Dutch New Zealand showcases and celebrates first and second generation Dutch in New Zealand, through photographs, anecdotes and quotes.

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. This project aims to change that and highlight the Dutch community in Aotearoa. Interviews, quotes and photographs are published on this site and some subjects will also be featured on the Embassy’s site www.dutch-heritage.co.nz.

Dutch New Zealand is a community project and photographs/stories have been displayed in the following exhibitions:

  • King’s Day / Koningsdag – Residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington
    > 27 April 2016
  • Wellington City Library
    > 2 Nov – 13 Nov 2015

If you have a project in mind/exhibition in mind for Dutch New Zealand and would like to discuss this further, feel free to get in touch: helenadekok@gmail.com.


Dutch New Zealand is a project by photographer Helena Sofia de Kok and kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. All images ©Helena Sofia de Kok, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to use the images in your own online media, but make sure to provide a link back. If you’d like to use images in print or have any other questions, please get in touch with Helena: helenadekok@gmail.com.