Springboard & Platform Diving at Kilbirnie Pool

Wellington Diving Club has a range of diving classes for kids aged 5 years and up (plus separate Adult training sessions).

Visit our website and come along for a free Trial Lesson!  We have several after-school sessions and cater for kids of any level from beginners to competitive.  We also run fun casual sessions on Sunday afternoons. 

For more information, please visit our website www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Barbara on 027 485 8888.





Dates: 2nd – 13th Oct 2017 from 7.00am-7pm daily. 

Daily $81/cub per session or $148 for two or more siblings per session
; Weekly: $238 per cub/week or $448 for two or more siblings/week.

Discounts Available: Wild Card (15%). 

Interactive Activities and Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.


One-on-One Care: Provide for cub(s) if needed for extra support.


Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: www.pridelands.org.nz

Japan Information & Cultural Centre Event Newsletter
Upcoming Events and Programmes, August-September 2017

Konnichiwa all!

Please find details of upcoming events below in the Wellington Region. We hope that you can come along and get a taste of Japanese culture!

Free Lecture: Japan’s Strategic Choices in a Dangerous World:
: Thursday 24th August, 6pm-7:15pm

WHERE: Hunter Council Chamber, level 2, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington

RSVP HERE @Eventbrite!

'JAPAN'S STRATEGIC CHOICES IN A DANGEROUS WORLD': A lecture presented by Prof Toshihiro Nakayama, the Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair 2017.

Northeast Asia is an increasingly dangerous place, with tensions high on the Korean Peninsula, a more assertive China, unresolved territorial issues, and questions about the future role of the United States. These developments present critical challenges for Japanese foreign and security policymakers. Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has taken proactive steps to reform its national security policy and national security infrastructure, and since the election of President Trump last November it has 'doubled down' on the US-Japan alliance. But questions remain about how Japan should best safeguard its national interests. This lecture will discuss the security challenges Japan faces and the options it is considering in a period of dramatic strategic change.

REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW - (lecture starts at 6pm -please be seated by 5.55pm)


© Shohei Manabe - Kodansha Ltd. / 2011 ”SMUGGLER” Film Partners. All rights


FREE Monthly Film Night:

SMUGGLER (スマグラー)

WHEN: Tuesday 29th & Thursday 31st August, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Embassy of Japan, level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street
Japanese, with English Subtitles
Katsuhito Ishii
2011  Running Time: 114 mins  Rating: R18

Down-on-his-luck actor Kinuta is gambling himself into debt when the dingy casino owners make an offer he can't refuse: become a smuggler for the Yakuza. Apprenticing under tough talking driver Joe, he joins in cleaning up after a gangster hitman known only as Vertebrae – a legendary assassin who can defeat a room of heavily-armed men with nothing but a pair of nunchucks, and whose loyal partner Viscera is never far behind. When Kinuta comes into contact with some of the most violent men in the Yakuza underworld, he discovers a side of himself that he never knew existed, and learns that his acting skills may not be as dull as he once thought.

Free admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Lifts are available from 5:30pm. The entrance will be closed if the theatre reaches capacity. 
A short Japan Video Topics DVD will be shown from 5:45pm before the start of the film at 6:00pm.


Japanese Film Festival 2017 – FREE Admission! 14th-17th September
WHEN: 14th – 17th September, click here for times & tickets!
WHERE: Paramount Cinema, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! Due to the festival’s popularity, it will again take place at Paramount Cinema, with plenty of space for the whole family!

The Japanese Film Festival 2017 offers entertainment with a mixture of drama, action and comedy that will inspire and engage those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. All movies are free admission, so spread the word and bring along your friends and family! Please register and print or download your free tickets by using Eventfinda’s registration system!

Book your FREE tickets to the Wellington Japanese Film Festival today!



Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Information Session
@ Palmerston North Central Library, Tuesday 12 September
WHEN: Tuesday 12th September , 6pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

·         A New Zealand citizen?

·         Interested in international activities?

·         Interested in young people and keen to teach English in Japan?

·         Already graduated or will have your degree conferred by July 2017?

Come along to our JET Programme Information Session to learn about how YOU could be “JET”ting off to Japan in 2018! For more information, follow us on Facebook!


Isomura Brothers present: Tsunami Violin Concert Tour in Wellington!
WHEN: Sunday 10th September, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: St. Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
Tickets available through Eventfinda now!

Tsunami Violin - The Symbol of Hope.

On the 11th of March 2011, a disastrous earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region in Japan. More than 1,700 people died in Rikuzentakata. But for the survivors, a lone miracle pine stands tall as a symbol of hope and strength and now travels the world as a part of a musical instrument.

The miracle pine is known as the "kiseki no ipponmatsu" was the only one that survived the tsunami out of the 70,000 trees that once stood on the coast of Rikuzentakata town. A violin craftsman based in Tokyo, Muneyuki Nakazawa, was granted a special permission to use a small amount of the miracle pine to create the sound post, and driftwood gathered from the coast after the tsunami to make the body of the violin. It was made in remembrance of the deceased and with the aspiration of hope to the survivors of the devastating tragedy.

The goal of the International Tsunami Violin Project is to pass on the history of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami to the audience through classical music.

Find out more about the Isomura Brothers & the Tsunami Violin Concert Tour here!


J-Kenkyuu (J-Research)
WHEN: Friday 25th August,  6pm-8:30pm
Wellington City Council, Committee Room Two
FREE Admission!
Hosted by Jerry Jewett, sponsored by Wellington Sakai Association
Please RSVP your attendance for this event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The topic for August will be the labeling of health foods in Japan. Can you really lose weight just by eating a certain type of of yogurt or drinking a certain type of tea?  In Japan, products that claim to have special health benefits can be given special labelling considerations such as a  Tokuho” (Foods with specific health uses). We will study the different types of such labelling available in Japan and learn about the possible pitfalls and misunderstandings regarding such products. We will also consider what are the questions the consumers should be asking when deciding to choose one food or drink over another.

While there will be some parts of the meeting in English, a large part of the time will be spent either watching videos in Japanese or having discussions in Japanese on the assigned topic. Therefore, while it may be a little overwhelming for those with a Beginner level of Japanese, anyone who wants to learn is welcome.

Numbers are limited, so please RSVP your attendance to this event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

WHEN: From 1st September 2017
WHERE: All across Hokkaido!

The Hokkaido Drive Tourism Promotion Program is extending into this year! Check out the outermost reaches of beautiful, scenic Hokkaido in the best possible way: exploration by car!

Keen to learn more? Head over to the Drive Hokkaido! home page, download the free app, and get on the road!

Learn more at: http://hokkaido.japandrive.com/en/


It’s getting to that time of year when the Daffodil bulbs are popping up all over the Wairarapa district, a sunny little reminder that spring is almost upon us, bringing with it the annual Carterton Daffodil Festival on Sunday 10th September. What is now for many a time-honoured tradition, the festival includes the picking of daffodils at Middlerun, a historic property in Gladstone. As in 2016, there will be FREE buses departing  throughout the day starting at 10am from Broadway, to shuttle eager festival goers to and from Middlerun.




The Daffodil Express Steam Train, enroute from Wellington, will be arriving at 10.40am at the Carterton Railway Station before proceeding to Masterton. The short trip between Carterton and Masterton offers local residents and visitors a taste of the historic steam train, whilst still making the most of the festivals activities. To book a round trip Carterton to Masterton return email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..nz to book a Wellington return trip visit http://www.steaminc.org.nz/ .




The festival will be as wonderful as ever with the Big WaiArt Sale, live music, the Daffodil Express Steam Train excursion and all the fun of the fair!




If you are looking for accommodation try our own Carterton Holiday Park www.cartertonholidaypark.co.nz or phone Phil and Sharrie on 063798267, for a full list of accommodation in Carterton contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




There will be the normal public trains running on the day check out the timetable on the Metlink website www.metlink.org.nz



For more information about the Carterton Daffodil Festival please visit http://cdc.govt.nz/daffodil-festival/  or our Carterton Daffodil Festival Facebook Page.

"2017 National Sport Stacking Championships


The 2017 National Sport Stacking Championships (cup stacking) are being held at Whanganui Girls' College Gymnasium, 21 Jones Street, Whanganui,  on Saturday 16 September 2017. The tournament is for all ages from 3-60+, for Novice and Experienced stackers. Registrations and all details of the Championships are on the Speed Stacks (NZ) website Tournaments page: www.speedstacks.co.nz/pages/central-districts

Early registrations end Friday 01 September. Entries close Friday 08 September."

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Bellevue School (Newlands) Golden Jubilee

Please join us on Saturday 16th September, 11am to 3pm, Bancroft Terrace, Newlands for our celebration event!

It kicks off with an opening ceremony (blessing, speech from the Mayor, Powhiri and placement of a time capsule). There will be performances by the school, decade photos, entertainment, fun activities and games.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gold Coin Entry

Next course at Crofton Downs is just four weeks for $60 - starting Tuesday September 5th - September 26th 9.15am-10.15am CDPS School Hall and can be booked for via the app (download for iOS, or Android) or you can just book through the website - www.shutupanddance.co.
Every class is a 45 minute session - smiling and sweating guaranteed. Each class is a surprise and you'll come away having learnt a routine and probably whacking the person next to you (or being whacked by someone else).  Doesn't matter if you "can't dance."  That's what we're here for. Body rolls not burpees is our motto.

Aro Valley Meet the Candidates

Aro Valley Community Centre - 48 Aro Street
Monday 28 August

Don't miss out on the Aro Valley Meet the Candidates evening.

The event is a great chance to meet the Wellington central candidates. Each candidate will be given some time to speak and then it's from the floor question time.
In true Aro Valley, style water pistols are part of the action for those candidates who can't stick to their time limit. Let's hope the candidates remember their waterproofs!
Doors open at 6.30pm.  Arrive early to get a seat.

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