Auckland JETAA is made up of past and current participants of the JET programme.
Following is a list of the executive committee members for 2012-2013. Officers are elected usually for a 2 year period at the annual AGM held each year in February. Please click on their names for information on where they were in Japan and what they are doing now post JET.
President – Linton Rathgen
Vice President – Shelley Butt
Secretary – Raewyn MacGregor
Treasurer – Justin Jones
Liaison & Social Media Officer – Jo McCarthy
Social Events Co-ordinator – Amelia Sirimanne
Webmaster and IT officer – Simon Page
Newsletter Editor – Bennett Kuan
Video Competition Officer – Caroline Watson
Committee members – Sonja Gallagher, Jonathon Waugh
Friends of the Committee – Corey Wallace, Nicole Quinton
Linton was a JET participant from 2009-2010 living in Fuji City, Shizuoka. Upon returning from Japan, he has continued with his teaching career and is also engaged with a lot of volunteer work. He is involved with Auckland JETAA, the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland, his Kyougi Karuta association which he founded in July 2010 and also setting up of the Auckland Chapter of the Room to Read charity organisation.
Hi, I’m Raewyn. I was an ALT from 2008-2010 and based in Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken. Being based where I was allowed me to complete the San-Rei-Zan (Fuji, Tateyama and Haku-san) whilst on JET, an accomplishment that I think binds me to Japan forever. My time in beautiful Toyama also inspired my next move when I came home which was to go back to my roots (I’m the second generation of my family to set foot on the Antarctic continent) and undertake a Masters in Environmental Management for which 2012 is my second and, hopefully, final year.
I have been involved with the New Zealand-Japan community since I was 5, when my parents started taking in homestay students from language schools. So, when the opportunity arose for me to stay involved after JET through JETAA, I jumped on it. With this year being the 60th anniversary of Japan-New Zealand relations I hope to be able to honour the anniversary as JETAA secretary.