NEWS

  • Kodama Return to the Stage by Ralph Sheppard
    Last weekend saw the IPU New Zealand Kodama Japanese Drum Team take the stage at the Manawatū Multicultural Council's Songs & Praises event at Palmerston North Boys' High School, where they marked their return with a stellar performance. Thanks to...
  • Helping Our Students (and Others) Spread Their Wings by Ralph Sheppard
    As part of IPU New Zealand’s Internship Programme, we work with a number of local businesses and organisations to provide our students with not only the experience they will need in the commercial world, but also so they can gain an appreciation and...
  • Japanese Studies Students’ Annual Skit Contest by Ralph Sheppard
    During her recent visit to campus, Dr Setsuko Ohashi (President of IPU New Zealand and IPU Japan) had the opportunity to watch the Japanese Studies students’ annual Skit Contest, and then help judge the entries. After much consideration, the winners...
  • Tiki Tour Trip to the New Zealand Rugby Museum and Te Manawa by Ralph Sheppard
    This week’s Tiki Tour saw a group of IPU New Zealand staff and students visit the New Zealand Rugby Museum and Te Manawa, here in Palmerston North. Whilst it was originally planned to take a walk through Bledisloe Park, the overcast weather meant...
  • A Safe Landing Back on Campus by Ralph Sheppard
    Having taken a number of Foundation papers here at IPU New Zealand back in 2014 and 2015, former student, Stevi Yikwa has spread his wings, literally, by obtaining his pilot’s licence. During a recent visit back to campus, where he had the chance to...
  • Academic Excellence Awards by Ralph Sheppard
    Last week, IPU New Zealand held the Academic Excellence Awards (Summer Term 2021 and Semester One 2022) and the Awarding of the New Zealand Certificate of English Language Completion Certificates (Block 5 2021, Block 1 and 2 2022) here on campus. We...
  • A Tast of True Kiwi Hospitality by Ralph Sheppard
    Some of IPU New Zealand’s new and current students were given a taste of Kiwi hospitality when they were invited to supper at the home of Malcolm and Cathy Tasker. Our students had a wonderful meal prepared for them by Cathy, and afterwards they had...
  • IPU New Zealand Students Play Their Part at the Manawatū Young Chamber's International Business Seminar by Ralph Sheppard
    Our students continue to play their part in supporting the Manawatū Young Chamber, and there was a good turn-out of current and former students at Young Chamber’s recent International Business Panel, where they had the opportunity to take part in a...
  • Nau Mai, Haere Mai to our New Students from Japan by Ralph Sheppard
    Next Monday sees the start of the new Semester here at IPU New Zealand, and we’re pleased to be able to report that as the borders have re-opened, international students have been returning to campus. The first to arrive were a group of nearly 30...
  • From Tahiti to New Zealand: A Former Student Comes Back to Campus by Ralph Sheppard
    Earlier this week, we played host to one our former students, Elodie Pauriac, her husband, Apatea Walker, and their son when they visited IPU New Zealand, whilst on holiday in Aotearoa. They had travelled here from their home in Tahiti, taking...
  • Visit to Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre by Ralph Sheppard
    When IPU New Zealand received an invitation from the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, near Masterton, to see the work they are carrying out on their new Te Wānanga Taiao (environmental education facility), it was the perfect opportunity to take some of...
  • Bunkasai 文化祭 Success 2022 by Ralph Sheppard
    Last week saw IPU New Zealand hold our first Bunkasai 文化祭 (Japanese School Cultural Festival), when we played host to approximately 80 high-school students and staff from Awatapu College, Feilding High School, St Peter’s College, and Waiopehu College...
  • Annual IPU New Zealand Japanese Speech Contest Held on Campus by Ralph Sheppard
    On Wednesday, the annual IPU New Zealand Japanese Speech Contest was held here on campus. Each of the eight students who took part spoke in front of a live audience, with this year's contestants providing a wider variety of topics than had been the...
  • Another Successful Event On Campus - the New Zealand Schools Japanese Language Trivia Championships by Ralph Sheppard
    IPU New Zealand played host to the regional competition of the New Zealand Schools Japanese Language Trivia Championships on Friday night. Taking part were teams from five schools (Awatapu College, Feilding High School, Palmerston North Boys’ High...
  • Culinary Delights from the Intercultural Experience Club by Ralph Sheppard
    Culinary Delights from the Intercultural Experience Club   IPU Japan (International Pacific University in Okayama, Japan) is the sister institution of IPU New Zealand, and the two organisations collaborate in many areas, with staff and students...
  • Manawatū Young Chamber - Power of LinkedIn by Wayne Cooper
    Following on from the successful launch earlier this month, the Manawatū Young Chamber recently held an event titled “Power of LinkedIn” at UCOL, here in Palmerston North, and as before, IPU New Zealand was well represented by a number of our students...
  • Manawatū Young Chamber Launch by Wayne Cooper
    Last night saw the successful launch of the Manawatū Young Chamber, and IPU New Zealand were delighted that a number of our students attended the event and played their part in helping make the evening a resounding success. IPU New Zealand are very...
  • IPU New Zealand student receives Dean's Prize in Japanese Speech Competition by Wayne Cooper
    Each year, IPU Japan holds the IPU Japanese Speech Competition. Open to students from all the IPU campuses, the competition promotes public speaking and gifted oration skills. In order to decide the candidates from IPU New Zealand for this prestigious...
  • A First Step Along the Corridors of Power for an IPU New Zealand Graduate by Wayne Cooper
    The, now, late John Lennon popularised the phrase “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans”, and perhaps we can all identify times in our lives when this became relevant for us, but for former IPU New Zealand student, Tasha Picking,...
  • From Palmy to Japan, via IPU New Zealand by Wayne Cooper
    Since Matt Flanagan graduated from IPU New Zealand with his Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies, majoring in Japanese Studies, back in December 2017, he has certainly been busy, and, more importantly, has been able to put the skills he...
  • IPU building close links with the Manawatū Young Chamber of Commerce by Wayne Cooper
    IPU New Zealand are pleased to note one of our former students, Sarah Ma, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Young Chamber, and through her assistance, and that of the rest of the board, we can be sure our students will be not only be able to play...
  • IPC Alumni in International Relations at PNCC by Wayne Cooper
    On Tuesday, IPU New Zealand had the pleasure of hosting two of Palmerston North City Council's newest staff members around our campus. Over the last 30 years, we have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the City Council, and we look forwards to...
  • Virtual immigration workshop expands student horizons by Wayne Cooper
    As we prepare for the New Zealand borders opening, here at IPU New Zealand we have been planning for when we can again welcome international students to our beautiful campus here in Palmerston North. Last week saw us hold a Virtual Immigration...
  • IPU student wins second place in JSANZ Japanese speech contest by Wayne Cooper
    Each year since its formation in 2013, JSANZ (Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand) have operated their JSANZ Tertiary Japanese Language Speech Competition, and this year, IPU New Zealand are delighted to announce that Andrea Sevilla, a final year...
  • A chance at Heaven for students by Wayne Cooper
    Introducing the joys of reading to young people is one life’s pleasures, and through his role as a lecturer at IPU New Zealand, Mr Stephen O’Connor, has managed to combine two of his passions, education and literature, into his paper, 20.711 Social...