As the educational opportunity in this 21st century is constantly changing, there are some things I do not want them to change. That is “to live with the ambition”. The Ambition is the dream, goal, and destination. No matter where you are, it is important for you to speak out “I want to do this” or “I will go this way”. We make it come true to organize the first speech contest in New Zealand with the cooperation of Unique New Zealand Education and Long Bay College.
The theme for the first contest is “Friendship”. I gave the opening remark about “Big Wings & Deep Root”. Dream or ambition has the power to change the world, and fellows with the same dream or ambition across the border will be connected with friendship. Even if you greakdown, it will be your confidence that you did your best to make your dream come true. Drive your dreams, life is joy! I want children to live with dream.
The first contest turned out to be the great one even though the size was small. Students from all over New Zealand participated. The winner, Toni, was a Maori, and he talked about his family roots. Japanese students participants talked about the cultural differences between Japan and New Zealand, and their appreciation toward the hospitality of Kiwi people.
I would like to say thank you for all the participants and supporters.
Board Member Hirozumi Asai
|Date||Friday, August 10, 2001|
|Place||Long Bay College Convention Center（Auckland, New Zealand）|
|Sponsors||Unique New Zealand Education
Educational Information & Consultants, Japan
|Winner||Toni Brown (Darfield High School)|
|Runners-Up||Kenta Hiratsuka (Rangitoto College)|
I decided to participate in this speech contest because I wanted to talk about the friendship with international students at Darfield, and the differences Japanese friends told us. I was so nervous when my turn came, but when I heard the announcement of the winner, I was just so happy. My mind just went blank, and I could not say a word! I am so thankful for the great change to go abroad by myself being away from family. I would like to feel the “home” my Japanese friends always talks about and the culture. I am hoping to experience all the sides of Japan.
I talked about the differences between New Zealand and Japan, such as population, educational system, the size of the school, and how I adjusted to the different culture. And I also talked how I became famous by Aikido performance at the international day, and how I was happy to have many friends. I was prepared, but I was so nervous. But I placed in second, and received the ticket to Queenstown! I would like to say thank you to friends, people who always supported me, and my parents who gave me the chance to study in New Zealand.