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Japan Radio Wellington: NZ War Bride Taeko Yoshioka-Braid


Fri 21 Sep 2018, 6:00pm–6:30pm
Fri 28 Sep 2018, 6:00pm–6:30pm

Where: Wellington Access Radio, 35 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Ilkka Havukkala

Programme Producer: Ilkka Havukkala
Announcer: Jerry Jewett
Theme Producer, Interviewer: Daiji Kataoka

Taeko Yoshioka Braid was among the women known as war brides. She married a Kiwi soldier in Japan and moved to Hawke’s Bay in 1956. In this programme Taeko is interviewed by Daiji Kataoka, and she tells of her early experiences in New Zealand, adapting to the new culture, helping out to connect Japanese businesses to New Zealand trade and supporting other Japanese immigrants.

She was also a speaker in the Japan Society of Wellington seminar in May 2018 about Japanese Immigrants’ Experiences in New Zealand.


Tune in on FM 106.FM on Friday at 6 pm or listen on internet live or via podcast at Access Radio at .

The radio programme will be on air every Friday at 6-6:30pm and each programme will be repeated the following week. This radio programme is organised by the Japan Society of Wellington.

The Japan Society of Wellington promotes understanding of Japanese language, culture and technology in Wellington region in its monthly meetings at the Japan Information and Culture Centre on Willis Street.

The content is mostly easy listening Japanese, with English explanations added, with lots of both traditional and modern music and often a specific theme of interest in one programme. Different programmes will have different amounts of Japanese and English and talking/music.

We are grateful to Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund to have funded this pilot stage of the radio programme. We also want to thank Wellington Access Radio for their generous help.

Listeners can contact us for comments and suggestions at

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