The Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust was established AS a CHARITY to develop and provide Japanese education and cultural awareness.
The Trust also supports programmes and activities that will benefit and contribute to growing good relationships between the people of Lower Hutt and its sister city Minoh City as well as other nearby Japan / New Zealand relationships.
The Trust has in the past supported sports groups, schools, Japanese interest groups and events organised across the Wellington Region.
A couple of years ago the Trust reformed and moved away from representation from several neighbouring cities to focus on the Trust's namesake's relationship: Lower Hutt - Minoh.
Unfortunately, the board no longer gives funding grants for projects outside of the Lower Hutt area and has shifted its focus to boosting local events and projects to promote Japanese culture and the Lower Hutt / Minoh sister city relationship.
Hutt Minoh House Friendship Trust was registered with Charities Services New Zealand in 2008.
A board of trustees oversees the Trust's activities and has representation across sectors in Lower Hutt, chaired by the Mayor of Lower Hutt. Trustees are:
Ray WALLACE, Lower Hutt Mayor
Tetsuro KURATA, Minoh City Mayor
Akinori NISHIOKA, MAFGA President, Minoh City
Sarah KNOWLES, Education, Lower Hutt
Tony McCOMBS, Business, Lower Hutt
Sue LYTOLLIS, Sports/Cultural, Lower Hutt
Dr. Shinnouske TAKAHASHI, Victoria University of Wellington
Mark TE ONE, Wellington Tenths Trust
Ted CLAY, Lower Hutt
The Trust contracts Amber Walters to manage the Trust's major projects and the development of a new Hutt Minoh Association.