A group of students and teachers from Fujimi, Japan, arrived in Richmond on Sunday, and are being hosted by families from Waimea College. Travelling with the students is the Mayor of Fujimi, Mr Shigeharu Natori.
The group was also accompanied by a small number of students from Meikei High School, North of Tokyo.
A welcome powhiri was held at Waimea College on Monday morning, with the group from Japan being officially welcomed into the school by students, staff, and Waimea College principal Scott Haines.
An exchange of gifts took place between Mr Haines and Mr Natori, followed by a welcome morning tea. Afterwards, the two men signed a friendly school agreement between Fujimi Junior High School and Waimea College.
While they are here, the students will attend Waimea College for several days, as well as visiting various attractions around the Tasman District. The adults will accompany the students on their tours and will be greeted by Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.
Some of the activities that the students will do while they are here include a walk in Abel Tasman National Park, tours of Nelson City, a local farm visit, a visit to Macmillan’s Pottery, and visit to the Nelson Cathedral.