Doe Mee - Join and Participate
The Dutch communities are alive and well. For the older generations we've got NZ NL Societies, klaverjas clubs, there are a few zangkoren and a Dutch dance club left, while the Friendly Support Network takes care of 100s of elderly and brightens up their lives. The younger ones meet via the Business Association, or over a biertje in Belgian pubs, especially when het Nederlands elftal plays in soccer championships. And Sinterklaas and Koninginnedag are a highlight in many a calendar.
Our community could do better though. We don't interlink or communicate as well as we could. We're spread thinly around the country. There are big differences in the needs and interests of older immigrants and newer arrivals. There also are 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Dutch Kiwis who were born here, with lifestyles and outlooks on life of their own. Another issue is that the membership numbers of many older established organisations are diminishing.
So let's improve things. We can start by staying in touch more! This website is a point to get connected. With each other and our Dutch organisations. Once we're talking, we can start to make things better and figure out what to do next.
- Check out some strong Dutch Opinions (Inspraak)
- Have Your Say on our Forum
- Contact Us and subscribe to our Newsletters
- Join us on Facebook and we'll keep you informed
That Typical Dutch Flavour
What many Dutchies are telling us: "We need something to fill
the gaps!" - a centre that can bring all of us
together when we
choose to. A space that offers us links with the Netherlands, when we wish to celebrate our roots. An exciting, engaging, uniting kind of place that makes us proud of our heritage.
The Dutch Connection is about making the connections between all of us when we feel the desire to fill the empty spaces. And make our own separate identity come alive! It's great to be a Kiwi. It's also wonderful to cherish our Dutch-ness.
We all know what that real Dutch feel is all about - gezelligheid, saamhorigheid, leut, een kopje koffie, het oranje team, het Wilhelmus, of effe lekker bijkletsen. We all want to enjoy it every now and then, and when Prins Willem Alexander and Maxima were here a few years ago, there was that undeniable sense of national identity. We have our own ways - and they are worthy of pride and celebration.
We're building a national place - a forum - to celebrate all that! This Dutch Connection website offers the online starting point. Check it all out. And come back to this site, because there's much more to follow.