Welkom! Dutch New Zealand celebrates members of the Dutch community in New Zealand.

The Dutch are often known as the ‘Invisible Dutch’, blending in and integrating very successfully after moving Down Under. As a result however, Dutch immigrants are not very visible in New Zealand. Dutch New Zealand aims to change that. This community platform highlights stories and celebrates the way the Dutch are shaping Aotearoa’s culture.

This project is initiated by photographer/designer Helena de Kok and it has received funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington, and Wellington City Council.

Richard van DijkRichard van Dijk

Richard van Dijk

"I travelled throughout New Zealand for a year and I was making simple jewellery. I realised New Zealand had lots of potential. I loved New Zealand and in 1979 moved Down Under to stay."

Jacob de FeyterJacob de Feyter

Jacob de Feyter

"I’m very proud of the achievements of the breast cancer survivor team, because of what the members have been through. They have evolved into a great team and that’s what motivates them."

Willem & Heidi van der VeldenWillem & Heidi van der Velden

Willem & Heidi van der Velden

"We had noticed there were plenty of Dutch people living and visiting here, but there didn’t seem to be a Dutch restaurant anywhere. When we moved to New Zealand I knew I wanted to make a business filling that gap, which is why we started the restaurant."

Janet de WagtJanet de Wagt

Janet de Wagt

"I am an information gatherer and because of my Dutch roots I have a fascination with the stories of the old masters. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I made a series of paintings representing the different stages you go through. They are all based on Rembrandt's paintings of women."

Ton HamTon Ham

Ton Ham

"Moving here, I didn’t really experience a culture shock. I actually quite enjoyed it. I wanted to make the most of it."