quickly. It was summer in NZ when I came here, but the temperature in NZ is getting lower. Now, I'm going to tell you about my NZ life.

Firstly, let me tell you about my host family.  I live with my host parents Cheryl, Grant and a cat named Rosy. My host mother is good at cooking.  I always look forward to having dinner. The dinner which my host mother makes is very delicious, so I tend to eat too much. My weight is going up in inverse proportion to the temperature in NZ…  My host father is a teacher and he teaches me English pronunciation. Thanks to him, my English is improving.Whenever we have time together, we often go out. We went to a farmers market, the sea, the hills, the other cities and so on.  My host family takes me a lot of places.Thanks to them, my weekend is not boring and I’ve gained new experiences!

At school, I take biology, stepping stone, in which we learn Maori culture, chemistry, multi technology, in which we make something with felt or wood, math and ESOL.  I enjoy all of the subjects. I also take singing lessons. It’s a one on one lesson, so I can ask questions easily and the teacher gives me a lot of advice.  In the lesson, I learn not only professional music knowledge but also English pronunciation. The songs which I sing have fast tempo, so it’s difficult for me, but I practice a lot. The teacher often says‘“Your singing skills are improving!”I’m so delighted.

Until now, I’ve written about my NZ life.I really want to tell you more about my life, but I have one more thing that I really would like to share with you more than that.  It is about my interaction with people from other countries.
In my school, there are a lot of students from different countries like Germany, China, Thailand, Philippines, India, Macedonia and Japan.The other day, we talked about traditional music from our own countries. By the way, speaking of Japanese music, what do you remember? I told them about“gagaku.”They were impressed with its history.  I was especially interested in Macedonian music.Macedonian music has special elements and feelings.It's complex and has deep rhythms. It's also has irregular beats like a seven-eight beat, so it's difficult to make a rhythm. It was so interesting for me to learn about that. We talked for a long time.

I didn't think that I would be able to learn about Macedonian music in NZ.  It's a shame, but before I met the person from Macedonia, I didn't even know where Macedonia is. If I had not come to Hastings Girls’ High School, I wouldn’t have met her and learned about Macedonian music. I'm very glad that I've come here and had the opportunities to interact with a lot of people from different countries.  I’ll cherish the opportunities I’ve got. I really would like to thank all those who let me have a lovely time in NZ and who have been supporting me.  For the past five months, I have reflected on myself.  For the next half of my study abroad, I have decided to go my own way.  I'm going to try many things and make more wonderful memories. I will grow up more, so will my weight. lol

Thanks for reading.

Big love,
Yuko Yanagi










Hi guys!  How have you been doing?  It’s Yuika here!

Now, let me introduce myself.  I live in Whanganui and go to Cullinane College.  I’m known as a foodie, which means someone who loves eating, by my friends.  Actually, it’s true.  One day, when I was not hungry, I said,“ I’m not hungry, so I don’t want to eat.”  One of my kiwi friends said,” What?!  You are not Yuika!  Where is the real Yuika!” :)  It is one of my funniest memories.
Anyway, I’d like to tell about my New Zealand life!  First, I’d like to tell you about my school!  As I told you, I go to Cullinane College.  Cullinane College is one of the Catholic schools in New Zealand, so many religious ceremonies are held at school.  I think basically Cullinane College is similar to Jin-ai Girls’ High School.  By the way, I take religious education, English, music, tourism, food, ESOL and math classes.  Also I have health and career classes every other week.  My most favorite class is music because we can play any instrument as we like.  During the class, I always practice playing the piano.  Speaking of the piano, I’m going to play the piano accompanying a year 13 student!  It’s going to be a good experience for me!  Also teachers and students here are very kind to me.   At first I couldn’t understand what teachers said and what I should do, so I always desperately asked the teachers or the students sitting next to me.  Then they taught me kindly!  In addition, I made friends through asking questions.  Understanding classes is still hard for me, but everyone supports me, so I’m not afraid of classes now.

Second, I’d like to tell you about my host family!  My host family has two dogs, one cat and three chickens!  My host mother Toni and her partner Keith are crazy about cars, so they often take me to car events on weekends!   In fact, I didn’t know about cars at all.  However, I’ve gradually come to understand about cars, so everyone says, “You will be an expert on cars!” :)  Also I have two host brothers, both of whom go to Cullinane College.  They are very kind to me and very funny.  The older one is Conner.  He is good at cooking, so he can cook many things by himself, and he often gives me ice cream!  Also, he pedals a bicycle very, very, very fast, so he can go home quickly from school.  I’m so jealous!  (haha)  The younger one is Hamish.  He loves playing games, so he introduces a lot of games to me.  I often clean up the kitchen with him, but it often takes very long because we start playing a game.  I don’t think it’s a bad thing, though.  Don’t you think so?  My host family helps me have many experiences.  For example, my host mother takes me to piano lessons once a week.  I didn’t think I would take piano lessons in New Zealand, but I’m very, very, very happy to be able to take piano lessons!  Also, the piano is in my room!  The piano was in another place but they moved it to my room.  I cannot thank them enough.   

Finally, I’d like to tell you an important thing.  I have tried to be a very cheerful girl since I was a first grader at Jin-ai Girls’ High School.  And now, thanks to my smile, I’ve made a lot of friends.  I think it is important to have a friendly atmosphere because everyone speaks to me easily.  Of course, speaking to people from myself is also important, but if I looked serious all the time, people wouldn’t speak to me.  I’ve noticed that smiles are important through staying in New Zealand.

Now, I have to finish writing this essay.  I hope you guys enjoyed reading it.

I’m going to continue being happy for my host family, teachers in NZ and Japan, my family in Japan, and myself!

Big love

Yuika Tono











Hello, this is Moka from Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay.  It has already been four months since I came here.  I’m living with my host family, Kerri and Tammy and Devyn.  Kerri is good at cooking and I love her cooking.  Tammy is a police officer and I often watch TV with her.  Devyn is a very bright girl and I teach her Japanese.  We have three dogs, Ziya, Brun and Wolf and one cat, Pumba.  They are lovely and they make us laugh.

At school, I take drama, maths, hospitality, ESOL, geography and PE.  I like PE the best because we can play whatever sports we want.  I’m also involved in stage challenge now, which is great fun for me.  My job is to put makeup on heaps of dancers, so it’s not easy.  I’ve experienced many things that I had never done before.

I have been enjoying my NZ life very much, but I’ve often had a sad and hard time because of not understanding the language and how I am supposed to act.  At first, when I asked questions to my friends and classmates, they could not understand me.  I knew that would happen.  However, I felt sad because I was best at English in all the subjects when I was in Japan. The more often that happened, the less confident I became.  When my kiwi friends were talking to each other, I, of course, wanted to join them, but I could say nothing.  I just smiled, pretending as if I understood what they were talking about.  One day, when I was introduced to some students by a girl who is in my drama class, I was very frustrated because she said I was a quiet girl.  I know the reason of these sad experiences.  It was because I was not brave enough.  I know who caused those sad situations.  That’s me.  I looked back what I’d done and found something.  It was I who caused these situations, but I was definitely bitterly disappointed.  Why?  It’s because I knew what to do, but I couldn’t.

I suddenly remembered a saying which was said by Emma Watson, who I love and respect the best in the world.  That is “I am inviting you to step forward to be seen and to ask yourself, if not me, who?  If not now, when?”  This encourages me to be brave and step forward.  I think I was stupid and made mistakes.  However, I don’t think I wasted time.  It’s because I’ve learned what to do from now on thanks to those experiences.

Term 2 started on 1st of May.  I’ve become used to my life here, listening to English and speaking English.  I talk more than I did in Term 1.  As I talk with my friends, they talk with me as their friend.  I try to listen to them and they try to listen to me.  When I ask questions, they absolutely answer me.  I was afraid of what they would think of my English, but no one makes fun of my English when I try hard.  That’s what I have wanted to do.  Now I know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.  Making mistakes and regretting is not very bad if we make them into a process of making things successful.  I keep trying and I’ll enjoy my rest of  time here.

Thanks for reading

Big love
Moka Morida











Hi guys!  I’m Emika from Bream Bay College.  It’s been a month since I came to NZ.  Even in this short time, I have experienced a lot of things, so I would like to write about some of them.
Firstly, I went on a snorkelling trip with year 13 students to a place called Reotahi, which is a place that has a beautiful beach.  It took a while to get there by van from my school.  The water was so clean that I could clearly see the school of fish, shrimp and crab.  I was caught up watching the fish, so I accidently breathed from my nose and almost choked myself.  (Haha.)  Anyway, at lunch we had a little picnic.  I ate sandwiches, sausage rolls, pies and some cakes!  They were yummy.
Next, I will write about my host family.  I stay with my host father Kurt, host mother Michelle, two lovely host sisters Summer and Karli, a dog, a cat, 4 chickens, 3 ducks and 2 sheep!!  My host family often goes to the beach because my host father and Summer like surfing so much and my host mother likes to walk along the beach.  I went surfing with them the other day and I was able to stand on a surf board for the first time!  That was really fun.  Also, my host family likes to cook, so I often cook dinner with them.  The dishes we cook are always so delicious that I feel like eating a lot!  I sometimes bake some cookies with my host sisters to bring to school.  Three times a week, Karli goes to gymnastics in town.  While waiting for her to finish, I go to a grocery store with my host mother to buy some food. Going to the grocery store is very fun and interesting because I can learn many new words by looking around the store.  I think that going shopping is another good way of learning English.  The area inside the store is so huge that it would take ages to look around the whole place.  Spending time talking with them is fun and I’m enjoying my homestay so much!
Lastly, I will write about my school life.  As I wrote above, I go to Bream Bay College.  I take English, math, fabrics, art, hospitality, dance and ESOL.  I have always liked to dance, so when I knew that there was a dance class I was really excited about it.  In the dance class, I can learn many kinds of dance, so it is very interesting for me.  I also like hospitality because I can cook different types of dishes.  The best dish I made was frittata muffin.  It was delicious, so you should try it one day!  Now, I’m hanging out with a group of kiwi students at school.  They are very talkative and interesting people.  Talking with them is so much fun.  I can learn new words every day by talking with them and listening to their conversation. 
Time flies so fast that it will soon be March.  I’ll do my best so as not to have any regrets and to make more wonderful memories with my friends and my host family in NZ.  I would like to thank my family, teachers, and my friends who have supported me for letting me have a fabulous time in this country.  I will try harder with Emika Smile!!!
Thank you for reading my essay.
Big Love,
Emika Tsubota


Hi guys! I'm Miyu. I go to Taumarunui High School with my classmate, Kaho. It's spring now. Almost all of the cherry blossoms are gone and the weather in Taumarunui is wet. It rains on and off all day. I have 1 month left in NZ. I can't believe it. Anyway, I'm going to write about my NZ life.
First, I will introduce my host family. My host family is father, Don, mother, Margaret, and a cat, Sam. Don and Margaret have a radio station called, "Radio Hikurangi". On this radio show, they broadcast only old songs. He loves talking and he always talks to me about his experiences, his thinking about Taumarunui, and many other things, so I have learned a lot from him. Margaret always listens to me, so I can talk my problems, my happy times, school life, friends...everything. Sam always meows when he wants some food.
Next, I'll write about my school life. I study English, technology, science, ESOL and snow sports. From Monday to Wednesday, I have 4 subjects and on Thursday and Friday I have snow sports all day. Isn’t it very different from Japanese school style? I did skiing in term 3. On Thursdays, we had some free time for self-practice and on Fridays the ski coach gave us lessons. It has been two years since I last skied and NZ's snow is different from Japan's. So it took some time to get used to skiing here. Most students managed to ski very well and enjoy going down snow hills very fast. The first time was very difficult for me, but my coach taught me kindly how to do it. So I think I became a better skier than I was before. Besides skiing, my school has many other kinds of activities. They change with each season, so we can try various activities easily. In another season, I did mountain biking, too. I had never done it before, so it was very exciting for me to try the new activity. 
When I first arrived in NZ, I was not a very confident person. It had been quite usual for me to think about things in a negative way. But when I was in Japan, my homeroom teacher often said to me, "You should think about everything in a positive way". So I've been trying to think in that way since then. It may sound very easy but it is difficult for me because I was unconsciously thinking in a negative way. So I had to make a lot of efforts to think about everything positively.
At first, 10 months for studying abroad sounded like a very long time. During this last 10 months, I have not been able to see my family and friends in Japan. I have had to speak English every day, even though I didn't have the confidence to speak it for a while. I was very nervous!!! I think most of my classmates had the same thought, too. However, I realized that if I thought about my life in a positive way, it would become easier. I would be able to meet new people. I would be able to have the confidence to speak English. I would be able to do lots of new things. Right? By thinking with a positive attitude, I will become a positive person. So, I did and everything changed in my mind. I feel like I am a new person. Honestly, before coming here, I thought studying abroad was just to learn English but it wasn't. Of course, I am learning it but I have learned many other important things such as the way to be positive as I wrote above. Studying abroad has not been easy, but I have managed to keep trying. So I’m proud of myself now. I would like to try in this way even after I go back to Japan.
I have only few days left in NZ so I want to spend day by day treasuring the people and things around me. I want to say, "Thank you", to my family, host family, kiwi friends.... everyone who have supported me through my study abroad.
Thank you for reading my essay.
Miyu Ishimori
まず、ホストファミリーを紹介します。私のホストファミリーは、ファザーのドン、マザーのマーガレット、そして猫のサムです。ドンとマーガレットは「ラジオ ヒクランギ」という自分のラジオ局を持っていて、いつも昔の歌を流しています。ドンは話すことが好きで、彼のこれまでの経験や、タウマルヌイについてどう感じているか、などたくさんのことをいつも話してくれます。そのおかげで様々なことを彼から学ぶことができています。マーガレットは逆にいつも私の話を聞いてくれます。なので、困ったこと、うれしかったこと、学校生活について、友達についてなど、どんなことでも話すことができます。サムはいつも何か食べたいときに、「ミャー」と鳴きます。


Kiaora! Yu, Yoyo, will tell you a message from New Zealand. “Yoyo” is my important second name in New Zealand. My partner, Nana, who goes to Waiuku College with me, gave me the name. It’s because my name “Yu” makes kiwi people confused with the word, “You “. So, that’s why I’m Yoyo! My host family and my friends call me that. Of course I regularly use it as well. 
Then, let me introduce my kiwi friends and my host family a bit more. To start with, I’ll talk about my kiwi friends. My group which I always hang out with has 6 people including me. Reliable Pete, Baby Jade, Bunny Georgia, Cool Mackenzie and Clever Fin. I’m really feeling comfortable when I hang out with them. I thought if I were a kiwi student, I could stay with them forever.
Next, I’ll introduce about my host family. I can express about them using three words. They are so friendly, generous and have strong family love. My host family has 5 people. My host mother, Beck, who is similar to OSONO-SAN in MAJYO-NO-TAKKYUBIN in GHIBLI. She is generous, kind and attentive to the people around her. She is working as a host family coordinator as well. My host father, Chris, is American. He often dances, sings song and says jokes to me. He is hilarious, kind and his favorite word is “lovely”. My host brothers, Zack and Caleb, are actually shy, but they are really kind to me. They get along well with each other. Lastly, my host sister, Brie, is my second sister in New Zealand. Sometimes, she comes to my room from window. She is an active girl, right? She also loves adventure, so we went on an expedition in the farm. It was so fun! I’m really happy because they treat me as a member of the family. Through staying with my host family, whom I love, I’ve got good incentive for me to learn something for my growth. They give me some jobs, correct my incorrect English and say opinions directly to me. I really feel this situation is great for my growth. However, for a while at first, I used to feel discomfort at this house. I often said to myself, “Why is their life style quite different from those of other houses? Why are they thinking like that? I’m tired of doing housework as my job.” At that time, I felt stress building up. But I couldn’t explain my honest feelings to them because I was afraid about whether or not they would be hurt because of my words. I mean I hesitated, and I pretended not to care about it.
One day, finally I decided to tell my mind to my host mum. I really wanted to change my attitude! I encouraged myself and did it. But, it was too late to say that. She got upset and angry. Also, she said to me, “I didn’t know that!”. I was confused and I couldn’t explain clearly, seeing her. It was our first time to have a quarrel between us. After that, we were hurt by each other. I was almost giving up. However, I wanted to tell my feeling more clearly again and be honest with each other. I thought like that from the bottom of my heart, so I decided to write a letter to her. In the letter, I wrote what I was feeling and what I really wanted to tell. I wrote all of those things. I was really nervous when I was reading it in front of her. But, I tried to look at her eyes and tell her seriously. After I finished reading, Beck smiled at me and said, “Thank you. It’s sweet. I understand.” My host sister helped me to write the letter. So, she smiled next to me as well. I was really happy and I said, “Thank you” to her again and again. 
We often tend to grasp “quarrel” as something negative. However, in my case, I feel it was a chance for me to grow. I could tell my opinions and be honest. I’ve learned how important telling and saying my mind on the spot. Moreover, I could stop denying other’s sense of value with my sense of value which was normal just for me. It also became a good chance to be a person who can listen to other opinions through a different way of thinking. Then, to me now, “different life style” in every house means something positive that makes the house special and interesting. Without my present family, I could not have had this experience. Doing house work every day is to help each other as a member of the family. When I go back to Japan, I will help my mum. 
Everyone wants to have a happy and comfortable life. However, I noticed I can’t grow with just being comfortable. Actually, we grow up when we face and overcome some troubles and pains. I even think we can learn from those more than from staying comfortable. I really am thankful to encounter this family who have made me grown. Especially, I want to tell my appreciation to my host sister, who gave me ice cream and tissues when I was crying. My agent, Ms. Oi from Education Focus, and my host family coordinator, Ms. Amber helped me a lot to deal with my worries or problems throughout this program. Only one month of study abroad life is left. I’ve set the goal of telling my mind on the spot, so I’ll gather all my strength for it.
With lots of love and a hug,
Yu Tsujishin (Yoyo)




Kia ora everyone! I’m Seira. I go to Hauraki Plains College with my lovely partner, Maya. My town is called Ngatea and Ngatea is conveniently located to go to the city. There’re a lot of farms and a lot of cute calves were born recently. My host sister is starting to do a calf club and many kinds of calf competitions are coming up. I hope that she gets a good result. The season has changed to warm weather, but we’re still drinking hot drinks. I used to drink a hot chocolate every morning in New Zealand but I’m not drinking it now because I’m worried about my weight. haha I’m a good hot chocolate maker in my house, and my host family always asks me to make a good hot chocolate. So my host mother calls me “Hot chocolate queen!”.
Anyway, I would like to start with introducing my school life to you. I take English, Mathematics, Drama, Horticulture (Gardening), DTC (Computing), PE, Maori Cultural Studies and ESOL. Among them, I’m quite enjoying Maori Cultural Studies and Drama. 
In Maori class, we’re doing a lot of fun things. I made an original Maori design and traced a traditional Maori design, called “Koru”, on a piece of wood. After this, I painted the wood. My hands were shaking when I drew the design of Koru. It took me many days to finish my work. So, when I finished painting, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment. Also, everyone praised my painting like, “Your painting is beautiful! Awesome!” I was very happy to hear that. In addition, we’re learning “kapa haka”. I had to memorize all Maori songs and dances as soon as possible. It was very hard for me. I wanted to pronounce each Maori word clearly, so I asked my teacher and classmates how to do many times. Thanks to this, I had good communication with them and I can pronounce each Maori word properly now. We have Kapa haka festival at the beginning of November. I think it’s going to be my last Maori experience for me, so I want to enjoy doing the kapa haka and express my gratitude to my classmates and teachers through my behavior.
Also, I’m having a quite good time in drama class. I didn’t like acting in front of other people, but I took it because I wanted to change my personality. My drama classmates divided themselves into groups of five. I had to act in public for an exam and I picked a character, “Pantalone”. He likes money and is always angry. It was very difficult to get right into the character. We practiced hard, so after the performance we were full of self-confidence. My drama teacher said to us, “Well done!” Our successful performance actually strengthened our bonds of friendship. 
Besides classes, I have joined an activity of the Christian group at school as well. It is a gathering held every Monday during lunch time. When my friends invited me, I thought it would be good for me to learn a different culture. We often share stories of our daily lives and watch some movies together. Through this, I could have a golden opportunity to make a lot of friends.
Next, I would like to talk about my hardship in New Zealand. I have a problem with pronunciation of English. Especially, I’m not good at pronouncing L and R. Because of this, when I came to New Zealand, I couldn’t make myself understood in English. I confused many words because I couldn’t get my tongue around them. In Japan, I practiced pronunciation in English classes but honestly I didn’t work very hard for it. I didn’t realize its importance. So I didn’t care much about it in Japan and I had thought that vocabulary is more important than pronunciation. But, now I know that it was a big mistake. For example, when I left my work in the locker, I tried to explain about it to the teacher. But he couldn’t understand what I wanted to say because I couldn’t pronounce ”locker” correctly. I was very sad. Although I think my English skill has improved, I still can’t pronounce words as well as I wish. Sometimes a word that I want to say comes to my mind but I can’t say it, because I don’t have any confidence in myself. If I could pronounce words correctly, I’d be able to have a more lively conversation with kiwi people. Even to memorize vocabulary correctly, it is important for me to pronounce well. So I will keep trying in pronunciation until I go back to Japan. 
There’s a little time left until we go back to Japan. Before coming to New Zealand, I didn’t like standing in front of the people. Also, I was afraid of making mistakes and stayed away from facing my weak points. However, now I don’t mind standing in front of people and making mistakes. I want to try anything as much as I can. 
I deeply appreciate my family for letting me study abroad. I could change my personality through this experience because they have supported me from Japan. We can’t easily study abroad as a high school student. I want to carefully spend my remaining time here. 
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!!
Thank you for reading my essay.
Big love,
Seira Tabata


Hi, everyone!! It’s me, Maya Iwami!!! How are you doing? 9 months have already passed since I came to New Zealand. I can’t believe that!! When I came here, it was summer but now spring has come, and summer is coming soon again. I think that time is moving very quickly… 
I’m staying in Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains. It is a very small town, but it’s a lovely town for me!! I met my great friends, great host family and many kind people here. I’m having a really good time with them!!
I go to Hauraki Plains College with my partner, Seira. At first, I tried to talk to kiwi students but it was hard for me to speak English and understand spoken English. Also, the students had already made friend groups, so I couldn't join them from myself. I didn't have any confidence and guts to try to do by myself. However, if I kept thinking negatively like that, I wouldn't be able to change, so I decided to change my school life. Then, I joined some clubs to expand relations with new friends. I’m a member of the choir and I joined the girls’ soccer club and volleyball club. I’m going write about what I experienced in these clubs. 
I have been a member of the choir from the end of term 1. Choir is the same as the chorus club in Japan. When I first thought to join some clubs, my host mother and my host sister recommended this club to me. At the beginning, it was hard for me to know how to connect the lyrics and pronunciation of English in songs. So, I couldn't have any confidence to sing for some time. However, even if I join this club, if I didn’t do anything, it could be the same as not joining. Then, I made my motto: “ASK if I don’t know". I began to ask many questions to members or the teacher. I felt better because I went from not knowing to knowing, so it became fun to sing songs after that. Also, I talked more to them though asking questions. I am far from a good singer, but I have got my confidence, so I enjoy singing. I have participated in some concerts. In the concerts, we have sung not only English songs but also Spanish songs. I got nervous when I sang the songs in front of many people, but all the members looked grandly so I got grand naturally. At the end of this term, my school will hold a school concert. We are practicing new songs to perform at this concert. I think it will be a good memory for me, so I want to have fun singing there, too!! 
Next, I’m going write about the girls’ soccer club. I had joined this club from term 2 to term 3. When I was an elementary school student, I had joined a soccer team, but it was for boys. So, I decided to join the girl’s club before I came here. However, it did not always go well. Besides practicing soccer, I had to communicate with other teammates to play well. Though, at first, I didn’t even know their names, and I couldn’t even say, “pass”. Also, I didn’t know what to talk during games. I just could ask them “what I had to do”. However, one day, one of my teammates said to me, "Maya, you are a good soccer player, but you have to talk to us more during the game!! You don’t need to say difficult things. I can speak to you and help you!!" Then, I realized an important thing. I just need to start from what I can do without thinking too much about what I can’t do. It’s necessary to think using my head. But others can’t understand what I’m thinking if I don’t show it with my action. From then on, I have begun speaking about small things, and I could talk more than at the first. I could communicate during the game with my teammates as well. I have scored three goals this season. When I made a shot, they hugged me and said, “Maya!! Nice goal” or “Good job, Maya!!” Then, I was really glad. After I finished this year’s soccer season, we don’t meet together every day. But when my teammates see me at school, they talk to me every time. I feel I met the best soccer members in this country. I was really happy playing soccer here.
Though coming to New Zealand, I could have awesome experiences. Also, I got awesome friendships with many people. I may never have such a valuable experience in my life again. Thanks to my family, I was able to come to this study abroad. So I really appreciate my family. My family, my friends, my classmates, my Japanese teachers, my New Zealand's teachers, my host family, and people I have engaged in this study abroad…, I want to express my appreciation to all of you from the bottom of my heart. 
I can stay in New Zealand only for a short time, but it hasn’t finished yet!! I keep trying to complete “My Happy New Zealand Life” until the very end of my stay!!
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you for reading my essay.
Maya Iwami


Are you enjoying middle of autumn in Japan?
Hi, guys! It’s Nana. I go to Waiuku Collage with my great partner, Yo-yo(Yu). I gave her this nick name. It’s cool, isn’t it? I can’t believe that I’ve been here for 9 months. Looking back on the past, I’ve spent many kinds of times- happy enjoyable, struggling….  To be honest, I wanted to go back to Japan during rough times when relationships with my friends and family weren’t going well. However, now, I realized they are good memories because everything turned out well in the end.
Well, let me talk about what I found and experienced through my study abroad.
You know that NZ is a multi-cultural country, right? Not surprisingly then, my host family is multi-cultural as well. My host family consists of my father, mother, little brother and grandmother. In order from the left, they are South African, Thai and Indian except my little brother. Did you realize? Yes, my little brother is quarter. His name is Atom. I think you are imagining Astro Boy, Atom, right now. At first, I did the same thing as you. haha. Anyway, it may seem hard to live together due to different cultures, but it is not. They respect each other’s culture and try to know about each other. Before not being close to them, I didn’t know what to talk about with them, so spending time with them was uncomfortable for me. At the same time, I had been struggling about my friends as well, so I couldn’t afford to think about both matters. But I really wanted to make the situation better, so I tried to solve the problem about my host family first. 
Although I didn’t care about their multi-cultural background, I used to make an invisible wall between them and me somehow. I think I didn’t want to show them my true self. I got advice from my teachers and friends, also I tried to find a solution by myself. And then, I found I was just thinking too much about the topics for talking with them. At that time, every time I talked with them, I was saying to myself, “I must talk. I must talk” in my mind. I put a lot of pressure on myself and that made me feel bad. I should have relaxed and talked with them even when the story was trivial. After that, I tried to relax when talking. For a while, I was clumsy, but I was getting used to it little by little. Now I enjoy talking with them about nonsense things, such as about fortune-telling. My host father never believes it, but I believe it. I don’t want to agree with it, so we start having an argument. And then he requires me to prove it, but I can’t do and I lose. 
Experiencing this hardship was good opportunity to know an important thing. I even regretted not having talked much with my family in Japan. I will treasure conversations with my family from now on. 
By the way, sadly, my host family except my grandmother is going to Thailand this week, and I can’t see them anymore before leaving NZ.  I’m really happy to have been their child. They told me, some day they will come to Japan. I’ll improve my English more before then because I want to talk more deeply with them. It was nice being with them and I hope they will come to Japan as soon as they can.
As I said before, I didn’t use to get along with my friends, either. I was scared to talk with them because I didn’t have confidence in my English. Because of that, my feelings got negative. But one day, I started to think that even though they are my friends, they are my teachers as well. Moreover, I thought they are the best tools to improve my English. It sounds vicious, but the thought was helpful for what I was then. Getting close was good, but first, I had to remove my scared emotion. I kept trying to talk to them and we became closer not as teacher-students, but as friends. On my birthday, they organized a secret party for me. It made me feel I want to be much closer to them. Thanks to them, my school life is awesome. 
 (my host brother and cousins)
After having things go well with my family and friends, I wanted to try some new things. So, I started to take clarinet lessons at school. Every time the teacher gives me a new harder music sheet, so it’s quite difficult. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the lessons because there is only one lesson every Monday and it’s for only 20 minutes. Then, I started to join an orchestra in the next town, too. It’s really amazing. I think sharing something without words is wonderful, and this time, it is music for me.  I used to belong to a brass band club and perform with all Japanese people, so this was new to me because everyone is a foreigner to me.  Normally in Japan, brass band clubs practice for a  contest, and when I was a member of that type of group, sometimes I felt stress and didn’t feel like playing. On the other hand, in NZ, the orchestra doesn’t play in order to win a contest, so I can enjoy music purely. I didn’t expect that I could spend such a great time with music in NZ.
Lastly, I have only one month before going back to Japan. I tell you now, I got fat, so don’t be surprised at me when you see me in Japan, haha. Anyway, but for the support from my family, teachers and friends…everyone, I couldn’t have been spending such a wonderful time in NZ. Thank you so much, all of you guys. I’ll bring back many stories of my study abroad, so please wait for me with your ears open. :-) See you soon guys.
Big love,

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