Supporting Language and Culture in Schools programme


In 2021, North Asia CAPE is offering Japanese and Korean language and culture content to students and teachers. Working with and supporting local suppliers of cultural content, we are delivering a combination of face-to-face, and live video sessions in addition to school-visits across New Zealand.

In October, 2020 a combination of Japanese cultural events were delivered at Riccarton High School in Christchurch to year-nine Japanese language students and teachers. In Auckland, Kelston Boys’ High School hosted activities for year-nine to year-twelve Japanese language students and teachers from Papatoetoe High School, Liston College, and Green Bay High School.

Click here to view photos of Japanese tea ceremony, and Aikido in action at Riccarton high school.

Local suppliers of Japanese culture delivered an interactive day incorporating history, cultural context, and associated language. In doing so they were able to illustrate the wider value of learning Japanese and how it is closely connected with Japan’s unique culture.

Wherever possible the activities will coincide with seasons, calendar events, and the related traditions of Japan and Korea for contextual learning opportunities. The goal is for language learners to increase their understanding of the strong link between languages, culture, and customs of Japan and Korea.

Participation criteria:

  • Allocated a lower decile rating
  • Current Year 9 and 10 Japanese or Korean language learners
  • Have not previously received similar cultural content
  • Desire for Japanese or Korean language and cultural content
  • Meet requirements for space and access to facilities
  • Located close to main cities

High schools closely matching these criteria are encouraged to register their interest. Please email

This programme runs in parallel with our Volunteers in Schools programme, offered through our consortium partner the University of Otago, which facilitates student volunteers with knowledge of the North Asia region to run short intercultural sessions for primary and secondary schools.

Schools to Schools Home Room and digital connections

New Zealand high school classrooms are connecting with high school classrooms in Japan and Korea through an initiative between North Asia CAPE and Education New Zealand. This builds on previous classroom connections pioneered by Education New Zealand. With the use of video conferencing, this digital exchange programme offers students in both countries the opportunity to share their cultures, practise speaking and listening, and is the first step in establishing ties between schools and pupils.

To read more about this click here.

Following on from the success of this international language exchange, North Asia CAPE plans to support additional sessions and connect New Zealand high school Chinese language students with their colleagues in China.

To register your school's interest in participating in this programme contact us at




Teaching for the Asia-Pacific

Our consortium partners at the University of Waikato have developed an online resource for teachers. The website grows teachers’ understanding of the global competence they and their students will need to interact with people from around the Asia-Pacific. It also connects teachers to curated resources that support the integration of Asia-Pacific and global competence related learning into both current and new curriculums.

Find out more from this link to the Teaching for the Asia-Pacific website.


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