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15 August 2014

JSANZ Tertiary Japanese Language Speech Contest

We are delighted to announce the winners of the JSANZ Inaugural Tertiary Japanese Language Speech Contest.

First place:

Tanetoa Webster                              (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)

Second place:

Ka Yeung Adrian Tam      (University of Auckland)

Third place:

Hao Ming Lee                     (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)


The aim of the contest is to encourage learners who are studying Japanese to showcase their language skills in a challenging context.  We had 13 participants from 8 tertiary institutions in New Zealand.  Each participant was selected as a representative of their institution through a rigorous selection process, thus the speeches were high quality and the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners.

We would like to congratulate all of the participants and in particular Tanetoa, Ka Yeung Adrian and Hao Ming.  Tanetoa will receive a return air ticket to Japan, and Ka Yeung Adrian and Hao Ming will receive Prezzy cards ($100 and $50), sponsored by the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education.

We hope the participants continue their Japanese learning journey with renewed motivation and enthusiasm, and wish them all the best for their future.

JSANZ would like to thank the participants, their teachers and the judges.  JSANZ would also like to give special thanks to the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education for their generous financial support.

Comments from the Chief Judge

All the competitors chose interesting topics that they were able to talk about with enthusiasm and passion.  I was impressed at how each speaker challenged themself to use a wide variety of appropriate advanced language features, which enabled them to express their ideas clearly and accurately.

The speeches of the winning speakers stood out for their originality and their strong message, which was conveyed effectively through a fine range of presentation techniques including hand gestures, tone, humor and body language. 

The overall level of the participants was excellent, and I urge all competitors to enter this competition next year again.  My thanks also go to all the teachers who have been involved in organizing the event.





Speech Title

Shan-Hung Lee

    University of Otago

Japanese Art

Kristie Nicholson

    University of Otago


Hee Yeon Kang

    University of Canterbury

Japanese Drama

Tanetoa Webster

    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

The Path I Chose

Hao Ming Lee

    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Our Mothers

Ka Yeung Adrian Tam

    University of Auckland

My Dream

Rosaleen Park

    University of Auckland

My Feelings for Japan and Korea

Christopher Lam

    Massey University

Are games actually bad?

Xiao Yu Wang

    Massey University

What learning Japanese means to me

Alisha Windsor

    Victoria University of Wellington

Let's be a homestay. The merits of being a homestay

Catherine Lealand-Maplesden

    Victoria University of Wellington

Decline of the Japanese Countryside and Urbanisation

Aotea Apiti

    University of Waikato

Is Facebook okay?

Helena Oh

    Auckland University of Technology

The Picture of Your Life


JSANZ Speech Contest Committee

Dr Masayoshi Ogino (Chair)

Mrs Naomi Collins

Mr Toshi Yamauchi


Sponsors  With the support of the Embassy of Japan

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