Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has announced a partnership with the Asia NZ Foundation in preparation for Tokyo 2020.
The Foundation provides experiences and resources to help New Zealanders build their knowledge, skills, connections and confidence to thrive in Asia.
Its new partnership with PNZ is in preparation for next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, postponed to August 24 to September 5 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A video series aimed at educating the New Zealand Paralympic Team about Japanese culture has been created as part of the collaboration.
The first video features Para-badminton player Corrie Robinson, who travelled to Japan in 2017 to compete in his first international competition.
Cody Everson, Mike Todd and Rob Hewitt also share their experiences of playing wheelchair rugby in Japan and trying out traditional taiko drumming.
The team travelled to Japan last year for the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and stayed in Atsugi.
In addition to the video series, an educational resource has been developed by the Asia NZ Foundation in association with PNZ for school children.
Students will learn about the history of the Paralympic Movement, explore Para sports, profile New Zealand Paralympians and Para-athletes and enhance their awareness of disability.
They are set to learn and apply concepts of accessibility, inclusion and inspiration in the context of Tokyo 2020, and their own school or community.
The resource also covers the Paralympic values, the Tokyo 2020 mascot Someity, Games medals and the Paralympic Village.
"PNZ is proud to be working with the Asia NZ Foundation on these initiatives, growing the understanding of New Zealanders about the culture and variety of experiences on offer when travelling to Japan and providing a valuable learning resource to Kiwi children, about the Paralympic Movement and the exciting Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games experience to come in 2021," a PNZ statement said.