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Yoka SarisYoka Saris

Yoka Saris

"We didn’t really have much of an idea of what to expect. So when we arrived here, everything felt very different. The main challenge was the language and I remember having a bit of trouble understanding the New Zealand accent."

Addy & Hans NieremeijerAddy & Hans Nieremeijer

Addy & Hans Nieremeijer

"I think we really wanted a new challenge. We wanted to see how far we could go, what we could do. That’s what life’s all about."

Maik & Marianne BeekmansMaik & Marianne Beekmans

Maik & Marianne Beekmans

"If you make a move like this it’s not going to be easy and you will not necessarily find your dream job on day one. You have to be flexible about what jobs you do when you first arrive."

Rein BakkerRein Bakker

Rein Bakker

"We wanted to give New Zealand a go and were at a stage in our life where we thought if we don’t go now, it will never happen."

Leon van den EijkelLeon van den Eijkel

Leon van den Eijkel

“Seeing Mondriaan's red cloud in a blue sky, I realised there that as an artist I could break the rules.”

Anneke BorrenAnneke Borren

Anneke Borren

"I’m very thankful that my parents brought us to New Zealand for us to develop our own individual approaches to the lives we are leading. We are incredibly lucky to live here."

Paul van den BerghPaul van den Bergh

Paul van den Bergh

"We are both teachers and I remember there were some challenges when I first started teaching secondary school. I wasn’t familiar with the education structure yet and in the beginning that was tough."

Nicole HeydenrijkNicole Heydenrijk

Nicole Heydenrijk

"I’m proud of our achievement as a family. We moved to the other side of the world and worked hard to make a nice live for ourselves."

Hieke & Peter WijnsmaHieke & Peter Wijnsma

Hieke & Peter Wijnsma

"It’s very important to us that the restaurant is gezellig. It should feel like home and we try our very best to create that atmosphere here. We work very hard, which is probably another characteristic of our background, but we love the work we do."

Marcel RoosMarcel Roos

Marcel Roos

"We help young people, give them an unforgettable, once-in-a-life experience and it’s a win-win for everyone. That and makes me very happy, it’s really cool work to do."

Hanz DekkerHanz Dekker

Hanz Dekker

“Integrating makes a move to a different country much more enjoyable and it makes you feel much more welcome in a community. I like to shop locally to develop a bit more of a relationship with the locals.”

Margriet WindhausenMargriet Windhausen

Margriet Windhausen

"I’ve been able to make a career here as a sculptor and I’m quite proud of that. I’ve had to work hard, be consistent and professional, it didn’t come easily."