#7 Haiku for Kakogawa

20 years ago, Mayor Seiichi Kinoshita of Kakogawa, Japan, recognized that young people with disabilities were having trouble adjusting to the working world after they left the supportive environment of high school and home.

So born from this understanding, a sister-city partnership was formed with Waitakere (now Auckland) City, whereby a group of students with varying access needs from Kakogawa, would visit Auckland each year, to develop their self-confidence and independence, before stepping out into the world of employment.

Earlier this week at the Auckland Town Hall, Minnie, along with Mayor Len Brown, and Dr Huhana Hickey (chairperson of the Disability Strategic Advisory Group), warmly welcomed the group to Auckland.  Minnie's particular connection to the land of cherry blossoms and sushi, stems from her experience there in the 1990s after she finished University, and then again in 2008.

So in recognition, here is a haiku from Be. to the students of Kakogawa!

City of sails greets
the Kakogawa Students.
Learn, and feel at home.

Gain self-confidence
Explore our Aotearoa
Leave with warmest hearts.

Kakogawa students with Be. badges