Yvonne Pakenham

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Senior lecturer in Japanese

Phone: 64 9 921 9999 ext 6848

Email: yvonne.pakenham@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
oom 808, Level 8, AUT Tower, corner of Wakefield and Rutland streets, Auckland Central


  • BA Sophia University Tokyo, Japan (1974)
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching ATI  (1978)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Yvonne has strong networks with the Japanese community in Auckland and is actively involved with following organisations;

  • Chairperson of the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam Committee for Auckland and Northland.
  • Council member of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.
  • Council member of the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland.


Yvonne Pakenham has taught Japanese Language for over thirty years at AUT University and has been instrumental in the development of the Japanese programmes at AUT University.

Over the years she has also designed and delivered custom made courses in Japanese language and culture to various companies in the business, hospitality and travel sectors including New Zealand Export Institute,  Air New Zealand, Qantas Airways, Fuji Xerox, Kingsgate Hyatt Hotel, Centra Hotel Auckland, Japan Travel Bureau and Te Ohu Kai Moana (Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission).

Research Areas:

  • Cross cultural conversations in friendship
  • Design of custom made courses in Japanese Language
  • Japanese society and culture.